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
cooterbrowns.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
42
pDev:
13.25%
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Reviews by dlintern:
Photo of dlintern
3.28/5  rDev -18%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mdez
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of flyerzrule
4.74/5  rDev +18.5%
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!

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.28/5  rDev +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!

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Photo of Godalfree
5/5  rDev +25%
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.

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Photo of Murphdog08
4.36/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of MisterBookman
4.44/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of meyerfest
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Ken is the best craft beer bartender I've ever had

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Photo of Watercupcake
4.6/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of jshusc
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of astronautjones
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of sd123
4.44/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of rev_jimmy
4.76/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of mcintire78
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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
and
LA31
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).

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Photo of brewskifan55
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of tonytheobald
4.4/5  rDev +10%
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 .

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Photo of 86sportster883
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar in New Orleans, LA
Place rating: 4 out of 5 with 42 ratings