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Sidney's Wine Cellar

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Sidney's Wine CellarSidney's Wine Cellar
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very good

26 Ratings
Ratings: 26
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: n/a
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917 Decatur St
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70116-3307
United States
phone: (504) 524-6872

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Reviews by Onslow:
Photo of Onslow
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

I found this place a few years back just when I was getting into beer so as a novice this place was great...but as I matured this place became more of a convenience than a must stop. It is in close walking distance to many hotels and the river so it gets points for that and it has had some real winners (grand cru of the emperor '04, for one example). So if you got a hankering for a good Belgian or English or German or some strange craft brew, this is a good bet... also has some nice cigars and same brewery sixer discounts so you don't have to pay the single bottle rate when mixing and matching beers from the same brewer!!

More User Reviews:
Photo of animal69
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of DStro99
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of NODAK
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Due to the interesting beer laws of New Orleans, a store like this becomes highly valuable if you're out in the French Quarter and want a beer, but you also want to wander around.

In fact, I'm just upset I didn't find out about this until this past weekend. Where was I?!?! This store has a pretty good selection of beers...Belgian, local, macros....they're all here and at pretty good prices. For instance, Abita and Saint Arnold singles were a couple bucks a piece which is definitely a fair price for a single. They had Chimay, which I bought the White for 4.49 a bottle. All this, and the ability to take them out and drink them while walking around as long as they're in a paper bag (of course, they provide that).

There's so much to see in the Quarter that this is a great option if you're not wanting to just sit at a bar. The people working there were really helpful too.

Photo of cspompey
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

If you are staying in the French Quarter this would be my top place to stop. For the area the prices are great and selection is decent. The owner checked us out and very personable and even gave us a few other suggestions for great beer and food off of Bourbon st. He even asked if we were locals because if we were looking for something special he would try to get it in for us. That kind of service is unheard of especially where I am from.

If your in the area and looking for something nice and quite off the noise that is Bourbon st it is definitely worth a stop.

Photo of Treyliff
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I stumbled upon this place while exploring the French Quarter. It is very small and packed with not much room to maneuver around. They do however have some good stuff. Beers are located on the right side of the store.I bought some local stuff from Abita and Lazy Magnolia for under $2 a bottle. Overall, they had a decent selection of craft with some Belgium as well. There were a few bottles that looked a little dated. The guy at the check out was nice, no service on the floor tough.

Nice place to stop if you are in the area, not worth planning a trip for though.

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

I always enjoy dropping in here when in New Orleans. What is more relaxing than strolling around the French Quarter with a beer from Sidney's? Good selection and a friendly staff. Samuel Smith, Stone, Chimay, Lazy Magnolia, and plenty of Abita styles to name a few. Staff will gladly open your beer and pour in plastic cup to carry on the street. Close to Jackson Square, Cafe du Monde and French Market. Very touristy area but that's the Quarter. Gives me something to look forward to while my wife shops.

Photo of brewskifan55
4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The go-to place for my "walkin' beer" in the French Quarter. Been going to Sidney's for many years now, discovering craft beers from local breweries (Dixie Blackened Voodoo and Abitas) to Stone and Old Rasputin. The two guys who stock the beers really know their brews and don't mind talking about styles when you're wondering what to try next. The people who work the counters are always nice and don't mind opening your beer and giving you a plastic cup for taking out on the street.
Sidney's is cramped, but accessable. Wine and whiskey grace lots of shelves throughout the store; some being New Orleans or LSU-themed liquors. The beer fridges are in the back right, along with water and soft drinks.
The most expensive crafts are towards the center. Sometimes it's hard to ponder your next choice when people are in a hurry. Just be patient; it's New Orleans. Along the back right wall, Sidney's carries warm Chimay and Paulaner Salvadore, plus a few more premium brews.
Sidney's is real close to the French Market on Decatur. So grab a walkin' beer and stroll the aisles of the market. Soon you'll be dry and have to make a return engagement to try another.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Slightly off the beaten path for the typical tourist French Quarter - right near Cafe du Monde. Atmosphere is typical Decatur street storefront, a little dirty and dingy, but it's what's in the bottle that counts, right? The quality here was good, very acceptable brands and for a store of its size and type, there were plenty of good choices. The selection is merely okay, as it is a very small shop. Service was negligible, but I docked the service score for short hours. Really? Closing before midnight in the French Quarter. Not sure what to make of that. If you're near the French Market and just need to pop by for something better than the swill in nearby environs, Sidney's is the spot. No need for a pilgrimage though.

Photo of tigg924
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Sidneys is all I want in a beer store and for the money and location by touristy things, it is my favorite place to grab a beer to go in New Orleans. The staff was very helpful. They did not approach me, but once I approached them we discussed beer at length. Most beers cost around $1.90 a single, which is fantastic compared to up here. Most singles are chilled however. They also have a good selection of bombers and sixes as well. The variety is great. It seems like most of the local breweries are represented here Heiner, Abita, Lazy Magnolia and more. If you need a beer fix in New Orleans, and if Steins is a bit too far, this is the place I would rush to. Plus Turtle Bay, a really good beer bar is just a couple stores down.

Photo of BeerDreadz
3/5  rDev -21.1%

I really like this place,this is a small Liquor store they have a really good selection of beers and really good prices,it is a nice places to buy beers but i don't like the location, this place is in the french quarters which is really touristy(locals like me don't usually go there),plus have no parking and the service are two cashiers not friendly not rude neither just plain and i don't think they know a lot about beer. Another thing is that most of the beer is already cold which is kind of inconvenient when u want to enjoy your beer somewhere else (Like home away from people).

Photo of slatetupelo
4/5  rDev +5.3%

I am really glad to now know about this small liquor store in the French Quarter. This was my first trip to New Orleans that I didn't purchase a single bud or coors lite. It just doesn't make sense to pay $5 or more for a draft beer when you can pick up singles of really great beers for reasonable prices. SN Torpedo IPAs were $1.83, Stone Ruination IPA $2.99, Stone IPA $2.29 and the Abita Jackomo IPA and Amnesia IPA were both around the 2 buck mark. You could get sixers of the same beer for around $10 and sixers of Abita for a few bucks cheaper. It's well worth the trip if you're in the French Quarter and want to enjoy a quality brew.

I remember them having products from Chimay, Brooklyn, Stone, Rogue, Sam Adams, Abita, Lazy Magnolia, Indian Wells, Sierra Nevada and some others.

Photo of deanhead
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%

Popped in our a few times while visiting the Crescent city.
First impressions were, WOW!. That eventually reduced itself to a hmm, that's interesting, and that might be fun to try.

All in all they did have a fairly decent selection of beers. 90% of the beers were singles and the other 10% came in six packs. What no case prices? That's just silly since we rented a house and needed to have something to drink.

I must say it certainly was nice to stop in and grab up a $2.29 bottle of Stone IPA for the walk around the French Quarter. A good place to stop in for a beer to go, or a six pack to take back to your hotel.

Photo of mklinger
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

Located next to the Central Grocery in the French Quarter. Perfect location for getting a beer to go with a muffaletta at the Central Grocery. They'll open it & brown paper bag it for you at Sydney's. We stopped by here twice while in NOLA for 3 days. First time we got a couple of Abita beers that were a bit disappointing. The second time we got a Bigfoot & Brooklyn BCS which were both excellent. Very solid selection almost all sold in singles for a reasonable price.

Certainly much better to pay $2.29 for Brooklyn BCS or a SN Bigfoot than $5 for some BMC on Bourbon Street. Best beer stop in the Quarter from a price & quality perspective.

Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

I've been to this place a few times. every now and then i'll head down to the french quarter with a few friends on a nice saturday, grab a muffaletta from Central Grocery which is next door, then go to Sidney's and grab a beer from their pretty good selection, get a to-go cup (since there aren't public drinking laws down here) and go find a park bench, and enjoy the food and drink.
i recommend this place if you find yourself looking for something of higher quality than a "big ass draft" of miller or bud lites on bourbon street. its only a quick two blocks away. There is a solid selection of locals, domestics, and imports.

Photo of womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

I had reviewed this place awhile back, but I guess my review got lost in the crashes...

I was in New Orleans for a convention, and not wanting to just drink crap beer or deal with Beer Fest's outrageous prices the whole weekend, I decided to take a walk to this place.

The store is rather small and the aisles are fairly narrow, but they managed to put some decent beer on the shelves (for LA, anyway).

I picked up a decent array of Southern beers and also some CA favorites (like SN Torpedo), as well as some other beverages (hard cider) to drink on the streets while I walked around. They sell plastic cups for $0.50, which is pretty cool.

The prices were decent and the service was pretty good.

If you're stuck in the French Quarter and in need of a decent beer store, I'd certainly recommend stopping in here.

Photo of LabBrewer
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

New Orleans is not a great beer city. There are a few bars with decent beer selections, but from what I had there are a lot more reasons to avoid draft beer in NO than there are to drink draft beer in NO.

This brings me to Sidney's. It is right off of Burbon St. and they have a decent selection of both imported and domestic beers. Why pay $6 for 48 oz of Miller Lite on Burbon St. when you can pay $2 for a Bigfoot at Sidney's? I visited three times in a day, each time buying a bottle and a cup and taking it with me on the road. No need to worry about dirty lines at this place. As far as I'm concerned, in the French Quarter this is THE place to go for good craft beer.

Photo of sholland119
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

This is about the only place in New Orleans where you can find a decent beer selection.

Tucked into a small storefront a couple of blocks away from Jackson Square, Sidney's does not impress you from the outside. But once inside, the ratio of craft brews to BMC is surprisingly high. It's an odd collection of craft beer but an opportunity to branch out from my preferred labels. There are a lot of selections from Flying Dog, Unibroue, Chimay and Mendocino brewing. Plus some decent Germans (Celebrator Dopplebock, Spaten Optimator and a few others). I also picked up a Samichlaus.

Service was pleasant at checkout. I did not really need any help as the selection was not that enormous, nor was the place.

This being New Orleans, for a dime you can buy a plastic cup and have your beer "rolling" (i.e. drinking on the street is allowed. After dark I think it's mandatory).

When you leave Sidney's, make a left and go three doors down to Central Grocery. Pick up a muffuletta so you have something for the beer to wash down.

HV

Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

This basically is a small, cramped, semi seedy, French quarter beer/wine/booze stop. Dont go expecting anything rare or obscure, but compared tot he typical B/M/C stocked places, Sidney's does carry some more varied offerings. A smattering of very typical Belgians, German and Brit imports. Unibroue, Rogue, Flying Dog were the domestic highlights. Abita is available everywhere in N.O. This place did the trick, so far as, finding something decent to buy and drink while wandering around this crazy 'hood, but thats about it...

Photo of Butch
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%

Typical Quarter store. Lots of stuff crammed into a tiny space, fielded by a staff that is best described as eclectic. The beer selection is good, best I've yet found inside the Quarter. Prices aren't that bad, especially considering it's inside said Quarter. They have a nice but typical selection of Belgians and other imports, with a good but not great assortment of American Craft brew. They do have a wide array of local and mid-craft brews like Dixie, Abita, etc.

I always stop in and get some stuff whenever I'm in NOLA and will continue to do so. Might not be worth it to try and drive in and find a place to park for this place alone, but if you're in the Quarter and want a beer other than watered down BMC by the half-gallon, this is your place.

Photo of thump220
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%

This was my first visit to New Orleans and the first chance I had to purchase any real good craft beer. I am still a novice in the beer game but I had a list of what I wanted and Chimay was at the top of my list. The place was easy to find and the service was great. Jeff was nice enough to help me find what was on my list and if they did not have it he made recommendations based on what my likes were. They were out of the Chimay (blue label) the day I went but they were expecting a delivery that afternoon and he was kind enough to hold a few bottles for me to pick up the next morning. I recommend this place to anyone that is visiting the French Quarters and want a good selection of beer to take home or even to walk around and drink (10¢ for a cup) Sidney’s Wine Cellar is your place.

Photo of acrawf6
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

Small liquor store near the french market. It seemed most of the beers they had were belgian based, and english. Not much on the american market, other than some abita and sierra nevada (and just a few others). As far as the beers i saw, there were the unibroue big ones (la fin, maudite, tois pistoles, and also 15), rochefort, chimay, and a few others.

The service was friendly, the quality seemed ok. Overall, i think this place it good for it's location. It is walking distance to many hotels, so it is a good place to grab some beer in a pinch. It is also a nice place to grab a bottle of craft for walking around n.o. as the prices are store prices (and most of the beers they have are in the refrigerator). But not worth seeking out compared to the other stores you can go to. To sum it up, if you are walking to get beer, this is a good place, but if you are driving then go somewhere else.

Photo of shivtim
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

This place has a pretty decent selection of European beers, but I was pretty dissapointed in the local/Southern beer selection. They had a few different six packs of Abita brews and one from Dixie. There were some other American microbrews, like Rogue, but the focus is definitely international. Service was good, the guy behind the counter came and showed me where the local stuff was (oddly, Abita six packs were on the floor of the middle aisle).

All-in-all, if you're in New Orleans for a while and just need some good beer, you can get it here, but if you're looking for some local stuff to take home, the selection is pretty limited.

Photo of rousee
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%

Located on Decatur Street in the French Qtr, this place is very small and cramped with narrow aisles. They do have a very good selection of beers with most of them being refrigerated rather than room temp. The selection seemed more focused on European imports rather than American craft beers but that is okay.Most are sold as singles. Their pricing seems reasonable and I bought a couple cigars here too and they seemed to have a great price on them. The people in the store were very friendly and helpful. The only thing I didn't like about this place was that it was cramped inside.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

This place is about what you would expect from a liquor store in the French Quarter. The store is tiny, cramped, and loaded wall to wall and floor to celling with alcohol. The beer selection is top notch for Louisiana. Most of their selection is available as singles, and they'll give you a cup so you can drink on the street. When in Rome I guess. This is a good place to pick something up at when strolling around the Quarter, but I wouldn't make an across town trip here since parking is almost nonexistant.

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Sidney's Wine Cellar in New Orleans, LA
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