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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nlmartin from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Went to the Avenue Pub on a Friday night. The bar is set on a couple floors as well as a balcony. Make sure to check both the downstairs and upstairs taps. Lots of good beers at both bars with no overlap. The crowd was a bit on the young side for me. I am an old bastard at 40. Frankly some of the younger 20' somethings got on my last nerve. The Avenue Pub had a very nice variety of beers available on Tap. I had a couple Brooklyn Brewing one offs as well as Aged Pale Petrus on tap. I love Aged Pale Petrus from a bottle and it was equally good out of a tap. The bar tender was knowledgeable about what was available and was able to provide good advice on the beers on tap. I never had to wait for a refill. Nice cross section of beer styles available. Some nice locals available. The stand out local for me was a Lemon Basil Wheat from NOLA Brewing. Well worth a stop if you find yourself in the big easy. I went to most of the beer bars in New Orleans and can tell you

The Avenue was hands down the best beer bar of New Orleans.

Jul 09, 2011
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slasich from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

May 16, 2020
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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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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Oct 30, 2018
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Mdez from Virginia

4.93/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Oct 19, 2018
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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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Rubezahl from Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Jul 30, 2018
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socon67 from New York

4/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Mar 10, 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.

Not saying you'll get your hands on any Cantillon here anymore, 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 public in one way or another. Some 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 knowledgeable, quick and can answer any reasonable question you throw at them. They serve beers in the proper vessels, even going so far as to making sure to basket your aged lambics, if your wallet gives you room to order one.

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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markartis from New York

4.95/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Apr 24, 2017
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Montanabeerz from Montana

4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Mar 25, 2017
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Dharmelink from Wisconsin

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

Mar 18, 2017
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Toynk from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Jan 19, 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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KensWorld from Florida

4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Dec 16, 2016
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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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Himself from Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Nov 11, 2016
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wisegreensoul from Idaho

4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Oct 16, 2016
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Roybert from Texas

4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Aug 20, 2016
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Spreetaper from New York

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

Jul 31, 2016
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cadaugherty from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

May 12, 2016
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Intlpostman from California

4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Apr 11, 2016
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