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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.

hand holding a glass of beer with a background of the green s.t. Charles Ave streetcar

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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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New Orleans 2014 Dirty Linen Night Freshens Up Local Art

If you didn’t get enough local art the first time around, why not go back out for another tour of the New Orleans art scene the next Saturday—possibly even in the same dirty clothes you wore out the weekend before? It may sound strange, but that’s exactly what the founders of Dirty Linen Night had in mind.

Black background with white letters spelling dirty linen

Named in honor of the White Linen Night art gathering held the weekend before in the Warehouse District, Dirty Linen Night quickly became its own New Orleans institution after its founding in 2001. This free, seasonal celebration features art galleries and shops in and around Royal St in the French Quarter and is held the second Saturday of August, this year Aug. 9th, from 6 to 9 p.m. The party mainly centers around the 500 to 1000 blocks of Royal St as well as the 500 block of St. Peter and St. Ann Streets and the Dutch Alley Artist Co-Op at Dumaine and Decatur Streets. read more »

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Louisiana Crawfish Festival- Will You Suck the Heads?


Just outside of New Orleans, Chalmette in St. Bernard parish hosts the annual Louisiana Crawfish Festival (March 20th-23rd) each year, a lavish celebration of one of the most beloved local seafoods, just in time for the start of its season, when crawfish boils abound each weekend. Founded in 1975, the festival is now an institution and local tradition that is up there with the rest of the New Orleans food festivals, and attendees flock from all across the country to take part in this event.

Held at the Sigur Center in Chalmette, the Louisiana Crawfish Festival provides a wide range of food, entertainment and attractions to its attendees. In terms of music, two bands will play on Thursday and Friday, and three bands will perform on Saturday and Sunday. They include Melody Cool (Red Diva), Groovy 7, Weathered, Voodoo Gumbo, Chee Weez, Mojeaux and more.

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Take a Trip to New Orleans’ Own Oak St

Colorful painting of Jack, the owner of Jacques Imo's





Oak St is one of the major draws to the Carrollton Ave area as it has many restaurants and shops that contribute to the city’s vibrant culture, particularly the stretch from Carrollton Ave toward the lake. Here are some of our favorite spots for you to try.

At the corner of Carollton and Oak is a popular coffeehouse, Rue de la Course, where you can find tasty breakfast, brunch and sandwich offerings in addition to a great coffee selection.

Just down the street you’ll find up-and-coming Chiba Nola, already one of the best sushi restaurants in the city, whose menu includes specialty rolls like Satsuma Strawberry Roll, Mardi Gras Roll and Let the Good Times Roll. The restaurant has a great happy hour called the “Funk and Roll” happy hour from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays that features cheap drinks, rolls, appetizers, steamed buns and desserts.

Just across the street, Truburger has become a new favorite among burger lovers with their slew of special burgers. Try The Heat with sriracha mayo, jalapenos and pepperjack cheese, Red Neck Special with beef patty, sausage patty, American cheese, fried egg and pickled pepper mayo or the Deep South with a fried green tomato, pimento cheese, lettuce and onion. They also serve hot dogs, sides, sandwiches, finger food and shakes.

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St. Claude Ave: Arts and Music in the New Orleans Bywater Neighborhood


close up of a sign for Saturn bar on St. Claude Ave, scripted font with red lettering




St. Claude Ave is at the heart of the St. Claude neighborhood in the Bywater/Upper 9th Ward. The street is a stretch of music venues, art galleries and community centers that cater mostly to locals, but visitors are starting to learn about and explore the area more and more.

There are now about a dozen galleries on St. Claude Ave, featuring artists and works of varying styles and genres. The street is especially known as a hub for contemporary and experimental art, so if you’re looking for modern additions to your collection—or simply love walking through the galleries and exhibitions—St. Claude Ave is a prime destination.

In terms of music venues, St. Claude Ave has several unique offerings up and down the street, though there are a few clustered just off Elysian Fields Ave. One of these just off Elysian Fields is the AllWays Lounge and Theatre, which is a hotspot for local, modern theatre productions as well as music of varying types. You can find anything from jazz and experimental to indie rock and brass bands. The Hi Ho Lounge also serves up a wide variety of musical genres, including everything from bluegrass and singer-songwriters to blues and rock. Siberia mainly caters to the rock, punk and metal scenes, and Kajun’s Pub has widely popular karaoke selections. Down the way, you’ll also find the Saturn Bar, which is mainly known for their Mod Night dance parties on Saturday nights.

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Our Blog’s Year in Review, Southern Comfort B&B 2012


As 2012 comes to a close, we wanted to look back at some of our blog posts from throughout the year. Here at Southern Comfort Bed & Breakfast, we aim to bring you some of the most interesting and useful information regarding the potential places, people, and traditions to look out for when you visit the city. In case you missed any of our posts throughout the year—and especially if you’re planning a visit to New Orleans and our B&B sometime soon—here’s a recap of some of our favorites.

Food and restaurants are one of our favorite aspects of New Orleans culture, and we featured plenty of both throughout the year. Green Goddess in Exchange Alley and the Delachaise down the street are two of our favorites. And could you tell we love oysters? Between the Louisiana Oyster Jubilee, charbroiled oysters, and our “Slurping Oysters” post, you can’t miss our devotion to these delectable bivalves. We also shared some tips on where to find surprising local bar food and late-night dining options, which we also thought might be highly valuable to our guests.

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Eat Local, Eat Fresh: New Orleans’ Farmers Markets

creole tomatoes at the farmers market

Tasty Creole Tomatoes

Sustainability has become a hot topic in the current age of conservation and self-sufficient living. For residents of New Orleans, this is no exception, and locals and visitors alike can easily enjoy the scrumptious, fresh delights like local produce, seafood, dairy, farm-raised meat, fresh baked goods, and cut flowers via local farmers markets regularly held around the city.

If you’d like to sample some fresh local produce on your next visit to New Orleans, there are a number of farmers markets to choose from and several different locations. Every day at the edge of the French Quarter on Decatur St, the French Market is an expansive marketplace covering several blocks with tents and tables of goods from 10am till 6pm. The market is filled to the brim with food and merchandise vendors of all stripes, including many local farmers, bakers, fishermen and the like.

Crescent City Farmers Market hosts markets at three different locations three days of the week, so there’s a chance you’ll be able to see at least one of them on your next visit. The Thursday Market is held Thursday afternoon in Mid-City at Orleans Ave and Bayou St. John, which makes for a beautiful location and a lovely breeze while you browse. On Saturday mornings, the market is held downtown at Magazine St and Girod St, which is also a nice contrasting background to walk through, with fresh produce and other goods peddled against the backdrop of the city’s downtown and Warehouse District areas.

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