Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar

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86
very good

25 Reviews
Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster BarCooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(504) 886-9104 | map
cooterbrowns.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
86
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
40
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
12.23%
 
 
Taps:
42
Bottles/Cans:
350
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 40
Reviews by mltobin:
Photo of mltobin
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of Godalfree
5/5  rDev +33%
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 +16%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of MisterBookman
4.49/5  rDev +19.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

If Ken is your bartender you're in for a real treat. 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. By far the 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 +21%
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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4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

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3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of sd123
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of rev_jimmy
4.76/5  rDev +26.6%
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 +6.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +6.4%
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 +17%
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 +6.4%
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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Photo of redbird
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar in New Orleans, LA
3.76 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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