Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar
Taps: 42 / Bottles: 350
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Rumrunner:
3.55/5 rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $
Cooter Brown's is located near Tulane university on the outskirts of the Garden District and gets a mixed crowd of college students and locals. A few out of town folks will be here if they are going to a show at one of the clubs near CB's or they want some good quality beer. A bit of a trek if one is staying in the french quarter. Then again, the allure of a good beer selection will loosen the wallet for a cab to CB's.
A large open space with plenty of long tables and booths. A back bar with gaming machines. The main bar has plenty of stools and a large cooler with a big bottle selection in it. The oyster bar is situated at the end of the bar in front of the coolers. The kitchen is to the side of the main entrance. Plenty of wood in this place make for a beer hall feel. I love the charicatures of famous people holding bottles of beer that adorn the walls. My favorite is the Three Stooges hanging on to a magnum bottle of Corsondonk. A couple of pool tables are located in the back. The lighting is medium moody. There are plenty of televisions showing sports.
I mentioned this was a college bar. They were out in force when we were there. It is funny to watch a group of college students have a chug-a-lug contest with glasses full of hefeweizen. Don't choke on thet lemon slice accidentally. Another fun thing to watch was them eating oysters out of the half shell without using their hands. Put the oyster on the table, put your hands behind your back and slurp it out of the shell. Most amusing. A fun crowd to say the least.
The food was okay. Plenty of frozen and cooked to order. Not even close to quality for many New Orleans restaurants in the same price range. I had the Radiator sandwich. It was good but nothing special. If I was a member of the band 'The Radiators' I would demand they improve the sandwich. My girlfriend tried the fried shrimp. The breading kept falling off. Poorly made to be sure and there was nothing special about the spices used in the breading if any. Oh well, as far as bar food is concerned it was not too bad. The fries were pretty good. The oysters were excellent. This is not a caveat for CB's as all places in NO get their oysters from the gulf, and as a lover of oysters, gulf oysters are by far my favorite.
Ordering is done by the kitchen. Return in ten minutes. If the food is not ready, return in five minutes. Repeat until your food is ready. The oyster shucker did a fine job even though he was surly and I felt he wanted to be anywhere other than working the night we were there. There is no curb service. Go to the bar to get your beer. The bartenders were attentive and we did not have to wait long. Typical NO servers. Nothing extra special. I had to ask for glasses as we had bottled beer.
Beer selection is very good. Plenty of taps and a large bottle selection. A great selection of imports and a good selection of craft beers. Most of the craft beers come from California, Oregon and Washington. I was hoping for more east coast beers but there were few if any. The beer selection rotates and they were out of our first options. The web site lists the beers so I will not ramble on about what they have. If they don't have what you want at first, I am sure a quality beer can be found further down the list. Prices for beer are fair.
This is a good beer bar. No frills and other than a quality list of beers there is nothing overly special about this place. The charicatures are fun and if shooting pool is a must, then venture out to Cooter Brown's. A good lively crowd was there the night we were there and I would return if I am in the area the next time I am in New Orleans.
05-09-2004 08:54:51 | More by Rumrunner
More User Reviews:
4.76/5 rDev +24.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25 | $$
I used to work just around the corner in the river bend area. Cooter Brown's is a great place to have a beer(s) and some local food. It is at the opposite end of St. Charles, away from the tourists in the French Quarter. My favorite time to go there was mid-day on a week day. Quiet, relaxing place to have drink. Cooter Brown's has huge selection of beers in bottles and quite a few on tap. I am getting home sick just thinking about it.
10-12-2013 22:42:48 | More by rev_jimmy
3.93/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Cooter Brown's has probably the best beer selection in NOLA (although I never did make it out to d.b.a. so I'm not quite sure).
It's in what I think is still called the "Black Pearl" neighborhood to the west of the city, past Audubon Park where the river bends at S Carrollton Street.
There are outside tables which seem to be the most popular, and not surprisingly so, as the inside is kind of dank and dirty (like most bars in NOLA). The tables also share residence with a Thai or Indian restaurant next door, although I didn't see anyone eating anything more interesting than Po' Boys and fried foods.
Moving inside, the food area is to the right, the bar is to the left, and there are communal tables in the center. There's another back bar to the back right, and there are some video poker machines back there as well (because nothing's better than drinking and gambling - and there's a pool table too, just-in-case-in you're a hustlin' pool shark. AIIIYEEE!). Some things I noted about the decor and the amenities: Tin ceiling above the main bar, tile floor, cute historic characters carved in wood hanging about, smoking, and smelly bathroom with a trough (mens, not women's - although I would never be surprised in NOLA ;)
The beer selection is impressive, although I was concerned about the freshness of the bottles. The coolers run a decent number of feet and they're pretty well packed. They've got beers I've never had, and they've got lots of classics - I can't even estimate a number - it's a lot. Draft taps number 34 to 36 out of the 40 because they've got some mixed drink things on a few.
The line-up as I saw it was:
7 from Abita (but of course!)
2 from Lazy Magnolia in Mississippi (LA's slower cousin)
2 from Covington (just above Lake Pontchartrain)
2 from Tin Roof
3 from NOLA Brewing
with the rest made up of fairly common domestics and imports.
The food is mainly sandwiches and fried foods, although they do boiled crawfish on weekends (not to be missed!). Burgers run $7.25 to $9.75; their Muffaletta (a big thing in NOLA) is $16, or $8.50 for a half; and a shrimp Po' Boy is within average bounds at $10.25. The Fried Seafood Platters with fries and garlic bread round it all out at $12 to $14 depending on what you're interested in (i.e. Catfish is just $12, Oysters are $14).
04-30-2012 14:44:16 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
After a leisurely ride on the St. Charles streetcar, hop off at Riverbend for beer heaven with great food. Cooter Brown's is usually crammed with happy customers, quaffing brews from around the world and munching on burgers and onion rings, fried to perfection.
If the weather is nice, you can sit outside. There are picnic tables all around. Inside, flat screens abound with sports aplenty.
Pick up a beer menu and peruse the many flavors, either on tap or bottle and can. I took mine home to study the flavors and styles I was unfamiliar with. CB is a place to educate your palette. You can ask for samples if you're curious. The bartenders are very helpful.
After we placed our food order with the cook and his helper, it didn't take too long for our number to be called. Killer onion rings!
Riverbend is one of my favorite areas in New Orleans. The Camellia Grill is about a block away from Cooter's. The feel is so laid back around here. Time, nature and ambiance collide to provide the perfect backdrop for beer karma.
Hop off the streetcar, hang a left and indulge.
01-29-2012 15:45:13 | More by brewskifan55
4.4/5 rDev +15.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A sense of humor pervades this gem. Since 1977, Cooter Brown's has been a popular watering hole, grill and oyster bar. Celebrity Hall Of Foam and Beersoleum - "Come have a beer with over 100 of your all-time favorite deceased celebrities". This is a beer bar (400+ different kinds of beer, 350 of which are imports and 42 of which are on draft), sports bar(17 flat screens and 2 eight foot drop downs) & oyster paradise. Raw oysters from the oyster Bar, boiled Crawfish (weekends), boiled shrimp and great tavern food including Po Boys, seafood, New Orleans sandwiches & specialties .
09-23-2011 14:24:43 | More by tonytheobald
Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar in New Orleans, LA
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