Summer of FriYAYs: The Best of NOLA Happy Hours

NOLA Brew Bus Summer of FriYAYs

The Best Happy Hours Across New Orleans

By: Alexis Dickie, Brew Bus Staff
Updated August 24, 2018

Sometimes the summers in New Orleans seem like they are never ending. It’s hot, humid, rains every day, and all of your friends are constantly going on vacation. The best solution to this? Happy Hour, duh.

We’re scouring the city for the best Happy Hour specials on food and drinks (and air conditioning, let’s be real). We’ll be posting every Friday with a new spot for you to check out, so be sure to stay in the loop by following us on Instagram @nolabrewbus !

Now time to dig into the action. We’ll hit up different neighborhoods, talk about some of the most popular Happy Hours (hem hem, week 1), and some of the under the radar Happy Hours you never knew existed.

Week 1: Superior Seafood

Superior Seafood Frozen Pomegranate Mojito

Neighborhood: Uptown, St Charles Ave & Napoleon Ave

Happy Hour Days & Times: DAILY! 4-6:30PM, Friday & Saturday 10PM-Till

Specials: Frozen Drinks–Large for the price of a Small; $3 Glasses of House Wine; $3 Pints of Draft Beer; 50¢ Raw Oysters

The Breakdown: This Happy Hour is one of the city’s best. Superior’s frozen drinks are to die for, the large is actually really big, and the cost is only about ~$7 depending on which drink you choose. Our personal favorite here at Brew Bus is the Frozen Pomegranate Mojito, but the Frozen French 75 comes in a close second.

Pair the frozen drinks with $3 beers and wines + 50¢ oysters and you really can’t go wrong. During Happy Hour they also have live music with a piano player, to keep things classy.

Week 2: La Casita

La Casita on Oak

Neighborhood: Carrollton, Oak St & Cambronne St

Happy Hour Days & Times: DAILY! 3-7PM & extended deals on margaritas Wednesdays 7-10PM

Specials: House margaritas $4 for one or a pitcher of about 5 margs for $16; Sangria $5 for one or $20 for a pitcher of about 5 glasses; $5 Mojitos; $2.50 domestic beers. Half-off queso, salsa, and guacamole. $2.50 Tacos, $5 Papas Guapas

The Breakdown: New Orleans does not offer a lot of great Latin style food, but La Casita is definitely nails it. We recommend starting with the pitcher of margaritas, because it’s the fiscally responsible decision, duh. If you prefer the pitcher of Sangria you can choose from red or white.

Happy Hour at La Casita

From there, grab yourself a half-off starter–the queso is extremely good, albeit a tad bit spicy. Then it’s time for tacos. For the happy hour deal you can choose from verde chicken, braised beef, carnitas, or veggie, and they each come with cilantro, onion, and house made salsas on them. You could also opt for the Papas Guapas if that’s more your style. They are deep fried and rolled potato tacos with shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, and avocado salsa.

Enjoy the outdoor patio with yard games or sit inside at a high-top for the cool air conditioning. If you happen to go on a Wednesday you can stay beyond happy hour times and still save–they offer 2 for 1 margaritas from 7-10pm.

Week 3: Ralph’s on the Park

Ralph's on the Park Happy Hour

Neighborhood: Mid-City, City Park Ave

Happy Hour Days & Times: Monday-Friday, 3-7PM at the bar

Specials: Local craft beer $3, select glasses of wine $5, $15 pitchers of mixed drinks, all dips and snacks $5!

The Breakdown: Ralph’s on the Park is the peak of classiness, but you can enjoy their wine and beer and delicious items off their menu for all under $5 during Happy Hour!

For the $5 dips, you can choose from Sweet Potato Hummus, Cold Shrimp Dip, or Red Bean Dip. For the $5 snacks, your options are ‘Buffalo Belly’ (pork belly with buffalo sauce and blue cheese), Fried Cheese, Gumbo Poutine, Truffle Fries, or a Baby Iceberg Salad.

Their local craft beer selection includes beers from across Louisiana in all different styles, but they are all in bottle or can, no draft here. Their selection is surprisingly wide for being an uppity restaurant, with 7 options to choose from. When we visited they had Abita Amber, NOLA Hopitoulas, Parish Envie, Second Line Batture Blonde, Tin Roof Juke Joint, Urban South Charming Wit, and Wayward Owl Kristallweizen, all for $3 each!

Ralph's on the Park Happy Hour

In the wine department they also had a surprisingly wide selection for just $5–a Malbec, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and a Pinot Grigio. As for the $15 pitchers, they serve 4, and you can choose from a variety of mixed punch-style drinks.

While visiting for Happy Hour you can experience the old Southern charm of the restaurant and gaze at the beauty of City Park’s live oak trees while not paying the high prices of Ralph’s normal menu prices. After Happy Hour wander across the street for a stroll through City Park, New Orleans’ 1,300-acre public green space.

Week 4: Pythian Market

Neighborhood: Central Business District, Loyola Ave

Happy Hour Days & Times: Differs by vendor–mostly every day from 4-7PM

Specials: $4 draft beers, $5 wines, $6 cocktails, $1 oysters, $2 tacos, and $8 pizzas

The Breakdown: Pythian Market is the hottest new food hall and bar in town. Located between Poydras and Canal, this mixed used development puts off industrial vibes with a cozy, welcoming atmosphere.

1908 is the bar in the center of the market, AKA your main destination upon visiting. During Happy Hour they have specials on beer, wine, and cocktails. Their draft beer selection when we visited included Dorada from Port Orleans, Suzy B from Southern Prohibition, and Holy Roller from Urban South.

For wines, you can choose from red, white, rosé, or sparkling, each for $5. For cocktails snag a $6 Grand Temple Old Fashioned or a G&T&T (gin, fresh lime juice and house made raspberry-hibiscus tea syrup, topped with Fevertree Mediterranean Tonic).

Pythian Market Happy Hour

Next up is the food department. They have 12 different food vendors to choose from, winding throughout the hall, but we’re focused on Happy Hour here so here’s the breakdown:

Cru NOLA, Raw & Bubbles Bar offers $1 oysters every day from 4-7PM.

At La Cocinita all of their street tacos are $2 from 4-7PM every day! Choose from chicken, pork, brisket, carne asada (+$1), roasted butternut squash, or roasted carrot/cauliflower/corn sofrito. Each comes with a sauce of your choice, cotija cheese, and cilantro purple cabbage slaw.

Meribo Pizza’s Happy Hour special highlights all of their pizzas, with each just $8 from 3-5PM Monday-Friday.

Week 5: Wayfare

Wayfare

Neighborhood: Freret, Freret St & Jena St

Happy Hour Days & Times: Every day 3-7PM

Specials: $4 Bar Fare, $5 Cocktails, $4 Draft Beer, $5 Wine by the Glass, $4 Liquor

The Breakdown: Wayfare is frequently overlooked with all of the shiny and new restaurants in the Freret Neighborhood, but they have a happy hour that won’t let you make that mistake again.

Their choices of $5 Signature Cocktails include a Pork Belly Old Fashioned, Pear 75, Luna Loma, and Monte Fresca. We went for the Pear 75 and it was delicious–Absolut Pear Vodka, lime juice, sparkling wine, simple syrup, and a lime wheel.

Their $4 draft beer options include a Sam Adams Seasonal, New Belgium Fat Tire, Blue Moon, or Lagunitas IPA. Although the happy hour special doesn’t include any local selections, Wayfare actually has 30 taps full of local beers, you’ll just have to pay normal pricing for them ($5-$7).

In the wine department you can choose from a Chardonnay, Carbernet Sauvignon, or a seasonal wine offering, each for $5. They also offer $4 liquor, with the option of El Jimador Reposado Tequila, El Dorado Rum, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Deep Eddy Vodka, or City of London Gin.

Wayfare Happy Hour

For food options you can do Duck Fat Pommes Frites, Beet Fries, Meat Pies, or Arancini for $4 each. We opted for the Arancini, which is breaded risotto and rotates weekly for the chef’s choice. This week was ratatouille! In the food department they also offer a meat and cheese board on special for $14.

Stroll down Freret Street and pop into Wayfare for one of their Happy Hour specials! It won’t disappoint.

Week 6: Port Orleans Brewing Co

Port Orleans Brewing Co

Neighborhood: Uptown, Tchoupitoulas St and Napoleon Ave

Happy Hour Days & Times: Wednesday and Friday, 4-8pm

Specials: $4 beers & $4 bar snacks

The Breakdown: Port Orleans is the snazziest brewery in town and one of our favorites! They are also one of our rotating breweries we stop at on our Brew Bus Tour (cough cough, book a tour!)

Our favorite part about Port Orleans is their atmosphere. Their renovated side yard includes the beautiful Cheers wall above as well corn hole, darts, and several picnic tables. They also have TVs inside the taproom and on the front porch, giant Jenga, Foosball, and a selection of board games to choose from for your entertainment.

Previously their Happy Hour specials were only from 4-8pm on Fridays, but lucky for us they have extended the specials to Wednesday nights as well for a limited time.

Port Orleans Happy Hour

Citra-7 Pale Ale & Pretzel Rolls

The Happy Hour special includes a $4 16oz beer of any draft of your choice. The only exclusion is their Gleason IPA, as a portion of every one of these beers goes to benefit Team Gleason. Our personal favorites are the Citra-7 Pale Ale and the Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Hops IPA.

The $4 bar snack options include boiled peanuts, pretzel rolls, or fried pickles. The boiled peanuts are exactly as they sound, a bowl of boiled peanuts, though the bowl is quite large. The pretzel rolls are spent grain and Hooks cheddar cheese sauce and were super delicious. The friend pickles include anchovies and a creamy herb dressing.

Every Wednesday from August 8th to September 5th Port Orleans is hosting a Fantasy Draught Happy Hour. “Fantasy Draught” is a time to draft your fantasy football team before the season starts.

Don’t worry, the Happy Hour specials still apply even if you’re not there to be a football nerd. Port Orleans has free WiFi for your drafting needs and is accepting reservations if you’d like to call ahead to reserve a table.

Week 7: Pizza Domenica

Pizza Domenica

Neighborhood: Uptown, Magazine and Robert Streets

Happy Hour Days & Times: Monday-Friday 3-5pm

Specials: Half off pizza, draft beer, and wine by the glass

The Breakdown: Pizza Domenica offers some of our favorite Happy Hour deals in the city! You can’t beat the prices on their amazing pizzas when they are half-off!

They have 12 different pizzas to suit your fancy, from margherita to clam to smoked pork to Gorgonzola. Our personal favorite was the mushroom with aged provolone, caramelized onions, yard egg, and tomato sauce (insert heart-eye emoji here).

The pizzas range from $12 to $20 so at half-off Happy Hour pricing, that’s only $6-$10 for a whole pizza!

Pizza Domenica Beer

Happy Hour also includes half-off draft beer and glasses of wine. They have a wide variety of wines on special including several sparkling, rose, white, and reds. For Happy Hour pricing the wines are all $5 or $5.50.

In the beer department they have 11 taps all from different breweries, both local and national. When we visited they had Gnarly Barley Korova, Great Raft Rhinestone Life, NOLA 7th Street Wheat, Parish Ghost in the Machine, Port Orleans Dorada, Second Line Saison Named Desire, Southern Prohibition Fire Ant, Tin Roof River Rose, Urban South Holy Roller, Avery White Rascal, and Founders Breakfast Stout.

Be sure to get into Pizza Domenica to indulge in these deals! Hit up a dive bar nearby afterwards to keep the party going–Henry’s and Le Bon Temps Roule are both less than a block away!

Week 8: Freret Beer Room

Freret Beer Room

Neighborhood: Freret, Freret Street and Soniat Street

Happy Hour Days & Times: Daily, 3-6pm

Specials: $2 off any local draft beer, deals on house wines & liquors, reduced price snacks

The Breakdown: Freret Beer Room is upping the food and beer pairing game in New Orleans. With a frequently rotating seasonal food menu, Chef Charles Vincent works to perfectly pair your beverage and meal.

They have a specific menu for Happy Hour from 3-6pm, with a dinner menu starting at 5pm, as well as brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am-3pm.

In the food department you have a lot of options at a lot of different prices. FBR favorites include a wedge salad for $6, “The OG” fried chicken sandwich for $10, or the Beer Room Burger for $10. Shareable snacks include boudin balls for $7, deviled eggs for $1.50 each, smoked fish dip for $8, pimento cheese for $8 (our choice), buffalo oysters for $6, or liver mouse toast for $3.

Freret Beer Room

Lucky for us (and you), FBR considers all Louisiana and Mississippi beers local for their Happy Hour pricing. When we visited these options included Great Raft Farmhouse Slang, Parish Canebrake, Southern Prohibition Paradise Lost, Parish Ghost in the Machine, Wayward Owl The Grind, and NOLA Desire.

On the wine side, choose from house red, white, or sparkling for $5, or ball-out for house rose at $6.

House liquors on special include Buffalo Trace, Beefeater Gin, or Flor de Cana Rum, each for $6.

Be sure to pop into Freret Beer Room for a delious food and beer Happy Hour, then wander down Freret Street to explore some of the other great bars and restaurants the neighborhood has to offer!

 

That’s the scoop! 8 of the best Happy Hours across New Orleans. Hope you enjoyed! Be sure to check us out on Instagram to stay up to date with our other blog series!

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