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.
Had a great experience here last night. Solid tap list with great variety and lots of local offerings. Great bottles as well at decent prices. Most of the staff was very friendly and talked to us more or less non stop. Had some great confit chicken too. Tried the bourbon bar upstairs too. The only negative thing I can say is that the cook was sneezing repeatedly directly into his hands. And I woke up with a cold the next day. Coincidence? I think not.
Nondescript dive-ish looking bar on St Charles that you could easily drive past if you didn’t know exactly where you were going. Easily accessible from streetcar or a long but doable walk from FQ. Inside, like previous rater said, "worn-in" yet comfortable enough. Utilitarian for sure. Also a patio and an upstairs area I believe. Mid-day (well, late morning) Tuesday and the place was empty. Bartender says sometimes it is packed at 4 AM which blows my mind. But the beer here is the draw for sure. Many taps (50?) with locals, nationals and Belgians all well represented, but not in the normal way. They may have Stone on tap, but instead of Arrogant Bastard, might be something a bit more obscure like 2012 Saison du Buff or something. Cellar list was like 7 pages, and was very hard to narrow down, and first choice actually no longer existed, but bartender made a fabulous recommendation. Just a ton of stuff you aren’t going to find anywhere in NOLA, much less the rest of the country. The place is an interesting experience. Bartender knew her stuff. Selection will bring you back again and again
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.
Pretty much a must-visit if you’re in New Orleans. Great tap list with lots of local stuff to try. Extensive bottle list. Tons of bourbon and other whiskey if you’re into that as well. Authentically grungy. Reminds me of an old rock club. My bartender was knowledgeable and honest, which I always appreciate. Do not miss this if you’re in the area.
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!
Visited 30.4.16. Stayed in NOLA for the weekend for places like Erin Rose, Latitude 29, Arnaud’s, Cane&Table and the likes - it’s about the cocktails. However, of course we paid a visit to the Avenue. Vast bottle collection that we didn’t pay much attention to, because when on the road we prefer to drink from tap as much as possible, and as locally as possible. We focused on local brews, took flights or samples or whatever they have there. Service was rushed (understandable. We accidentally arrived at the time of that horrendous Jazz Fest), beer was alrightish. Seating was uncomfortable but the one true downside is the smell that comes from the kitchen - heavy fried food smell that ruins the tasting. A must if you’re in town and into beer though.
ambiance: Part dive-bar, part two-story row house. Decent-ish part of the seemingly hipster part of New Orleans. Lots of space, long bar. Upstairs balcony patio, plus basement. Functioning cigarette machine--haven’t seen one of those in ages. service: Perfect mix of sarcastic laissez faire, beer knowledge, and good conversation. Selection: forget about it. One of the absolute best places for selection that I’ve ever been in the world. About 50 taps with lots of locals and craft selections, nary a macro to be found. Then an absolutely massive bottle list, including tons of stuff at cellar temps that have to be cooled a bit before service. WOW. food: Bar fare, but pretty darn good. The dump truck fries are money, the grilled cheese too. Cheese board was on point. value: Was there long enough that I don’t remember how much the tab was. I do know things weren’t too unreasonable. Pretty average, I think. overall: One of my very favorite bars I ever found. Any time I’m back in New Orleans, I’ll be back here. Great place.
Visited on the nights of January 3rd and 4th, 2016 (Sunday and Monday). Great selection. 40-50 taps, with a good mix of local, national, and international brews. Excellent bottle list as well, with some cellared options. 4 oz. pours available. Bartenders were friendly and really knew their stuff. Open 24 hours. I highly recommend a visit here if you’re in New Orleans.