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The Avenue Pub


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The Avenue PubThe Avenue Pub

Type: Bar, Eatery

1732 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130-5224
United States

(504) 586-9243 | map

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Reviews: 91 | Ratings: 160
Photo of tobelerone
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Cool place, weird place. Downstairs is a typical bar with joker poker machines in the back, dark and dingy and a little scuzzy overall. An enormous cockroach almost ran onto my wife's shoulder. Upstairs is a much more sophisticated room with a carefully curated list of excellent and limited beers and an extremely impressive whiskey selection, as well as artfully prepared cocktails. Didn't try any food. Nice upstairs patio for outside drinking with a view of St. Charles and the passing streetcars (and drunkards).

Found the bartenders to b e a bit cold in the hipster mold, which seems to be the natural state in NOLA if you're not in a Bourbon st. shitshow bar. I guess people assume you're another frat boy or bridesmaid's party automatically since that is what they see the majority of the time. Still not a fan of the aloof service, particularly when ordering some rare berliner or top shelf single malt. It felt like the bartender would quickly warm up to you if you were a regular but I didn't have time for the thaw. If I lived nearby I'd be in here all the time though. I liked the fact that they had 10 and 16oz pour options so I could try a few different things as well.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

One if the best bars I've ever been in. Beer selection is incredible. Bartenders were very knowledgeable and serve beers at proper temperature. Best bar in New Orleans area for beer for sure.

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Photo of senglish7
4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Best beer bar in Louisiana and perhaps the entire southeast. Knowledgeable staff. Great ambience. Selection is absolutely killer. I want to go back for more!!

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Photo of teromous
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The place has a great selection of beers on tap and a large bottle selection. The beer menu is well organized and it even lists whether a bottle is kept chilled or if it is at cellar temperature. Beer is served in proper glassware by knowledgeable and friendly staff. I was impressed to see beers from Drie Fonteinen and others on the list. The food selection is pretty small but what you can get is tasty. It's the type of place you could just sit and hang out for hours at a time enjoying good beer and lose track of the time. It's also the type of place you could keep coming back to and always try something new.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A regular bar with awesome selection. Flights are available and staff is very knowledgeable. Only (slight) negative is some taps are exclusive to upstairs bar, although only made me want to come back when the upstairs was open. Great beer bar, the best I've been to.

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Photo of dsshuck
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Place is right off St Clarles streetcar line and opened 24/7. Place is a bit of a dive but food and beer are excellent. Bartender very knowledgeable about beers but a couple of beers had kicked that were on the online list and paper list in the bar. Still a must for a trip to New Orleans.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

This is THE place to go to fir craft beer in New Orleans. Outstanding selection and many beers you will not find on tap anywhere else in the city. Decent bottle list also. Nice balcony view of St Charles when upstairs is open. Food is not bad either. A must go if in New Orleans.

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Photo of swalsh666
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My God! In a city world renowned for classic cocktails, Thank God for The Avenue! Amazing beer selections, rad Bartenders, cool vibe, awesome bourbons. Do. Not. Miss.

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Photo of pjc2308
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

In a sea of Michelob Ultra Tallboys and Fireball shots, this is an oasis! Had the great pleasure of meeting Miriam, the bartender, while visiting from Seattle. She is well versed in styles and more than happy to offer suggestions--home brewer, formerly from Anderson Valley Brewing, she is on top of it. Great dive bar feel (can't remember the last time I have seen a cigarette machine), but the craft beer selection is thoughtful and well curated--Founders Black Rye and Great Raft Grace and Grit DIPA were terrific. Though the kitchen was transitioning from lunch to dinner, they were able to pull together a nice hummus plate that paired well with my IPA's. Will surely be back!

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Photo of Modernrickk
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I dragged the wife all the way from the French quarter to this place and the whole walk over she was killin me about "this place better be good" stuff..
I was nervous when I saw this place from outside.. Even more nervous when I walked in and saw NO tables.. Just a bar and hella people standing up everywhere with what they call "Go cups"

Wow what a FREAKEN selection of AWESOME beers.. I could tell hear guys and gals knew their beer . They were also a humble a can be.. Great group of bartenders..

Now that bad part.. I didn't try the food! That's it..
Check your attitude at the door. This ain't your craft snob hangout .. This is a place to enjoy good beer in Go cups! Ahaha
This is the only bar I've ever been to that let me walk out the door with 2 barrel aged beers for my walk back to the hotel

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Photo of mothman
1.45/5  rDev -67%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 1

3 of the beers that I tried to order weren't on tap. I went with 2 other things I wasn't really excited about. I had never heard of 1 of the two and the style wasn't listed. No samples at this bar which is annoying. I ended up buying 2 terrible beers that weren't even enjoyable. Prices are very high. Pours seemed to be short. I can't see how this place is rated 100 on here. I'd have a hard time going back.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Top 5 beer selection of any bar that I have been to. We went during the day on a weekday so that it wouldn't be that crowded. The owner was there, she was very friendly and even made some beer suggestions. The waitresses were very good, the beer was even better. i loved that they offered small pours so that you could try more beer in one visit. Next time I'm in New Orleans, this will be the only place that I go to for beer.

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Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Easily the best beer bar in the area. The bartenders were cool, the place was out of the craziness of Bourbon street, and the food was good pub fair. I'll go back every time I'm in town!

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Photo of srletend
3.76/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

Great selection of draft and bottles. I've been traveling around the US and have been looking for any type of de Struise beer for awhile (either bottle or tap)--they had Weltmerz on tap. Definitely a world class beer list.

I went on a Friday night around 9:30 PM. Place was busy, but not packed. Service upstairs was slow and impersonal. Downstairs service was better. Nice that they could keep my tab at both bars. I went for the beer list, not the service, but would have been nice if the bar staff demonstrated an interest in what they had available.

Atmosphere was what you would expect from an older NOLA bar (i.e., older building, creaky stairwell, mismatch furniture, low light, etc.). Crowd the night I went was mostly college-educated late 20's, early 30's. Was able to easily find a place to sit with my wife.

Did not try the food.

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Photo of LandWorld
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Okay. This is a neighborhood bar. But what a great neighborhood. Never closes. Good to great selection of beers, constantly rotating tap selection. Service is better than good if not great. Upstairs is very nice especially if you like Belgians or even if you do not. I have never eaten here, but have always been told it is good bar food. Restrooms are an experience but are serviceable.

This is the one place we look forward to going to every time we are in NOLA.

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Photo of Gavage
3.87/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

Based on all the previous reviews I expected this place to be great place, but in the end I was slightly disappointed. Took a cheap cab ride here from the French Quarter early afternoon. The building is old and the interior could be described as a dive bar. The copper top bar was smallish and could only seat about ten, and there were a few high tops off the bar area. Loads of dark wood and outside there were some tables too. Pool table and a few TVs filled the rest of the space. The crowd was very young and mostly hipster beer drinkers that quickly drank some good beers in a minute or two after having a shot.

There were about 40 beers on draft. with some locals and other really good selections. Service was a bit slow, and unfortunately during my trip the kitchen was closed so I couldn't try ny food.

If you like good quality beers this is a great place, but I am just not into the youngster vibe I sat through on my visit and the fact I couldn't get any food.

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Photo of JT534
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Although this place looks like a dive, it is absolutely the best bar in New Orleans. The bartenders know their stuff. The selection is unmatched and if you are hungry, grab the dump truck fries. The pub also hosts frequent brewery events and special keg tappings.

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Photo of recoveringmormon
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

"Divey" is the wrong word. So many places try too hard for divey but this place is homey in a more genuine way than so much of the more touristy section on nola. Beer selection is not the best I've ever seen anywhere but pretty respectable, including sours on draft (mucho bonus points for me) and again, the other places nearby are pretty limited. Food is a mixed bag; less pretentiously French/creole but high quality for what there is. Will definitely be back.

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Photo of thecommonman
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Amazing place. Divey, yet one of the best draft lists in Nola.

I had an Italian sour there. An Italian sour that was one of the best I had ever had, at a dive bar.

I went to a couple beer bars and this was by far the best in Nola. If I didn't have to leave, I would of stayed there all day.

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Photo of kylelenk
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I've had the pleasure to visit some really great beer bars and this one sits right at the top. Unfortunately, New Orleans has a developing craft beer scene which may cause TAP to get looked over when it should be in competition with places like HopCat, Ashley's, etc.

Atmosphere is to be expected in New Orleans, very vintage and grungy feel. The bar is rather narrow which allows you to easily carry conversations with the bar staff. Didn't get a chance to catch the upstairs while I was there.

Service is best I've experienced. Staff was very knowledgeable about not only beer types but the actually breweries themselves. Learned a bunch about Mikeller and Evil Twin.

Selection was unbelievable. Very rare beers on tap and their bottle selection is second to none. Picked up a bottle of Black Ops and I. Biscotti Break.

Food was traditional southern homestyle. I had an order of fries smothered in some type of tracy and brisket. Good but felt like I shaved a few days of my life at its expense.

Also, love the fact that they allow you to take beers to go in NOLA....as in plastic cups out the door! Walked around while sipping on a Peche Mortel.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Have been here many, many times since I first rolled into town 4 months ago and I have a lot to say, so put your reading glasses on.

The atmosphere is a matter of opinion. Smoking is allowed downstairs but the upstairs (where there is a second smaller bar) is non-smoking and there's a nicely sized deck to hang out on up there. Customer base is usually locals of all sorts. There's a very good bourbon selection so it's not just beer geeks that come through. Also, they serve macros and have a few of those video game gambling machines so there are the more down-and-out types in there at times (Not trying to be discriminatory, just stating a fact). Plus, the fact that the downstairs is 24 hours (upstairs is only open 5-12) makes it more conducive to a dive-type setting. However, I will say I have made many friends at this bar and the clientele is, for the most part, friendly and inviting...which leads me to staff.

Basically, there's a 50/50 chance that you will get a friendly bartender helping you at any given time. Be prepared for impatient, unpleasant and sometimes downright rude bartenders. If you want things to run smoothly, have your order ready when confronting the bar staff since some of them like to act like you're wasting their time even when it's slow. That being said, if you know the protocol (grab one of the many conveniently placed clipboards above the bar which contain all the products and is usually 99% accurate) the service is mostly efficient and speedy. Just don't expect a lot of smiling and there are some bartenders who flat-out will not engage in small talk with you, once again, no matter how slow it is. I think that part of the reason they feel they're allowed to act this way is because Ave Pub is without a doubt the best beer bar in New Orleans...yet you think they would be humble about that. Most of them know their shit when it comes to beer but some are more passionate about it than others. There's a pool table which is obviously a big plus and the music is jukebox/satellite TV so it's quite varied. There are two TVs downstairs and two upstairs. By the way, one of the most appealing things about this building is that there's a little room upstairs with comfy chairs so, at any given moment when the upstairs is open and it's not insanely busy, you can chill out and have some quiet time to yourself which can be valuable to people like me since I usually go there alone.

Every beer is served in the proper glassware that's always clean and their tap system is legit. They also constantly rotate their kegs so there's always at least one new beer on tap every week and the beer is almost always fresh. They've even started putting "Kegged on" dates next to the IPAs on the beer lists. Oh and if you order a bottle of beer that is suitable for it and it's one of the more knowledgeable servers, you'll get one of those baskets that you get in Belgium for keeping the beer horizontal so the sediment doesn't blend with the rest of the beer.

The selection is top notch. So many beers here that you rarely find anywhere else. I think the owner has some sort of direct relationship with some Belgian breweries and distributors because it's not uncommon for me, a pretty seasoned BA, to walk in and see something I've never even heard of before. They also have lots of Cantillon stashed away but you have to ask for it since it's not on the menu. Also it's basically dependent on the server you ask, what their mood is and if they think you're worthy whether or not you'll get it. They have 32 taps downstairs and 6 upstairs plus a bottle list that's somewhere in the 100-150 range and they regularly update their menu online with BeerMenus which is an excellent feature and is the main reason I keep going back again and again. They also usually post on Facebook whenever they get something new in. They will get their fair share of limited releases by American craft breweries but the real gems in this place are all of the Belgian, German, Italian and English rarities. They even carry some more obscure styles you don't often see on tap like Gose and Gueuze.

The food is bar food but it's outstanding. High quality burgers and they have a french fry dish called Dump Truck Fries where they load cheese and pork on top of the fries...dangerously delicious. They also have a very good cheese plate. There's no table service so you order at the kitchen counter but they'll bring you your food when it's ready. Also, the prices are reasonable for what you get for both beer and food.

Overall, I really like this place and will continue being a regular patron. Yeah, some of the servers act like they have a stick up their ass but I think they're just jaded. Once again, if you know what to expect and how to act, it can be a very enjoyable experience drinking here.

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Photo of JCC78
4.98/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

This is my go to beer bar in New Orleans. There is always great beer and things you can't find anywhere else in he city. The bartenders are always friendly and knowledgeable. The food is great. I recommend the grilled cheese club. Who wouldn't love a great beer bar open 24/7?

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Photo of tinalimey
4.98/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

It's appropriate that my first Beer Advocate review is for Avenue Pub. I can't say enough great things about this place. We just moved away from New Orleans after living there for 1 1/2 years. If I could have spent all my time at The Pub, I doubt I would have ever left NOLA!

The owner, Polly, is incredibly knowledgeable about beer and brings in an amazing rotation of craft and import drafts and bottles. They often have great special events, from the amazing Swedish beer tasting weekend when I got to sample Stormaskporter (pls excuse spelling) to the many US craft beer specialty brewer nights, and even Fancy Glass events (we have such an amazing collection of glassware thanks to the Avenue Pub - and all legit, I swear!).

I tried so many different beers at The Avenue Pub - they have a fast rotation with their kegs and bottles. If you see them advertise something you like, it's best to get there and try it ASAP before it's gone. But don't worry, if you miss out, there will be something else tasty and amazing in its place.

But the best part about being a regular at the Pub was all the amazing people. Good beer attracts good people, right? Well, The Pub attracts the best. Bartenders and servers alike, we met so many incredible folks during our time as regulars at The Pub, folks that we're now proud to call our friends.

Speaking of the bartenders - they ALL know their stuff. They can all give you excellent recommendations whether you're a creature of habit or a bit more adventurous.

One last important point - they clean their lines, thoroughly! I've been to too many beer bars that boast a good beer selection but fail in proper maintenance of their beer lines. The Avenue Pub is not one of these places. You're always guaranteed to get a fresh beer because they care about beer and want to serve it in the way it should be served.

I sorely miss The Avenue Pub, Polly, all the staff and regulars. I can't wait to be back there sometime very soon.

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Photo of jd18
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Aside from not being sure how to get the ball rolling on my order this place was perfect.

Upstairs bar keep was informative and personable. Lots of choice and he took a few to figure out the right beer to try, when in Rome after all!

Food was tasty but I'm here for the amazing selection of beer so that was a bonus.

All in all, every craft beer fan no matter if you're a snob or a noob must make this place a required destination if in NOLA.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Made my first visit to the Avenue Pub on the kast day of craft brew week while on a weekend trip to Nola. I had my wife (who is not a beer drinker) with me so we really just stopped in for a quick bite to eat and allow me to sample a few of the things on tap that I wouldn't normally get to

I got an Abita Select Mayhawk to start things off and followed with a Brooklyn Sorachi Ace to go with the burgers we got to eat. Burgers were pretty good,cooked correctly and the waffle fries with jack chz, bacon, green onions and bechemel sauce were delicious.

Since we didn't have much longer to stay, I wanted a nice, hearty imperial stout to enjoy before we headed back downtown. The bartender at the upstairs bar suggested I try the Evil Twin Biscotti Break since I had to choose one. Great selection as I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Avenue Pub had 36-40 beers on tap between the bar downstairs and the one upstairs and probably had another 80-100 different bottles in stock. A lot of great stuff that they rotate out regularly. I wish I had more time than I did that day but it is definitely a place any beer lover should check out.

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The Avenue Pub in New Orleans, LA
97 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.