Over the next few minutes we will be taking a deep dive into drinking at the best bars in New Orleans. From a tall glass of beer and a shot of vodka to local drink specials and singing karaoke we are going to try and cover it all.
The best wine and cocktail bars near you will get the ball rolling. Once they have been discussed in full breweries and sports bars to watch the big game or maybe play some pool and throw some darts will get a shout out.
Those who want to get the party started right after work or just buy some cheaper drinks will learn about the best drink specials in your area next. After they are out of the way we will move on to bars with trivia, quiz, and/or game nights around town.
Bars for dancing, karaoke, and to listen to live music will wrap this all up. Be sure to check out our New Orleans bar map that has every place we mention throughout the post pinned on it.
And you are all welcome to compare the scene here to other cities around the region at that link if you want.
Cocktail & Wine Bars
Many would agree that the best New Orleans cocktail and wine bars are:
- Patrick’s Bar Vin at 730 Bienville St
- Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits at 600 Poland Ave
- Bar Tonique at 820 N Rampart St
- Effervescence at 1036 N Rampart St
- The Tasting Room at 1906 Magazine St
- French 75 Bar at 813 Bienville St
- Blue Ruin Speakeasy at 3224 Metairie Rd, Metairie
- Martine’s Lounge at 2347 Metairie Rd, Metairie
- New Orleans Original Daiquiris at 2801 Williams Blvd, Kenner
Patrick’s Bar Vin has an extensive wine menu, beers from Belgium’s native country, and a variety of signature cocktails.
For a fun a wine-and-cheese joint with globally influenced small plates and live music on a lush back patio head to Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirit and on Wednesday they have a fun free wine tasting event from 4pm to 6pm.
Bar Tonique is a craft cocktail bar in your area serving great cocktails, carefully curated wines, and craft beers from 12pm to 2am every day.
Effervescence is a sparkling wine lounge and restaurant specializing in sparkling wines and champagnes.
If you are searching for a wine and cocktail bar with an eclectic menu and an exceptional wine list from around the world you can visit The Tasting Room which also offers a wide selection of bourbons, scotches, and whiskeys plus they have some of the best drink specials in New Orleans every Tuesday through Friday from 4pm to 6pm.
French 75 Bar is open from 5:30pm to 10:30pm Wednesday through Saturday and from 10am to 2pm on Sunday creating the finest cocktails with the highest quality ingredients and spirits.
Blue Ruin Speakeasy is a non-smoking local cocktail bar where you can get seasonal craft cocktails, old fashioned and martini menus, wine, beer on tap, and occasionally some allocated bourbons.
Select from a variety of craft cocktails, beer, and wine while watching sports or an old movie at Martine’s Lounge where you can also play darts, video poker, and a variety of board games.
New Orleans Original Daiquiris specializes in frozen daiquiris that are instantly available.
New Orleans Breweries & Sports Bars
You and your buddies will have a great time watching the big game at these local sports bars and breweries:
- The American Sports Saloon at 1200 Decatur St
- The Avenue Pub at 1732 St Charles Ave
- Bruno’s Tavern at 7538 Maple St
- Mid City Yacht Club at 440 S St Patrick St
- Bayou Beer Garden at 326 N Norman C Francis Pkwy
- Sports Beat Pub & Cafe at 3330 Ridgelake Dr, Metairie
- Knuckleheads Sports Bar & Grill at 3535 Severn Ave #10, Metairie
- Stepbrother’s Sports Bar & Grill at 4971 W Napoleon Ave, Metairie
- Rootbeer’s Sports Bar at 2001 Georgia Ave, Kenner
- The Tavern On Vets at 2244 Veterans Memorial Blvd #B, Kenner
The American Sports Saloon serves authentic NOLA-style food as well as a cold beer with indoor and outdoor tables and plenty of TV’s.
The Avenue Pub is a craft beer and whiskey destination in a European pub setting that also serves French and Belgian bistro fare along with some American favorites every Wednesday through Saturday at 10:30am and 11am on Sunday.
Import, local, and domestic beers in bottle and can along with seltzers are available at Bruno’s Tavern.
Mid City Yacht Club is a neighborhood sports bar near you with an outdoor patio, great food, daily lunch specials, 15 TV’s, pool, darts, poker machines, cigars, Jenga, corn hole, and other games that you can enjoy with 15 beer taps, domestics, and bottle and can options.
There are 45 beers on tap at Bayou Beer Garden which is connected to the courtyard of Bayou wine garden where you can order everything from burgers and beer to wine and cheese plus they offer good local drink specials during their happy hours from 3pm to 6:30pm Monday through Friday.
Sports Beat Pub & Cafe is open daily from 11am to 2am serving ice cold beer along with sport showing on 16 flat-screen televisions.
From 11am to 3am you can head to Knuckleheads Sports Bar & Grill which has fantastic food, sports on TV’s, and live music.
At Stepbrother’s Sports Bar & Grill in Metairie you will find good bar food and drinks, DJ’s on Friday and Saturday nights, and live entertainment with 19 televisions for your viewing pleasure.
The Tavern On Vets offers 50 different beers and a drink specials in Kenner every Monday through Saturday from 3pm to 7pm.
Local Drink Specials
There are plenty of good bars with drink specials in your area and you can get great value if you time your visit properly:
- Three Palms Bar & Grill at 3813 Tulane Ave
- Superior Grill at 3636 St Charles Ave
- The Domino at 3044 St Claude Ave
- Pat O’Brien’s at 718 St Peter
- Barrel Proof at 1201 Magazine St
- Pat’s Pub at 3207 Edenborn Ave, Metairie
- Winston’s Pub & Patio at 531 Metairie Rd, Metairie
At Three Palms Bar & Grill you can try a wide variety of food and drinks with daily drink specials from 5pm to 7pm as well as live entertainment from local artists, comedians, and musicians.
Superior Grill serves some of the best Mexican food in town including sizzling fajitas, mouthwatering enchiladas, cheesy nachos, and their famous margaritas with happy hours from 3:30pm to 6pm daily.
The Domino is a welcoming neighborhood bar with an impressive wine list and daily liquor specials in New Orleans from 5pm to 7pm.
Expect to find an exquisite selection of whiskey, cocktails, spirits, beer, good food, and daily alcohol specials from 4pm to 6pm at Barrel Proof.
A wide selection of beer, cocktails, hard liquor, and wine as well as whisky specials on Wednesdays until 6pm can be found at Pat’s Pub in Metairie.
We have done our best to mention any time a bar in New Orleans has drink specials where you can get liquor cheaper all throughout this post so don’t only focus on this section.
Trivia, Quiz & Game Nights
Check out this list of bars with trivia, quiz, and game nights near you:
- Barcadia New Orleans at 601 Tchoupitoulas St
- The Bulldog, Mid-City at 5135 Canal Blvd
- 45 Tchoup at 4529 Tchoupitoulas St
- Finn McCool’s Irish Pub at 3701 Banks St
- The Rusty Nail at 1100 Constance St
- Loft18 Metairie at 3128 Metairie Rd, Metairie
The Bulldog, Mid-City is a fun spot with games that we could have mentioned in our local sports bars section as it is a great place to watch the game with 82″ ultra-bright TV’s in a tranquil tree-lined setting plus they have 50 fine draft beers, bottled beers, and a full cocktail menu.
There are over 60 beers, a great selection of liquors, and seven of the best $6 glasses of wine you’ll find in your area at 45 Tchoup.
Finn McCool’s Irish Pub serves perfectly poured proper pints of Guinness and delectable pub eats plus they have a fun bar quiz night near you every Tuesday at 8pm.
The Rusty Nail features over 150 whiskies, 16 taps, a friendly atmosphere, darts, and plenty of TV’s to watch the game plus they have bar trivia night every Tuesday at 7:15pm.
Loft18 Metairie is a full-service bar and restaurant that serves gastro-pub fare, craft beer, and cocktails as well as 5 custom full-swing simulators for golf, soccer, football, dodge ball, and big TV’s tuned to the game.
More fun bars with trivia or games in New Orleans from different lists include Martine’s Lounge and Mid City Yacht Club.
Dance, Karaoke, & Live Music
Dance, listen to live music, or sing karaoke at these fun bars around town:
- Cats Meow Karaoke at 701 Bourbon St
- Hi-Ho Lounge at 2239 St Claude Ave
- The Spotted Cat Music Club at 623 Frenchmen St
- Kajun’s Pub at 2256 St Claude Ave
- The Maison at 508 Frenchmen St
- Whiskey Cowboy Saloon at 1300 N Causeway Blvd, Metairie
- Gennaro’s Bar at 3206 Metairie Rd, Metairie
The World Famous Cats Meow offers free bar karaoke in New Orleans with hundreds of songs to choose from and daily alcoholic drink specials from 4pm to 5pm.
Hi-Ho Lounge music bar features local and national live music acts from the genres of indie rock, hip hop, electronic, jazz, funk, and jam music as well as burlesque performances, stand-up comedy acts, and documentary or film screenings plus they have happy hours from 6pm to 7pm every day.
Seven days a week you can visit The Spotted Cat Music Club for live music.
Kajun’s Pub is a great karaoke bar near you that is open 7 days a week offering daily drink specials and karaoke every night from 7pm to 1am.
Whiskey Cowboy Saloon features live music or Jody Rome karaoke every Tuesday through Saturday evening along with liquor specials from 11am to 7pm.
Gennaro’s Bar is Metairie’s oldest bar that hosts karaoke and DJ Ken every Saturday from 10pm to 2am.
Other cool bars for music lovers in your area from other sections include Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits, Knuckleheads Sports Bar & Grill, and Three Palms Bar & Grill.
By the way we have also covered:
- Drink Specials In Baton Rouge
- Drink Specials In Birmingham
- Drink Specials In Houston
- Drink Specials In Memphis
Have Fun Drinking At The Best Bars In New Orleans
There are plenty of local wine and cocktail bars, breweries to watch sports at, places with good drink specials to save money, trivia, quiz, and game nights, as well as bars to listen to live music, dance, and sing karaoke near you. Hopefully we were able to fill you in on some valuable info that will make your next night out a little better.
Please use the comments to let us know if any spots have closed down or if any new cool places have opened up in your area so that we can keep our lists fresh. Now go have fun drinking at the best bars in New Orleans.