Food & Drink

The Best Boozy Brunch Deals in New Orleans

Published On 09/10/2014 Published On 09/10/2014

Ever since our greatest scientists discovered a meal between breakfast and lunch, man has looked to the stars and wondered, "Where can I get the best boozy brunch deals in New Orleans?" Well, friends, you need wonder no more... we've rounded up the very best the city has to offer, all for your daydrinking pleasure.

Meauxbar

Meauxbar

French Quarter

Hustle on over to this bistro and get your hands on a cocktail gourmand’s dream: a bottomless mimosa that comes complete with sparkling wine and local citrus juices, plus shrubs, tinctures, and bitters for $18. Brunch is Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am-2pm. Check out the two-course breakfast prix fixe for $25, or a variety of a la carte items to pair with mimosa heaven.

Compere Lapin

Warehouse District

This Caribbean-tinged hotspot is the perfect place to chill out over coconut French toast with pecan rum sauce, chicken & smoked mushroom hash, and/or $30 unlimited Pimm’s cups. Yeah, it's damn good, y'all. 10:30am-2pm Saturday and Sunday.

Atchafalaya

Atchafalaya

Uptown

Atchafalaya is famous for several reasons, all of which are relevant to the avid bruncher: 1) its famous Bloody Mary bar (which many say inspired the trend in New Orleans) starting at $8; 2) that it throws in live jazz, no extra charge; and 3) that it really does have one of the best brunch menus in the country. Open for brunch Thursday-Monday, though the live music and Bloody Mary bar are only on Saturdays and Sundays.

Apolline

Uptown

Apolline not only offers bottomless mimosas for Sunday brunch from 10am-2pm for $16, but for the worst hangovers, $16 will also get you a double-shot Bloody Mary with boiled shrimp added to the traditional garnish of pickled vegetables. It's basically a health food.

Arana

Arana

Uptown

This Mexican bistro has a Sunday brunch from 11am-3pm, offering up $15 bottomless house margaritas, mimosas, or Bloody Marys. (On Saturdays from 11am-5pm, you can also procure $15 bottomless margs to go with lunch, and/or think of it as a super-early happy hour.) Pair your endless booze with breakfast tacos, rinse, repeat.

Cane & Table

French Quarter

On Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am to 2pm, you can get a brunch entree like Ya Ka Mein, Migas egg scramble, or yucca root & confit pork hash, accompanied by unlimited cocktails, for a total of $35. Here’s the sitch: you need to show up before 2pm, but your bottomlessness only(!) lasts for a two-hour window. There are, however, six unlimited cocktails available -- mimosa, paloma, michelada, Bloody Mary, the punch du jour, and a "Basque mimosa," with alcoholic Basque cider replacing the cava. (Yeah, it's still a great deal).

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Salon by Sucre

French Quarter 

This offbeat tea- and pastry-centric restaurant has morphed into so much more since it opened, and has recently added brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-3pm, with $20 bottomless mimosas. There’s no food purchase required by the restaurant to enjoy the bottomless mimosa, but with dishes like croque Benedict and steak & grits, you may feel it's necessary all the same.

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Twelve Mile Limit

Mid-City

Specialty cocktails here are already a steal at $6-8 -- plus, you can knock another dollar off while the Saints play (and get a dollar off all canned beer, as well). Brunch is on Saturday and Sunday, from 10am-2pm, with $5 mimosas and Bloody Marys. The menu focuses on "build your own" breakfast burritos and biscuit sandwiches, which can be customized with any combination of eggs, meats, sauces, vegetables, and cheeses.

Katie's Restaurant & Bar

Mid-City

Every Sunday from 9am-3pm, this neighborhood joint serves $15 bottomless mimosas, sangria, and Bloody Marys, alongside local dishes like grillades & grits, eggs cochon, and Katie’s special crawfish beignet. But be warned: get there early or prepare to wait, because the line is unfailingly long and the restaurant bustling with merry brunchers.

Broussard's

Broussard’s

French Quarter

One of the "grand dames" of creole cuisine and NOLA dining culture, Broussard’s jazz brunch is set in a quintessential French Quarter courtyard, and it's really a great place to enjoy music-accompanied creole and creative dishes, including Napoleon Benedict, raspberry mascarpone pain perdu, steak & eggs Broussard, and New Orleans barbecued shrimp & grits... all while sucking down $12 bottomless mimosas. Show up any Sunday, from 10:30am-2:30pm.

The Country Club

Bywater

Two words: Drag. Brunch. Now every Saturday from 10am-3pm, get brunch with $15 bottomless mimosas -- and entertainment from the Southern Barbitchuates -- while dining on truffled mac & cheese, eggs Hussarde, fried green tomato eggs Benedict, or buttermilk fried chicken & waffles. There’s brunch on Sundays too, although sadly without drag queen performances… they do have a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, though, so there’s that.

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Compiling this list made contributing writer Nora McGunnigle very, very thirsty for mimosas. Follow her adventures, with or without brunch cocktails, on Twitter at @noradeirdre or Tumblr: noramcgunnigle.tumblr.com.

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1. Meauxbar 942 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)

Meauxbar is a sleek French bistro set in a softly lit , intimate, and cozy dining room. The locally inspired menu serves small and large plates, all creatively conceived and meticulously executed. Pull up a seat at the marble counter bar, and sip on unique tasting flights of brandy, Cognac and Calvados.

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2. Compère Lapin 535 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Warehouse District)

Lead by Top Chef contestant Nina Compton, Compére Lapin is Caribbean-meets-Louisiana-Creole cuisine that is thoughtful and refined, but not fussy. Add a killer bar program (headed by NOLA barkeep Abigail Gullo from SoBou), and you've got yourself your next Friday night dinner reservation. Located in the Warehouse District, the space is a stunner, with exposed brick walls, wood finishes and a mosaic tile floor.

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3. Atchafalaya Restaurant 901 Louisiana Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more exceptional brunch than that of Atchafalaya, a hidden Irish Channel gem serving up contemporary Louisiana cuisine and craft cocktails inside a homey, art-filled space. With dishes like the namesake Eggs Atchafalaya (poached eggs, fried green tomatoes, jumbo lump crab, hollandaise), duck hash, and chicken & andouille gumbo, it seems impossible to imagine a better brunch lineup -- that is, until you discover there's a fully stocked Bloody Mary bar. Dinner is more than worth your time as well, when plates like pan-seared gulf swordfish, shrimp & grits, and truffled fried chicken breast are prepared with precision.

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4. Apolline 4729 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Uptown)

This Uptown resto is a favorite for a number of reasons: an extensive dinner menu, a solid cocktail list, and one of the best brunches in the neighborhood (they not only offer bottomless mimosas for Sunday brunch from 10am-2:30pm for $14, but for $12, you can have a double shot vodka Bloody Mary with boiled shrimp added to the traditional garnish of pickled vegetables. Healthy!

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5. Araña Taqueria Y Cantina 3242 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Uptown)

This Magazine St Mexican restaurant has a modern cantina vibe with multi-colored metal lanterns and big lights spelling "TEQUILA" across the bar (so you know where the priorities lie). Arana doles out dozens of reasonably priced taco choices and large-portion plates of chicken mole, fajitas and enchiladas. Order them with a bucket of domestic beer bottles for the table, a specialty cocktail or a flight of — you guessed it — tequila.

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6. Cane & Table 1113 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)

There are many things to enjoy about this throwback Caribbean restaurant and bar -- think Navy-strength rum and house-made falernum -- but best enjoyed here is the “Boss Colada”, a long and tropical drink fashioned from fresh pineapple, lime, Baska Snäps, and Peychauds bitters, garnished with a long pineapple leaf. Be warned: this bar is so low-key that there isn't even a sign out front. To find it, look for the line at Coop's on Decatur; it's next door.

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7. Salon by Sucré 622 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (French Quarter)

Opened by the confectionary minds behind Sucré', this full-service bistro serves both sweet and savory goods alongside a unique cocktail menu. The casual dining room has a French mid-century modern feel to it, perfect for an eccentric dining experience. While it’s open for lunch, brunch, dinner, dessert, and general snacks, afternoon tea is the best way to experience everything this whimsical one-of-a-kind restaurant has to offer.

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8. Twelve Mile Limit 500 S Telemachus St, New Orleans, LA 70119 (Mid City)

At Twelve Mile Limit the rotating menu offers inventive cocktails with fanciful names is diverse and covers all the alcohols and a small menu for bar bites and BBQ. The drinks range from the spicy Baudin (bournon, honey, lemon, and tobasco) to the sweet Bonafied Lovin' (honeysuckle vodka, sloe gin, violette, champagne, and lemon). Even on quiet nights, though, Twelve Mile has all the little things that make a bar feel homey. Besides the booze and the brisket, there is a jukebox, pool, a monthly all-vinyl Heatwave dance party with DJ Ann Glaviano’s, and weekly free food and comedy nights on Monday's.

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9. Katie's Restaurant & Bar 3701 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70119 (Mid City)

What opened as an old-school lunch corner in 1984 is now... still pretty much an old-school lunch corner, but with more modern furnishings, a standard menu of salads, sammies, burgers, various seafood items, and a brunch that straight kicks ass. Sundays from 9am-3pm, they serve $15 bottomless mimosas, sangria, and Bloody Marys alongside local dishes like Grillades and Grits, Eggs Cochon, and Katie’s special crawfish beignet.

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10. Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard 819 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70112 (French Quarter)

This resto plates seafood, a variety of savory meat options, and a number of vegetarian dishes, while offering an extensive wine list in an upscale and picturesque setting. It is also features the Empire Bar, which is run by notable mixologist Paul Gustings, who makes some of the best drinks in the city.

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11. The Country Club 634 Louisa St, New Orleans, LA 70117 (New Orleans)

The Country Club is a restaurant, bar, and pool all-in-one. Order a beer with your lunch, then walk upstairs and drink another one poolside. Be sure to visit the on-site massage therapists and spa services while you're there. Oh, and did we mention that the pool is clothing optional?

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