10 Best Pubs for Drinks, Sports and Grub in New Orleans

New Orleans was once the brewing capital of the South. From the time the first brewery opened in 1852, founded by Swiss immigrant Louis Fasnacht where the Cotton Mill apartments now stand until 1890, the number of breweries grew to 30, mostly fueled by German immigrants seeing a taste of home. Beers like Falstaff, Dixie, Jax and Regal - made popular by its jingle, “Red beans and rice and Regal on ice" - dominated the local market. Mirroring what happened in other cities around the country, including Philly and St. Louis, breweries closed as conglomerates dominated the market. The old Jax Brewery on Decatur Street was turned into a shopping and dining complex in the 1980s. The Dixie facility flooded during Katrina, and is now made in Wisconsin. 

But just as craft cocktails are dominating the scene, craft small batch beer, made locally and regionally as well as across America, is back in the spotlight. Beer brewing has returned to south Louisiana through microbrewers like Abita, NOLA Brewing and Heiner Brau. And there are plenty of pubs that showcase the best of the best, often along with elevated pub grub and a strong helping of neighborhood cheer.  Try one, or all of these pubs for great brews and good times.



It may not look like much from the outside, situated in a typical ramshackle shotgun house, But inside, there's a nice bar, a window to order food and then – wait for it – a door to a multi-level patio that is one of the best places to watch...  Read More



Siberia is an alt music venue that rises to the top of the dive bar heap in a city that may just have invented the genre. Like most things New Orleans, Siberia has multiple personalities. It's live rock and roll music venue, well not really...  Read More



Tracey's was the original bar in the Irish Channel, opened in 1949 with new fangled comforts like air conditioning - a rarity back in the day. Also the first in the 'hood with color TV, Tracey's having opened in 1949. Its current location is on...  Read More



You can't miss The Bulldog, what with their giant beer tap fountain facing Magazine Street passersby. The Garden District watering hole is a favorite among beer enthusiasts, with more than 50 beers on tap and 100 different bottled selections....  Read More



Gordon Biersch is a large restaurant/sports bar on Poydras Street in the heart of the New Orleans CBD. Sit indoors or out, with TVs tuned to the game offering a hubbub of activity and a sporty soundtrack. Enjoy up close views of the brewery...  Read More

Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar
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Cooter Brown's is without a doubt the place to go for sports in Uptown New Orleans, and could be the number one spot for those who like to get a little rowdy when watching their team play. Stop number 43 on the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar,...  Read More

Crescent City Brewhouse


The only microbrewery in the French Quarter, Crescent City Brewhouse sits on historic ground. Once the site of a two-story 14 room house dating to the 1700s, the building was razed by fire and rebuilt as a fine French Quarter home in the early...  Read More

Historic Bywater


This railroad-themed pub is yet another in the crop of eateries popping up like mushrooms along St. Claude Avenue. From the Molly's at the Market folks, the place is spare and casual, with the emphasis on grass-fed beef burgers with interesting...  Read More

Banks Street Bar & Grill


Rub elbows with the natives at this diminuitive joint, where funk, blues and rock bands showcase regional talent every night. For a real good deal, come on Monday for free red beans and rice or hit the complimentary oyster bar at 10pm on...  Read More



Finn McCool's is a Mid City sports bar that embodies fan culture. There are six screens for viewing, including a 50" HD plasma and an 8' projector screen showing primarily soccer and rugby matches. At the forefront of the sports bar scene...  Read More


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