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4 Best Bars in New Orleans for Craft Beer Lovers

Craft beer has become a massive trend around the world, particularly in the U.S., over the past decade, and that trend has hit New Orleans in particular in the last few years. While at one time craft beer lovers could only find a handful of establishments offering these prime brews in the city, nowadays, as more and more craft breweries are popping up throughout both New Orleans and Louisiana as a whole, craft beer is present throughout the city more than ever. Here are a few of the best bars in New Orleans for craft beer.

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Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave – Uptown)

Using clipboards rather than a blackboard or menu behind the bar, Avenue Pub delivers its regularly changing beer menu daily based on the new and tapped kegs that go in and out of this premier craft beer bar and its impressively long line of taps—arguably the best in New Orleans. At any given moment, the pub might have six or seven different IPAs, two or three different barleywines or five or six stouts and porters. And that’s not even taking into account the dozens of different bottled beers that further expand the bar’s extensive beer list. To top it off, Avenue Pub as a full bourbon, rye and whiskey list and a kitchen that serves up gourmet burgers and bar food. Try one of the signature burgers made with prime local beef or the Dump Truck Fries, hand-cut fries topped with béchamel, roasted pork, grilled onions and port wine au jus.

Bayou Beer Garden (326 N Jefferson Davis – Mid-City)

While the Bayou Beer Garden may not harvest craft beer, it does serve beer in a lush garden-like setting with a huge backyard porch filled with bar stools and small tables surrounded by the emerald green foliage you can so often find in New Orleans. The joint has a smaller bar out back, but the real treasure trove of craft beer is in the front of the house, where dozens of local and national craft beers line a long list for aficionados of all types of craft beer. This Mid-City spot also offers a solid menu of tantalizing bar food, including its signature 10 oz. burger or Gravy Fries, French fries topped with savory roast beef debris.

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Sobou – New Brennan’s Restaurant in the French Quarter

 

Voted one of the 25 Most Important Restaurants of 2013 by Zagat, SoBou is an up-and-coming niche restaurant in the French Quarter that focuses just as much on spirits as its neighbor, Bourbon St (SoBou stands for South of Bourbon), but with an upscale and gourmet class that is truly inimitable.

Owned by the Commander’s Family of Restaurants, SoBou describes itself as, “a modern Creole saloon” and “a Louisiana-centric and street food inspired restaurant with a beverage focus,” hence its tagline of being “A Spirited Restaurant South of Bourbon.” This French Quarter gem serves everything from breakfast, brunch and lunch to exquisite dinners and even their “Happier Hour.”young lady dressed in red with a flower in her hair sitting at the bar with an array of cocktails in front of her

SoBou consists of a main dining room, a semi-private pool room, a beer garden with beer taps in the tables and self-serve wine machines, a bar with a bar chef table and The Saloon, a semi-private room for up to 10 guests. The décor is classy with large wrap around booths and walls full of well-lit empty glass bottles, which provide a distinct ambience that complements the food and drinks.

The dinner menu is nothing short of inventive and impressive, beginning with Snacky Things like Yellowfin Tuna Cones with pineapple ceviche and basil avocado ice cream and upgraded bar snacks like $1 pork cracklin’s, $4 Creole beer nuts and $4 boudin balls. Small Bites include Sweet Potato Beignets and a Louisiana Strawberry & Kale Salad, and Big Bites include a Foie Gras Burger, Creole Chili Mustard Painted Gulf Fish and Breaux Bridge Crawfish Salad. Top it off with a dessert like Cherries Jubille & White Chocolate Bread Pudding or a Candied Pecan Chocolate Fudge Brownie, layered with bruleed banana filling, brandy spiked strawberries and sea salt caramel.

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The Best Cocktails in New Orleans

Looking for the perfect place to have a cocktail in New Orleans?  The number of bars in this wonderful city can be overwhelming, but if you’re looking for the perfect night cap, or even the perfect place to start an evening, the best choice is to make a visit to Pravda. www.pravdaofnola.com Pravda, 1113 Decatur St., is a Russian Vodka bar. With over 50 varieties of vodka and the largest absinthe selection in Louisiana, you can’t go wrong with Pravda. The ambiance is uniquely enticing and the drinks are reasonably priced and deliciously deviant. Pravda truly is one of New Orleans most interesting bars. Perhaps one of the most alluring aspects of Pravda is watching the bartenders make absinthe right in front of you. If you’ve never had absinthe before or seen it made, order one of Pravda’s handcrafted absinthe cocktails and be prepared to be blown away by the complex process by which absinthe is prepared. read more »