Food & Drink

The Magazine Street bar crawl

Published On 07/19/2013 Published On 07/19/2013

Let's face it, if you're going to be crawling, then a single stretch of road is a preferable place to do it -- that's why we've constructed this one-street, straight-line crawl rolling all the way down the two mile-long bar magnet that is Magazine St., and running the full NOLA gamut from dives to cocktail spots to cantinas.

Juan's Flying Burrito

Stop One: Start off at Juan’s Flying Burrito. Why? Two reasons: First, for their famed margarita, (because everyone knows you should always begin the evening with tequila and never end it). Second: Fuel, ironically, the kind that will keep you from flying anywhere. Drink: Margarita on the rocks.


Stop Two: Now, The Half Moon. No, not a prankster who lacks commitment, THM is actually one of NOLA's finest pubs, and has a solid menu (if you favor a burger over a burrito), and an awesome open courtyard. Drink: Abita Amber on draught.

Stop Three: Moving a mercifully short distance west, hit The Saint Bar and Lounge. Two words: Metal bar. Now two more words: Free karaoke. We now see how these two things intersect, and for the record, we will also see weird movie posters, a kick-ass jukebox, Tiki drinks, and very cheap hooch. Drink: Lots of LA-31 Pale Ale.

Rendezvous Tavern

Stop Four: Things are getting serious. We now head several blocks west to rendezvous at, er, The Rendezvous Tavern. It's a classic New Orleans dive, and you can’t go wrong with a game of pool, a highball, and its crazily diverse clientele. Drink: Jack and Ginger.

Stop Five: Heading a few blocks down, and half a block up, we come to The Balcony Bar Cafe. It's got a vertigo-inducing, and pretty huge, rooftop hangout. Drink: Cuba Libre, carefully.


Stop Six: A little further west we find The Bulldog, boasting 161 beers, incl. over 50 draughts, and strangely no growlers. Hang out in the courtyard with some friendly dogs (seriously, it's full of them) and watch some sports on the outdoor flatscreen. Drink: Chafunkta Voo Ka Ray IPA.


Stop Seven: The journey west continues with The Bouligny Tavern, and the time has come to class it up with a cocktail. The 'tenders will mix everything from a mean Manhattan to a rad Rob Roy. Also, cougar alert! Drink: Sazerac, obviously.

Stop Eight: Finally, we reach the end of the road, and hit the 24hr drinkery that is The Club Ms. Mae’s, wherein you will find $2 shots, an air hockey table, and a Wall of Shame that you'll end up on if you go to it at the end of a bar crawl aren't careful. Drink: Like, anything.

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1. Juan's Flying Burrito 2018 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Magazine St)

Juan's Flying Burrito serves up Tex-Mex fare with a Creole twist, and there's plenty of Mexican and domestic beer available. If tequila's more your speed, have no fear: it's got more than 15 different varieties available, as well as a selection of top-shelf margaritas.

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2. Half Moon Bar & Grill 1125 Saint Mary St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Magazine St)

Half Moon's a NOLA pub with a killer food menu and beer selection, and the outside courtyard features some crazy colorful murals for you to admire while you chow/chug.

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3. The Saint Bar & Lounge 961 Saint Mary St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Magazine St)

This place has a metal bar, cheap drinks and walls that are strewn with stickers, signs and Christmas lights. There's also live music at times, as well as free karaoke and a sweet jukebox.

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4. The Rendezvous Tavern 3101 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Magazine St)

Just as its name suggests, this old-style tavern is perfect for a rendezvous with friends. Built for beer, billiards, and general imbibers alike, the Rendezvous Tavern is a favorite sports bar among the locals as well as a place for tourists to get a taste of some local flavor.

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5. The Balcony Bar & Cafe 3201 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Garden District)

The Balcony Bar is a late night haven for pizza, calzones, burgers, and wraps. If you over-indulged on spirits at their full bar, they have delivery as well. And oh yeah, there's a balcony that overlooks the iconic Magazine Street where you can undoubtedly watch the bar scene debauchery.

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6. The Bulldog Uptown 3236 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Magazine St)

Bulldog is a low-key tavern on the corner of Magazine and Pleasant with a vast beer selection and a popular, dog-friendly patio (hence the name). The neighborhood watering hole boasts 48 mostly craft and local beers on draft and more than 100 bottled, plus a pub menu of burgers, seafood, and signature dishes like crawfish banditos and Tex-Mex eggrolls. It's the ideal lineup for the fans who pack the place during football season thanks to Bulldog's many flat-screens. But, if you're not crazy about sports, the twinkle-lit, brick-walled patio is worth a visit, offering a gorgeous and relaxing spot to people-watch on one of the most popular thoroughfares in the city.

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7. Bouligny Tavern 3641 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Magazine St)

Located right outside the Garden District, this cozy eatery's all about family style serving up delectable small plates like duck confit, steamed clams, and tempura green beans to share and wash down with classic cocktails with cool names like the Upside Down Apple.

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8. The Club Ms Mae's 4336 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Uptown)

Ms. Mae's, on the corner of Magazine and Napoleon, is a New Orleans institution -- and not because it's open 24 hours or is one of the cheapest bars in town. Well, that might have something to do with it. Inside, you’ll find pool, air hockey, and foosball. You’ll find very cheap drinks served in plastic cups. You’ll find big groups and singles, older folks drinking during the day and college students at night. And you might even find that rare, bold, endangered animal attempting the Ms. Mae’s 24 challenge: finishing one drink per hour every hour for a full day.