New Orleans’ cocktail scene is world-renowned. Some of the most famous cocktails ever to be made were created right here in the Crescent City. Plus, food and drink is integral to the culture here, so it’s no surprise that the beer scene has seen a huge resurgence. From local breweries to tiny-but-mighty micro-breweries, and award-winning beer bars, this city is heaven for beer lovers. We’ve mapped out all the ways you can explore NOLA’s beer scene below.
*Editor’s Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, bars and breweries are operating under enhanced restrictions. Read more about those restrictions and New Orleans’ reopening plan here.
Breweries & Microbreweries
Come for the beer, stay for NOLA Pizza Co. NOLA Brewing Tap Room, located on Tchoupitoulas Street, is a locally famous brewery - you can find their beers in lots of restaurants and bars outside of the brewery itself. But coming to the brewery means you can taste every variety, get a tour of the facilities, and order some NY-style pizza to accompany your brews.
Urban South Brewery is another local brewery with beers that you may have sampled outside of the brewery itself. But the interior of Urban South is worth a trip to the location on its own: it’s spacious, and aside from the actual brewery, Urban South is filled with tons of tables, arcade games, and corn hole. They're also known for being especially family-friendly, offering juice boxes for the littles, as well as a steady rotation of food trucks and pop-ups. Check their Instagram for more details.
Just on the edge of Frenchmen Street, sample beers unique to New Orleans and as interesting as the city itself, as Brieux Carre likes to put it. Every week, the taproom features new flavors of craft beer. They also have a lovely courtyard to enjoy when the weather is nice. Start your afternoon or night here.
Parleaux Beer Lab is a microbrewery and an oasis from city life in NOLA. It’s nestled in the very end of the Bywater, on the corner of Lesseps Street. When you walk inside you’ll find the brewery, and you can order your selection of constantly rotating beers. Enjoy your drink inside or head outside to the spacious garden, where you’ll find swings, board games, patio furniture, and hanging lights.
Named after the beloved New Orleans tradition, Second Line Brewing encompasses the spirit in their beers. It is located in the Mid-City neighborhood and features a large outdoor patio that is family and dog friendly. Food trucks and pop ups frequent the beer garden, from fried chicken sandwiches to Vietnamese tacos to burgers and more.
This small-batch nanobrewery in the Garden District is a perfect hangout for day or night. Inside you don’t get to tour the brewing facilities, but you can taste their ever-evolving varieties of beers, stouts, IPA’s, and more, and then enjoy it outside along with their rotating food options. The atmosphere is laid back and casual, and you’ll always try something new.
On the outskirts of the Garden District, in the Irish Channel, Miel is an independent microbrewery that focuses on environmentally friendly production and local ingredients. Seasonal beers are served in their taproom and outdoor space, which is great for a night out with friends. The area is both dog and kid-friendly with a variety of pop-up vendors.
Port Orleans Brewing Co. is aptly named, as it is located on Tchoupitoulas Street near the Port of New Orleans. The brewery’s motto is “brewed below sea level” and they're committed to serving the local community excellent craft beer. The outdoor patio is dog-friendly, and the brewery room is kid-friendly, as long as no one under 21 is drinking! You can also grab tacos, guac and more from Avo Taco, their on-site restaurant.
Formerly known as Dixie Brewery, Faubourg Brewing Co. keeps the same great tradition of brewing alive, just under a new name. Located on a huge campus in New Orleans East, the brewery offers tours, outdoor live music, pet-friendly seating and in-house eats from Fete Au Fete.
Pubs & Beer Gardens
If you’ve heard of Avenue Pub before, it’s because the bar has won tons of awards and accolades for its beer selection (yes, it was named one of the Top 100 Beer Bars in America). You can enjoy your selection on a balcony overlooking St. Charles Avenue, inside the bar, or at an outdoor table, and you can order food as well. But the best part about Avenue Pub is its extensive selection of beers from New Orleans and beyond. Great beer, great location, great people watching.
Located on Lafitte Greenway, Wrong Iron is a fun stop in the Mid-City neighborhood. They serve over 50 beers on tap and have a variety of food trucks on site. There is plenty of outdoor space for you and friends, as well as games. Biking there is a great option, as they have 60 bike parking spaces. You must be 21 to enter.
The Bulldog has two locations: one Uptown on Magazine Street and one in Mid-City. Both offer dog-friendly patios that feature beer-tap fountains, and a seemingly endless menu of beer options (and mixed drinks, too). Every weeknight has a different special, so be sure to check the official website for details. The pub fare at The Bulldog is award-winning: we recommend cheese fries for the table, at least!
Located on the Riverbend, this Oak Street bar has an extensive beer and ale selection by the glass or pint. They feature a variety of southern craft brewers and savory snacks. It is a small, neighborhood gem, great for watching sports or catching up with friends.
Bayou Beer Garden is just steps away from the beautiful Bayou St. John. The atmosphere is lively, with a large outdoor garden that hosts events like crawfish boils. Bayou Beer Garden is great for groups, as you can order buckets of beer or each taste your own favorite after a day of kayaking on the bayou or exploring City Park.
Bratz Y’all, conveniently located next to Pizza Delicious, is a casual beer garden in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. There’s a small indoor area, but really, the atmosphere is best enjoyed during lovely weather so you can sit at the outside tables, play a game of cornhole, or listen to live music when the venue hosts musicians. Bratz Y’all is a German beer garden, so you can have traditional German food (the pretzels are a must) and German beers like pilsners.
On the buzzing Fulton Street and steps from Harrah's Casino, wash down American staples with a German beer. Nachos, burgers and hardy dishes encompass the menu, but there are plenty of beers to choose from.
If you’re in town for a short visit and want to experience as much of the craft beer scene here in NOLA as possible, check out one of these brewery tours around the city. You’ll either meet a tour bus/truck or it will pick you up, and you’ll have a designated driver and tour guide take you from brewery to brewery so you can have a local show you around, and you can taste tons of beers.
These are just a few of the ways you can try beers around New Orleans. There are plenty more bars and breweries to visit, which you can find in our listings here.