Craft Beer in New Orleans, 24 hours a day
By Matt Marsiglia, NOLA Brew Bus Founder
In a city that never sleeps, where does anyone begin when they only have 24 hours in this amazing city? And, with craft beer being so new to the local scene, we thought we would brew up a list of the best spots you can drink craft beer, anywhere, anytime. Check out video below to see a few of our spots via our Spectacles Snapchat. Cheers!
12:00AM, Bud Rip’s in the Bywater, a great dive bar with multiple local taps. This gem is open until 3AM 7 days week. We have seen Parish Ghost in the Machine on the regular here which is a difficult tap to obtain. We love the ambience of this dive bar too. Similar to the popular Uptown dive, Ms. Mae’s, these guys have put their taps on steroids. Props.
1:00AM, Junction NOLA, 3021 St Claude Ave, in the heart of the Bywater, is the premier spot for craft beer in this neighborhood. A classic gastropub offering more than 40 beers on tap & a straightforward menu of bar bites, Junction also hosts a variety of craft beer events throughout the year in which we post on our Events page where you can stay in tune with all Craft Beer Events in New Orleans & Louisiana.
2:00AM, Cooter Brown’s, located on the corner of Carrolton and St. Charles, is one of our favorite spots to catch a sports game. They are also one of our three stops on our weekly Thursday Craft Beer Bar & NOLA History Tour. Sit back and enjoy a late night pint as the selection here is easily one of the best in the city. They also stay open until 3AM on weekdays and 4AM on weekends.
3:00AM, Black Penny, located off the well-lit Rampart St., is home to one of the best craft beer selections in the city. The atmosphere is classic NOLA with original 1800s Spanish architecture standing stronger than ever. No draft or bottles here, so enjoy all your beer on the go as well in canned format. Black Penny is the starting point to all our French Quarter Walking Tours, one of our favorites where we explore New Orleans while drinking some of the finest craft beer our city has to offer.
4:00AM, Copper Monkey, conveniently located within a few blocks of most major hotels in the French Quarter, stays open until 5AM or 6AM every night. This dive also has good bar eats to match your classic dive bar experience. Lots of locals hang out here—we recommend trying Abita’s The Boot, a Louisiana only exclusive beer. The Boot is an easy drinking Kolsch that is perfect for winding down your night to ensure your body is ready to roll the next day.
5:00AM, Chart Room, this low-key, cash-only French Quarter bar has an old-school jukebox & late-night hours. An ecletic spot for locals, musicians, service industry workers, and tourists, this bar is a staple in the Quarter. The craft beer options are light, so bring a good atittude and a smile and enjoy your craft lagers–it’s 5AM, a double IPA may not be the greatest idea anyway.
6:00AM, Ms. Mae’s, on the corner of Napoleon and Magazine St., this 24/7/365 dive bar has really stepped up their game lately. Not only is their beer selection up to par for dive bar standards, it stands out against many restaurants in the city who are still lacking the selection our tourists come to expect. They have also upgraded with patio lighting and an indoor porch that was recently built that allows smoking yet still feels like part of the bar. Oh, did we mention they are cheapest drinks in town. A $3 Urban South Holy Roller IPA any hour of the day? Yes, please. If you are feeling risqué, try out the 24 hour challenge. One beer every hour for 24 straight hours. You may have a $100 beer tab, but it’s an awesome t-shirt and experience.
7:00AM, Avenue Pub, the famous craft beer bar off St. Charles, is the ideal 7AM hangout. Chill with nurses and doctors finishing off their nightshift while drinking some of the best beer our city offers. The unique part about Avenue Pub is the eclectic crowd that changes dramatically depending on the day and time. Regardless, you will find a beer you love no matter the hour.
What a better way to watch the world pass us by than a St. Charles Balcony? Technically, our view is from a Gallery, similar to a balcony, except it overhangs the sidewalk and is supported by posts instead of simply attached to the wall. This gallery at Avenue Pub makes for a great day. ⠀ ⠀ Pictured here is one of the best American Pale Ales in not only Louisiana but the entire country, Parish Envie 3.0. This new recipe used a different yeast than previous batches. It’s amazing hazy color coupled with fresh hops makes you scratch your head how this can be a pale ale. It’s a 5.5% ABV hop bomb with more flavor than almost any IPA in the market. ⠀ ⠀ We have noticed a trend of dive bars starting to carry this beer which makes the #brewbus team very happy. This is a must try Louisiana beer if you are a vacationer coming to our city! Consider yourself lucky if you can get your hands on the Double Dry Hopped version. ⠀ ⠀ Brew Bus ranked 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺beers out of 5⠀ ⠀ #nolabrewbus #craftbeer #craftbeerporn #beergeek #drinklocal #beertography #beergasm #alwaysneworleans #streetcar #followyournola #itsyournola #discovernola #exploreneworleans #showmeyournola #crescentcity #uptown #neworleans #parishbrewing #envie #hopbomb #brewerytours
8:00AM, Surrey’s Café & Juice Bar, because everyone needs a good brunch in their life. Surrey’s has two locations, we recommend the one further upriver at 4807 Magazine St. Why? Surrey’s is BYOB, but Rainbow Grocery at 4837 Magazine St. is your solution. Rainbow made one of our top places to purchase craft beer in the city blog post and stopping in to buy a cold 6-pack and walking to Surrey’s is an 8AM anyone can enjoy.
9:00AM, Kajun’s Pub in the Marigny, home to the best karaoke bar in the city, open 24/7/365. Karaoke daily starting at 5PM. But, hey, if you need a beer at 9AM, this is your place too. While the craft selection may not be up to par with your other locations, they should have enough to satisfy your palate: Gnarly Barley, Abita, NOLA, and a few more local beers. A few ciders and gluten free beers are available too.
10:00AM, Molly’s in the Market, a local’s French Quarter favorite, serving cheap drinks 20 hours a day. They may be famous for the Frozen Irish Coffee, but you can at least find a few taps available for your early AM drinking. Mostly craft beer lagers, but, dammit, it’s New Orleans, we don’t need to drink Double IPAs at 10AM. It’s a marathon, not a sprint folks.
11:00AM, NOLA Brewery, home to the oldest brewery in New Orleans, opening in 2008 and open daily at 11AM. Owner Kirk Coco opened up a formerly local beer in Dixie and saw it was manufactured in Minnesota. He knew that was wrong and decided to fix things himself. NOLA now distributes in multiple states and has set itself apart as the largest distributing local New Orleans brewery. The NOLA funk series is a must-try if you like sours—they are on par with fellow elite sour breweries Cascade out of Portland and Crooked Stave in Denver.
It’s currently 11 degrees and snowing here in Denver. We can’t think of a better time to crack open sour beers from two of the best in the country at brewing them: New Orleans’ @nolabrewing and Denver’s @crookedstave. NOLA Brewing’s @nolafunkseries is a must try for those eager to try sour beers or already a fan! Awesome view from #tivoli Brewery too! #nolabrewbus #sours #nolafunkseries #crookedstave #drinkup #denver #beerporn #beergasm #craftbeer
12:00PM, Freret St. Beer Room, the newest addition to active Freret St., this restaurant/bar pairs the latest in craft beer with an awesome meal to boot. Wine pairings was the thing a few years ago, and now New Orleans is beginning to join the rest of the country with beer & food pairings. This new spot is a great addition for your craft beer vacationing needs.
1:00PM World of Beer, we are not typically a fan of large national chains, but World of Beer in the CBD is a great spot to kick back & relax. This hangout located in the CBD neighborhood features 500+ global beers, lots of craft drafts & tavern food in pub digs with TVs.
Now how could a craft beer tour company pass up a place with “beer” in its name? Welcome to World of Beer, an international craft beer buffet on Julia St in the Warehouse district. If.You.Like.Beer.Come.Here. Whatever your style, they have several options from several countries. They also carefully pair beer styles with their food to take you on a taste journey you won’t forget. Plus this place always has something going on, like live music, trivia night, and special events on a franchise and local level. They also have beers exclusive to their brand. Beer snobs, do yourself a favor and come check this place out. Happy hour 3pm-7pm Mon-Fri & 10pm-close Sun-Thurs. $4 craft draughts. $5 tavern shares (food). $6 cocktails & wine. Enjoying a barbacoa taco, a chicken taco, and a @greatraftbeer Creature Of Habit Brown Ale. Peep that draught game. Atmosphere:🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺 Service:🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺 Food/beer selction:🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺 #brewbushappyhour #happyhournola #followyournola #showmeyournola #drinklocal #drinkcraft#craftbeernerd #craftbeersnob #worldofbeer #worldofbeernola #greatraft #creatureofhabit #draughtgamestrong #thebigeasy #toomuchbeer #livemusic #trivia #checkitout #partytime
2:00PM, JAX Brewery Bistro & Bar, one of our FQ Craft Beer Tour stops, is located in the heart of New Orleans across the street from the famous St. Louis Cathedral. JAX has an incredible view of the Mississippi River, one of the best views in the city. There’s also a lot of history behind JAX as it used to be a regional brewery back in the pre-Prohibition days when New Orleans was the Brewing capital of the South. Plus, with 16 local craft beer taps, it’s one of the handful of spots to even find good beer in the French Quarter. Be sure to walk to the second floor for the best beer options and scenery.
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3:00PM Second Line Brewing, Mid-City’s first ever brewery, is where you will find all the locals. Nestled in between a neighborhood and a dead end road with railroad tracks, Second Line has been pumping out great beers since 2014. The locals and food trucks have embraced it the comfy patio seating, lighting, and home away from home atmosphere. Check out video below during one of our Brewery Tours to Second Line.
4:00PM, Urban South Brewery, another Uptown brewery, has joined the #hazy beer craze with their latest offering, Modillion. A Double Dry Hopped IPA, this one goes down great, smells great, and of course, looks great #hazybeers. Like most breweries in our city, they are kid friendly and dog friendly. The former industrial warehouse now has great beer, a pool table, arcade & basketball games, cornhole, and they routinely bring out the Space Moon Jump Thingies to keep your kids occupied.
5:00PM, Courtyard Brewery, the first brewpub to open in New Orleans. This uptown neighboord brewery may be unable to distribute to stores or other bars, but that means they can have any beer available in New Orleans on tap. Courtyard does a masterful job with their tap selection as well as their own brewed beers out their small 3-barrel system. We recommend one of their IPAs, Preach! Or Sonic Youth in 1983.
We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas this year! Our happy hour today comes from a new happy hour at Courtyard Brewery (@courtyardbrew). Every Tuesday, they pick 2 beers of their choice, and it’s buy 1 get 1 free. How can we say no to that? Today, we’re sipping on two Stone Enjoy By 12-25-16 while enjoying this 76 degree December day in NOLA. This hop bomb is still holding up strong despite the name. #brewbushappyhour #beertography #uptown #neworleans #followyournola #drinkingnola #beergasm #properglassware #drinklocal #🍺 #nofilter
6:00PM Wayward Owl Brewing, the latest New Orleans brewery to hit the market in December 2016, re-energized a historic African American Theatre from the 50s that was very close to being demolished. Now, drink craft beer at the source at Wayward Owl in Central City
7:00PM Bulldog Uptown or Mid-City. The Mid-City location is part of our Thursday Craft Beer Bar & NOLA History Tour. We enjoy both spots equally. Wednesday night is pint night, which brings out all the good looking people in New Orleans. The Uptown location has turned into a tourist hotbed with the bustling Magazine Street continuing to gain momentum as the best spot to hang-out. Who can’t enjoy sixmiles of bars, restaurants, and shopping?
8:00PM Wood, Pizza, what can we say, we love our craft beer paired with pizza. It’s an no-brainer, and Wood does it right. An amazing craft selection here and the pizza is very similar to the style you see at the popular Besh Domenica restaurants. Pro-tip, build your own with Prosciutto, Arugula, and Pepper Jelly.
9:00PM, Le Bon Temps, a centrally located Uptown dive off Magazine St., is a great spot any day of the week at 9PM, but Thursday nights with Soul Rebels every week is where the party is at. Plenty of local taps on draft and also a nice bottle selection. It’s great seeing all these local dive bars elevate their beer selection to help support our booming craft beer scene.
10:00PM Kingpin, a #brewbusjam, this local dive is where you will find many Uptown residents unwinding after a long day of work. This is a great Monday or Tuesday spot. Shuffleboard tournament every Monday night too! You will also find two of our favorite beers always in stock, Great Raft Commotion and Parish Envie.
11:00PM Bronx Bar, slightly upriver of Napoleon & Magazine St, offers $5 pint & slices 7 nights a week. The pizza is great, but for an extra buck, you can get a craft beer option. They also have Parish Envie available in bottles, the #brewbus go-to beer. Ask for Crystal, she’s the best and always serving with a smile