Beer Fest I
Taps: 40 / Bottles: 30
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by HardTarget:
3.86/5 rDev +18.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
For some of us, it's inevitable. You're stumbling down Bourbon St. at some unholy hour (like 2 PM) thirsty for a beer. Looking around, there are tons of people carrying "Big Ass Beers", large plastic cups that hold yellow fizzy macros. Sigh, well, when in Rome, but wait! That person is carrying a dark beer, with a head! A quick conversation, the trading of beads, and you have the information you need; Beer Fest! That neon sign just down the street (there are actually two with plans for a third all on Bourbon). Fight your way into the fairly tight, fairly generic Bourbon Street bar, but this bar has about 40 taps behind it! Get yourself a Belgian brew and walk the street like a King, with a plastic cup!
Fine high end beer snob palace? Hell no. Decent bar with reasonable knowledge that will let you sample a couple things before charing you a princely sum? This is the place.
I wouldn't call this a destination in and of itself (that would be DBA) but when you find your feet on Bourbon Street, this is a worthy stop.
06-02-2008 00:10:48 | More by HardTarget
More User Reviews:
3.24/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$$
One of the many bars on Bourbon St, this one actually serves a load of beers at rediculous prices. Beers are basically easy to get anywhere too. The atmosphere is what one may call dark and dank, with a long wooden bar that can seat about 15, and old brick walls. There was a bit of a musky odor here too.
Service was decent, not overly friendly, just going about the job. There isn't much more to add as this was a one and done stop.
05-13-2014 13:06:11 | More by Gavage
3.48/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Read the following reviews for more detail, but yes, they offer "2 for 1" beers at $10.50 - that's $5.25 a beer, served in a plastic "to go" cup. You cannot get glass, and you cannot get a different beer (although I guess that really depends on the bartender, the time of day, and so on). Remember that you can stop in, have a beer, and then take your refill with you!!!! (Hopefully on the way to d.b.a., or even Turtle Bay - or maybe even Cooter Brown's out in the Black Pearl district).
That said, it's a good selection, and they're probably right that it is indeed the largest selection in New Orleans, but it didn't bowl me over. Almost all of the local stuff can be found elsewhere (if not in such completion - I think they have every beer from Abita), and the imports were fairly basic. Freshness worried me, thinking that maybe only the mainstream stuff sold, but I didn't find that, and down the street at Beer Fest II they were sold out of almost everything - meaning they'd turned the kegs during the French Quarter festival (not to worry, there's always a festival going on!).
That said, most of Bourbon Street is really just made up of dirty little "hole in the wall" kind of places. It doesn't take long to find that out. Go in during the day and it looks like crap. Go in at night when it's full and it looks a lot better. Having visited both Beer Fest's I'd say that number "I" is the cleaner and nicer of the two. In the end though, it doesn't really matter.
04-25-2012 03:16:33 | More by NeroFiddled
2/5 rDev -38.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $$$$
BEWARE!!! do not go here. there is a fair selection of decent craft beer, however all at the same place....$10.50 per pint!! every single beer there, even the Abita brews are $10.50!! the entire point of this bar is to deceive tourists in to ordering drinks and then giving you a large check. Even if you have the money, the beers aren't THAT great and the atmosphere is loud and hectic.
Atmosphere: small, dark, gross...its bourbon street..
Quality/Selection: has a decent selection of local craft beers.
Service: very rude and deceiving
08-20-2011 20:05:57 | More by AdamBear
3/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Walked down Bourbon Street after filling our bellies at Brennan's. As we roamed, I spotted Beer Fest and a man holding a sign declaring "The Most Beers on Tap in NOLA," and that was reason enough for me to stop in a take a gander. They had a decent tap offering (I'm going to guess at least 50), and lots of local spots taken up on said taps. The traffic on Bourbon Street was definitely low, especially being this soon after Mardi Gras, and the bartender was less than exuberant with the smaller crowd. In fact, at one point (the only time he came down and talked to us), he said the only thing holding his interest at that point was the Hornets playoff game. Other than the shitty service, the place was decent. A little dark and dank, but it absolutely served it's purpose for the location. From what I hear, the taps rotate fairly regularly, and that is what's important. Also, as a side note, be ready to drop $10+ for a pint.
04-29-2011 22:09:02 | More by GarthDanielson
3.8/5 rDev +16.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
Beer Fest I and II are kind of one of those places that you know what you are going to get when you walk in. If you are cool with that, it is beautiful and let the good times roll. It strikes me as being typical Bourbon Street. A dark, hole in the wall place, with some seating, a huge bar with a friendly bar keep. The variety is amazing. 31 microbrews on tap including lots of good local stuff. The problem is that prices reflect Bourbon Street. Beers range from $9-$14 for 24 ounces and you get them in to go cups. Bourbon Street is more expensive than bars a couple blocks away. Beer Fest is the bar I went to in my twenties. Walk in without caring about cost, walk out, great beer. Now that I am in my thirties, I will just as well go to Turtle Bay a few blocks away on the outside of the French Quarter and get the same quality for a couple bucks cheaper in a more relaxed setting.
04-11-2011 13:18:50 | More by tigg924
2.8/5 rDev -13.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
I was looking forward to this place to have some pints of craft beer on a recent vacation to New Orleans and to say that I left disappointed would be an understatement.
The tap selection, in terms of quantity is larger than any other place in the city. But the selection was very average (then again, LA possibly has the worst distribution in the US) considering the number of taps. We went in and a friend ordered a point of a local beer and was charged $10.50 for it! Needless to say, the other 3 of us didn't even buy one.
We complained about the ridiculous price to the bartender and he repeatedly told us that he didn't set the prices.
The bar was also small, narraw and very dark, not inviting at all.
If I am ever back in NOLA, I won't even think about entering this place or their other bar down the street.
09-16-2010 00:12:21 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.01/5 rDev -7.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
Beer Fest is nothing more than a tourist trap on Bourbon street, your best bet is to just walk a few blocks over and grab a bottled beer from Sidney's on Decatur St. They'll give you a cup for a dime or you can just brown bag it. Beer Fest is a dark shady looking place. They had lots of taps to choose from but like everyone else has mentioned probably half of them are unavailable. They didn't have the IPA I wanted so I went with a Long Hammer IPA for the great low price of $10.50!!! Like I said, walk to Sidney's where the prices and selection are much better.
06-21-2010 22:26:32 | More by slatetupelo
2.3/5 rDev -29.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
OK, you can get something here besides the ubiquitous Abita here. Stopped in early on a Saturday night, only a handful of people here. One positive, not smoky like most bars on Bourbon street. Wife ordered a Guinness, while I scanned the chalk board of 48 taps. Dude with the pink hair and beard behind the bar said to pay no attention to the chalk board, half of what was on it was wrong. Just go down the bar and look at the taps, ones with cups on are empty. OK, so we are too lazy to update the chalk board, thought that's why it was written in chalk. After deciding in my mind on a Chimay, I was waiting to order when he was ringing up the guy standing next to my wife who had ordered a Murphys stout. $10.50 was the tab for the Murphys! When it came my turn to order, I simply asked how much for the Guinness, $10.50 was the answer. No Chimay for me tonight, I'll share the Guinness. Can only imagine what the Chimay would run.
Walked by a couple hours later when most bars on the street were packed. This place still only had a handful of customers. With $10.50 Guinness, I can understand why. Don't know how this place stays in business. My advice, drink what the locals drink, Albita or Cresent City Brewhouse. Both have some decent beer at $4-$5.
12-24-2009 04:15:39 | More by FLBeerGuy
Beer Fest I in New Orleans, LA
80 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.