Went here during the week of the Swedish beer event. While a bit dark and divey at the downstairs portion of the bar, the upstairs and balcony areas provide a great view over St. Charles Ave. What can I say about this place other than the beers and service were excellent. Even without the Swedish beers, the pub had a bunch of great stuff on tap, including Pannepot Grand Reserva 2008, Jolly Pumpkin beers, 1809 Berliner Weisse, the list goes on and on. The bottle list is extensive as well and runs the gamut of styles. Prices on both taps and bottles were very reasonable; probably some of the best bottle prices I’ve seen at a bar (around the same area as Ginger Man in NYC, which was by far the best I had encountered before I came here). Got the roast beast sandwich while I was there. Thought it was pretty good; the fries weren’t quite my style. And best of all, Polly was extremely welcoming and a pleasure to talk to. RB can use more people like her and places like the Avenue Pub. A must-visit if you’re in New Orleans.
Dark, kinda run down place that is a converted house of sorts (don’t worry, keep reading), but in the end, it doesn’t matter. It’s easy to get to off of the main drag and the beers are worth it. The staff is friendly and knowledgable, and Polly is great and obviously does her damndest to get good beers. The food was delish as well. Basically, you have to fo here if you’re in New Orleans.
Visited when in NOLA for ASM 2011. Kinda dark and dingy, but the beer selection (and correct glassware!) made up for it. Had a fairly large group and one of the staff kindly (to us at least...) shifted some other people on the deck around to accommodate us. Sampled a few apps that were quite nice...greasy bar food but with a unique NOLA touch. Could have dropped a TON of money here....
Cool spot. Hopped off the trolley and I was there. I love public transportation. And cities that allow open containers. These go hand in hand. Anyway, I wouldn’t need too many "go" cups if this were my neighborhood pub. Great selection (at least when I was there which was a stillwater and 12% imports tap event) and they had many things I wanted to try and didn’t which is very rare for beer bars I frequent these days. They did allow smoking indoors but I hardly noticed it and was upstairs near the open air patio most of the time. Hot and friendly bartenders is also a plus. Could have spent a day or two here, easily. Hope to return.
Visited several times during my few days in New Orleans. Good friendly vibe about the place. The large tap list seem to evolve daily, so everything was always fresh. Pretty good bottle selection too. Only had food there once, but the dishes my wife and I had were very good. My one major complaint is the smoke. It’s hard to escape it. A non-smoking section SOMEWHERE (even if it was just the ground floor patio) would be very much appreciated.
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.
The moment you walk into the Avenue Pub, you feel like you are home and the bartenders treat you like a regular from the very first visit. The tap wall is really outstanding, they have regionals (with all the NOLA’s), unique interesting american micros, and impressive imports. And the taps rotate so often, you always find something to get you excited. The bottle list is also fantastic- from Cantillon, 3 Fontenien, Special release locals, Fantome, Loverbeer, and more . The food can really be quite surprising, gourmet seems to be the best way to describe it, and never boring. The feel of the Avenue is amazing, sitting with a guy on the right drinking a Pabst and a guy on you left with a Cantillon- everybody is still equal and you are all having a great time. the owner Polly is a class act and cares about every aspect of giving the customer the best craft beer experience! I wish this was my local bar, and it is easily in the top 5 bars in the US! .. and they were one of only 21 bars in the world to get 2011 Zwanze, that just shows you how amazing this place is!
I visited Avenue Pub for lunch, knowing it was a highly-rated pub with a reputation for having an excellent selection. In fact the selection is excellent, with top-drawer regional and national beers well-represented along with a few international craft ales. The bartender was very helpful and knowledgeable, in addition to being quick and friendly. So far so good. Food was decent, no complaints there. Prices are also good for NOLA, which I found to be a pretty expensive city overall. BUT, smoking is rampant and I honestly had a hard time tasting what was probably outstanding beers. This hurt the ambience, which otherwise is almost dive bar - something I appreciate. I like a public house to be comfortable, and this one is. Other than the smoking :\