Sidney's Wine Cellar
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Rumrunner:
3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
Sidney's is located across from the French Market. Jackson Square and other tourist spots are close by. This is the best stop for quality beer if you are staying in the French Quarter near Decatur Street.
The store is medium sized and some what dingy in appearance on the inside. They carry plenty of wine from moderately priced to a few expensive brands. A good selection of spirits and mixers. They also carry cigars, a variety of food items, a small selection of glasses and other liquor related items.
The staff was friendly and helpful.
The beer is located in the back on shelves and in the cooler. A very healthy selection of Rogue. Even the Jazz Guy Ale made for the time of the year the Jazz and Heritage Festival is held. Last weekend in April and the First weekend in May. The Jazz Guy Ale is basically Rogue's Oregon Golden Ale. A few other craft beers and some unique fruit and vegetable beers from breweries I have never heard of are here and there. England is well represented. There is a decent amount of Belgian beer, but nothing too obscure. Canada(Unibroue), Germany, Mexico, Australia and a few other countries are well represented. Their website lists what they have in stock so I will not list the beers here. A better selection of imports than micros. Hopefully that will change. All in all a good selection in which a beer lover can find a few beers they will enjoy.
If you are staying in the French Quarter, this is probably the best stop for bottled beer. If your hotel has a refridgerator, then stock up and avoid having to suffer with the macros at the restaurants. After a day at the Jazz Fest I would enjoy a quality beer while sitting on the balcony of our hotel. A quality beer is a fine way to end the day. Recommended. Especially if you like Rogue's beer. Cheers!
05-06-2004 07:06:26 | More by Rumrunner
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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.
10-28-2012 22:22:55 | More by NODAK
3.94/5 rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
If you are staying in the French Quarter this would be my top place to stop. For the area the prices are great and selection is decent. The owner checked us out and very personable and even gave us a few other suggestions for great beer and food off of Bourbon st. He even asked if we were locals because if we were looking for something special he would try to get it in for us. That kind of service is unheard of especially where I am from.
If your in the area and looking for something nice and quite off the noise that is Bourbon st it is definitely worth a stop.
08-18-2012 19:50:30 | More by cspompey
3.21/5 rDev -15.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
08-02-2012 17:42:09 | More by Treyliff
3.84/5 rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I always enjoy dropping in here when in New Orleans. What is more relaxing than strolling around the French Quarter with a beer from Sidney's? Good selection and a friendly staff. Samuel Smith, Stone, Chimay, Lazy Magnolia, and plenty of Abita styles to name a few. Staff will gladly open your beer and pour in plastic cup to carry on the street. Close to Jackson Square, Cafe du Monde and French Market. Very touristy area but that's the Quarter. Gives me something to look forward to while my wife shops.
11-26-2011 00:25:27 | More by TrappistJohnMD
4/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
08-05-2011 19:42:52 | More by brewskifan55
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.
06-21-2011 01:57:16 | More by BretSikkink
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.
04-08-2011 13:54:22 | More by tigg924
3/5 rDev -21.1%
quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
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).
07-15-2010 23:29:10 | More by BeerDreadz
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