The Barley Oak is across Lake Pontchartrain, so it’s a bit outside the Orleans Parish limits, but it’s worth a drive for a pint -- especially on a clear day. This place is great for escaping the city for a minute, and enjoying one of the beer bar’s many selections on the large balcony overlooking the lake. The Barley Oak is a leader in the area’s craft beer education, and the relaxed atmosphere is perfect for both trying the latest seasonal and sampling the German-style sausage plate from the kitchen.
A relatively new player on the beer bar scene, Patrick Winter’s cozy, beer-focused bar shares a courtyard with its sister wine bar, Oak. This arrangement ensures everyone gets their perfect beverage of choice, while each establishment is able to focus on what it does best. In Ale’s case, that’s serving a wide variety of beer, and sponsoring events like annual beer brackets, held during March Madness. It's a blind tasting and judging -- and a crowning of the ultimate brewed champion.