The Avenue Pub

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The Avenue PubThe Avenue Pub
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The Avenue PubThe Avenue Pub
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(504) 586-9243 | map
avenuepub.com

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Added by jstassi on 05-05-2009

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
173
pDev:
9.29%
 
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Ratings: 173 |  Reviews: 95
Reviews by kensuthe:
Photo of kensuthe
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The Avenue Pub is located St Charles Avenue in uptown New Orleans, right on the street car line. There is both bar and table seating, and there are TVs and a pool table if you're so inclined. There's an upstairs area for special events with a balcony that looks out onto St Charles, which is perfect for just sitting back with a drink in hand and watching time go by down the avenue. It's a beer bar with the city's best draft offerings, but it's also a dive bar with that laid back New Orleans feel. Oh yeah, it's open 24 hours, so it's ready with some good beer whenever you're available.

The quality of the beer is the best you'll find in the city, and the owner and employees care about serving good beer the right way. Attention has been paid to keeping the draft lines clean, the beer fresh, the serving vessels appropriate to the styles, and the temperatures on target (which is no small feat in the usual heat and humidity of New Orleans).

The service is good, and though it may slow down a little when things get busy it still beats wading through the hordes at a packed bar in the French Quarter. The patrons can help out by brining their empty glasses and plates back to the bar, but some people may see that as a knock on service so I'm noting it accordingly.

The draft selection is the best currently available in the region, and the bottle selection is also very good. The owner has done an outstanding job of bringing new draft beers into the region while also bringing in casks and doing specialty tappings of various beers. She's also willing to listen to customer input and to try out new things that other bars in the region have either been too lazy or too scared to pursue. The recent Oktoberfest lineup was excellent, and this bar is also becoming the home of release parties for good craft beers in this region. At the time of this writing, the commercial debut of NOLA Brewing Co's Hopitoulas IPA has just passed and the regional debut of Stone Brewing Co is about to kick off with a week-long celebration including casks and vintage kegs.

There is a bar food menu available most of the time, but there is also in-house cooking by J'anitas much of the time as well. Their sandwiches, salads, and salsas are great, but their special dishes (from restaurant level platings to quality local plates) will seal the deal for you.

The pricing is extremely reasonable, especially compared to many other places in this region. If you want to sample the beers but are still a little strapped for cash, you can get smaller pours for smaller prices and stretch your beer tasting variety even further.

The best draft selection in the region, outstanding food, 24 hour operations, an excellent location right on the street car line, and an owner and staff who care about the beer make this the top beer bar to see in the Big Easy.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of markartis
4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Dharmelink
4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Toynk
4.34/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Taybeh
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
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?

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Photo of KensWorld
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of Sludgeman
4.06/5  rDev -10.2%
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

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.57/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Himself
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Awesome spot!!! Walked there through the rain.... great local and national selection... upstairs has a bar with over 200 whiskies!! Great burger!

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Photo of wisegreensoul
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Roybert
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Spreetaper
4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of cadaugherty
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Intlpostman
4.43/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Tremendous tap and bottle selection. Also a huge bourbon and whisky selection.

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Photo of spark3148857
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of ohearns
4.86/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of tobelerone
3.98/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of kingjohnh
3.98/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of senglish7
4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
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!!

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Photo of jschott75
4.25/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BMMillsy
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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The Avenue Pub in New Orleans, LA
Place rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 173 ratings
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