Brew Bus Favorite Dive Bars

You Can’t Go Wrong with These Bars

By Brew Bus Staff
Updated: May 5, 2018

So you want to grab a drink where the locals go? Dive bars are a staple in our city as you will find multiple options in every neighborhood making this list no easy task.. NOLA Brew Bus has the low down on some of our favorite dive bars in New Orleans. Places off the beaten path, and places where you can throw a couple back with no frills.

Here are our top 10 in no particular order and check out our YouTube video when we hit up 20 dive bars in one day:


Pal’s Lounge, located in Mid City on Rendon St., this place serves up bottled and canned beer, with a couple selections on draft. They also mix up a mean cocktail-their fan favorite is the Gingerita-for only $5.

Snake and Jake’s Christmas Club Loungelocated on Oak St. in Uptown, this bar is about as dark and sleazy as it gets. They are known to play old 90s movies, and this is definitely a good place to end the night. Try a possum shot if you dare.

Banks Street Bar & Grillaptly named for its location on Banks Street in Mid City, this dive bar serves up a stellar Bloody Mary and live music every night. They also have tables outside, if you fancy. It doesn’t get better than that.

Milan Loungelocated on Milan St. in Uptown. This place is down and dirty. Enough said.  They also show every Cubs game on TV, congrats on breaking the curse!

Erin Roselocated in the French Quarter a half-block of Bourbon St., this is a popular dive among locals living in the neighborhood.  Order their famous frozen Irish Coffee.

One of our favorite bars in the French Quarter

Finn McCool’s Irish Pubalso located on Banks St., this place is another great place to catch a game, especially soccer, play pool, and throw back some Irish beer—which they have on draft. They also have a small kitchen, in case you’re hungry.

The Club Ms. Mae’s, located on Magazine St. in Uptown, this is a classic. Open 24 hours, this is by no means an actual club. Prices recently doubled from $1 to $2 for a beer, and $3 for a well drink—but well worth every penny. Just remember, cash only. Craft beer options are plentiful as well.

Ms. Mae’s Dive Bar, open 24/7365


The Saintlocated on St. Mary St. in the Lower Garden District, this is another place to close down the night with your best dance moves. They also have weekly evening events, stiff drinks and an eclectic crowd often not closing the doors until well after the sun rises on weekends.

Kingpinlocated on Lyons St. in Uptown, this bar offers games and rotating food trucks out front. Stop by for a casual nightcap!  They also have Parish Envie on draft, one of the best beers in Louisiana.

Kingpin in the heart of Uptown

Kajun’s Publocated on St. Claude St. in the Marigny, this place is best known for their
karaoke. If that isn’t enough excitement, head across the street to Hi-Ho Lounge to get some dancing in!

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