It’s not hard to find a great cocktail in New Orleans - after all, we often take credit for inventing the whole thing when Sazeracs starting popping up around the French Quarter during the mid-19th century. Whether or not we actually own that claim is a story for another day, but regardless, we’re a city that takes our beverages very seriously. So it’s no surprise that our happy hours are top-notch. See below to find some of our favorite offerings all across the city.
*Editor’s Note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, New Orleans is currently in a Phased Reopening plan. This includes some degree of restrictions on bars and restaurants. For more on our phased reopening plan, see here.
Broussard's is known for their courtyard brunches, but their happy hour is a home run too! Available at their Empire Bar and courtyard, their happy hour is offered Wednesday through Saturday from 3-6 p.m. You can enjoy $5 Broussard's and New Orleans classics like the Pimm's Cup, Hurricane, or their French 76! Select beers and wines for just $3 and $4, along with an assortment of small plates like their famous FQF crabcake can be enjoyed for under $10.
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NOLA Art Bar opened just a little over a year ago and has quickly become a hotspot for locals artists, musicians, and craft cocktail connoisseurs. Their expansive cocktail list is broken down by liquor type - so they make sure there’s something for everyone! The ambiance is vibrant, colorful, and decked out with locally made artwork. They even have courtyard areas perfect for date nights or mixing and mingling.
Drop by any day of the week for their happy hour cocktails served between 4-7 p.m., but you’re likely to stay the whole night once you get a taste of their house eats.
Hidden gem of the historic Vieux Carre, the Bombay Club is an off-the-beaten-path cocktail lounge and cigar bar. Their $6 happy hour is offered daily from 4-7 p.m, Monday - Thursday and 1-7 p.m. on Friday-Sunday. Feel free to stay longer to enjoy a few cocktails from their extensive menu of craft, classic and seasonal cocktails as well.
Best known for their signature bubbles and beignets combo, the Vintage offers happy hour every day from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and again at 3-6 p.m. Their $6 sips include rail-made cocktails, house bubbles, red and white wines. Top it off with $6 bites like wings, garlic herb bites, truffle parmesan fries and a special $4 order of beignet bites.
Happy hour in style at Claret Wine & Cocktail Bar from 4-6 p.m. daily. Charcuterie, cheese and house-made pickle plates, whipped carrots and feta, and salt and vinegar pistachios are among Claret’s discounted snacks. House wines, rotating house punches, Boulevardiers, Palomas, Frozen Lillet Blanc Royale and daiquiris can all be enjoyed for no more than $7.
Sweets, eats and drinks - the Bakery Bar is like no other. On Wednesday- Friday from 5-7 PM enjoy a selection of $5 cocktails and wines including:
- Traditional daiquiri
- Dark & Stormy
- Kung Fu Girl Riesling
- Prince de Lise Blanc de Blanc
- Steven Vincent Crimson Red Blend
Pair them alongside their sample-sized doberge bites or go all out with a boozy doberge slice. Savory eats like fries, burgers and more are also available.
If you're hoping for a happy hour with a view, look no further than Muriel’s! Nestled in the heart of Jackson Square and New Orleans’ French Quarter, Muriel’s is just as beautiful inside as it is outside. It's not uncommon to hear the sounds of live brass bands, or spot horse-drawn carriages passing by. It's a truly magical spot!
Muriel's happy hour is offered during the weekday from 4-6 p.m. with an assortment of $4 specials like wines, Bloody Marys, house pours and more.
This Arts District-based restaurant offers a French Happy Hour Tuesday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. Choose from a special house cocktail, red and white wines, local beers for under $5, as well as half-priced selected bottles of champagne. A selection of hor's d’ oeuvres all under $10 is also available.
Seaworthy is a downtown-based oyster bar with an excellent cocktail program! Specials on chilled and cured seafood, light bites and small plates are all offered alongside their $7 wines and cocktails, and $8 beer + shots.
Not offered on their happy hour menu, but well worth the mention is their Holy Water cocktail. This drink is on fire, literally! Served to you in flames for one of the hottest cocktail experiences you’ve ever had.
This Marigny-based hotspot is best known for its Korean, soul-food fusion cuisine and chic Sunday brunch. But on weekdays, Morrow’s happy hour steals the show. From the 4-7 p.m. on Monday - Friday, take advantage of $3 beers, $5 shots, wines and select cocktails, $7 frozen drinks and 50% off of a fine selection of housemade appetizers. The house is usually bustling with the sounds of 90s R&B.
A staple along the historic St. Charles Avenue, Superior Seafood is known for two things: their namesake seafood selection and their award-winning happy hour! So naturally when rounding up our favorites, Superior made the cut. Drop in daily between 4-6:30 p.m. for $4 house wines and draft beers, their famous frozen cocktails upgraded to large for the price of a small, and raw oysters for just 75 cents!
The Mid-City hotspot is an insanely dreamy location for a romantic happy hour. The property is a revived church home so its design pays homage to its former life. Stainglassed windows and high vaulted ceilings are elegant and intentional touches. As if the beauty of the space wasn't enough to keep you, their weekday happy hour lasts from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. so you can sip the day away with $6 cocktails and wines.
Pro-tip: go for the brown butter fries, brussel sprouts and crawfish fritters. Those three appetizers are sure-fire winners!
The French Quarter's first and only rooftop restaurant has a happy hour you won't want to miss out on. In addition to all of their housemade Cajun and Creole dishes such as Gator Nachos, Cajun Crawfish Poutine and Duck Bacon and Sweet Corn Wontons, guests can also enjoy 2 for 1 cocktail and half-priced bottles of wine. A deal this good isn't every day so make sure to stop by Monday-Thursday between 2 and 6 p.m. for this happy hour special.