The Avenue Pub
Taps: 30 / Bottles: 50
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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4.94/5 rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Start with the bad, it is a bit smokey, but a well worn bar with comfortable seats and lots of wood.
All the beers I had were in good shape which is tough with the selection they have.
Staff were knowledgable and friendly to pro and novice alike.
Overheard the staff talking to a couple girls that didn't know beer and they suggested Belgian wits, not Blue Moon.
Selection is the gem here. Extensive tap and bottle list which includes some world class beers. 2008 pannepot on tap, peche mortel, oh my.
One of the best beer bars in the world. A must visit bar when in the Big Easy.
01-14-2012 14:20:37 | More by HardTarget
4.45/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited twice ~ Nov 12/13, 2011.
Not too far removed from the CBD - but a world away from most tourist traffic - The Avenue's reputation drew me in; beer geeks from near and far sing its praises. The fact that this beery mecca was located only five blocks from the house we stayed in (a 3 day reunion of friends from high school) was the proverbial icing on the cake.
Our first visit was actually a short-lived one, an attempt at dinner on Thursday that ended before it began --- a couple of people in our group couldn't tolerate the smokiness in the downstairs bar. (Smoking is still OK in bars here, something we transplanted Oregonians aren't used to.) We opted for a streetcar ride into the Quarter that night for dinner...
But the next night (after a long day and evening 'celebrating' 11/11/11 along Magazine and out at Rock n Bowl - the Kermit Ruffins show was awesome!), I couldn't resist the urge for a late night walk. I'm sure it's one thing to experience The Avenue at 4:00pm, but quite another to stroll in for the first time at 4:00AM. Yeah, they're open 24 hours a day... and the place was still busy. Regulars came and went, local service industry folks rolled in around 5:00 and lingered over pints and cigarettes. I had a conversation with my barmate about 'good ways to die' - of which he concluded the 'best' was to be eaten by lions... I struck up a conversation with the bartendress, the lovely/talented 'Jay' (an Oregon native, I later learned); she's super-friendly, knows her beer and ran the late night/early morning show superbly. I stayed that morning until about 6:00am, then ambled out into the breaking dawn, just in time to catch the inbound streetcar for an unforgettable sunrise at Jackson Square and beignets at Cafe du Monde.
Vibe at The Avenue is perfectly laid back; it's an historic corner bar that's been a boozer for decades. Dark wood and weathered copper bartop downstairs, worn tile and pressed tin ceilings. Upstairs is roomier, still plenty comfortable and generally smoke-free (or at least it was when we returned for the Saints game on Sunday). Tall doors on two sides that open to a sidewalk shaded by a broad balcony (no one using it on Sunday, but seemed like a great spot to chill). Downstairs, 40 or so taps show an incredible range of styles, 8 more unique ones upstairs: my first visit I had Bayerischer Bahnhof Brett Lambicus (an awesome 3% Berlinerweiss), then an Abita Oyster Stout, then a freshly tapped Stone Vertical Epic 11/11/11). The next day, I enjoyed St. Arnold's Santo (dark kolsch), St Feuillien/Green Flash's Biere de l'Amitie, Poppering Hommelbier, Gulden Draak and a final Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (finished off just as the Saints were rescuing themselves with a game-winning OT field goal over the rival Falcons).
I didn't get to try much from the food menu, so I can't comment in depth. Suffice to say, my buddies both had burgers and fries on Sunday and wolfed them down. After a big breakfast at nearby Stein's Deli on Sunday, I delayed my order from the Sunday Brunch menu just a little too long. But 'Bull', the chef who labors in a kitchen where the exhaust hood is about 6 inches shorter than he is (poor guy!), was quick to find me some 'extra' Rabbit Jambalaya - really good stuff!
My only 'regret' (if there can be one) is missing the 11/11/11 Van Steenberge tasting with Jef Versele (a great guy who I met on a visit to Belgium a few years back) and owner Polly (who had left for a trip the day before I arrived); would have liked to have sat and chatted with both of them. Oh well, there's always next time!
And speaking of next time, we've tentatively planned a return trip to New Orleans for late 2012... revisiting The Avenue is a must!
12-14-2011 22:12:48 | More by msubulldog25
4.35/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
What a great place to visit in New Orleans! I posted on BA about a month ago regarding places to visit. Over and over people commented this was a place I needed to see...it was great.
When you walk in, you feel welcomed in a very traditional British pub style setting with just a few tables and chairs, plus a couple at the bar. We found our way to the back patio.
Beer menu was awesome- I enjoyed a 2009 double bastard and then split a bottle of the Jolly Pumpkin pumpkin sours.
Food was incredible! I am actually going back again tomorrow to have more. Had the quesadilla. Perfect.
Staff was great- friendly and inviting from the beginning. Also special thanks for pointing out the Jolly Pumpkin, a brew I had never had before.
12-05-2011 21:53:43 | More by bitterbeerguy
4.56/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
In New Orleans for my cousin's wedding & decided to reach out to beeradvocate to see where to go. Saw a lot of great input about this place & for good reason.
Old corner pub, two floors with a balcony. Big wooden glass window doors open to St. Charles Avenue, and a tap list posted to the door out front. Inside is New Orleans all over, old woodwork everywhere, liquor and tap list chalk boards way up over the bar. They had a ton of bottles and well over 40 random taps that are always rotating. We walked upstairs to check out the balcony bar & were pleasantly delighted by the New Orleans artwork all over the walls on the stairs. Upstairs also were two oktoberfest casks & I believe to be the bar owner behind the bar. She guided my girlfriend well, as she loves lambics, and had her try a Monk's Cafe. I ended up having one of the marzens from the cask, a Racer 5 IPA, an Estate Grown Sierra Nevada, and a NOLA Smoky Mary. My only regret is that I didn't get into a Moylans Kilt Lifter!
Overall, amazing place, one of a kind atmosphere & a staff that is passionate about the liquid gold they serve.
10-17-2011 15:30:36 | More by hoptualBrew
4.45/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I would have to call The Avenue Pub a bi-polar bar, but in a good way. Read on and you'll understand.
Downstairs is dark, atmospheric, busy, crowded at times. This is where the major taps are, with constantly rotating stock. Bottles are in the fridge on the left, with an unbelivable collection of all-time greats and new arrivals. Polly, the owner, takes time to make a very accessable beer menu with 3 prices from flights to 10 ounce samples to full blown pints. Great for trying out her wares. The small kitchen is in the back with major slinging going on. Food is surpringly good, but be patient on getting it.
Upstairs is a completely different, if not heavenly, drinking experience. As you walk up the stairs, you're greeted by really cool New Orleans themed artwork, wall to wall. There's more space, even a tap of water to cleanse your palate when you try new beers. The balcony has been refurbished and it's a killer spot to watch the sun go down, the streetcars rumble past and to engage in great beer conversation with the patrons at the next table. The bartenders are less frazzled than the one downstairs. Even the bathroom is an old-world experience.
The Avenue Pub is very proud of their beers and go out of their way to lay down the red carpet. Pick a spot on the balcony, order up an Ommegang Abbey Ale or NOLA Smokey Mary and see what the Big Easy is meant to be.
10-10-2011 15:50:46 | More by brewskifan55
4.68/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Finally I get around to reviewing the bar that is quickly becoming my second home.
Avenue Pub is THE beer bar in New Orleans others can compete on the number of drafts or bottles but none can match the quality, rarity, or uniqueness of the brews on the 40 or so rotating taps at this bar.
Atmosphere: This place has character and my only complaint is that its still a smoking bar, though smoke free events are starting to happen, but thats typical in New Orleans at this point.
Selection: Rogue, Stone, Brooklyn, Schmaltz, Unibrue, its all there. One offs and one or two keg Euro imports? got those too. Sours? plenty of bottles to choose from. Just want domestic macro? well then you have to get it by the bottle.
Service: Bartenders here can get a little swamped when its busy but they are knowledgeable about the product and willing to help you find what you are looking for. and they almost always remember your order. Tip them well because they deserve it.
Food: is good to very good. typical bar grub with a twist and some special items too.
Value: Food is all under 10 bucks. beers very with availability and ABV but generally around 5 or 6 a pint. very good value in the happy hour m-f.
09-07-2011 21:44:37 | More by jono311
4.5/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Was in NOLA for business and flew in early on a monday to enjoy some of the sights.
Went on BA and found this place and decided to try it out for a bite and a brew. I was staying Downtown on Poydras Ave and decided to walk down to St. Charles and take it all the way down the the pub. It was well worth it. I enjoyed the walk and enjoyed my destination even more. The place is unassuming on the outside. Its classic NOLA architecture with some nice rod iron balconies and some nice wood doors. It actually looked close if it wasn't for the fact that I knew it was open.
When I walked in contractors had just finished working on the upstairs for the day so decided to walk straight up to the bar. Great character and atmosphere. About 20 taps right in front with tons of micros and a nice old wood bar with a copper top. The place was slightly smokey from the one other patron there. I struck up a nice convo with the bartender and the other patron and she suggested some local brews. I enjoyed both of the.
The service was top-nothc and friendly and the selection is impressive. Food was also great. I had the Roast Beast which was a NOLA take on an Italian Beef sandwich. Very good.
08-24-2011 02:27:37 | More by JoEBoBpr
4.8/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Was in New Orleans for a bachelor party this past weekend. Fortunately only me and 2 others arrived on the first plane in town, it gave us a couple hours before the other 12 people showed up...enough time to get in a stop at The Avenue Pub...
Unassuming from the outside, even kinda looked closed, but knowing it is a 24/7 place, we weren't worried. Loved the look from the outside, was great inside as well. Was early in the day on Friday so not many people were there, great.
Had a local and hoppy beer to start, and a delicious St Lamvinus bottle from the cooler, exactly what I wanted. Can't say enough about the experience there, as the owner sat and chatted with us for quite a while to top it off. Great time, great place, I really hope I can make it back soon and stay longer...
08-15-2011 19:08:42 | More by hawks10
4.65/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is truly one of the best beer bars I have ever been to. It is unassuming and has all types of clientele, but they have easily the most access to beers out of any place in the south and easily compete with top bars in the country.
They do great casks every friday. The selection downstairs is around 30-40 interesting american craft and european beers. No dumbed down imports like other bars around town. Each selection is obviously thought out and real estate behind this bar is precious. Also a great bottle selection, and nice staff.
The food there is also good as it is a high end take on the typical bar food.
07-27-2011 04:03:08 | More by Lldeegan
4.44/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited here on a Thursday evening. After traveling to New Orleans, I needed a good beer and heard this was the place to come. I heard correct! The place has a good neighborhood feel to it. There are multiple areas to hang out....downstairs bar area, upstairs bar area (with completely different taps), a balcony, and a back patio area. Some locals and some after work happy hour types filled the bar. Nice line up on draft. Many locals from Abita, NOLA, etc. Bar tenders on duty were quick and remembered my wife's unusual cocktail ordered every time I ordered another, no matter which one took the order. The city really needs more places like the Avenue Pub!
07-25-2011 18:00:23 | More by Imstillthegman
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The Avenue Pub in New Orleans, LA
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