An excellent place that lives up to its reputation. I recall the place having a worn-in feel - in the best way possible. It’s a big place, with lots of seating options. Although, we visited during the day midweek, so there were only a few patrons at the time. The beer selection is massive, with tons of interesting stuff on tap and in bottles. Lots of local/southern breweries, other US classics, Belgian stuff. Pretty good prices. The place has a nice story, too; as I recall, a woman inherited the bar from her father and then, slowly, and starting with Belgian beers, turned it into the place that it is now. I didn’t eat here, but the food offering looked solid, and if they execute it anywhere near the level they do for beer, then it’s probably great. If you are a beer geek visiting New Orleans, then a visit here should be your top priority. This is one of the best bar’s I’ve ever visited.
Visited on New Year’s eve on our trip to New Orleans. Old school pub like environment with a downstairs bar with over 40 taps, seats outside, upstairs bar with 9 taps and a patio. Sat at the bar and had great selection to choose from. Once you start a tab you could get a beer from the bottom or upstairs bar. The staff was very knowledgeable and fun to talk with during our 3 hours there. A great list that was accurate and up to date. The bottle list was pretty good and not overpriced for some the more rare bottles. The food looked good but we didn’t try so don’t want to rate it here. The prices were great and overall a great beer destination in New Orleans. A must visit beer bar. Cheers!
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 didn’t 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 I’ve 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.
This place is amazing. Easily one of the best beer bars I’ve ever been in. Great selection (two different bars, with different offerings) and a comfortable location inside a large house. Well worth the trip to NOLA.
First off, you should know the Avenue Pub is THE place to see parades at Mardi Gras. Its location doesn’t have the family concentration seen at the beginning of the routes, so there’s a decidedly adult atmosphere. That said, this place, even when packed, has all the right stuff. It’s no snobby beer bar, either. The staff is extremely knowledgeable in the brews, especially the selections on tap. They rotate through seasonal flavors, sometimes with unfiltered choices. There’s an above-average liquor selection as well, should you want that beer as a chaser. Or vice versa. The bar food speaks for itself (cheese fries!). It’s pretty much a 24 hour operation, too, so you’re never late. You’re never underdressed either, as this is the most casual of joints.
Absolutely love this place. Great atmosphere even though it is occasionally frequented by many BMC and liquor drinkers, with great service. It’s a 24 hour a day bar so sure you might get attitude sometimes but it’s a pub and the service is a hell of a lot better than anywhere else in town. Clean up after yourselves it’s not that hard! Great selection, occasiona; rarities and the best Cantillon selection around. Food is phenomenal even by New Orleans standards. Often adventurous with classic favorites, every selection on the menu lives up your expectations. Fried Red Beans and rice wantons to Grilled Cheese, not your conventional grilled cheese by the way, are all awesome. Pretty average prices. Overall, this is the only bat for any beer aficionado in New Orleans or visiting the city.
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.
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!
A short trolley ride from where we were staying. Multiple levels, tons of bottles and a great selection on draft. After choosing a pint we moved onto the balcony for a relaxing evening on the upper deck. Will definitely go back.