The Avenue Pub

The Avenue PubThe Avenue Pub
The Avenue PubThe Avenue Pub
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1732 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130-5224
United States

(504) 586-9243 | map

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slander from New York

4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

As this was to be the New Orleans last hurrah, we might as well double down, am I right? Dropped in, had a beer, and got out. It had been a long day. Returned for a beer or three today, to scribble some, and take in the scene. Surprisingly, Phil was crying about it; even after I reminded him to shut the fuck up. Pa-lease. This is where I want to be. I mean, they’re considered up to snuff enough to be dealt a Zwanze day, I’m thinking that needs to be looked in on when in market…

Old time corner joint out in I don’t know where. We’ll enter in and cop a seat while Phil get his many smokes on. Ancient varnished worn wood straight bar with a lip, dark panel base, & a brass foot rail to the left with 8 of those lightweight loud as shit aluminum chairs & stools. On barback centerish, 43 taps in a row high & low alternating with handwritten labels on generic handles. The drip pan bar below the taps is all crooked & hinky, I presume it to have been hung by someone with one leg longer than the other. Slight swag displayed above the taps; shirts, hats, & coozies, and glassware shelved below on cooler boxes. Tiered booze to both sides with stemware dangling above and more glassware below shelf boxed vertically. A few boards atop saying stuff of no great importance just now. Bottle cooler off to the left in the front corner with all the Lambic love. TV perched above showing a later season episode of ‘Alice’, sorely lacking the sass that only Flo could deliver. And Kitchen space to the right down past the bar.

1’ block red tiled floors up front transitioning to white & gray honeycomb tilings and then small red ones again further to the rear, and a pressed tin ceiling with crown moldings & center spinny fans. Dark vertical wood slat walls with mounted lanterns & stained glass pieces over narrow shuttered windows that look like they could open. Random pieces riddle about; a Founders neon, a Coors Light mirror, a New Castle something or other, a NOLA board, and some press clippings mounted. A large brick pillar sits in the center of the room with a bar counter spur on it below a large framed mirror where one generally sees a reflected image, and framed archways to both sides. Up front, 5 small raised roundies off the bar stooled about and another flatscreen for the looking at. More of the same on the back side albethey 5 shorty tables and a Cantillon Zwanze Day chalkboard drawing on the wall.

Went on walkabout as I do and found a small backyard area with like a ½ dozen tables. And then through the colorful muralled stairwell and upstairs hallway to find a nicely done space across 3 rooms. The main room holds a few tables and access to the wraparound balcony with umbrella’d tables and box planters over the avenue. Into the middle room, an ‘L’ shaped corner ‘service bar’ there (meaning no seating, get your drink and go away). 3 cylinder tap trios on the bar (these 9 beers are in addition to the 43 downstairs) and shelf over shelf behind the bar of bourbon running the wall. Oh, brown liquor, how I love you so. And out the back side to the rear room; a bunch more tables here and the quintessential Cantillon prints (and the nicest bathrooms I’ve ever seen). Probably a dozen tables in all between the 2 rooms.

Draft menu is 4 pages carved out by style. 10 of the 50ish beers, ciders, & meads up are from LA or MS (Parish, NOLA, Great Raft, Gnarly Barley, Tin Roof, Crying Eagle, Southern Prohibition), denoted by being highlighted. I started with a Southern Prohibition Lemon Ice Box Gose, moved to the Freigeist Salzpeicher (Cherry Sour Porter), and then had a Boon Oude Kriek to wind down the night because, yeah. Did I mention the Cantillon Vigneronne, Struise Black Damnation, & Tilquin Quetsche are all on tap upstairs (where they tap the secret cool stuff)? Damn, I’m wanting on that Vigneronne but not for $12 for a 6oz pour (don’t get me wrong. That may very well may be completely reasonable pricing, I’m just not used to having to pay that as I’m, you know, much cooler than you).

And there’s an extensive bottle list. Belgian & Belgian style. Trappist beers. Traditional Lambic, Gueuze, & Krieks. Flanders Reds & Oude Bruins. Sours. Saisons, Biere de Gardes, & Farmhouse. Funk & Brett. Wits, Wheats, & Hefeweizens. German Styles. Fruit, Nut & Spice. IPAs & DIPAs. Stouts & Porters. Barleywines, Wheat Ales, Old Ales, & Strong Ales. Ciders. Wines. Many of these differentiate between chilled & cellared. Jesus! Someone knows what they’re doing here. (Lovely) Orval runs $13 for a freshie. They’ve also got a 2012 for $15.

The beers I had here were in great shape. Wandered around, took in the place. Talked about Zwanze & importer distribution with the folks here, as I tend to do. Old of school and yet, they don’t really have the years in. It smells of the kitchenings throughout and is kind of off-divey, but very goddamn cool. Crybags beware, this is where I’ll be doing my time when in town.

Apr 21, 2020
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped here because it seemed like every place we had gone to in NOLA mentioned it to us. We made it a point to head over there for some late night food. The building is old for sure, the vibe is kind of dive-y. The service was ok, but didn't really strike up much conversation or anything. The food we had was good. The selection of beers on tap was pretty impressive. All in all it's a cool place but probably a little over hyped in my opinion.

Oct 01, 2018
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BalancingBrooms from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Ok so i know I'm gonna catch some flack for this one, just know I'm probably the exception. The beer selection is legendary with frequent draft takeovers, rare beers available, cellar lists, and is a location for Zwanze Day. However I'm not a fan of the vibe and service. Its usually very crowded and thus hard to get great service, and it can be super loud with the music blaring and all the people. Seating is kind of limited but not terrible with 2 floors, a balcony, and a patio. Food is decent with the burger being a favorite. I feel that the beers and food are kind of expensive but i get that im paying for the selection.

Overall id recommend you visit The Avenue Pub, its a NOLA classic, and the tap list is usually rocking. Just not my cup of tea most days.

Feb 21, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

In my lusty search for the best cocktail in the city, I've stupidly ignored this pub for far too long, and I'm pretty sure I paid a dear price for it, considering when I first started coming to the city, Cantillon was far less coveted in the US.

That's not to say that you'll get your hands on any Cantillon outside of special events or secret drops, but the taplist is ever-changing, and the bottle list is massive and wildly impressive compared not only to the rest of the city--which isn't all that hip on beer--but even many other bars in the country.

This is one hell of an old school bar, with 10 or so taps downstairs, and 10 or so more unique taps upstairs. The bottle list is in the hundreds, and almost all of them are otherwise minimally available to the general public outside of here. Some listings can get quite pricey, but it's not called the rare and cellared list for nothing.

They also have a full kitchen offering a ton of filling food options. Service is attentive, even though it mostly requires you to walk up to the bar and place your order. The bartenders are prompt, knowledgeable, and can answer most any question you throw at them. They serve beers in the proper vessels, even going so far as to basket your aged lambics.


Feb 01, 2018
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.68/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Time to tick off another bucket list bar. My opinion of the place is kind of all over. As far as atmosphere goes, yeah this place is very nice and right up my alley. The bar is dark and somewhat grungy, the building has old bones and I'm sure the flies on the walls have many stories to tell. The downstairs has a somewhat small bar, seating maybe only 10 people, and there's some table space. Upstairs has an even smaller bar, seemingly catering to the booze drinkers. Then there's the upstairs outside balcony, which is really nice and seemed to be the big draw of the place. My place is at the bar, so that's where I situated myself.

Now they have a lot of tap handles and a big book of beer, but after my first drink, the next 3 beers I tried to order were either not on tap yet, or "not ready yet," which is what I was told and I still don't understand what that meant. It's on the list and in the draught line so...what's not ready? Well eventually I settled for something else, I don't know, maybe it's a scheme to get rid of their older kegs or something. They also have a large list of bottles and cans, including some lambics and "higher end" bottles, but the prices on these just make them impractical. Service was pretty sub-par. The bartender I had was basically in a world of her own, spending about half the time on her smart phone and rarely glancing in my direction. No offer of water, no offer of food, no offer of a free or at least discounted beer to make up for the 3 beers I wanted that were on the list but not on tap...etc. Just standard things that make for great bar service in a simple way. Another guy was slamming stuff around and acting like he was pissed off at the world.

For food, I guess you have to order at the kitchen, I don't know I didn't really understand what's difference between that and ordering from the bartender who's two steps away from the kitchen. But oh well, that's what I did. Menu wasn't huge and the food wasn't tremendous, but it was satisfactory.

I guess one of the biggest draws of this place is that it's open 24 hours, although with the service I experienced on an average night, I can't imagine how surly they must be at 6am. I probably won't ever be in NOLA again in my life, but if I do find myself there, honestly, I'd pass this place over. The vibe is great, and the tap list is maybe sometimes better than others, especially if the menu is updated, but otherwise, I just wasn't feeling it. There are many other places to go in the city, and I just wish I had more time to explore them.

Dec 20, 2017
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Taybeh from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

This is just a really cool place with a cool vibe, though the space is kind of chopped up in a way that is a little less than perfect. Selection was great and it wasn't too busy. It was a suprisingly cold January evening and the window panes weren't entirely sealed, though, so...I don't know, character?

Jan 15, 2017
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.06/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I've been to New Orleans plenty and I agree with many who say this is the best place to get craft beer in town. A twenty minute walk off the quarter in the lower Garden District. Worth the visit.

Visited on a Monday afternoon as I was on my 4-mile loop of a run. It was slow.

V - A rather small cramped place, worn, low lighting but plenty of windows. All the taps on squeezed into a very small area. 4

Q - Nothing seemed dirty, but I only saw beers poured into shaker pints. 3.75

Ser - Decent, but this is one of those places where being a regular or a local helps (IMO). Friendly, helpful but not pushy. 4

Sel - Plenty of choices, lots of locals, something for everyone, even those looking for something special or slightly rare. 4.5

Dec 07, 2016
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Barnoloid from Illinois

4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Terrific beer bar in New Orleans, definitely a little out of the craziness of Bourbon St and the French Quarter, which makes this a place worth seeking out. Friendly and knowledgeable staff were able to provide good recommendations on the taplist. About that taplist......just brilliant - a fine selection of local and semi local brews along with some well picked gems from elsewhere. Pretty chilled out for a saturday afternoon. Would go back next time in NOLA without a doubt.

Nov 19, 2016
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tobelerone from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Cool place, weird place. Downstairs is a typical bar with joker poker machines in the back, dark and dingy and a little scuzzy overall. An enormous cockroach almost ran onto my wife's shoulder. Upstairs is a much more sophisticated room with a carefully curated list of excellent and limited beers and an extremely impressive whiskey selection, as well as artfully prepared cocktails. Didn't try any food. Nice upstairs patio for outside drinking with a view of St. Charles and the passing streetcars (and drunkards).

Found the bartenders to b e a bit cold in the hipster mold, which seems to be the natural state in NOLA if you're not in a Bourbon st. shitshow bar. I guess people assume you're another frat boy or bridesmaid's party automatically since that is what they see the majority of the time. Still not a fan of the aloof service, particularly when ordering some rare berliner or top shelf single malt. It felt like the bartender would quickly warm up to you if you were a regular but I didn't have time for the thaw. If I lived nearby I'd be in here all the time though. I liked the fact that they had 10 and 16oz pour options so I could try a few different things as well.

Mar 08, 2016
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

One if the best bars I've ever been in. Beer selection is incredible. Bartenders were very knowledgeable and serve beers at proper temperature. Best bar in New Orleans area for beer for sure.

Jan 29, 2016
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senglish7 from Mississippi

4.93/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Best beer bar in Louisiana and perhaps the entire southeast. Knowledgeable staff. Great ambience. Selection is absolutely killer. I want to go back for more!!

Jan 25, 2016
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teromous from Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The place has a great selection of beers on tap and a large bottle selection. The beer menu is well organized and it even lists whether a bottle is kept chilled or if it is at cellar temperature. Beer is served in proper glassware by knowledgeable and friendly staff. I was impressed to see beers from Drie Fonteinen and others on the list. The food selection is pretty small but what you can get is tasty. It's the type of place you could just sit and hang out for hours at a time enjoying good beer and lose track of the time. It's also the type of place you could keep coming back to and always try something new.

Oct 18, 2015
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jzlyo from Iowa

4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A regular bar with awesome selection. Flights are available and staff is very knowledgeable. Only (slight) negative is some taps are exclusive to upstairs bar, although only made me want to come back when the upstairs was open. Great beer bar, the best I've been to.

Jul 20, 2015
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dsshuck from Delaware

4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Place is right off St Clarles streetcar line and opened 24/7. Place is a bit of a dive but food and beer are excellent. Bartender very knowledgeable about beers but a couple of beers had kicked that were on the online list and paper list in the bar. Still a must for a trip to New Orleans.

May 29, 2015
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

This is THE place to go to fir craft beer in New Orleans. Outstanding selection and many beers you will not find on tap anywhere else in the city. Decent bottle list also. Nice balcony view of St Charles when upstairs is open. Food is not bad either. A must go if in New Orleans.

May 03, 2015
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seanzig from New Hampshire

4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My God! In a city world renowned for classic cocktails, Thank God for The Avenue! Amazing beer selections, rad Bartenders, cool vibe, awesome bourbons. Do. Not. Miss.

Apr 14, 2015
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pjc2308 from Washington

4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

In a sea of Michelob Ultra Tallboys and Fireball shots, this is an oasis! Had the great pleasure of meeting Miriam, the bartender, while visiting from Seattle. She is well versed in styles and more than happy to offer suggestions--home brewer, formerly from Anderson Valley Brewing, she is on top of it. Great dive bar feel (can't remember the last time I have seen a cigarette machine), but the craft beer selection is thoughtful and well curated--Founders Black Rye and Great Raft Grace and Grit DIPA were terrific. Though the kitchen was transitioning from lunch to dinner, they were able to pull together a nice hummus plate that paired well with my IPA's. Will surely be back!

Feb 23, 2015
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Modernrickk from California

4.51/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I dragged the wife all the way from the French quarter to this place and the whole walk over she was killin me about "this place better be good" stuff..
I was nervous when I saw this place from outside.. Even more nervous when I walked in and saw NO tables.. Just a bar and hella people standing up everywhere with what they call "Go cups"

Wow what a FREAKEN selection of AWESOME beers.. I could tell hear guys and gals knew their beer . They were also a humble a can be.. Great group of bartenders..

Now that bad part.. I didn't try the food! That's it..
Check your attitude at the door. This ain't your craft snob hangout .. This is a place to enjoy good beer in Go cups! Ahaha
This is the only bar I've ever been to that let me walk out the door with 2 barrel aged beers for my walk back to the hotel

Feb 22, 2015
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mothman from Minnesota

1.45/5  rDev -67.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 1

3 of the beers that I tried to order weren't on tap. I went with 2 other things I wasn't really excited about. I had never heard of 1 of the two and the style wasn't listed. No samples at this bar which is annoying. I ended up buying 2 terrible beers that weren't even enjoyable. Prices are very high. Pours seemed to be short. I can't see how this place is rated 100 on here. I'd have a hard time going back.

Jan 16, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Top 5 beer selection of any bar that I have been to. We went during the day on a weekday so that it wouldn't be that crowded. The owner was there, she was very friendly and even made some beer suggestions. The waitresses were very good, the beer was even better. i loved that they offered small pours so that you could try more beer in one visit. Next time I'm in New Orleans, this will be the only place that I go to for beer.

Jan 12, 2015
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JefferyLaGrow from Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Easily the best beer bar in the area. The bartenders were cool, the place was out of the craziness of Bourbon street, and the food was good pub fair. I'll go back every time I'm in town!

Dec 26, 2014
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srletend from Texas

3.76/5  rDev -16.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

Great selection of draft and bottles. I've been traveling around the US and have been looking for any type of de Struise beer for awhile (either bottle or tap)--they had Weltmerz on tap. Definitely a world class beer list.

I went on a Friday night around 9:30 PM. Place was busy, but not packed. Service upstairs was slow and impersonal. Downstairs service was better. Nice that they could keep my tab at both bars. I went for the beer list, not the service, but would have been nice if the bar staff demonstrated an interest in what they had available.

Atmosphere was what you would expect from an older NOLA bar (i.e., older building, creaky stairwell, mismatch furniture, low light, etc.). Crowd the night I went was mostly college-educated late 20's, early 30's. Was able to easily find a place to sit with my wife.

Did not try the food.

Aug 12, 2014
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LandWorld from Mississippi

4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Okay. This is a neighborhood bar. But what a great neighborhood. Never closes. Good to great selection of beers, constantly rotating tap selection. Service is better than good if not great. Upstairs is very nice especially if you like Belgians or even if you do not. I have never eaten here, but have always been told it is good bar food. Restrooms are an experience but are serviceable.

This is the one place we look forward to going to every time we are in NOLA.

May 29, 2014
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Gavage from Nevada

3.87/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

Based on all the previous reviews I expected this place to be great place, but in the end I was slightly disappointed. Took a cheap cab ride here from the French Quarter early afternoon. The building is old and the interior could be described as a dive bar. The copper top bar was smallish and could only seat about ten, and there were a few high tops off the bar area. Loads of dark wood and outside there were some tables too. Pool table and a few TVs filled the rest of the space. The crowd was very young and mostly hipster beer drinkers that quickly drank some good beers in a minute or two after having a shot.

There were about 40 beers on draft. with some locals and other really good selections. Service was a bit slow, and unfortunately during my trip the kitchen was closed so I couldn't try ny food.

If you like good quality beers this is a great place, but I am just not into the youngster vibe I sat through on my visit and the fact I couldn't get any food.

May 13, 2014
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JT534 from Louisiana

4.05/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Although this place looks like a dive, it is absolutely the best bar in New Orleans. The bartenders know their stuff. The selection is unmatched and if you are hungry, grab the dump truck fries. The pub also hosts frequent brewery events and special keg tappings.

Apr 02, 2014
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