New York has a subway, Boston a T, Chicago an L, and San Francisco has BART... but we have streetcars in New Orleans, ya heard. Not only are they functional, but streetcars are a convenient and cheap way to get around the city if you want to hit the bars hard. So, for your drinking pleasure, we’ve plotted out the best bar within a 5 to 10 minute walk of stops on every streetcar line, including the brand-spanking-new and wildly welcome Rampart-St. Claude extension. It’s finally here!
Elysian Fields Ave: Hi-Ho Lounge
St. Charles Streetcar (Dark Green Line)
Oak St: Maple Leaf Bar
South Carrollton/Riverbend: Cooter Brown’s Tavern & Oyster Bar
Broadway: Three Muses Maple
Jefferson: The Kingpin
Napoleon: Fat Harry’s
Louisiana Ave: The Delachaise
Washington Ave: The Victorian Lounge at the Columns Hotel
Jackson Ave: The Avenue Pub
MLK/Melpomene: The Irish House
Lee Circle: Circle Bar
Julia St: Seaworthy
Poydras St: Marcello’s Wine Bar
Union St: Lüke
Common St: Loa
Gravier St: Victory Lounge
Poydras St (on Carondelet St): Cellar Door
Canal Streetcar (Light Green Line)
City Park and NOMA: Toups' Meatery
Orleans: Pearl Wine Co.
Bienville St: Wit’s Inn
Carrollton Ave: Revel
White St.: Chickie Wah Wah
Claiborne Ave: Handsome Willy’s
Rampart St: Davenport Lounge at the Ritz
Carondelet St/Bourbon St: Sazerac Bar
Royal St/St. Charles: Carousel Bar
Camp St/Chartres St: Black Duck Bar at the Palace Cafe
Peters St: Polo Club Lounge
Canal Streetcar/Cemeteries (Red Line)
Cemeteries: Bulldog Mid-City
Carrollton Ave: Red Door
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1. Borgne601 Loyola Ave, New Orleans
2. Catahoula Hotel & Bar914 Union St, New Orleans
3. Erin Rose Bar811 Conti St, New Orleans
4. Bar Tonique820 N Rampart St, New Orleans
5. Buffa's Restaurant & Bar1001 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans
6. Hi-Ho Lounge2239 Saint Claude Ave, New Orleans
7. Maple Leaf Bar8316 Oak St, New Orleans
8. Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar509 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans
9. Three Muses536 Frenchmen St, New Orleans
10. The Kingpin1307 Lyons St, New Orleans
11. Fat Harry's4330 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans
12. The Delachaise3442 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans
13. The Victorian Lounge3811 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans
14. The Avenue Pub1732 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans
15. The Irish House1432 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans
16. Circle Bar1032 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans
17. Seaworthy630 Carondelet St, New Orleans
18. Marcello's Restaurant & Wine Bar715 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans
19. Lüke333 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans
20. LOA new orleans221 Camp St, New Orleans
21. Victory339 Baronne St, New Orleans
22. CellarDoor921 Lafayette St, New Orleans
23. Cane & Table1113 Decatur St, New Orleans
24. Mississippi River Bottom515 Saint Philip St, New Orleans
25. Tujague's823 Decatur St, New Orleans
26. Napoleon House Bar & Cafe500 Chartres St, New Orleans
27. Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29321 N Peters St, New Orleans
28. Café Adelaide & the Swizzle Stick Bar300 Poydras St, New Orleans
29. Barcadia New Orleans601 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans
30. The Rusty Nail1100 Constance St, New Orleans
31. Toups' Meatery845 N. Carrollton, New Orleans
32. Pearl Wine Co.3700 Orleans Ave, New Orleans
33. Wit's Inn141 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans
34. Revel Cafe and Bar133 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans
35. Bayou Beer Garden326 N Jefferson Davis Pkwy, New Orleans
36. Bayou Wine Garden, New Orleans
37. Chickie Wah Wah2828 Canal St, New Orleans
38. Handsome Willy's Bar and Lounge218 S Robertson St, New Orleans
39. Davenport Lounge921 Canal St, New Orleans
40. Sazerac Bar130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans
41. Carousel Bar & Lounge214 Royal St, New Orleans
42. Palace Café's Black Duck Bar605 Canal St, New Orleans
43. The Polo Club Lounge300 Gravier St, New Orleans
44. The Bulldog Mid-City5135 Canal Blvd, New Orleans
45. The Red Door206 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans
Serving a seafood-obsessed menu in a sleek, airy space with maritime accents, Borgne is the Big Easy’s answer to rustic Louisiana cuisine. Helmed by dream duo of Chefs John Besh and Brian Landry (of Galatoire fame), the CBD spot is beloved by locals for its bold flavors, evident in small bites like the duck poppers with jalapeno and bacon and heavy-hitters such as the black drum à la plancha, which strikes the perfect balance of savory and sweet with brown butter, pecans, and jumbo lump crab.
Catahoula Hotel Bar in the Warehouse District was created by Nathan Dalton, the mastermind behind the popular and whimsical Tiki Tolteca. His cocktail list is an ode to pisco, the Peruvian grape-based spirit. Try the classic pisco sour or our favorite, The Coolest Kid in Class, which combines chamomile-infused pisco, sherry, apple, and honey, and comes served in a juice pouch in a brown lunch bag. Points for creativity.
A half-block away from Bourbon Street, this friendly Irish pub is covered in framed photographs, car parts autographed by drag racers, and other memorabilia from NOLA's glory days. Erin Rose is known for its Bloody Marys, frozen or hot Irish coffee, and its killer po' boys, such as its Dark 'n Stormy Po' Boy with rum-braised pork.
While tourists are welcome at Bar Tonique, it is in the French Quarter after all, this craft cocktail bar doesn’t cater to out-of-towners and instead focuses on its encyclopedic cocktail menu. Of the 40 plus cocktails listed by classification and purpose (think “True Cocktails”, “Sours,” and “Punches”), the “True” East India Cocktail is high on our list of must-drink with its cognac, curaçao, Maraschino cherries, house-made pineapple syrup, angostura bitters, and lemon peel garnish. All visitors feel at home in this comfortable, den-like space whether you’re seated at the wrap-around bar or snuggled up by the fireplaces during the cold season, and for those of you that consider yourself whiskey aficionados ... Tuesday’s special is whiskey flights.
On the fringe of the French Quarter sits Buffa’s Bar & Restaurant, a jazz club, dive bar, and local brunch spot that’s open 24/7. Stop by early to grab a seat for jazz brunch and dig into traditional New Orleans Shrimp & Grits, but we implore you to try a bowl of the creamy Shrimp & Sausage Gumbo swimming with butternut squash, sweet apples, and cajun shrimp. No matter when you stop in, the deep fried gator meat balls and burger options are definitely worth writing home about especially when you pair it with cheap drinks and live music (Wednesday-Sunday). Beware: the massive chuck sauce-drenched, American cheese-topped Sith Lord burger will light your mouth on fire with ghost pepper powder.
Hi-Ho Lounge is one of the original venues on arts-centric St. Claude Avenue that regularly features a wide array of local and national jazz, funk, electronic, and indie rock acts. Its programming also includes burlesque shows and documentary film screenings.
This hoppin' bar hosts live music nightly and has done so consistently since it opened in 1974.
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.
Three Muses is a bright, lively bar that sits adjacent to the touristy French Quarter on Frenchman Street—home of New Orleans' historically notable music scene for the past 40 years. With nightly music, coveted small plates, and craft cocktails Three Muses draws locals and tourists alike, so call ahead. The baked mac and cheese has a creamy velvet consistency with a light, crunchy top, the Gulf Fish Tacos are served on sweet corn tortillas and served with pickled corn salsa and cilantro-lime crema, the thick, aromatic lamb sliders are topped with goat cheese and tomato chutney, and the Bacon-wrapped Bleu Cheese Stuffed Dates speak for themselves. Pair any of them with a local craft brew or a cocktail like the Minor Swing Margarita made with hibiscus, jalapeño, blood orange liqueur, and grapefruit soda.
This super-friendly, delightfully kitschy Uptown dive features an Elvis shrine, a free barbecue during Saints games, and some of the best jukebox jams in the city.
Fat Harry’s looks like a small English pub, but the food is unmistakably down-home Louisiana eatin’. Po-boys, fried corn, sliders, crawfish, and fried catfish are the staples at Fat Harry’s, but the breakout star has to be The Cure: a pile of tender pulled pork with just the right amount of buttery fat and melted pepper jack cheese topped with a fried egg, jalapeños, and spicy mayo all between two slices of wheat toast. Quell the spice with a moderately cheap beer and rack up at the pool table in the back. It tends to be frequented by students because of its proximity to Tulane, but it’s also right on St. Charles Ave which makes it a great place to celebrate Mardi Gras.
Picture this: an intimate dinner on an outdoor patio, strings of glowing lights crisscrossing overhead, sipping on a selection from one of New Orleans’ most decorated wine lists, and snacking on decadent bites like goose-fat fried pommes frites, piquant with peanut satay (or, for those undeterred by fine swamp food, the spice-obsessed frog legs). It’s your average night at The Delachaise, a weekend haunt for wine lovers with Creole cravings and time to spare -- evenings at this cozy joint are relaxed affairs, and the “walk-ins only” policy means you’ll likely wait for a table (trust us: it's worth it).
The Columns is a pretty bar. You’ll be able to tell as you walk up to the 19th century private-home-turned-hotel: a white mansion with a handsome veranda that overlooks a picturesque stretch of St. Charles Avenue. You can sit on that veranda and watch streetcars rumble by while you tipple concoctions: a Ramos Gin Fizz, a Brandy Milk Punch, a Kir Royale, an Old Fashioned. Or you can steal inside to the stunning Victorian Lounge -- the origin of your al fresco cocktail. If you belly up to the bar, while you wait you can let your eyes devour the sights of the room -- the curved mahogany walls and coffered cove ceiling, the gilded bronze chandelier hanging above you. Enjoy the view. That’s the Columns’ raison d’etre.
Located in the Lower Garden District, this American craft beer pub is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The tap list is heavy on one-and-done offerings with enough rarities to keep the beer nerds at bay, while the bottle list is about as thick as a small-town phone book, offering up everything from Belgian farmhouses to all-American IPAs, all of which taste considerably better when paired with the famous bechamel and pork Dump Truck Fries.
Located Uptown, the Irish House is a classic Irish gastropub serving brunch, lunch, and dinner, as well as a wide array of cocktails and beers. We highly recommend stopping by for brunch and eating their authentic Irish breakfast. It will taste like you're eating in Dublin.
Located inside a converted house that looks charmingly out-of-place within its Warehouse District surroundings, Circle Bar is a bar that redefines the meaning of the word “intimate.” The close-quarters space is downright snuggly, with a laid-back, living room-feel that makes drinkers feel like they’re right at home -- if their homes also happen to be privy to some of the best up-and-coming rock bands in the country and a killer happy hour. The bar regularly plays host to stellar local acts and hovering-below-the-radar punk and indie groups, but is all-too-often overlooked by out-of-town visitors. Thankfully (whew) you won’t make that mistake now.
Housed in a rustic 1832 Creole cottage adjacent to the Ace Hotel, chic raw bar Seaworthy serves fresh oysters from the East, West, and Gulf Coasts during happy hour and dinner, along with other treasures from the sea like chilled lobster tail, smoked sturgeon brandade, crab claws, and steamed littleneck clams. If you're feeling extra fancy, there are a few different caviar options on offer. You'll want to tap into the solid drink selection, too, which includes refreshing concoctions like the Goldfinch, mixed with cocchi americano, fino sherry, lemon, orange bitters, and club soda.
Marcello’s Restaurant & Wine Bar on St. Charles Avenue offers rustic Italian fare that stands out among the Creole-Italian restaurants of New Orleans. Marcello’s well-executed comfort foods find their way onto a menu of antipasti, contorni, zuppa and insalata, specialties, and entrees, with gems like the marsala pork cheek, which is slowly braised until it cuts like butter, and the tritone, a linguine dish with crabmeat, lobster, shrimp, mushrooms, and spinach, in a creamy sherry sauce. The restaurant is divided into a front dining room, dark-wood bar, and spacious back dining room lined with wine racks, which you can peruse to find the glass or bottle you’d like to indulge in during your meal.
Although this may be a New Orleans restaurant at heart -- complete with white tablecloths and old world courses like crab and corn bisque and fried oyster salad -- they've certainly perfected the burger, which is made from chuck and brisket and comes on a buttered brioche bun. French, German, and Belgian brews are also available, including three that are custom-made in Louisiana.
This intimate yet sophisticated space, located in the International House Hotel, is about as romantic as a bar can get. Candlelight and plush velvet stools are aplenty, and the ambiance is only improved by the expertly crafted cocktails. The Central Business District bar believes the background of the drink is just as important as the actual libation, so each cocktail on the menu comes with extremely entertaining stories.
Victory in Central Business District is the perfect bar to get serious about your cocktails while also having a whole bunch of fun drinking them. Every night, there is a featured cocktail, and the bartenders are kind enough to offer you a sample to try it before ordering. Also, if you want to learn how to make the cocktails yourself, head right next door to Drink Lab New Orleans, where Daniel Victory, the owner of his namesake bar, teaches classes about history and preparation of classic cocktails.
CellarDoor serves delightfully crafted cocktails, both modern and classic, along with an extensive yet approachable selection of wines. The food menu features a combination of small and large plates, all centered around the concept of locally sourced, seasonal cuisine. Favorites include black Angus beef with chimichurri, arugula, smoked tomato jam, duck fat potatoes, and ponzu reduction, and ceviche with mango, pineapple, bibb lettuce, and pickled peppers. CellarDoor is unique for its in-house art collection and rotating art shows, all exhibited in the historic restaurant, which is located in the restored Swoop-Duggins House.
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.
The Mississippi River Bottom is a dog-friendly dive bar located in the French Quarter. Specializing in southern fare, MRB is known for its oysters, which are served raw and char-grilled, and its crawfish boil. You can also sample starters, like crawfish Rangoon, “Who Dat” wings, and Cajun meat pies and choose to sit either at the bar or on the outside patio, both of which feature flat-screen TVs. While the back patio accepts credit cards, the front bar area is cash-only, so do yourself a favor and head to the ATM before you get here.
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, Tujague's is the second oldest restaurant in NOLA, a fact evidenced by a timeless, extensive old-school menu that focuses around traditional Creole fare. The place also houses one of the most iconic bars in the country, and invented the minty post-dinner Grasshopper cocktail, which is delicious, and contains no actual grasshoppers.
As if the beautifully aged, faded walls of this space weren't a giveaway, this family-owned creole spot is a classic New Orleans standby, offering the best muffaletta and Pimm's Cup in the city. Other remarkable dishes include gumbo and jambalaya, which you can enjoy in either the interior courtyard, or the historical bar room, whose Neapolitan portraits and gilded frames add to the classic dining experience.
Latitude 29 in the French Quarter is a Tiki lover's paradise. Jeff “Beachbum” Berry’s shrine to all things Tiki has proven itself to be a refreshing and enlightened pillar of the NOLA drinks scene due to its large menu of deliciously concocted cocktails. Check out the bar's take on classics like Mai Tai and Zombies, and for something a bit more inventive, go for the Davy Jones' Lager, which is a mix of Antigua gold rum, Japanese beer Curacao, and spiced cane syrup.
This Central Business District resto & bar serves a variety of delectable food and drink options, like signature cocktail-paired brunches (concocted by Executive Chef Carl Schaubhut and Bar Chef Lu Brow), and they also dole out 25 cent martinis. Yeah, that’s a quarter of a buck, friend. The relaxed vibe of this cocktail bar makes you feel comfortable to chat with your friends, and the friendly atmosphere will make you want to stay for hours.
Barcadia prides itself on being the cure to adulting, meeting the end of your workday with 44 craft beers on tap, award-winning burgers, life-size Jenga, skeeball, air hockey, and a wall of ‘80s arcade games for a quarter each. In addition to burgers like “The OG,” which can be customized with a fried egg, praline bacon, and mushrooms, Arcadia’s snacks include sriracha deviled eggs, fried plantains, stuffed portabello, and fried goat cheese. The industrial space has an open floor plan, meaning plenty of room to get your gaming on.
Tucked on the edge of the Warehouse District, the Rusty Nail has you covered for any kind of outing you're craving: an evening with friends on its twinkle-lit patio, a night of dancing to live music, or an afternoon posted up in front of its 86-inch projection screen showing the Saints game. There's a decent beer and wine list, but the scotch selection is formidable, featuring varieties for every palate: from smokey-sweet to oaky to chocolatey. Whether you order it neat or in a craft cocktail, you'll want to pair it with some snacks from the on-site food trucks or from neighboring Cochon Butcher, which delivers to the Nail for free.
Helmed by James Beard Award-winning chef Isaac Toups, this Mid-City spot serves a carnivore-centric menu with bold Cajun flavor. Large entrees like the grilled Georgia quail with farm-fresh seasonal vegetables and saba satiate and surprise; light bites range from addictive cracklins and deviled eggs with smoked trout roe. Minimalist metal chairs and refurbished wood surfaces give Toups a cabin-like feel that enhances the relaxed, convivial vibe.
This shop has the largest selection of wine in New Orleans (over 600 bottles). You can enjoy a glass or two (or a few) just adjacent to the store, at Pearl’s wine bar. The bar offers vintages by the glass, which range from $5-$35, in addition to cocktails, dessert wines, and craft beer. The noteworthy events schedule features, among other things, "Massage and Martini Mondays." Um... yes, please.
Pizza kitchen meets sports bar at upscale neighborhood joint Wit’s Inn, located in the heart of Mid-City. Pizza lovers, rejoice: whether you prefer to build your own pie or indulge in pre-made masterpieces, make Wit’s Inn the next stop on your doughy, mozzarella-y journey. The zesty Creole Italian has red sauce, topped with spiced shrimp, roma tomatoes, feta, mozzarella, red onions, and pesto sauce, while the Muffaletta is a bit smoother and combines herb sauce, ham, Genoa salami, mortadella, provolone, mozzarella, and olive salad, with red sauce on the side. Enhance your pizza experience by adding an appetizer, salad, sandwich, or calzone from Wit’s Inn’s menu. The wide variety of cocktail options encompasses top-shelf and well spirits from an achingly full bar
Revel Cafe and Bar is a cocktail-focused bar started by legendary cocktail master Chris McMillian and his wife Laura. It offers special rotating cocktails during happy hour, as well as small snacks like smoked fish tacos or white bean hummus. Gourmet sandwiches are served with housemade bread, and bold colors on the wall add a kick of invitation for customers wanting to stay awhile.
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.
Bayou Wine Garden, the adjoining sister restaurant of Bayou Beer Garden, is a Mid-City mecca for well-priced southern small plates from an open kitchen with a wrap-around bar. Small plates include popcorn escargot, served brined and flash fried with anchovy butter, and crispy peking pig ears with hoisin vinaigrette. Bayou Wine Garden also offers a selection of sandwiches, like one with fried smoked shrimp, and bigger plates of quiche lorraine and spinach and artichoke mac & cheese. The casual interior showcases curved bars accompanied by two-tops and cozy, rustic booths.
Just off the streetcar line in the mostly residential Mid-City neighborhood, Chickie Wah Wah -- named for the tune by ‘60s rhythm and blues icons Huey “Piano” Smith and the Clowns -- is more than anything else a temple to the song. It’s far from pretentious and the laid-back barroom festooned with vintage signs will keep you plied with Louisiana craft brews. The staff pays painstaking attention to sound, which makes it the best spot in town to hear local and touring singer-songwriters, folkies and Americana artists.
If you’re looking for a spot to pre-game on your way to your Superdome tailgate, stop at none other than Handsome Willy’s in Mid-City. The sports bar serves beer, wine, and cocktails at reasonable prices, and though the space inside is usually packed, you’re encouraged to head to the front or back patio. After a few drinks, you’ll most likely crave some greasy snacks; thankfully, Handsome Willy’s offers sandwiches, wraps, wrings, burgers, tacos and burritos, salads, nachos, and fries.
Named for the Grammy award-winning jazz trumpeter who headlines Wednesday through Saturday, the Davenport Lounge combines classic cocktails and Ritz-Carlton hospitality in a upscale, sultry environs. The live music and full dance floor make it a popular date spot, but the expertly mixed New Orleans-themed drinks (pro tip: try the "Marigny Mule," a winning combination of grapefruit vodka, tarragon, ginger beer, and lime juice), robust selection of scotch and whiskey, and luscious desserts attract locals and guests alike.
Inside the swanky, lost-in-time Sazerac Bar, you could find yourself looking at all kinds of historical wonders: WPA-era murals by Paul Ninas, the 1878 Ascot Cup, and a bullet hole that erroneous lore credits to an assassination attempt on then-Senator Huey P. Long, who liked to sip Ramos Gin Fizzes at the bar. While you’re sipping your expertly made cocktail in the dark, well-appointed room, consider what you are not seeing: tourists in cargo shorts sipping watery beer. Even if some of your comrades in drink are tossing back domestic swill instead of, say, the bar’s namesake, the historic decor buffers it. It’s hard to imagine a prettier bar in New Orleans.
Featuring an actual carousel bar that revolves around patrons, the French Quarter's Carousel Bar & Lounge mixes classic and contemporary cocktails like Sazeracs and Pimm's Cups, pairing them with New Orleans-style bar bites like seafood okra gumbo and po boys. Live jazz music entertains a slightly more dressed-up clientele, who'll endure a wait to snag a table at the circular bar.
Black Buck Bar in New Orleans staple Palace Cafe takes its rum very seriously. So seriously that they have at least 125 different kinds to choose from. And it is the literal headquarters of the New Orleans Rum Society. So, serious rum aficionados should hear. The name of the bar actually comes from the most notorious rum running vessel during Prohibition. The dimly lit lively atmosphere is perfect for trying the different rums, and everyone will feel welcome, even if you're just learning about rum.
Located in the Windsor Court Hotel, this English-themed lounge exudes aristocratic charm with dark wood accents, plush, overstuffed furniture, and soft, richly patterned carpeting that beckons to a country club era. True to nature, the bar carries over 600 wines and serves upscale bar fare like truffle fries, accompanied by nightly jazz music.
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.
The Red Door Lounge is a neigborhood favorite bar on which locals converge both after a long workday and for a night out. Named aptly for the red French door that serves as an entryway, Red Door is located in the heart of Mid-City, and serves patrons in a long, narrow space with seating at the front and the back, near the pool table and dartboard. Drink prices are reasonable here; although, the best bang for your buck is the jukebox, which blasts tunes of all genres all night long. If you’re craving some snacks, you can order from one of the adjacent restaurants and eat at the bar.