Visited 30.4.16. Stayed in NOLA for the weekend for places like Erin Rose, Latitude 29, Arnaud’s, Cane&Table and the likes - it’s about the cocktails. However, of course we paid a visit to the Avenue. Vast bottle collection that we didn’t pay much attention to, because when on the road we prefer to drink from tap as much as possible, and as locally as possible. We focused on local brews, took flights or samples or whatever they have there. Service was rushed (understandable. We accidentally arrived at the time of that horrendous Jazz Fest), beer was alrightish. Seating was uncomfortable but the one true downside is the smell that comes from the kitchen - heavy fried food smell that ruins the tasting. A must if you’re in town and into beer though.
Visited on a Saturday afternoon. Two story building, with the main bar on the main floor and a smaller bar on the 2nd floor. Additional outdoor porch seating on the 2nd floor. Around 30-40 beers on tap on the main floor and an additional 10 or so beers on tap at the upstairs bar. I visited on the day of the Running of the Bulls, so the Avenue Pub had tapped around 5-10 special spanish beers for that event. I got to try a really tasty spanish cider and an interesting spanish fruited saison. Really fun to get to try those, as I’ve never had a basque cider and rarely seen spanish beers on tap. The bottle list was also phenomenal. Prices were reasonable for the drinks I purchased and bartenders were very friendly and helpful. Great place! Wish I would have had more time to enjoy!
Visited downstairs bar only on a slow Monday afternoon. Staff was dealing with an internet outage but was still incredibly friendly and attentive. Nice selection of local beers and interesting styles. Look forward to visiting again.
Upon first glance it doesn’t look like much but when you either 1) explore the property and see the multiple bars and the neat patio on the roof and in the back or 2) look closer at the tap list you’ll see why this place is so highly rated. Also, I’m sure that the general crappiness of the NOLA beer scene makes this place look that much more awesome. They have several dozen taps and will sell 4oz glasses of pretty much everything. They also have a good amount of bottles. On tap I had a glass of the Hill Farmstead / Blaugies saison and it was very nice. Smaller glasses of half a dozen other beers were ordered as well for the sake of trying them. Then upstairs where they have a separate tap list a few more tasters were ordered. The employees were very nice and helpful in picking out beers to try. One of the best was a pale ale of sorts (3% abv I think) from Spain that was good and hoppy. There was a black IPA and a quad mixed in there for good measure. Overall great selection. Not sure I’d fly out here just for Zwanze day but they have done that event several years now if you’re looking for your Cantillon ticks.
Didn’t try any of the food and come to think of it I’m not sure they even serve food, but it’s irrelevant as I was enjoying a glass of Blaugies and having a good time. That, and there is a BBQ place a few blocks up St Charles called Voodoo BBQ that I wanted to check out. Turns out that it was kind of lame, but at least now I know better.
Complaints include prices and that while the service was very friendly they were busy talking to regulars and not paying attention to anyone else, not that we weren’t served eventually. If I go back to New Orleans some day this will be one of my first stops.
Stopped by during a recent trip to Louisiana. Awesome bar near the Garden District. Parking is on the street but when we went finding a spot was not an issue. Had a very nice selection of both imports, domestic and local beers. Staff was generally helpful and seemed to know about the beers they were pouring. I had heard a lot about this place and was prepared to be let down, but it lived up to the hype. While there was nothing "rare" on tap, the selection was very good and I had some great beers.
A definate dive like bar, smoking and non smoking with nooks, crannies and outdoor areas. Both times the bartenders have been awesome and I had a great time. Selection is great, with a pretty impressive bottle selection as well. Food is fresh made and pretty decent. Prices are a bit high, but staff is generous. Overall, lots of fun in NOLA.
This review is for downstairs only as upstairs wasn’t open yet. Its divey looking down here and i came on odd hour and while bartnder and cook were very nice it was hard to get attention and i could have sat there for hours without being approached despitebeing 1 of 3 people there at first. anyways the food was quite good but we’re here for beer which is amazing. great amount of drafts fair prices and amazing bottle list. i could have spent way more here and i ma sure i will over the course of weekend and will update rating if i make it upstairs. also as an equal whiskey snob this was amazing list as well. despite the drunk local woman doing shots at noon and talking crazy to everyone
Visited in April. Sorry I missed this place on 3 previous convention stops. Although it has apparently been open many years, perhaps there is only a relatively new owner/management team now devoted to US craft, local and rarer European beers. I believe that you would have to travel as far as Dallas or Atlanta to find a place that could even compete with the beer selection on tap and in bottles here. If they could just find a door closing mechanism for the upstairs patio that didnit slam so hard!
December 2010. Without a doubt the premier beer destination in NO. Just a short drive or a trolley ride from the heart of the touristy areas, the Avenue Pub was a warm and welcoming respite on a cold day. Owner Holly can talk beer with the best of them. The food was fresh and delicious, although it did seem to take a long time to come out on an empty afternoon. Would definitely return -- some hard-to-find gems in a glass can certainly be discovered here! (Also, visit NOLA Brewing just a few blocks away!)