The Avenue Pub
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Reviews by kensuthe:
4.65/5 rDev +2.2%
The Avenue Pub is located St Charles Avenue in uptown New Orleans, right on the street car line. There is both bar and table seating, and there are TVs and a pool table if you're so inclined. There's an upstairs area for special events with a balcony that looks out onto St Charles, which is perfect for just sitting back with a drink in hand and watching time go by down the avenue. It's a beer bar with the city's best draft offerings, but it's also a dive bar with that laid back New Orleans feel. Oh yeah, it's open 24 hours, so it's ready with some good beer whenever you're available.
The quality of the beer is the best you'll find in the city, and the owner and employees care about serving good beer the right way. Attention has been paid to keeping the draft lines clean, the beer fresh, the serving vessels appropriate to the styles, and the temperatures on target (which is no small feat in the usual heat and humidity of New Orleans).
The service is good, and though it may slow down a little when things get busy it still beats wading through the hordes at a packed bar in the French Quarter. The patrons can help out by brining their empty glasses and plates back to the bar, but some people may see that as a knock on service so I'm noting it accordingly.
The draft selection is the best currently available in the region, and the bottle selection is also very good. The owner has done an outstanding job of bringing new draft beers into the region while also bringing in casks and doing specialty tappings of various beers. She's also willing to listen to customer input and to try out new things that other bars in the region have either been too lazy or too scared to pursue. The recent Oktoberfest lineup was excellent, and this bar is also becoming the home of release parties for good craft beers in this region. At the time of this writing, the commercial debut of NOLA Brewing Co's Hopitoulas IPA has just passed and the regional debut of Stone Brewing Co is about to kick off with a week-long celebration including casks and vintage kegs.
There is a bar food menu available most of the time, but there is also in-house cooking by J'anitas much of the time as well. Their sandwiches, salads, and salsas are great, but their special dishes (from restaurant level platings to quality local plates) will seal the deal for you.
The pricing is extremely reasonable, especially compared to many other places in this region. If you want to sample the beers but are still a little strapped for cash, you can get smaller pours for smaller prices and stretch your beer tasting variety even further.
The best draft selection in the region, outstanding food, 24 hour operations, an excellent location right on the street car line, and an owner and staff who care about the beer make this the top beer bar to see in the Big Easy.
10-12-2009 19:02:16 | More by kensuthe
More User Reviews:
3.76/5 rDev -17.4%
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.
08-12-2014 18:32:35 | More by srletend
The Avenue Pub in New Orleans, LA
100 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.