Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar

Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster BarCooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar
Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster BarCooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar
Bar, Eatery

509 S Carrolltown Ave
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70118-1005
United States

(504) 886-9104 | map

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flyerzrule from California

4.74/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

For the beer nerds, the back bar is the way to go with 40+ rotating taps featuring a wide variety of styles. I believe the back bar doesn't open until 5pm during the week. The front bar also has a wide selection of beers although the focus is more mainstream beers. There is also a large bottle selection (over 100). There is a separate oyster bar (happy hour on Tuesday) and a separate food area. The food is pretty decent bar food although not quite gastropub level fare. They have updated their payment system so a tab opened at any bar works throughout the tavern. There's certainly some interesting decor, especially the celebrity carvings in the back bar. This is my go-to spot for NFL football since there are plenty of TVs, and they air all the games even when the Saints are playing. While I frequently go for the football, I'm happy to go even if there isn't a game on. They are located opposite side of town from Bourbon so there's much more of a neighborhood vibe at Cooters. The staff has always been friendly and helpful to me. Finally, for the whiskey drinkers out there, there is a killer happy hour on Mondays where any pour over $10 is half price. As you can see, there's a lot to like here, and that's why I keep coming back!

Dec 07, 2017
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Barnoloid from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Cooter Browns is a fun place to visit in NOLA. A lively, eccentric sports bar with a unique feel. Tap and bottle/can selection is fairly varied although the back bar was not open on last visit. There is a lot to take in with their wall decorations, that's for sure. TVs everywhere as well, just to add to your disorientation. Great bar food on offer - with more than generous portions. Share a dish, trust me on that. Don't try going it alone!

Nov 19, 2016
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Godalfree from Louisiana

5/5  rDev +24.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Best Rotating Tap list in NOLA. Skip the front bar and head straight to the Back Bar with 46 rotating craft beers available. New food in the kitchen is a step above and not to be missed.

Jul 03, 2016
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MisterBookman from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Make sure to head to the back bar, the "Snooty Cooter." The draft selection is vast and varied and a ton of bottles/cans as well. Great mix of local and imports. Best beer bar in New Orleans, make sure to stop by anytime you're in town.

Apr 16, 2016
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rev_jimmy from New York

4.76/5  rDev +18.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

I used to work just around the corner in the river bend area. Cooter Brown's is a great place to have a beer(s) and some local food. It is at the opposite end of St. Charles, away from the tourists in the French Quarter. My favorite time to go there was mid-day on a week day. Quiet, relaxing place to have drink. Cooter Brown's has huge selection of beers in bottles and quite a few on tap. I am getting home sick just thinking about it.

Oct 12, 2013
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Cooter Brown's has probably the best beer selection in NOLA (although I never did make it out to d.b.a. so I'm not quite sure).

It's in what I think is still called the "Black Pearl" neighborhood to the west of the city, past Audubon Park where the river bends at S Carrollton Street.

There are outside tables which seem to be the most popular, and not surprisingly so, as the inside is kind of dank and dirty (like most bars in NOLA). The tables also share residence with a Thai or Indian restaurant next door, although I didn't see anyone eating anything more interesting than Po' Boys and fried foods.

Moving inside, the food area is to the right, the bar is to the left, and there are communal tables in the center. There's another back bar to the back right, and there are some video poker machines back there as well (because nothing's better than drinking and gambling - and there's a pool table too, just-in-case-in you're a hustlin' pool shark. AIIIYEEE!). Some things I noted about the decor and the amenities: Tin ceiling above the main bar, tile floor, cute historic characters carved in wood hanging about, smoking, and smelly bathroom with a trough (mens, not women's - although I would never be surprised in NOLA ;)

The beer selection is impressive, although I was concerned about the freshness of the bottles. The coolers run a decent number of feet and they're pretty well packed. They've got beers I've never had, and they've got lots of classics - I can't even estimate a number - it's a lot. Draft taps number 34 to 36 out of the 40 because they've got some mixed drink things on a few.
The line-up as I saw it was:
7 from Abita (but of course!)
2 from Lazy Magnolia in Mississippi (LA's slower cousin)
2 from Covington (just above Lake Pontchartrain)
2 from Tin Roof
3 from NOLA Brewing
with the rest made up of fairly common domestics and imports.

The food is mainly sandwiches and fried foods, although they do boiled crawfish on weekends (not to be missed!). Burgers run $7.25 to $9.75; their Muffaletta (a big thing in NOLA) is $16, or $8.50 for a half; and a shrimp Po' Boy is within average bounds at $10.25. The Fried Seafood Platters with fries and garlic bread round it all out at $12 to $14 depending on what you're interested in (i.e. Catfish is just $12, Oysters are $14).

Apr 30, 2012
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

After a leisurely ride on the St. Charles streetcar, hop off at Riverbend for beer heaven with great food. Cooter Brown's is usually crammed with happy customers, quaffing brews from around the world and munching on burgers and onion rings, fried to perfection.

If the weather is nice, you can sit outside. There are picnic tables all around. Inside, flat screens abound with sports aplenty.

Pick up a beer menu and peruse the many flavors, either on tap or bottle and can. I took mine home to study the flavors and styles I was unfamiliar with. CB is a place to educate your palette. You can ask for samples if you're curious. The bartenders are very helpful.

After we placed our food order with the cook and his helper, it didn't take too long for our number to be called. Killer onion rings!

Riverbend is one of my favorite areas in New Orleans. The Camellia Grill is about a block away from Cooter's. The feel is so laid back around here. Time, nature and ambiance collide to provide the perfect backdrop for beer karma.

Hop off the streetcar, hang a left and indulge.

Jan 29, 2012
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tonytheobald from Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

A sense of humor pervades this gem. Since 1977, Cooter Brown's has been a popular watering hole, grill and oyster bar. Celebrity Hall Of Foam and Beersoleum - "Come have a beer with over 100 of your all-time favorite deceased celebrities". This is a beer bar (400+ different kinds of beer, 350 of which are imports and 42 of which are on draft), sports bar(17 flat screens and 2 eight foot drop downs) & oyster paradise. Raw oysters from the oyster Bar, boiled Crawfish (weekends), boiled shrimp and great tavern food including Po Boys, seafood, New Orleans sandwiches & specialties .

Sep 23, 2011
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86sportster883 from Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

While in New Orleans for the 2011 Jazz fest, I took a ride on the Saint Charles St. trolley to visit Cooter Brown's. I had two goals: get out of the French Quarter for some decent beer, and get some of the best raw oysters in the area. I wasn't dissapointed with either.

With about 40 taps, Cooter Brown's offers a better than average, quality selection of local, American craft and foreign beers to include: practically everything from Abita, the NOLA Blond & Hopitoulis, Ponshartrain Pilsener, LA 31, Anchor Steam, Brooklyn Lager, Sierra Nevada Pale, Jefferson Stout, Guiness, Bass, Harp, Hoegaarden, Chimay, Paulaner Hefe and Spaten's Oktoberfest & Optimator, among others. Meanwhile the bottled beer list was an extensive offering of beers from around the world including everything you would expect and more than a few pleasant surprises. In addition, the ersters were huge and delicious.

If in New Orleans I would highly recommend getting out of the Quarter and heading uptown to CB's for some good beer & oysters at reasonable prices.

May 17, 2011
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redbird from Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This was cool place, mainly a sports bar with tons of TVs and no table service. Gotta get your own beer and food. We really just went here for crawfish and football, but it ended up being good for beer as well.

They have about 30 taps and quite a few bottles. Good selection of locals (Abita and NOLA) as well as Lazy Magnolia and one Stone tap. I was also happy to buy a Sierra Nevada 30th Grand Cru for the table.

Food was a pleasant surprise. Didn't get any raw oysters and they were out of crawfish, but the fried oysters were fantastic and the shrimp and catfish were good too.

Jan 27, 2011
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drpimento from Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Went to this place on the St. Charles trolley on a sunny afternoon. Only a few people in the place when we got there. Fairly dark and roadhouse like atmosphere. Lots of games, TVs, tables, bar space, food area, etc. They had several banks of taps with a decent selection of local, regional, macros and imports. I shared a 'gator sausage sandwich and it was ok. Most of the beer was pretty good except one line apparently hadn't been properly handled and was totally dominated by bleach. Maybe it was the glass. Prices and service were reasonable.

Jun 29, 2010
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Tinfoilrcr from New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Was at Cooter Brown's on Wednesday. Ordered some food and a couple of pints.

A- The bar is very dark and smoky, with rows upon rows of long tables. Lots of TVs, would likely be a great place to watch Football or baseball games.

S- Food service was slow and inattentive, beer service not much better.

Sel- decent selection (about 15-20 taps), with all of the NOLA brews, some other locals, and a good bottle selection at first glance. However, upon closer look it appeared that a lot of the bottles had been there a while. The friend I was with confirmed this and indicated he has previously been served a bottle that had been past its "best by date"

F- The burgers, chili cheese fries, and Motz sticks were very good. Not as good as the Camellia grille just down the road, but none-the-less very good.

V- Like so much in this city the prices are very reasonable ( atleast when compared to the NYC prices I am used to).

Overall - not a great "beer bar" in terms of selection and freshness. But a generally good bar with good food and a decent selection.

Feb 19, 2010
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I cannot feature how I missed this place on my previous visit to town! A long, street-facing front with outdoor seating under a long overhang with an entry near the corner. Entering, the oyster bar cum food production was to the right with the bar area to the left. The inverted "S"-shaped, dark wood bar ran along the left side with 4 banks of 10 taps (40 total). A 2 door bank of coolers ran down the left wall behind the bar. Seating was a sea of marble-topped tables with some upholstered, upright (booths) against the far wall. The painted bas-relief caricatures of celebrities holding beers. Lots of monitors throughout. Lavs off to right of bar area just before double old west doors. The oyster po' boy was fabulous!

Dec 20, 2009
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kensuthe from Louisiana

3.1/5  rDev -22.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Cooter Browns is located in the Riverbend area of Uptown New Orleans, right near the corner of Carrollton Ave and St. Charles Ave. It is close to Tulane University, Loyola University, Audubon Park, and the St. Charles streetcar line. It is also right across the train tracks from the Mississippi River, but don't expect a scenic venue. Apparently it was a really good beer bar at some point before the hurricanes, and while it's still a good place to go to pick up a beer, it does not compare well to good beer bars in other parts of the country.

Atmosphere - This place is primarily a sports bar, with TVs lining the upper part of much of the back wall and a few of the supports in the main bar area. The bar is a little bit dingy and a little cramped inside, even though there is a lot of floor space. There is a main bar with taps near the front of the place, a bar that connects to that main bar along one side of the room that is lined with coolers, and a back bar with taps and coolers that is around the corner from the jukebox and video poker machines. However, you can only order at the main bar these days, and you will have to wait a fair bit if the place is buys. There is a kitchen that puts out pretty decent bar fare, and there are tables and a few booths lined up throughout the front and back rooms to sit and eat or drink at. The tables and chairs have seen better days, and there are probably too many in the place which makes it feel crowded and closed in even during slow times. There are some pool tables in a back corner as well, and the jukebox has a decent selection of music.

Quality - Don't expect to find the freshest of kegs or the widest selection of glassware here, and don't be surprised if your beer is less carbonated or cloudier than it should be. Most of the bottles we've had from the place have been okay, but there have been one or two times where you could just tell that the bottle had been sitting there for quite a long time and the beer was past its prime.

Service - The bartenders can easily get swamped during busy times, and since only the main bar is open for business you can find yourself waiting for quite a while to get a beer. The bartenders can seem a little rushed and be a little standoffish at times, which doesn't do anything to improve the atmosphere of the place. If you're not drinking out a beer that's served out of a pint glass then you'll have to ask for another type of glass, and they may or may not be able to provide what you want. The service tends to gravitate towards buying one drink or round at a time, and running a tab can be problematic if the place gets too busy.

Selection - There is a decent selection of bottled beers from Germany, the UK, Belgium, other parts of Europe, and domestic breweries, and you will occasionally find some things available here that are otherwise extremely hard to find in the region. The coolers have not been close to filled the last several times we have gone, and the variety of beers available seems to be less than what it was even a year ago. The draft selection is around 10 to 20 taps on the front bar, but it is not uncommon for certain taps to run dry and be unavailable, especially during a big sporting event.

Food - The kitchen area serves up some tasty bar food ranging from cheese fries and onion rings to philly sandwiches and po-boys. There are a few non-meat selections as well, but don't expect the kitchen to fit in to your diet plan. It does not take an extraordinarily long time for orders to come up, but it is also not an extremely fast turnover. You get a number, and you can look at a display near the side bar to see which orders are up at a given time. The kitchen closes earlier than the bar, so keep that in mind if it's late and you're getting the munchies.

Value - The prices range from cheap to costly, depending on what you're looking for. You could definitely save by buying at a store and bringing it home, but then you don't get the experience of going out to the bar. Many of the draft beers here are not a better deal than their bottled versions, which is somewhat contrary to similar practices at similar establishments in the region. The food is a little bit pricey, but it's not more expensive than most other Uptown establishments that are nearby and open late.

If you're doing Uptown, give Cooter Brown's a shot. After all, the more good beer people drink, the more good beer they will stock.

Mar 26, 2008
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Butch from Mississippi

2.33/5  rDev -41.9%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Service was decent even after the lady taking orders tried to rip me off. I don't think it was out of malice, just oversight, but she argued with me in front of a dozen other customers about the size of the bill I gave her (I know exactly because we'd just left the ATM).

The beer selection was great, but served in frozen glasses. The food was poor, but we only had a couple of burgers and fries so YMMV. The place was trashy, but I can get past that, because it was a bar. It was also completely filled with smoke, but again, it's a bar.

Overall, I'll skip it next time I'm in town. There are better, cleaner places in NOLA for good beer.

Feb 27, 2008
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Beerbuddha from Florida

3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

OK so I've been here before many times and just went back so I thought it was time to do a review. The place is pretty cool. Kind of trashy looking but a nice beer selection. People say they have the biggest beer selection in town but I'm not so sure. I think the Bulldog may have them beat. The food was pretty kick ass we had some oysters. I had a Abita Amber which tasted a bit off. I know that particular beer sells well so I pretty sure it wasn't an old keg but I do question the draught lines. Overall a great place for college kids looking for good beer. But I'm no longer a college kid so hmmm.

Feb 08, 2008
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mltobin from Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I paid a visit to Cooter Brown`s while in New Orleans on a trip back in the summer of 2004.

Cooter Browns has the largest selection of beers of any bar in New Orleans, so it is a a sure thing to make a stop here when in town.
A big list, with a lot of macros, local beers, and a decent selection of european beers.
The atmosphere is classic New Orleans, very laid back and casual, and solid bar food. The staff is friendly and accoomodating. This is not the place to have a romantic date, but a place to throw back some pints with the buds and relax in a fun casual environment. Prices are reasonable.

Feb 02, 2008
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ShrLSU from Louisiana

3.33/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I've been to this place a few times and I guess it mirrors the status of beer in Louisiana which is sparse and generic. Cooter Brown's is not what it once was. However, it is still the best place for a beer nut to grab a brew when down in NOLA.

The atmosphere is a bit crowded and dingy. It kind of reminds me of an old west saloon with the swinging doors. Its got lots of room as a whole, but the area is cluttered with tables and chairs.

The quality is pretty good, however the around 10 or 12 coolers that they have are only half full to empty.

The staff is very attentive, but lacking the necessary beer knowledge to be considered an elite beer bar. The wait for a beer isn't too long but you can only order from one bar and on a crowded night it makes for a mess given that there isn't much room due to the tables and chairs lining the middle of the bar.

The selection is good. It's the best you can get in NOLA that's for sure. They have good selection of imports but the belgian selection is lacking. They have a decent amount of taps but lately the good ones have been tapped out. Rogue chocolate, Unibroue Maudite, Abita Seasonal, Spaten, Anchor, Paulner, are just a few that are on tap there.

The food is great. A nice selection of greasy sandwiches and fried appetizers to soak up all that alcohol after a while.

Overall its a solid place to spend the night drinking with friends, as long as the bar isn't depleted of inventory there are some good beers to be had there.

Jan 24, 2008
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dlintern from Louisiana

3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

As far as New Orleans bars, this has one of the largest selections in bottles and on draft. They claim to have something like 400 bottles, which I think is slightly high, but you can find some nice Belgians and craft beers that other local bars do not carry. It is a great sports bar with enough TVs that you can watch every March Madness game at the same time, and it is a rowdy crowd for LSU and Saints games. The food is good, sort of standard bar food kicked up a notch, I especially like the shrimp and oyster po-boy and the burger topped with pastrami.

Having so much selection in a town that does not fully appreciate craft beer has become a problem for their beers. I have had beers here on draft that do not get much circulation and you can taste it. I don’t know if the beer has gone bad or if the lines need to be cleaned, but either way I stick to the standard fair if I’m getting the pitcher for the table. The bottles can be very old as well since they have so many choices. After the storm the coolers were packed, with the same bottles that were there before the storm. Some of these beers were old to begin with and sitting that long around 90-100 degrees in the light (glass door coolers) for 3 straight months did not help them out. Especially during football season and carnival season when I spend a lot of time here, friends would ask me if I like this or that obscure beer, some I had, some I hadn’t, but for the most part they were skunky, badly sour (I do love brettanomyces and lactobacillus), or just plain funky. These people were sitting there thinking this is what the beer is supposed to taste like, completely turning them off to the beer and making them much less adventurous in their next pick from the bar. I understand we all lost a lot from Katrina, but any good bar took their insurance losses and put their pre-k beer in a clearly labeled ice chest and sold it off for a buck a piece sometimes cheaper no matter what it was to those willing to drink it.

That being said, if you stick to most American Craft bottles or fairly well known imports you there are some good beers here and you should be safe. They usually have 7 or 8 rouge bombers that you can never go wrong with. Foods good and it is a great place to watch any sort of game, they seem to have every sport covered with some cable package including rugby and hockey, just stay away from anything that you don’t think is fresh.

Aug 27, 2007
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barefootbrewer from Mississippi

4.05/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Cooter Brown's – this was one of the first beer bars in New Orleans. I'm going to try and give it a fair review, even though I've been in this place for nearly 20 years. First of all, it has a great atmosphere. Everyone is always friendly. Music is good and the pool tables are top notch. They serve typical bar food that will get you through after you've had several pints.

They have an extensive collection of beer on tap – everything from microbrews to Belgians. The taps rotate periodically and the staff is usually knowledgeable about them. They also have a very impressive selection of bottled beer.

As a whole, this is a must stop on a beer tour of New Orleans. The food will keep you going, but the beer prices might break you quick.

Oct 24, 2006
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tcayiajr from Louisiana

4.45/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is one of my favorite bars. Atmosphere is a little lacking, but Cooter's more than makes up for it in their awesome selection. A great place to stop by for an Alligator Sausage Philly Sandwich or some oysters on the half shell. It's also open real late for those crazy nights that happen all too often in New Orleans. Cooter's is a great place for someone who is willing to try a lot of beers from all over the world. They have a real good selection of Belgium beers and they even cover all the cheap american blue collar beers for when your pinching the penny's. Also, if you are in to Sports they have some awesome big screen TV's and the staff is willing to accomodate to your needs. I would recommend Cooter's over the Bulldog anyday.

Jun 09, 2006
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acrawf6 from Louisiana

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A nice place to go out with some friends and relax. All the tables are together in the center of the place, which is good for a group, but bad when its crowded. They have i think 2 pool tables. Also, a bar is in the back of the bar, but it just seems like it is for convience because i dont think they serve anything different back there, just less. but i could be wrong.

If my memory serves me right, there are around 40 beers on tap, a decent variety, and many i've only had in bottles and would like to try on tap. But there wasnt anything too unusual. i really dont think it would dissapoint anyone.

They advertise like 400 bottles available, but i dont think it is that many. if so, they do not put all of the bottles on hte beer menu. As far as the selection goes, it is the best i've seen, but i havent been to many beer bars, so i cant compair too much. But i would have to think anyone who is not satisfied is either full of shit, or just too spoiled.

overall, a good place to go. perhaps a little expensive, but not too bad. i dont know about the food, but i go with my dad and he loves the oysters.
Ohh, but one bad thng... they only gave us small glasses that look like they are about 10 oz and should be used for pilsners. they gave this no matter what we got. so getting st. bernardus abt 12 in this wasnt what i expected, but oh well.

Apr 20, 2005
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rousee from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I recently visited Cooter Brown's for the first time in 17 years. It is not nearly as divey as it used to be but ain't the Taj Mahal either. The place is pretty big and located in what they call the riverbend area.

Plenty of beers on tap --although the selections were not as adventurous as I would've liked to see. Simply too many devoted to mass produced macros and others that are just not that difficult to find. All the tap handles are displayed as beer bottles which does a good job in making the brands recognizable. The bottle selection is far more exciting. It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted because the selection is huge. They seemed good on quality, I had a golden ale by Ayinger and some Netherlands brew I had never seen before. The service is shaky. The people seemed to have attitudes like if you don't tip me well, you are gonna get some shitty service. Well, I tipped well and got pretty decent service but I don't appreciate being sized-up as a good or lousy tipper before I have bought anything. I remember the oysters and muffalettas being good from way back when but I did not eat there on my most recent trip.

Mar 03, 2005
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VoodooBrew from South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

There are many reasons to visit Cooter Brown's if you're in the area:
-- HUGE beer selection. Yes, they have hundreds of beers from around the world. I can't really comment on how fresh they all are because honestly, who knows how often some of these brews are sold. I will say that their selection is an accomplishment for the city of New Orleans, which for all its borderline alcoholic residents, has the tougest time getting decent beer to come in. (Mostly that's a problem with domestic craft brews.)
-- Numerous TVs for game day. This is THE place to go Uptown on Saturdays or Sundays. And during the summer they're generally not so crowded that they won't put your baseball team on for you.
-- Often an older college crowd (they tend to enforce 21+) to keep things lively but not out of hand.
-- Around the World Program. You get a passport card and everytime you buy a beer from a new country you get a stamp. There are some 35-odd countries represented. When you complete your passport you get a t-shirt. I'd say my t-shirt is worth over $200 easily.

There are also some not-so-great things about Cooter's:
-- How old is that beer? How long has that pint you're about to buy of Lindeman's Framboise been sitting in the line between the keg and the tap?
-- Some beers are pricey. Add that to concerns discussed above and, well...
-- The guy who used to bartend on Sundays (their busiest day by far) DOESN'T DRINK BEER. Excuse me? New Orleans' largest beer selection and the bartender can't tell you a thing about it?? And while he may not work there any more, what does that say about management?
-- Food is kind of expensive. That's not to say it's not good, but there's a really cheap po-boy place across the street...
-- Often a college crowd. Damn those young rascals!

On the whole, Cooter's offers something for almost everyone. Grab an interesting beer, find your favorite team on TV, and enjoy.

Jan 01, 2005
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Rumrunner from California

3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Cooter Brown's is located near Tulane university on the outskirts of the Garden District and gets a mixed crowd of college students and locals. A few out of town folks will be here if they are going to a show at one of the clubs near CB's or they want some good quality beer. A bit of a trek if one is staying in the french quarter. Then again, the allure of a good beer selection will loosen the wallet for a cab to CB's.

A large open space with plenty of long tables and booths. A back bar with gaming machines. The main bar has plenty of stools and a large cooler with a big bottle selection in it. The oyster bar is situated at the end of the bar in front of the coolers. The kitchen is to the side of the main entrance. Plenty of wood in this place make for a beer hall feel. I love the charicatures of famous people holding bottles of beer that adorn the walls. My favorite is the Three Stooges hanging on to a magnum bottle of Corsondonk. A couple of pool tables are located in the back. The lighting is medium moody. There are plenty of televisions showing sports.

I mentioned this was a college bar. They were out in force when we were there. It is funny to watch a group of college students have a chug-a-lug contest with glasses full of hefeweizen. Don't choke on thet lemon slice accidentally. Another fun thing to watch was them eating oysters out of the half shell without using their hands. Put the oyster on the table, put your hands behind your back and slurp it out of the shell. Most amusing. A fun crowd to say the least.

The food was okay. Plenty of frozen and cooked to order. Not even close to quality for many New Orleans restaurants in the same price range. I had the Radiator sandwich. It was good but nothing special. If I was a member of the band 'The Radiators' I would demand they improve the sandwich. My girlfriend tried the fried shrimp. The breading kept falling off. Poorly made to be sure and there was nothing special about the spices used in the breading if any. Oh well, as far as bar food is concerned it was not too bad. The fries were pretty good. The oysters were excellent. This is not a caveat for CB's as all places in NO get their oysters from the gulf, and as a lover of oysters, gulf oysters are by far my favorite.

Ordering is done by the kitchen. Return in ten minutes. If the food is not ready, return in five minutes. Repeat until your food is ready. The oyster shucker did a fine job even though he was surly and I felt he wanted to be anywhere other than working the night we were there. There is no curb service. Go to the bar to get your beer. The bartenders were attentive and we did not have to wait long. Typical NO servers. Nothing extra special. I had to ask for glasses as we had bottled beer.

Beer selection is very good. Plenty of taps and a large bottle selection. A great selection of imports and a good selection of craft beers. Most of the craft beers come from California, Oregon and Washington. I was hoping for more east coast beers but there were few if any. The beer selection rotates and they were out of our first options. The web site lists the beers so I will not ramble on about what they have. If they don't have what you want at first, I am sure a quality beer can be found further down the list. Prices for beer are fair.

This is a good beer bar. No frills and other than a quality list of beers there is nothing overly special about this place. The charicatures are fun and if shooting pool is a must, then venture out to Cooter Brown's. A good lively crowd was there the night we were there and I would return if I am in the area the next time I am in New Orleans.

May 09, 2004
Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar in New Orleans, LA
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