When you live in a city as hot as New Orleans, beer that's like water is actually considered to be a GOOD thing... but sometimes it's still nice to hydrate with something that's got a little flavor, so we perused NOLA's finest craft beer spots, and power-ranked them for your pleasure:
Power-ranking the six best craft beer bars in New Orleans
1. Crescent City Brewhouse527 Decatur St, New Orleans
2. d.b.a.618 Frenchmen St, New Orleans
3. Abita Brew Pub & Grill72011 Holly St, Abita Springs
4. Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar509 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans
5. The Bulldog3236 Magazine St, New Orleans
6. Avenue Pub1732 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans
This place was the first brewpub in Louisiana, constructed in a historic two-story building in the French Quarter. The 17-barrel brewery turns out small batches of its four signature beers, and the food menu combines traditional local ingredients with modern tweaks.
This music club features performances by local and regional acts every night of the week, and all tickets are first come, first serve. When you're not nodding your head to some tunes, you can partake in the killer selection of wine, cocktails and draft beers that's available. Or you can do both at the same time, whatever.
This full-service restaurant is located in the building where Abita brewed and bottled its beers until 1994. With more than 15 different beers on tap, including seasonal varieties and guest beers, this is definitely a place for beer-lovers to congregate.
This bar and eatery has more than 400 varieties of domestic and imported bottled beers, as well as 60 different beers on tap. There are also 17 flat-screen TVs and two eight-foot drop-down screens, displaying many different sports packages via satellite.
What better way to watch the game than at a place that houses 161 beers, over 50 draughts, AND a courtyard with outdoor flatscreens?
Located in the Lower Garden District, this American craft beer pub is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year…(!) Avenue Pub has over 40 taps (31 rotating) and dozens more regional & national craft brews in bottles.