The Avenue Pub
Taps: 30 / Bottles: 50
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 74 | Show All Ratings:
4.46/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
"Divey" is the wrong word. So many places try too hard for divey but this place is homey in a more genuine way than so much of the more touristy section on nola. Beer selection is not the best I've ever seen anywhere but pretty respectable, including sours on draft (mucho bonus points for me) and again, the other places nearby are pretty limited. Food is a mixed bag; less pretentiously French/creole but high quality for what there is. Will definitely be back.
03-09-2014 00:07:48 | More by recoveringmormon
District of Columbia
4.58/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
01-21-2014 23:08:24 | More by thecommonman
4.71/5 rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I've had the pleasure to visit some really great beer bars and this one sits right at the top. Unfortunately, New Orleans has a developing craft beer scene which may cause TAP to get looked over when it should be in competition with places like HopCat, Ashley's, etc.
Atmosphere is to be expected in New Orleans, very vintage and grungy feel. The bar is rather narrow which allows you to easily carry conversations with the bar staff. Didn't get a chance to catch the upstairs while I was there.
Service is best I've experienced. Staff was very knowledgeable about not only beer types but the actually breweries themselves. Learned a bunch about Mikeller and Evil Twin.
Selection was unbelievable. Very rare beers on tap and their bottle selection is second to none. Picked up a bottle of Black Ops and I. Biscotti Break.
Food was traditional southern homestyle. I had an order of fries smothered in some type of tracy and brisket. Good but felt like I shaved a few days of my life at its expense.
Also, love the fact that they allow you to take beers to go in NOLA....as in plastic cups out the door! Walked around while sipping on a Peche Mortel.
11-12-2013 22:18:25 | More by kylelenk
4.5/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
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. 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 don't think you're an asshole 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.
10-17-2013 21:13:38 | More by Immortale25
4.98/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$
This is my go to beer bar in New Orleans. There is always great beer and things you can't find anywhere else in he city. The bartenders are always friendly and knowledgeable. The food is great. I recommend the grilled cheese club. Who wouldn't love a great beer bar open 24/7?
08-12-2013 03:49:08 | More by JCC78
4.98/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$
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.
05-29-2013 02:12:24 | More by tinalimey
4.84/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Aside from not being sure how to get the ball rolling on my order this place was perfect.
Upstairs bar keep was informative and personable. Lots of choice and he took a few to figure out the right beer to try, when in Rome after all!
Food was tasty but I'm here for the amazing selection of beer so that was a bonus.
All in all, every craft beer fan no matter if you're a snob or a noob must make this place a required destination if in NOLA.
05-23-2013 03:42:03 | More by jd18
4.73/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
05-20-2013 21:42:28 | More by JamesStreet
4.76/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25 | $$
I've been here twice and both times they excellent taps to choose from. I love the atmosphere and location. The food was good, but I have only had the food once. Its easily become my favorite spot, and I cannot wait to go back. Some of the best beers I have had have come from Avenue Pub.
05-14-2013 18:27:34 | More by Jonbw
4.88/5 rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25 | $$
I have been to more places than I care to admit to find a good beer, but this place tops the list. The staff is super friendly, they have an amazing beer selection with 45 taps (some locals but mostly quality stuff), and hundreds of bottles that are more than worthy. A special shout out to the Owner, Polly you made my trip to New Orleans. Go there, drink a beer, enjoy the patio or head upstairs after 5pm, its all good.
05-10-2013 23:13:26 | More by ParchedNeedBeer
The Avenue Pub in New Orleans, LA
99 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.