noradeirdre (16) New Orleans, Louisiana | September 15, 2013| Updated September 16, 2013
I went to the effort of signing up for a Rate Beer account for the SOLE PURPOSE of pointing out that the Avenue Pub is the only bar in the city and probably the state which ensures freshness of their IPAs and includes that information (the "kegged on" date") on the beer menu. Passing along outright lies and misinformation in a review is really poor form. Also, the lines are cleaned quite frequently. Opinion is one thing, but saying that the Pubís management doesnít pay attention to details like freshness and cleanliness is a complete untruth and fabrication.
(edit: I did not interact regarding this situation in any forum besides RateBeer, so whoever was spamming the below reviewerís own social media was not me. I canít the only one to note the flat out untruth mentioned originally, however.)
Zwanze Day 2013 was my first experience at Avenue. Selection on tap and in bottles rivals the best beer bars in the country. Unfortunately, for many of the patrons, this is just another bar on St Charles. Your lambic order is taken alongside the woman who wants a vodka tonic and four shots of Jameson. I must say they handled the crowd rather well for the actual Zwanze tapping, though; the groups system was smooth and painless.
Service wasnít particularly good. Downstairs bartenders werenít exactly friendly, conversational, or even efficient. Some of them donít know (or seem to care much) about the amazing selection of beers available here. My credit card was lost for about 20 minutes while I tried to close my tab. And hey, that happens from time to time, but it reinforced my supposition.
[Edit: My original words here were probably a bit harsh & unfair for not having experienced the issue in question myself, so Iím removing them until I have personal experience to confirm/deny what Iíve heard. That said, the above reviewer spammed my personal social media accounts for simply conveying the experiences my friends had at this bar. Two wrongs donít make a right, buddy.]
Anyway, Avenue is a legit beer destination, but donít expect friendly banter with the bartenders because the guy behind you needs his vodka Red Bull ASAP.
Avenue pub saved me from the chaos of mardi gras.
Wonderful selection unlike anything else in new Orleans.
Cool people, great vibe and California style beer beer bar in the middle of all this mayhem.
I cannot give this place a higher recommendation.
Visited on two occasions during recent visit to New Orleans. Met and spoke with owner Polly - she even gave me a tour of the beer cave - and yes the kegs are just a few feet right behind the wall of the bar with new clean lines throughout. I could tell she had the passion to serve fresh beer. Gave this place a top rating for ambience due to nice wood feel and awesome atristry with the signage of colored chalk drawings for the beers and such. Yes, 32 beers on tap mostly all craft of USA. The bartender was friendly and knowledgeable too. Had two appetizers and they were a bit above average but nothing memorable. Prices were not out of line and it has the best draft beer selection in New Orleans. And since the place never closes it canít be beat! Just a 10-15 minute streetcar ride from downtown. Will visit again when in the Crescent City - cheers to Polly and her staff!
This is kind of everything I want in a beer bar (nicely enough I am moving 5 blocks away from it in few months). Great tap list with very little dead weight, and nice but small bottle selection. Great Juit box (sp?), it even had Morphine on it. Not pretentious atmosphere and not a bunch of kids like myself either. This seems to be where the beer industry drinks in NOLA. When I move down myself and one of the guys from NOLA brewery are gonna have a tasting. Food is great bar food. I had the Not so Cuban (pulled pork with BACON), and the next day I had the No Name Duck (duck sandwhich with cole slaw) and guacamole and fresh chips. Drinks (over two days): Lazy Magnolia Stout on Nitro, Shakespeare Stout on Nitro, Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Stone Smoked Porter, NOL Hopitoulas IPA, Rogue Double Mocha Porter, covington Pilsner... Got to chat with owner both days, and was further impressed. This will be my neighborhood bar.
Beerbuddha (13) New Orleans, Louisiana | December 13, 2009| Updated July 4, 2010
Avenue Pub is a bar that has gone from New Orleans "dive bar" to New Orleans top quality beer bar quickly. They have 31 beers on tap(Bear Republic Racer 5, both NOLA brews, Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan, Lazy Magnolia Indian Pilsner, Brooklyn Lager, Harpoon IPA, Abita and many others) and about 50 bottles(Mikkeller Warrior IPA, Brooklyn Local 1, North Coast Old Stock, North Coast Rasputin, Bear Republic Big Black Stout, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye and again many others) in their fridge. Their selection is the best in the city and the quality is unmatched. Along with the 31 rotating taps the also do cask ale which is one of the ONLY bars in New Orleans to do this. The owner takes pride in her draft system and is open to listening to customer requests. They also have Jíanitas serving food out of the bar. They make some killer grub! This is far from your average bar food!
When I got to New Orleans I asked around about a real beer bar and was eventually directed to a place named Avenue Pub. It was exactly what I was seeking! They have ~30 taps, of which 2/3 seem to be constantly rotated. When I was there they had a few cask conditioned local ales (new to me, awesome!) and a variety of unpasteurized winter beers from the motherland and beyond (I had Nogne O, Mahrs, and an Eisbock by Kulmbacher). They even had one of my favorites, Delirium Tremens, on tap (I didnít even know it existed on tap outside of Belgium). Additionally, they have several different serving sizes to allow you to taste as many unique beers as possible. They serve pints, 10 oz, and 4 oz samplers. I asked the bartenders if they regularly had unique beers like the cask conditioned brews and German winter seasonals and they said they receive casks directly from local brewers regularly and always try to have seasonal kegs from Europe. Apparently they also do quite the octoberfest, with over 20 unpasterized German beers being brought in. The ambiance was fine and the pub has a balcony overlooking the New Orleans street car line, which was very cool. It was also pretty easy to get to from my french quarter hotel - just a $1.25 15 minute street car ride. The bartenders are very helpful and the owner is said to frequent the establishment. There is also a gourmet sandwich shop that used to be a standalone business before being brought into the bar to bolster its appeal. I know this sounds crazy but the redfish sandwich really is the best sandwich Iíve ever eaten. Finally, the bar is open 24/7 which makes it ideal for any crowd. All in all this place was exactly what I was looking for and was easily the best bar I experienced in New Orleans. A Must go to location for a beer drinking enthusiast.
First off, you should know the Avenue Pub is THE place to see parades at Mardi Gras. Its location doesnít have the family concentration seen at the beginning of the routes, so thereís a decidedly adult atmosphere. That said, this place, even when packed, has all the right stuff. Itís no snobby beer bar, either. The staff is extremely knowledgeable in the brews, especially the selections on tap. They rotate through seasonal flavors, sometimes with unfiltered choices. Thereís an above-average liquor selection as well, should you want that beer as a chaser. Or vice versa. The bar food speaks for itself (cheese fries!). Itís pretty much a 24 hour operation, too, so youíre never late. Youíre never underdressed either, as this is the most casual of joints.
All the decor of an old NOLA house, complete with cool porch and funky bathroom upstairs. Service was great, attentive even if they seemed a little flustered. The best beer selection in New Orleans, and probably get some of the rarest stuff in the southeast. Did not try the food, too many other good options in town. Definitely a must stop in town.
While on a recent trip to New Orleans I stopped by the Avenue Pub. I was in the area checking out the Garden District, some local cemeteries and NOLA Brewing Company and heard this was the best beer bar in New Orleans. What I had heard was absolutely correct!
I started off with a Stone Ruination to quench my hop-headed thirst after having walked from the French Quarter to the Avenue. It was poured into a freshly spritzed pint glass and was clean, fresh and delicious. I talked beer lightly with the bartender and ordered a fish sandwich.
When my food came out, it wasnít just a fish sandwich... It tasted like smoked halibut with swiss (from what I remember). Regardless, when I was expecting a fish sandwich and I got this I was very pleased.
I ordered a Peche Mortel and they had that on tap too... This was slowly becoming paradise... I began talking with a woman at the end of the bar: great beer geek talk! She started telling the bartkeep to let me try various offerings and it ended up being the owner, Polly. She was super friendly (in the typical New Orleans fashion) but was also the most knowledgeable bar owner I had ever met.
The Avenue is truly a great place for any beer geek and is devoid of the hipster and snobbery feel of many beer bars (see The Map Room in Chicago if you need an example). The atmosphere is relaxed, the beer is fantastic and the people could easily become your best friends.
One should be prepared to pay a little more than expected for this great beer though; but if youíre wanting the best and freshest beers out on the market today then you were prepared for that anyways, right? :)