Beer Fest | New Orleans, Louisiana
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Beer Fest
Good based on 8 ratings
Type: Bar

409 Bourbon St
New Orleans, Louisiana United States 70130 [ print map ]
504 525 2222

Beer Fest

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8 reviews for Beer Fest
 Ambiance  45%
 Service  66%
 Selection  64%
 Food N/A 
 Value  50%
 Overall  59%
 Rating  67%

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 13/20
fiveacestx  (151) Texas | May 31, 2014
There are two or three of these places on Bourbon Street and has more variety than any other place in the French Quarter. The beers were expensive but as previously mentioned,no other place in the French Quarter (and most of New Orleans in general) had these kind of beers. Beers are served in a plastic cup but the laws in this town are set up to where you can drink on the street. I used that to my advantage by popping open the first beer of the evening with the pick six I bought at Whole Foods and used the plastic cup from the hotel while walking to Bourbon Street. Anyway, the atmosphere in this place is about below average (lots of open areas where they could have tables) and the place was basically dirty (much like Bourbon Street) but good beer.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger  (72) Dallas, Texas | May 31, 2014
Itís a little hole in the wall type place, dive bar if you will, but they have 100 different beers on tap and in bottles. Lots of local choices which is nice. Prices are a little high but to be expected when on Bourbon Street. The bartender was knowledgeable about the local stuff and service was good. I would go back.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Luvystypotables  (75) Virginia Beach, Virginia | March 10, 2014
A dark whole in the wall on Bourbon Street playing retro music. Decent selection of beer on tap, however some of the selections on their sign they donít have. The bar tender knows his beer and they have a great selection of local beer, some international beer and other US Craft Beer.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 16/20
t0rin0  (1508) Do Not Resuscitate, California | March 7, 2014
Visited February 16, 2014.

Why does this place get such low ratings? Yes, the prices are high and yes it was relatively empty considering just how busy the rest of Bourbon St was but they have a ton of taps and most of them are dedicated to local beers. I saw Lazy Magnolia, Bayou Teche, NOLA, Abita, Covington, Crooked Letter, Parish, and Tin Roof all on tap. Those breweries made up probably two thirds of the list. Most of the rest were respectable brewers like St Arnoldís, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, and Anchor. This being my first night in town made it easy to find some locals that I handít tried. Admittedly the beer made in this state isnít very good but at least these guys push the local stuff. The two bartenders were wearing some tshirts that they had made that said ďI got my beer goggles at Beer FestĒ and as it turns out went to school at University of La Verne (which is about 3 blocks from where I lived up until a few months ago). Small world. People shouldnít hate on this place, but rather just hate on the pricing. Aside from Jimani these guys are the only ones doing anything of note (beer wise) in this part of the French quarter.

Either things have changed or there is way too much herd mentality here. Actually I know the pints werenít $10 when I was there, so maybe things have changed.
DuffMan  (322) the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta | November 26, 2013
Loud shithole off Bourbon Street, overpriced but at leat there is something besides Abita Amber to chose from. This is a desperation stop as you walk down Bourbon toward d.b.a...
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 11/20
NachlamSie  (647) Denver, Colorado | August 1, 2012
This place is a dump located right in the middle of Bourbon Street. If youíve been to New Orleans you know to expect filth and the constant aroma of garbage. The prices are very misleading. Most beers are $10.50 but that is for " buy one get one free" pints. Basically $5.25 for a craft beer but you have to drink them in increments of two. Tap list is fair with a few regional crafts and some okay imports. I had a Hopitulous served to me in a plastic cup, of course. If you really want craft beer you probably wonít be on Bourbon Street anyway. But if you must, I guess this will do.
  AMBIANCE 1/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 2/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 1/10   OVERALL 1/20
wzmoore  (22) Fishers, Indiana | June 20, 2011
One of the worst bars Iíve ever been to in my entire life. This place ought to be burnt to the ground. $10.50 for a pint of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale that tasted like the keg was from 2008. To be fair, New Orleans isnít really a good place to go for beer (I know this and knew it before I walked into this place), but while most everything else on Bourbon Street is reasonable, youíll soon realize (after getting your bill) why no one is ever in this dump! $10.50 for a pint of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale; what else do I need to say?
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail  (1134) Orange County, California | April 11, 2011
I was in New Orleans for a convention, and being the that I was on vacation, decided to enjoy the nightlife of Bourbon St. I also didnít necessarily want to down vodka and Bud Lite all night, so when I heard about this place, I had to check it out. I walked into the bar to find it almost empty, which was both surprising and not at the same time. I perused the tap selection while I waited for the bartender to finish helping out another customer. The selection was alright for the rather desolate beer state of Louisiana, but certainly nothing like what Iím used to here in CA. I ordered an Anchor Liberty Ale, always a good choice, and found it to be quite fresh. The unfortunate part about this place is that I was served my beer in a plastic cup. But, since you can just take your beer and go outside with it (legally), I wasnít too surprised. The really unfortunate part, was the price. My beer was $10 (granted, it wasnít your usual 12-14 oz pour, it was probably 16-20 oz), and I almost told the woman working the bar that I didnít want it anymore.

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