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Abita Brew Pub
Taps: 17 / Bottles: 2
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
72011 Holly St
phone: (985) 892-5837
Located at the old Abita brewery, and they serve mostly Abita beers. However, they are not owned by Abita.
(Place added by: Todd on 04-04-2010)
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| Reviews: 28 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited for lunch on 05/20. We were a party of 6 (my parents, brother, sister-in-law, my wife & me). My wife and I were visiting from Portland, OR -though we used to live in nearby Slidell, LA. First time back to Abita since the late-1990's.
Atmosphere: Laid back and comfortable, not really noisy but "lively". Surprisingly dark inside and nobody seated outdoors (despite sun and mid-80's). Big bar predominates the main room, we were seated at a round table in a side room. Decor is eccletic antique junk, posters, photos etc.
Quality: Beer was hit-or-miss. My wife got the 6 pc.sampler and only liked the Turbo Dog and the seasonal Red Ale. All the others were pretty average, (wife & I realize we may be jaded since living in Portland exposes us to so many great craft beers). I got an AndyGator (good but I've had better barleywines) and a special cask item, the Cream Ale (very good). Mom had a Purple Haze and Dad a Golden - both said they liked what they ordered.
Service: utterly rude at first. "Hostess" who sat us literally tossed the menus onto the table. Server seemed tired and acted very impatient when we didn't all know what to order when she came around. But once we'd ordered, beer and food came in an appropriate time. We also ordered an extra dinner to take on the plane home - it was nicely boxed up for us. Before leaving, bought a couple of 6-packs of TurboDog and 2 pint glasses. The man who waited on us was very friendly and helpful.
Selection (I assume this means beer): A nice group of about 8 Abita beers. The basics were all there: Golden, Amber, Purple Haze, Turbo Dog, Light(!) plus the Red Ale, Cream Ale and AndyGator. There was one "guest" beer, which I think was Guinness.
Food: We liked the menu, lots to choose from. Good sandwiches and burgers, good salad. My dish was the Pecan-crusted Catfish - a huge fillet with a delicious coating of pecans. Good sides of potatoes and vegetables, too. We liked it so much that we ordered another one to go!
A good place to visit - definitely stop in if you're in the NO area.
05-31-2006 00:41:01 |
More by msubulldog25
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Very cool place. Friendly folks who know beer. Great atmosphere. Solid beer. Great food and a relaxing, but still hip and funky decor. The artwork (the walls are huge murals) was absolutely amazing, but the scenes are just of everyday life so I dont think they get the credit they deserve. Whoever the artist was....frigging incredibly skilled person.
Abita's beers aren't the world's best by any means, but they are decent and some are pretty interesting, but the atmosphere is really cool and that adds to the experience.
Really enjoyed this place and the owner was a very sweet lady who was happy to chat and never stopped smiling.
01-18-2006 12:12:30 |
More by Jredner
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
This is a great place for brewers and people that love beer to come to LA and enjoy great food and great beer. You will leave this place full as a house if you want. I love it here. They have great beers on tap and a ton of great stuff to take w/ you. Order the real LA food and buy a real LA brew. It is the real deal, in that they have real LA food, such as etouffee, mudbugs, boudin, etc. They also have andigator, purple haze, their wheat beer and a dynamite christmas ale. Go here immediately. It is tucked away in the corner of LA and can be difficult to get to, especially now that the hurricane hit. Definitely go and drink a purple haze out of the tap.
12-25-2005 23:24:48 |
More by willgro
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
When the batch is good, Purple Haze is about as refreshing as it comes. When the batch is less than good, Purple Haze is a perfumy, well below average beer in my mind. Unfortunately, my trip to the Abita brewpub restaurant involved a bad batch of Purple Haze.
The food was pretty good and the atmosphere was nice. The actual spring behind the restaurant was incredible, as it was 90 degrees that day and I got a chill standing on the bridge overlooking it.
None of my party was overly impressed with their beers. The group was drinking amber, turbodog and, of course, purple haze. Personally, I think Abita is somewhat overrated, since I'd heard that someone had ranked it best microbrew in the country a few years ago. Don't get me wrong, it's still a fine product....but best in the country? How?
This being said, if you're ever in the Abita Springs area (and you don't get there unless it's on purpose or your lost), give it a shot. Food was good, the spring was awesome and the service was okay. I definitely hope to make it back to check out the beer again some day to see if it changes my opinion.
07-18-2005 03:17:26 |
More by millhouse
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
I visited this place not too long ago. honestly i should go more often. Overall i would say many of the other reviews were pretty good, but i would not say they had a good selection simply becasue it is their beer and there is not all too much to choose from, but for a brewery it is good.
The atmosphere is good. small place but quaint. i think there is a place to sit around outside, but i am not sure.
to tell you the truth, i did not have any food, but i gave it a 3.5 because its from the south and i would bet they had good food.
overall a great place, worth visiting.... but if you live far away visiting once would be plenty.
04-21-2005 22:21:59 |
More by acrawf6
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
This is a pretty interesting place. It is a brewpub in a really small town where you'd never expect to find one. I live in Houston and we only have three or so. The small town setting adds to a nice, laid-back atmosphere. The food was very good, basically typical brewpub fair with a spicy Louisiana touch. I enjoyed a spicy chicken wrap, while my companions enjoyed other spiced seafood offerings. Service was very good, but not quite outstanding. The beer choices consisted of all the standard Abita beers, their current seasonal, and 3 or 4 other special beers solely for the brewpub. This place is definently worth going to if you're in the area. I only wish I had the time to try a few more beers.
08-21-2004 19:37:23 |
More by Gagnonsux
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
My buddies and I stopped by Abita Springs for a liquid lunch on our way to the brewery (which, by the way, is only open for tours on the weekend). The beers were the best we had while in the New Orleans area. They had a couple of seasonal beers on tap that are not available in bottles. We didn't try the food. Our bar wench, Courtney, was very courteous, attentive, and knowledgeable. I highly recommend you stop by if you are in New Orleans. Abita Springs is about 35 minutes north and worth the drive!
05-01-2004 23:58:17 |
More by schoolcb
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5
I am fortunate enough to have visited several times. My inlaws live in Slidell, and I make it a point to take the short drive to Abita Springs every chance I get. The brewpub is located at the site of the original Abita brewery, and the original equipment is on display. There is indoor and outdoor seating, a small gift shop, and a very good menu. They feature all of their regular brews, plus Andygator and the current seasonal as well as a rotating guest brew on tap. The only bottles you'll find are in the gift shop. The food is very good, better than most pub food and more varied..but of course its located in an area that is famous for its food, and average just won't cut it in that part of the world.
It is also very near the actual brewery, which offers a free tour every Saturday and Sunday. I usually have lunch at the brewpub, then go to the tour at 1:00. You're welcome to drink as much as you like at the tour, but the selections are a bit more limited. It includes the current seasonal, Turbo Dog, Purple Haze, Amber, and Root Beer.
02-17-2003 08:48:11 |
More by au1sec
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