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....
I loved this place and it will be a regular on any visit to NOLA. Amazing selection of regional beers as well as an eclectic selection of foreign beers. Nice lived in atmosphere with a crowded downstairs bar and a more relaxed upstairs with another bar and relaxing chairs and couches for hanging out. Awesome!
Great place! Two bars, one upstairs, one downstairs. They don’t have a lot of staff, so you have to walk up/downstairs to order from those bars, but your tab is linked, so no worries there.
Food menu is larger than they say it is, and the food I had there was very good.
There are water coolers throughout the place so you don’t have to bug the staff for water.
Great selection of beers from around the world. Their tap selection is outstanding, and the bottle selection is very good as well.
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.
Beer selection was fantastic, lots of stuff I’d never seen before, especially on draft. Great selection of vintage brews as well, but the food definitely left something to be desired, some of the worst I’ve had in New Orleans. Great service and great ambiance, just eat first and find a hotel nearby (like the fantastic Fairchild House around the corner).
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.)
Zwanze Day 2013 was my first experience at Avenue. Selection on tap and in bottles rivals the best beer bars in the country. Unfortunately, for many of the patrons, this is just another bar on St Charles. Your lambic order is taken alongside the woman who wants a vodka tonic and four shots of Jameson. I must say they handled the crowd rather well for the actual Zwanze tapping, though; the groups system was smooth and painless.
Service wasn’t particularly good. Downstairs bartenders weren’t exactly friendly, conversational, or even efficient. Some of them don’t know (or seem to care much) about the amazing selection of beers available here. My credit card was lost for about 20 minutes while I tried to close my tab. And hey, that happens from time to time, but it reinforced my supposition.
[Edit: My original words here were probably a bit harsh & unfair for not having experienced the issue in question myself, so I’m removing them until I have personal experience to confirm/deny what I’ve heard. That said, the above reviewer spammed my personal social media accounts for simply conveying the experiences my friends had at this bar. Two wrongs don’t make a right, buddy.]
Anyway, Avenue is a legit beer destination, but don’t expect friendly banter with the bartenders because the guy behind you needs his vodka Red Bull ASAP.
Avenue pub saved me from the chaos of mardi gras.
Wonderful selection unlike anything else in new Orleans.
Cool people, great vibe and California style beer beer bar in the middle of all this mayhem.
I cannot give this place a higher recommendation.
Visited on two occasions during recent visit to New Orleans. Met and spoke with owner Polly - she even gave me a tour of the beer cave - and yes the kegs are just a few feet right behind the wall of the bar with new clean lines throughout. I could tell she had the passion to serve fresh beer. Gave this place a top rating for ambience due to nice wood feel and awesome atristry with the signage of colored chalk drawings for the beers and such. Yes, 32 beers on tap mostly all craft of USA. The bartender was friendly and knowledgeable too. Had two appetizers and they were a bit above average but nothing memorable. Prices were not out of line and it has the best draft beer selection in New Orleans. And since the place never closes it can’t be beat! Just a 10-15 minute streetcar ride from downtown. Will visit again when in the Crescent City - cheers to Polly and her staff!
This is kind of everything I want in a beer bar (nicely enough I am moving 5 blocks away from it in few months). Great tap list with very little dead weight, and nice but small bottle selection. Great Juit box (sp?), it even had Morphine on it. Not pretentious atmosphere and not a bunch of kids like myself either. This seems to be where the beer industry drinks in NOLA. When I move down myself and one of the guys from NOLA brewery are gonna have a tasting. Food is great bar food. I had the Not so Cuban (pulled pork with BACON), and the next day I had the No Name Duck (duck sandwhich with cole slaw) and guacamole and fresh chips. Drinks (over two days): Lazy Magnolia Stout on Nitro, Shakespeare Stout on Nitro, Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Stone Smoked Porter, NOL Hopitoulas IPA, Rogue Double Mocha Porter, covington Pilsner... Got to chat with owner both days, and was further impressed. This will be my neighborhood bar.