In the 504, those who like to go out and get into their cups (pretty much everyone, really) know that not all neighborhoods are created equal when it comes to imbibing. The hip kids and transplants love the Marigny and the Bywater, Magazine St has a wild variety of watering holes, and of course the French Quarter is the French Quarter. So while it’s not the new hotness of Freret St, Mid-City is coming up in a big way. If you’re headed that way -- as well you should -- here are the spots to hit for a great night out.
What do you do when you buy an old church in the Crescent City? Turn it into a bar and restaurant, of course. But a nice bar and restaurant. If you’re looking for a lovely glass of vino or a classic cocktail in Mid-City, this is your spot.
Finn McCool’s Irish Pub
Soccer hooligans of the Big Easy, unite at Finn’s! (Or, actually, don't?) There are other sports displayed on the 8ft TV, of course, but few seem more appropriate here than, ahem, “football”, paired with a properly poured pint of Guinness. Also, 'dogs, darts, and killer food courtesy of Boo Koo BBQ.
Twelve Mile Limit
What to say about this place other than, if you happen to be there at 4pm on a Sunday afternoon, you can get both a haircut AND a drink for all of 10 bucks? Well, also that there’s free food on Mondays. Oh, and Shortall’s BBQ to chow down on from Tuesday-Friday.
Mick’s Irish Pub
Sports, sports, and more sports! And pool, and smoking, and general debauchery. In all the best ways, this is the place to go if you want to give your liver a run for its money.
Parkview Tavern (Mid-City Watering Hole)
If you don’t know exactly what Parkview is just by looking at the name, you probably should move on. But if you really need a primer: it’s a true neighborhood bar with a great patio and free food during Saints games.
Banks Street Bar & Grill
What, you thought all the music in New Orleans lived downtown? Head to Banks Street for an eclectic lineup of bands throughout the week, from blues to bluegrass, rockabilly, Cajun and more, always for free with no cover charge. Because music is for the masses, man!
It might be a newcomer to the Mid-City scene, but Treo (opened by the owners of Finn McCool’s) brings inventive craft cocktails and small plates to a neighborhood that’s traditionally been more of a po-boy, beer-and-a-shot kind of place.
Like its Uptown sister, the Mid-City Bulldog is known for having an outstanding beer selection (which is vast, at 160 and counting, incl. vaunted rarities like Mikkeller and Clown Shoes), if a somewhat jocular vibe. And dogs, of course. Always dogs.
Bayou Beer Garden
With a huge and beautiful outdoor deck (there’s a waterfall!), the BBG is literally made for drinking outside. It’s a great spot if you’re partying with a sizable group, or to kill it at pub trivia.
The bar formerly known as McNulty’s Bitter End
Okay, so, technically speaking, it’s now called Bob Roth’s Lounge, but we’ll always know it as McNulty’s. Or Par Fours, or La Lena’s, Amoure’s Island, L.G.’s Rendezvous, or any number of its names since the mid-1950s. An old-school dive bar with zero BS and even less pretension, little has changed about the place -- from the classic rock on the radio to the ratty old pool tables to its regulars -- in decades. Well, aside from the name.
1. Redemption3835 Iberville St, New Orleans
2. Finn McCool's Irish Pub3701 Banks St, New Orleans
3. Twelve Mile Limit500 S Telemachus St, New Orleans
4. Mick's Irish Pub4801 Bienville St, New Orleans
5. Parkview Tavern910 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans
6. Banks Street Bar & Grill4401 Banks St, New Orleans
7. Treo3835 Tulane Ave, New Orleans
8. The Bulldog Mid-City5135 Canal Blvd, New Orleans
9. Bayou Beer Garden326 N Jefferson Davis Pkwy, New Orleans
10. Bob Roth's Lounge5129 Canal Blvd, New Orleans
This resto/bar is one of the most unique places in Mid-City, serving up a variety of wines and delicious food inside the friendly confines of an ex-church.
In the tradition of Irish pubs, Finn McCool’s is more than a bar. The Mid-City institution borrows from the best of two cultures: an Irish pub that functions more like a community center, and a no-pretensions New Orleans corner bar that welcomes all comers. What you’ll find at Finn’s are friendly bartenders and a heavily local crowd (unless, maybe, it’s St. Patrick’s Day). If you’re looking to watch football -- and I don’t mean the American kind -- Finn’s is the best place in New Orleans to plant yourself.
Twelve Mile has all the little things that make a bar feel homey. You’ve got food if you need it, places to sit and stare at the curios that catch your eye -- like the stuffed shark and squid hanging near the Hyperbole and a Half print on the wall -- a solid jukebox, pool, and personalized matchbooks to light your smokes or pass a number to someone. It’s the neighborhood bar worth leaving your actual neighborhood to adopt as your own.
As far as divey sports bars go, Mick's is a very solid option in Mid-City for cheap drinks, sports on the TVs, a pool table, and a dart board. We think that Mick's Irish Pub is one of the best Irish pubs in New Orleans, but you'll have to stop by and see for yourself.
Parkview is a true neighborhood bar with a great patio and free food during Saints games.
This all-inclusive music venue offers indoor and outdoor seating, pool tables, and pizza by the slice. The stage is constantly filled with eclectic bands throughout the week, from blues to bluegrass, rockabilly, Cajun and more. And the best part? It's always for free with no cover charge.
Brought to you by the owners of Finn McCool's, Treo brings inventive craft cocktails and small plates to Mid-City, a neighborhood that’s traditionally been more of a po-boy, beer-and-a-shot kind of place.
Like its other uptown location, this dog-friendly Mid-City location is known for having a terrific brew selection, lively atmosphere, and classic bar bites. If you're looking for something a bit more creative than a burger or wrap, try the crawfish banditos or Tex-Mex eggrolls -- they won't disappoint.
Bayou Beer Garden in Mid-City gifts you with 180 beers to choose from and a creative cocktail list, with offerings like the Wake-up Call, with grapefruit vodka, peach liqueur, orange cream bitters, and Lagunitas IPA, or the Bourbon Brees, with Bulleit rye, bourbon, Crème de Mure, mint, and lemon juice. If you plan on sticking around BBG for some time, indulge in food menu selections of appetizers, salads, wraps, and sandwiches, like BBG Disco Fries, which are coddled in wax paper and smothered in gooey melted cheddar cheese and savory roast beef debris gravy. You’ll find fresh air and shade in the patio area, shielded by umbrellas and a green and beige canopy above.
This dive bar has gone through a whole host of names throughout its existence, but regardless of what it's called, you can always count on it for classic rock on the radio, cheap drinks, and a friendly atmosphere.