Lower Garden District
Root recently relocated from its Warehouse District digs to the upstairs of its prix fixe, multi-course, chef’s table-focused Square Root. For happy hour, go old school with a boilermaker or classic daiquiri for $5 every day between 5-7pm. Also five bucks: the ultra gourmet bar snacks, like the squash blossom "Corndog" with scallop mousse and watermelon rind relish; the 62º Egg on brioche with everything spice and chicken skin; or the wild boar sticky bun with Szechuan peppercorns. Or try a snack board with all five snacks for $15.
Every day between 4-6:30pm, you can get two-for-one frozen mojitos, half-off house wine bottles, $3 draft beer, and raw oysters for 50 cents. The same deal is also offered as a late-night reverse happy hour on Friday and Saturdays, 10pm to close.
Celebrate like it’s Cinco de Mayo every Monday-Friday from 3-7pm with half off all drinks, and half off all of Araña's many kinds of tacos. Get yourself a Champagne margarita and a baja fish, pork belly, or lengua taco for less than a Hamilton (excluding tax and tip). This deal is fire.
This Magazine Street pizzeria offers half off its wood-fired pizzas, as well as half off its considerable and excellent draft beer list, and all wines by the glass from Monday-Friday, 3-5pm. Easy to remember, and a delicious deal to boot. Try the new muffuletta pizza with a pint of Parish Envie or Gnarly Barley Korova Milk Porter.
The cheese palace’s new Downtown outpost offers happy hour Monday through Saturday from 4-7pm. You can nab $10 three-item cheese boards, or get $4 off bottles of wine, and $1 off beer and wine by the glass.
This newly opened food hall and grocery store celebrates happy hour every Monday through Saturday from 4-6pm, at its onsite watering hole, Bar 38. It's working on developing a more standardized happy hour special, but for now, roll the dice and show up for a varying array of specials. Some days, you'll be treated to half-off draft beers (down to $2.50!), while other days get you discounted margaritas or other specialty cocktails. Plus you can nab small plates like steak tacos, compressed watermelon & fennel salad, and smoked, drum-stuffed local cherry tomatoes with preserved lemon pesto. After, do some grocery shopping -- so basically, you can knock out an errand while living it up. Win/win.
Check out this new wine-centric hotspot on Freret St, especially from 4-6pm Monday-Friday. The wines by the glass are $5, while most wine cocktails are $4 a glass, or $14 a carafe. Enjoy special cocktails like a paloma or Spanish G&T for $5. But the real deal is the food -- classic French and Spanish bar snacks, like warm Castelvetrano olives and chicken liver mousse for just $3-5.
Happy hour is offered Monday through Thursday, 4-6pm, and includes several choices of wines by the glass and $6 specialty cocktails (including Moscow mules, Pimm’s cups, Aperol spritzes, and basilicos), a selection of locally brewed $4 bottled beer (like Bayou Teche LA 31 Passionné, Southern Prohibition Jack The Sipper, Parish Envie, and Covington Brewhouse Anonymous IPA), and chef Nick Lama’s favorite snacks, such as fonduta ($5), mussels & fries ($7), and fried cauliflower ($5).
This fun-loving, gay-friendly palace of good times is fantastic any time, but especially during happy hour. Enjoy cocktail specials, small plates, and live music from 4-7pm every weekday (bonus: the deal also goes into effect whenever it's raining). Black-eyed-pea hummus and a trio of fried chickpeas, spiced pecans, and pickled okra (pictured) just scratch the surface of the cheap eats available, all of which are to be enjoyed with $3 well cocktails. Take it poolside, if weather permits.
Enjoy Flintstonian-sized pork ribs for $1.50 each, and craft cocktails like the watermelon white negroni with watermelon shrub, white vermouth, and gin for $6, or a gin & house-made tonic for $5. Get pints of draft beer for the 10oz price, and wine by the glass for $6. It all goes down Monday-Friday, 3-6pm.
Duck into this Quarter restaurant every day between 3:30-6pm for half off all beer and wines by the glass, and $5 small plates prepared by chef Nathan Richard, which include fried boudin balls, crispy hushpuppies, Louisiana sportsman’s gumbo, char siu pork belly steamed bun, and pork cracklins.
Every damn day between 3 and 6pm, get half off all drinks and appetizers. That's half price on 30 different draft beers, specialty cocktails, bottles of wine, cheese plates, charcuterie boards, duck fat-fried pommes frites, and much more. We strongly recommend pairing the bacon mac & cheese with a local 40 Arpent Orange Blossom O-Possum ale.
Lower Garden District
Pretty much the best idea in the history of ever, this cocktail and dessert bar (which also serves sandwiches) has free snacks between 4-6pm Tuesday-Friday, including items like focaccia, cured meats, and cheese. You do have to pay for the booze, but not much, with specials like $3 martinis, $5 Aperol spritzes, and $5 glasses of pinot grigio. Not paying for bar snacks frees up money for the exquisite doberge cake creations by the in-house cake maker, Debbie Does Doberge.
This new spot is tucked into a converted Southern mansion on Magazine Street, and provides an excellent happy hour special, in effect weekdays from 4-6pm. Six bucks will land you a shot and a beer, and there are several pairings to choose from. Try Evan Williams White Label bourbon with a Coors Banquet Beer, or a Louisiana-made Great Raft Commotion pale ale paired with Cynar. You can also pay seven bucks for aperitif cocktails like Lillet Blanc & soda, or Cappelletti and cava. For eight bucks, get a "porch pounder" like a Cavan Mule made with Irish whiskey, or a fruit-and-rum-heavy Planters Punch. Also available: oyster shooters and bar snacks in the $5-7 range.
Pair $5 plates of pâté, deviled eggs, house-made pickles, or crispy cauliflower with a $13 sherry flight, $5 house cocktails, or beer & wine between $4 and $7. Pro tip: always ask about the punch of the day.
This cocktail-focused bar started by legendary cocktail master Chris McMillian and his wife Laura offers special rotating cocktails for $5-6 until 7pm. Enjoy these with a $5 snack, like the smoked fish tacos or white bean hummus.