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 J’anitas serving food out of the bar. They make some killer grub! This is far from your average bar food!
Thank GOD for Avenue Pub. If you are anywhere near NOLA - make this a destination! Fantastic selection, enthusiastic staff, comfortable setup.
It’s a can’t miss in a city with a lot of bars and not a lot of quality beer.
Prices are great too.
The selection is unbeatable. This place is dedicated to great beer. No other place that I have been to cares more about the institution of beer and beer education.
Whether you’re looking for unbeatable beer, good company, or just a chill evening this is the place to go.
I work for a local beer distributor and I have been closely involved with Polly and the Pub, and I can insure you that NO ONE cares more about the freshness and quality of the product served to her customers than Polly!...as for his service issues, brystmar failed to note that the pub was extremely busy on his visit...so sorry that the staff weren’t able to coddle his little ego by paying sole attention to him...Avenue Pub is a treasure of the city of New Orleans and a beer drinker’s paradise!
I really can’t say enough good things about the Avenue. We live in the Baton Rouge area, but it’s impossible to avoid making a stop at the Avenue if we’re in the NOLA area. The downstairs selection alone is enough to make it the best beer bar in Louisiana, but combine the balcony bar and special events, and it’s tops on the Gulf Coast and competitive in the US. Only 22 places in the US selected to host Zwanze day events, and the Pub was one of them. Granted, that day had some hiccups due to the overwhelmingly large crowd, but the Pub is still tops in my book.
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 Pub’s management doesn’t 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 reviewer’s own social media was not me. I can’t the only one to note the flat out untruth mentioned originally, however.)
kodaq (1) New Orleans, Louisiana | December 13, 2009
I love this place ( not only because I live 2 blocks away & have a pint almost(or more) every day). It deserves my patronage. Not only does it have a constantly varied & often esoteric (for Louisiana) selection of beers on tap the in-house food (J’anitas) is excellent.
About every month there are "Beer Dinners" with food and beer pairings that tantalize the taste buds.
They also have "Cask Conditioned" ales quite often that are provided by a local Craft Brewer (NOLA Brewing).
The service is very good and the friendly staff are knowledgeable about the beers on tap. This is the premier beer haven in New Orleans & should be visited by anyone visting or living in our city.
I’d heard about The Avenue Pub for a while and finally went to check it out. I was happily impressed. I told my wife that it was the only bar I could see myself being a regular at. The food is so far above the norm for a bar that I think it should be called The Avenue Pub & Restaurant. The brews available overwhelmed my brain for a bit on my second visit and I couldn’t decide so I asked for a suggestion based on what I had been drinking. The bartender and a couple of "beer geeks" at the other end of the bar suggested a brew and were dead on. Not to be missed!
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 wasn’t 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 you’re wanting the best and freshest beers out on the market today then you were prepared for that anyways, right? :)