During my visit to NOLA my girlfriend took me here because I'm a beer drinker and Cooter's has an excellent beer selection. The tap selection was pretty good but the bottled selection was excellent.
We did not eat here but I'm told the food and the oyster bar are great.
The decor of wooden carvings of famous people w/ a beer in hand was interesting and cool.
I'm from Denver where smoking isn't legal in bars. I was concerned I would feel suffocated by a smokey atmosphere. Completely the opposite.