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New Orleans’ Top 100+ Bars:
Bars for beer nerds 

click to enlarge The German-inspired Aline Street Beer Garden serves a stiefel, or boot full of beer. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • The German-inspired Aline Street Beer Garden serves a stiefel, or boot full of beer.

For years, local beer lovers could turn to a handful of bars for a large selection of imported beers. But now, the rise of Louisiana breweries has helped spur a wave of new beer bars and local offerings.

Aline Street Beer Garden at Prytania Hall
German-style beers reign at this Munich-style beer hall. Casks of local beer tapped for $2.50 pints every Thursday and the liter-sized "boot night" special are two of the fun and affordable weekly promotions for lovers of pilsners, lagers and hefeweizens. 1515 Aline St., 504-891-5774; www.facebook.com/AlineStreetBeerGarden

The Avenue Pub
The Avenue Pub boasts a tap list of almost 50 beers and a bottle list to make any beer nerd cry tears of joy. The 24-hour bar still looks like a dive bar downstairs, but the upstairs bar has been converted to a non-smoking beer haven. World class events like Cantillon's Zwanze Day and the annual ACBW Grand Tasting set this beer bar apart. 1732 St. Charles Ave., (504) 586-9243; www.avenuepub.com, @AvenuePubNOLA

Beerfest II
Under new ownership since the new year, this Bourbon Street bar offers an expanded beer selection and the attention to detail makes this a welcome alternative to the street's "Huge Ass Beer." Quality beer like North Coast's Brother Thelonious may be a bit pricy, but it's worth it to a beer lover. 630 Bourbon St., (504) 525-3010

Bulldog
Both outposts of the Bulldog (Uptown and Mid-City) are dog-friendly beer bars with ample seating courtyard seating. Wednesday is pint night, which features a pint glass giveaway with every beer sold. The selection includes many local brews and imports on draft and in bottles. 3236 Magazine St., (504) 891-1516; www.draftfreak.com, @Bulldog_Uptown; 5135 Canal Blvd., (504) 488-4180; bulldog-midcity.draftfreak.com, @Bulldog_MidCity

Chartres House
This French Quarter restaurant has built up its local beer list with offerings from Bayou Teche, Abita, Covington Brewhouse and the state's newest brewery, Gnarly Barley. 601 Chartres St., (504) 586-8383; www.chartreshouse.com, @ChartresHouse

Crescent City Brewhouse
New Orleans' only locally owned brewpub, this microbrewery brews its beers on premises and serves them fresh. The Brewhouse mostly crafts classic German styles, but isn't afraid to experiment with pale ales, English brown ales and IPAs. There's a full restaurant menu and oyster bar as well as live jazz. 527 Decatur St., (504) 522-0571; www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com, @crescentbrew

d.b.a.
Some people may know it best as a nightly music destination, but d.b.a has always maintained a plentiful selection of spirits and craft beers. If you just want to sip on a Brooklyn Sorachi Ace or Bayou Teche Acadie, there's plenty of space on the bar side and in back. 618 Frenchmen St., (504) 942-3731; www.dbaneworleans.com, @dbaneworleans

Deuce McAllister's Ole Saint Kitchen & Tap
Opened in the Wyndham French Quarter hotel, the Ole Saint focuses on regional beers, including many from Louisiana and Texas, as well as craft brands like Stone, New Belgium, and Brooklyn Brewing. Nearly 50 beers are offered on draft, and another 50 are available in bottles. 132 Royal St., (504) 309-4797; www.olesaint.com, @olesaintnola

Evangeline
This dimly lit, long, narrow barroom is a hidden gem in the French Quarter that serves local and regional beers from Parish Brewing, Crooked Letter, Southern Prohibition, Tin Roof and Saint Arnold. There's also outdoor seating in the courtyard. 329 Decatur St., (504) 908-8008; www.evangelinenola.com

Gordon Biersch
New brewer Daniel Reynolds plans to continue the national chain brewpub's focus on German-style beers. The restaurant offers an eclectic menu and there's plenty of seating in the bar. Reynolds and the chef have initiated monthly beer dinners, which are a great value ($30-$35 for 3 courses paired with beer) and educational opportunity. 200 Poydras St., (504) 552-2739; www.gordonbiersch.com/locations/new-orleans, @GordonbierschNO

Lagers International Ale House
Jefferson Parish's best craft beer selection is part of the Bulldog family of bars, and also offers Wednesday pint night specials. Lagers has a large selection of draft beers and recently added Southern Prohibition brews to the lineup. There also is a menu of hearty pub grub. 3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 887-9923; www.lagersmetairie.draftfreak.com, @Lagers_Metairie

NOLA Brewing Taproom
NOLA Brewing's onsite tap room serves its year-round and seasonal beer selections along with the brewers' experiments with fruit, extra hops or herbs and aged in wine or spirit barrels. It offers no wine, liquor or other brewer's beer. 3001 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 301-0117; www.nolabrewing.com, @NOLATapRoom

Prytania Bar
Located in the same building as the Aline Street Beer Garden and the Sovereign Pub, this bar has great happy hour specials, live music and a variety of local beers including its biggest seller, Parish Canebrake. 3445 Prytania St., (504) 891-5773; www.prytaniabar.com, @ThePrytaniaBar

Sovereign Pub
Although this local homage to the British pub only has a few beers on draft, its selection of bottled and canned British beer is unrivalled in New Orleans. Patrons can read U.K. publications including The Guardian and Hello! magazine. The pub allows smoking, and the small space gets smoky quickly. 1517 Aline St., (504) 899-4116

Warehouse Grille
This spacious corner bar also has a very large outdoor courtyard. The bar has 50 taps offering an array of regional beers, including many from Abita and NOLA Brewing. There's also a full menu, occasional crawfish boils and live music to keep things interesting. 869 Magazine St., (504) 322-2188; www.warehousegrille.com, @WarehouseGrille




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