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Reviews by sleazo:
4.06/5 rDev +3.8%
I ended up in NOLA two times inn two weeks, so I felt I had to try this place out with time to kill the second time. After finally walking out of Harrah's with some money I took the walk down Bourbon, past the shennanigans into a quieter but still fun part of town, the Marigny District. The walk took about 20-25 minutes but was on a good stroll. Walkingn through the Quarter is always a nice way to kill some time. Plus New Orleans open container laws allowed me to enjoy a TurboDog on the way.
On to the establishment. Having been to the New York version more than a few times I did have a familiar easy feeling when walking in. While a bit more spacious than its' Northern counterpart, the feel is very similar. Everything that is offered is written on chalkboards to the left above the bar. There is a cool little cubby hole where you cann sit and watch the passers by on frenchman St. To the back, you will find some couches which i did not indulge in. I ended up spending a few hours there waiting for my friend, then drinking with him so I got to get a good feel for ann evening there. The jukebox dominated the early evening where I got to watch parts of the NBA game as well. At around 10pm or so, a local, live jazzy band started up and were very good. So while there are definite similarities to the NY version, this DBA has its' own local flare. The bathroom is not as nnasty either.
Beer wise, the selection is good but not great. Not as big of a selection as NY but there are some winners. There are about twenty beers on tap, a mix of Germans, Belgians, British and mid range Americans like Rogue and Anchor. No IPAs on tap was my only complaint. Bottlewise they are much stronger with the Belgians than the US microbrews, with nothing out of the ordinary or local except the Abita lineup. Everything tasted fresh though. I ended up with a Ayinger Oktoberfest(tap), Rogue Dead Guy(tap, the only one slightly off), Flying Dog IPA, DeRanke XX Bitter, Chimay White and La Fin Du Monde in bottles.
Service was excellent. The bartended, whose name was Wendy I think was very nice, helpful and knowledgable. When my friend and I were going to get two chimays on tap, she kindly suggested the 750ml as a better value and for the better taste. It doesn't hurt that she was easy on the eyes as well.
They donnt have food, but like NYDBA, they allow you to order in. Pricewise it is very good. You are paying the same prices one would expect in the Quarter for Miller Lite but you are gettig some quality stuff. My bartab was fairly inexpensive.
All in all a good place to spend for an evening in a not so touristy part of town. My only complaint is that I wish there were more local breweries, but I really dont know about distribution down here.
11-01-2007 14:49:02 | More by sleazo
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3.36/5 rDev -14.1%
OK, this is a hard one to grade. This is one of the premier hot spots on Frenchman St. The dirty dive vibe is a bit contrived. Certainly some good bands play here. Which adds to the feel. Though, for me, far from one of my favorite places to see some music.
When nobody is here the service is alright, but this place is a mad house at peak hours. Unless you want to see a specific band, avoid peak times.
There are 20 taps. Most are generic, though three different NOLA offerings. Also an outlier of Sorachi Ace. Other than that PBR and a bunch of other macros. No food, just booze and music. Take it for what its worth, but I like Spotted Cat, Three Muses, and Apple Barrel better. Even with less of a beer selection.
10-05-2012 04:15:22 | More by champ103
4/5 rDev +2.3%
While my initial knowledge of the "chain" came through its beer reputation, the reason we headed here was for the brass band playing on a Tuesday night. Down on Frenchman Street where music can be sampled by just walking down the street, d.b.a. takes up the width of two buildings. One room has a long bar and a few tables and chairs, the other has a stage at the front, open dance floor and smaller bar towards the rear. Room is quite dark, exposed brick and wood with minimal lighting.
Beer list was extensive for the area. Drafts written and organized hap hazardly on the chalkboard above the bar. Stuck pretty much to the locals from NOLA, Abita and Bayou Teche. Bottle selections covered much from pale ales to Belgians. Service was quick and friendly despite the crowds.
Music is also one of the major draws with some of the better known and well respected local acts cumming in on a regular basis. Most shows are $5 and few are $10. Will definitely revisit when im back down in NOLA.
03-13-2012 21:34:02 | More by rfgetz
2.49/5 rDev -36.3%
My wife and I kicked off an evening at D.B.A. The place was comfortable enough and a good escape from some of the quarter nonsense. I had a Hopitoulous to kick things off that sort of seemed off. My wife complained one of her beers was off a bit. Dirty lines? The bartender was busy serving her regulars. Hey I get it serve your regulars and they will continue to serve you. Dont leave the tourist 10+ minutes with empties. The place wasnt that busy at 5pm on a Thursday. The selection available was sort of middle of the road. A few locals, macros and scattered imports nothing to go out of my way for. We stayed over on the Espanades so this wasnt a hike would have repeated if service was better.
07-12-2011 17:28:51 | More by nlmartin
3.48/5 rDev -11%
They have a pretty decent selection of beer here. I ordered a Rogue barleywine, which I normally love (I was surprised they had lots of Rogue) and i'm pretty sure something was wrong with the tap line or the beer itself, it was undrinkable...plastic tasting...yuck!! Everything else was pretty good however. I did stick to the bottled beer after the bad barleywine. They have a nice atmosphere for live music, saw a couple jazz bands on Fri and Sat evenings which were both great. Prices on bottled and tap beers seemed a bit high to me.
02-24-2011 02:46:54 | More by loren01
3.04/5 rDev -22.3%
d.b.a. has a nice craft beer selection, but the bartenders need better PR training. I ordered two beers that cost $15, and left $3 on the counter as a tip. 5 minutes later, I returned to the bar and asked for a glass of water. Bartender gave me a dirty look and said she would take care of her tipping customers first. When I explained that I did leave her a tip, she said she "would take my word for it." She did not apologize until she saw me talking to the manager. This behavior is unacceptable in an upscale, craft beer bar. I've sent so many people to d.b.a. over the years and have tried to support them, and now I have to rethink this.
01-22-2011 13:34:24 | More by brewtopia88
3.93/5 rDev +0.5%
12/2/2010. I was recommended this place by a local server with the fact that we were looking for a place away from the commotion of Bourbon Street. D.B.A. is just outside the French Quarter but its only a few blocks walk from most of the nightlife attractions.
Being my first time in New Orleans, I enjoyed the experience of D.B.A. as it was a place offering 200+ micro and major US/World craft brews and had live blues/bluegrass/jazz music. There was a $5 dollar cover, but I am not sure whether it is every night or just because a band was playing.
A few points on the service of the place; I did have to wait an extended period of time when the keg kicked, but the bartender apologized for the wait and bought the beer for me.
All in all, D.B.A. is a place off the "beaten-path" offering a music scene and eclectic beer selection for those looking to escape Bourbon Street at least for a little while.
12-03-2010 16:50:17 | More by HopstothemaxMD
3.85/5 rDev -1.5%
01/30/10 our bartender at another locale recommended Frenchman St. to see krewe du vieux to kick off the pre-Mardi Gras festivities. What a fantastic night! Great locals hangout and the parade scene was high positive energy. As for the bar I had abita amber and andygator only, but the beer selection was large - menu board and scene reminded me of Philly's Standard Tap. Highly recommended non-touristy way to experience the city night-life. The Spotted Cat (great jazz place) and Apple Barrel are about 18 drunken steps across the street so its a prime location.
02-13-2010 02:13:40 | More by dude
d.b.a. in New Orleans, LA
88 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.