First impression was quite awful. I wanted to turn around and run. Small bar full of people, smoke everywhere, people pushing, beer list very hard to read (most of the beers crossed over)... I was encouraged to stay and have a drink. I had too. The service was friendly but slow. The selection was quite limited (what comes to local beers) but still I was able to find something to drink. No need to come back. I was disappointed.
GT (672) San Diego, California | September 13, 2014
Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Bar + Food Location. . . . . . . .St Charles St, not downtown Prices. . . . . . . . . ..Higher Tap Selection. . . .Larger, 30-40 Bottle Selection. .Extensive including rarities Samplers. . . . . . ...Possibly Full Pours. . . . . . .Yes Beer Level. . . . . ..High, well curated Food Level. . . . ...Unknown, Upgraded Pub Grub Staff. . . . . . . . . . ..Knowledgable, Friendly Growlers. . . . . . ...No Noise Level. . . . ..Louder Décor. . . . . . . . . ..Historic Row House Good for Kids. . ..No Parking. . . . . . . ...Street, Enforced Cash Only. . . . . ..No Recommended. ..Yes Comments: Avenue Pub is a quick trolley ride from the French Quarter area down St Charles St. It’s an unassuming row house with a small sign. Interior is cramped, two stories with a different tap list upstairs. Bourbon and Scotch list was extensive with small pours available. Bottle list included 3F Hommage, but was for sale for $60 I believe. Tap list included Jolly Pumpkin, Magic Rock, Stillwater, and a few other specialties. Tap lines seemed clean. Food looked good. Staff checked on keg freshness for me, pulled out an inventory sheet to make sure a hoppy beer on was fresh. As always in nola, smoking is allowed inside and you can take beer to go as long as it is in a non-glass container. They’ll give you plastic cups to go. Very fun, not to be missed. Pours ranged from about $6-8.
phaleslu (590) Cincinnati, Ohio | May 24, 2010| Updated December 13, 2012
Stopped by the Avenue Pub on a Friday afternoon the day before their big American Craft Beer Week event. I was with a bachelor party with 12 guys killing an afternoon on the St. Charles streetcar line, and managed to persuade them all to come here. We grabbed food here, which is an unusual setup because the kitchen is technically a separate business than the pub itself. They weren’t quite ready for the crunch of a dozen guys walking in to eat and drink at once; I got the impression this place is used to a steady flow of business throughout the day, and based on the 24-7 hours that seems about right. Great tap selection and a bunch of cool bottles, too. They cover all the local and regional brewers, digging deeper than the flagship beers from each of them. Surprising amount of beers from around the country, too, and a few cool foreign brews. Great atmosphere- corner pub along a beautiful street with a balcony, the building is that style unique to the city. Awesome place- the best beer bar in New Orleans, and it absolutely commands a visit to any beer drinker visiting for any amount of time. UPDATE: The tap list here is better every time I come in. I love the atmosphere but -1 for the smoke (even though I know it’s legal in NO). Can’t wait to return.
This is the bar to go to in New Orleans for the best selection of craft beer in the area. It is open 24 hours a day, which is pretty crazy. There is a downstairs area and a special upstairs section which offers a few different, special beers (but only opens at 5pm I think). Anyway, this place has local options as well as plenty of international offerings, including Cantillon and Drie Fontinen, and other rarities. It was a great stop, and a must-stop for those visiting NOLA. It is away from the French Quarter, but certainly walkable (~30 mins).
DuffMan (346) the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta | November 26, 2013| Updated November 13, 2017
Like all the classic beer bars I’ve been in, this is a humble, TV-less, poorly lit joint that is comfortable and lacking any pretentions. Notable for a rather outstanding offering of Belgians on tap and in bottles, it also has many local micros. Bar staff was friendly and attentive, but the beer knowledge wasn’t really there, such that I politely asked if they minded if I looked at their bottle collection myself. Overall this place is deserving of their highly ranked status, but be warned: you come here for the beer, as there isn’t much else to satisfy non-beery folks.
Update Re-rate: how many years has it been? This place is still amazing, but now it has TVs for football and an AMAZING kitchen. And if anything, their beer awesomeness has expanded. An absolute must for beer lovers who love good food and a comfy environment.
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!
IF you visit New Orleans don’t go to the French Quarter looking for a beer bar. Turn around 180 degrees and make your way here. It may look a bit like a dive bar but the tap list, food, and atmosphere make this one of the best places I’ve ever been.
For the sampler you can pay by the ounce which means even if you get flights your final tab will be less than two drinks on Bourbon Street. If you want full pours the servers will give you generous 16 ounce pours in most cases. Either way the bang for the buck is second to none and that’s not even during Happy Hour when beers are $2.00 off.
Finally the food - I did not have high expectations but my meal may have been one of the best affordable options in town. Between the burgers, appetizers, and other options there is something for everyone. This is not a place to miss if you are in New Orleans.
THE stop for beer in NOLA. Old tavern ambiance. Great draft & bottle selection. Nice belgian selection in both bottle & draft. 3 de rankes on tap. Bartender was great & personable. Got to drink a beerwith the NOLA brewing crew to boot. Must stop in New Orleans. Just a $1.35 trolly ride from the French Quarter
jbruner (295) Marietta, Georgia | February 12, 2013| Updated December 24, 2013
It was Mardi Gras, and the bar was open 24 hours a day for the week, so understandably it was a little dirty when I went at 2am, and the upstairs was not open. Otherwise, nice old school pub vibe with lots of wood and nothing too cluttered. Service was a little sub par, but again I would imagine they had all been there for a while at that point. I got more knowledge from the cook and a guy sitting next to me than the bartenders. Selection was pretty awesome, a lot of rare stuff and stuff you can’t get anywhere else, including a pilsener brewed solely for Avenue Pub (unfortunately I did not get to try it). Food was decent, pub grub with a slightly modern feel, but still greasy and really only good if you’re drunk. Beers were a little pricey, but again probably due to the fact that they could only do 16oz plastic cups during Mardi Gras. Great place to find good beer compared to the rest of New Orleans, though. Definitely want to try and head back again. Update: went for Zwanze day and I could not be more impressed with service and the selection. Awesome place.
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
Avenue Pub was not on the beer map last time I was in New Orleans, a few months before Katrina. At that time, the City was a veritable beer wasteland outside of d.b.a. What a wonderful addition to the City and more specifically to the beer scenes of both New Orleans and of the South in general. A $1.25 street car ride from the edge of the French Quarter (Canal & St. Charles), AP has several different areas depending upon your mood: a more standard downstairs bar, an outdoor patio, an upstairs bar, and an outdoor upstairs balcony. What sets AP above other beer bars is the breadth and uniqueness of its selection and the fact that the tap selection is continually turning over almost completely. On this visit upstairs was a selection of 5 different Brooklyn Brewing beers, an aged Old Rasputin, and a newly tapped cask (tapped special because my group promised they’d put a dent in it!) of Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale. Polly, the owner, clearly has a high standard for what’s she’s willing to put on tap at Avenue Pub and it shows in the quality of the selection. I didn’t have a chance to have any food, but all my buddies did. They and others I spoke to said the food is very good. As others have said, a truly can’t miss place when anywhere near New Orleans!