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.
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 Iíve 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 30.4.16. Stayed in NOLA for the weekend for places like Erin Rose, Latitude 29, Arnaudís, Cane&Table and the likes - itís about the cocktails. However, of course we paid a visit to the Avenue. Vast bottle collection that we didnít 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 youíre in town and into beer though.
ambiance: Part dive-bar, part two-story row house. Decent-ish part of the seemingly hipster part of New Orleans. Lots of space, long bar. Upstairs balcony patio, plus basement. Functioning cigarette machine--havenít seen one of those in ages. service: Perfect mix of sarcastic laissez faire, beer knowledge, and good conversation. Selection: forget about it. One of the absolute best places for selection that Iíve ever been in the world. About 50 taps with lots of locals and craft selections, nary a macro to be found. Then an absolutely massive bottle list, including tons of stuff at cellar temps that have to be cooled a bit before service. WOW. food: Bar fare, but pretty darn good. The dump truck fries are money, the grilled cheese too. Cheese board was on point. value: Was there long enough that I donít remember how much the tab was. I do know things werenít too unreasonable. Pretty average, I think. overall: One of my very favorite bars I ever found. Any time Iím back in New Orleans, Iíll be back here. Great place.
Visited on the nights of January 3rd and 4th, 2016 (Sunday and Monday). Great selection. 40-50 taps, with a good mix of local, national, and international brews. Excellent bottle list as well, with some cellared options. 4 oz. pours available. Bartenders were friendly and really knew their stuff. Open 24 hours. I highly recommend a visit here if youíre in New Orleans.
Great spot with an excellent draft selection, nice cellar, and delicious pub food. Had some 3F Golden Blend followed by some Elijah Craig 23 and burger with goat cheese and candied bacon. Good service, bartenders are fun and engaged. Definitely worth a visit.
Awesome beer bar with a uniquely New Orleans vibe. Drank at the upstairs bar which has an absolutely superb whiskey collection (Parkers heritage, btac, four roses limited edition, van winkle etc etc) for extremely reasonable prices. There was also a tremendous beer selection between the tap and bottle list. Everything was very reasonably priced and the service was great. Really cool place to grab a beer/whiskey that I would spend way too much at if it were close to where I live.