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Avenue Pub in NOLA/Dive bars

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Avenue Pub in NOLA/Dive bars

Has anyone gone here? Is it too far to walk from Royal street? Is this a dive bar? We don't mind those. What are some of other good dive bars in NOLA? We are first time visitors to NOLA Sept 15-20 and can't wait to go to NOLA!

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1. Re: Avenue Pub in NOLA/Dive bars

My favorite plain ol' bar bar in the upper French Quarter is Chart Room at the corner of Bienville St. and Chartres St., just one block from Royal St. Cheapest quality (strong) regularly priced mixed drinks in the French Quarter, along with a great juke box and an almost equal mix of tourists (many who visit New Orleans on a regular basis) and locals (a few so colorful you would swear Central Casting sent them over).

In the middle French Quarter, Boondock Saint on St. Peter St. across from the main entrance into Pat O'Brien's (1/2 block from Royal St.).

In the lower Quarter, Harry's Corner at the corner of Chartres St. and Dumaine St. (1 block from Royal St.).

I remember stumbling into the Avenue Pub; it's about 20 blocks from the French Quarter on St. Charles Ave. (streetcar route). It's a specialty beer pub and bar particularly popular during the Carnival parades.

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Avenue isnt a dive really - huuuuge beer menu, just re-worked their bourbon menu, decent bar food. Good place. Its a decent trek from the quarter walking. It can be done (easily) but it is probably a mile and change depending on where you are on Royal.

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3. Re: Avenue Pub in NOLA/Dive bars

I like the Avenue...great beer selection and fun atmosphere.

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Avenue Pub is a fun place to hang out if you are in the GD but it's too far from the FQ and there's no reason to leave the Quarter if you are looking a fun drinking joints. Are you interested in sports bars.

Three Legged Dog is a “dive” that’s open 24/7 that gets good reviews. They have the largest screens in the city and 2/1 beer. It’s also dog friendly.

Three Legged Dog @ 400 Burgundy Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 412 - 8335.


Go to the corner of Bienville and Decatur. Club Decatur or Ryan's Irish Pub have TV's. Both are great places to watch games with a lot of big screen TV's. Duck into one and then the other and decide which one your like.

MRB Bar and Grill has outdoor seating and allows kids 18/21. There’s good bar food and plenty of TV’s. It’s a real dive joint.

Mississippi River Bottom @ 515 St Philip Street, New Orleans, LA 504 – 222 – 5672.


Walk across Canal on N Peters and go W on S Peters 4/5 blocks to the corner of Lafayette and S Peters to Ernst Cafe which is over 100 years old for good happy hour. They have outdoor tables. Ernst's has 2 # crawfish plates for $5.00 on Friday's. When you leave Ernst's go W a block to Girod and go N 2 blocks to Lucy's Bar on Tchoupitoulas for a good 4 to 7 happy hour and $2.50 beer. Grand Isle is a fine seafood restaurant and raw bar a block S of Ernst's on Fulton.

Lucy's Bar @ 701 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 523 - 8995.


Ernst Cafe @ 600 South Peters Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 8544.


Grand Isle @ 575 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, LA 504 - 520 - 8530.


The Rusty Nail is in the CBD and offers live jazz and blues.

The Rusty Nail @ 1100 Constance Street, New Orleans, LA 504 – 525 – 5515.


Markey's is a dive in By Water. You will need a cab but it's got plenty of TV's and local cajuns to visit with.

Markey's Bar @ 640 Louisa Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 943 - 0785.

For future reference the best sports bar in NOLA is Finn McCool's in Mid City. Take the Canal Street Streetcar to S Jefferson Parkway. Get off and walk 3 blocks N to Telemachus Street. Turn left by Grace Episcopal Church and walk 3 blocks to Banks Street. Finn McCool's is on the right.

Finn McCool's Irish Pub @ 3701 Banks St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 486 - 9080.


Also for future reference. Take a cab Uptown to Cooter Brown's for another one of the best sports bar's and fine fresh oysters. Take the St. Charles Street Streetcar to S Carrollton. Get off and walk a block to your left towards the river. Ye Old College Inn is also a good place to watch the game and get good food and cold drinks. St. Charles Tavern is open 24/7 and they just remodeled the joint. They have a nice HH from 2/6 every day for 2/1 well drinks and $1.25 drafts.

Cooter Brown's Tavern @ 509 South Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 504 - 866 - 9104.


Ye Old College Inn @ 3000 S. Carrollton, New Orleans, LA. 504 - 866 - 3683. .


St. Charles Tavern @ 1433 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 504 - 523 - 9823.


And Bruno's Tavern close to Tulane is excellent for sports and bar food. Monkey is fun too but it’s not a sports bar.

Bruno's Tavern @ 7538 Maple Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 861 - 7615.


Monkey Hill Bar @ 6100 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 504 – 899 – 4800.


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5. Re: Avenue Pub in NOLA/Dive bars

Not sure if it qualifies as a dive bar, but my favorite slightly-off-the-beaten path bar is The Alibi on Iberville. It's very popular with service professionals, and is open most hours in a day. It has an extensive beer menu and quite possibly the best chicken strips on earth (and since I'm not 5 years old I'm not particularly fond of chicken tenders!).

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6. Re: Avenue Pub in NOLA/Dive bars

Many of the bars that visitors call "dive" bars are not considered so by locals. Chart Room, DejaVu, Harry's, Mollie's on Toulouse, Mollie's at the Market, Alibi, Buffa's, MRB, Boondocks, etc. Avenue is a good bar to visit.

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Alibi is outstanding. I love that place. Bar Tonique is a good one too.

Alibi Bar @ 811 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 522 - 9187.


Bar Tonique @ 820 N Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 324 - 6045.


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8. Re: Avenue Pub in NOLA/Dive bars

The Three-legged dog, especially about 1am and Harry's Corner since you will be in the quarter are great dive type bars

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I have to STRONGLY disagree with anyone who'd say there is no reason to leave the Quarter with regards to Avenue Pub. I'm not aware of a bar in the Quarter that has the draft (or bottle) variety that Avenue has.

If you like craft beer, it's the best bar in town. They normally have 40 taps downstairs (right now they've had some damage due to power surges, so they're limited to their upstairs bar, but should have everything back running long before y'all arrive) and not one single tap has a beer produced by AB/Inbev (Bud) or MIller/Coors. I'm not saying that to be snooty - I drink plenty of "regular beer" but - if that's what you are after then, indeed there is no need to leave the Quarter.

If you like a wide variety of American and Import beer on draft - Avenue is the place to go. It's a "beer" bar owned/run by a beer geek. When one rare keg of beer runs out, it's not always replaced with the same beer (although they do keep certain beers on draft in stock - like Nola and Abita beers) but by something new. Often the new keg will be a beer that's not going to be found anywhere else in New Orleans, much less the South. They have a great selection of bottles (131 different types) as well. Now, don't let the fact that it's a beer bar make you stray - they have a full bar of lot of fine liquors. Fairly good bar food as well.

Is Avenue Pub walkable? Yes, but barely and I won't likely do it again. It's right on the Streetcar line, so if you luck up and catch one heading that way it's a quick/cheap trip. It is, however, more than worth the cab fare.

Cooter Brown's has a bigger, more varied food menu. It has a huge bottle list, but their draught beer menu - while large - isn't quite as adventurous as Avenue Pub's. The big drawback for Cooter Brown's is it's a LONG ways from the Quarter.

The Bulldog isn't bad - it's a chain so it's going to lack variety compared to those - but lots of non macro beers. Decent food there, based on the one I've been to in Jackson, MS.

Sydney's Wine Celler, the liquor store next to Central Grocery, has a pretty good selection of bottles (and cans) and will gladly pour your purchase in a go-cup. That's what I tend to do when walking around the Decatur area.

If you are planning on snagging beer to take home (not sure how you're travelling) - check out Stein's Deli for great beer - lots of rare European bottles. The Whole Foods and Rouses should also help round out what's available in the area.

For more info on craft beer in NoLa, check out Beer Advocate's website. Avenue Pub has a website that they keep up to date as well.

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Agreed that AP is definitely the best place in town for craft beer right now. Polly is passionate about putting out fine product and it shows. She also hosts a lot of craft beer events. IMO, the food is not as good as when Craig and Kimmie were there and the sometimes heavy smoky smell of the place diminishes its enjoyment for me. On the other hand, if you don't care about craft beer, it's not worth a trip from the Quarter for its own sake.