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The 2017 big bar guide: CBD/Warehouse District 

Ace Hotel Lobby Bar
600 Carondelet St., (504) 900-1180;; @aceneworleans
Hotel Bar
The cozy lobby bar is situated between the hotel entrance and the music venue Three Keys The drinks menu includes a handful of wines, a short list of rare spirits including aged bourbons and Japanese whiskys, craft beers and original cocktails. The bar menu includes pickled olives, fried chickpeas, poutine and more. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.

Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St., (504) 900-1180;; @aceneworleans
Hotel Bar
The hotel's rooftop bar is open even when it's too cold to swim in its centerpiece pool, and there are views overlooking the Warehouse District. The drinks menu includes a small selection of canned beers, wines by the glass or bottle and cocktails, such as the frozen Rose mojito (rum, Lillet rose, mint, ginger, lime and coconut). Open daily. Food available.

The American Sector Restaurant & Bar
1035 Magazine St., (504) 528-1940;
Restaurant Bar
The restaurant and bar at the National World War II Museum is great for large groups, with lots of seating inside or on the patio. The menu is American with a New Orleans twist and includes ingredients from the adjacent Victory Garden. The new candy cocktail menu features drinks like Junior Mint, Lifesaver and Hershey Bar. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.

634 Julia St., (504) 510-5222;
Restaurant Bar
The cozy restaurant with exposed brick and an open-air courtyard serves coastal Latin cuisine such as pasteles and tacos. House margaritas are popular, including La Reina, a fresh strawberry margarita. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.

640 Carondelet St., (504) 459-4449;; @BaliseNOLA
Restaurant Bar
Named for the first French settlement at Southwest Pass, Balise (French for "seamark") is housed in a Creole townhouse with warm natural wood floors and exposed brick walls. Bar bites during weekday happy hours include raw and roasted oysters, chicken liver mousse and biscuits and pickled quail eggs for $1-$7. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Barcadia New Orleans
601 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 335-1740;; @barcadianola
Sports Bar
The love of sports hits a fever pitch at Barcadia for every New Orleans Saints home game, when the sprawling bar and restaurant hosts a block party with live music, drink specials and game-day grub. The Barcadia Bomber is made with four kinds of vodka and two fruit juices. Barcadia is 21 and older only after 9 p.m. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

701 S. Peters St., (504) 302-7496;
Restaurant bar
The new seafood restaurant occupies a renovated warehouse space with exposed brick walls and wooden beams, an open kitchen, plenty of table seating and a long bar. The drinks menu includes wines from around the world, beer, original cocktails (and spins on classics) and absinthe. The Briquette 75 is Oryza gin, brut rose Champagne, lemon and lavender syrup. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.

click to enlarge Bartender Brittney Tozzolo mixes an El Chupacabra at Capdeville in the Warehouse District. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Bartender Brittney Tozzolo mixes an El Chupacabra at Capdeville in the Warehouse District.

520 Capdeville St., (504) 371-5161;; @MayorCapdeville
Restaurant Bar
Marked by a casual vibe with a dash of rock 'n' roll swagger, Capdeville's atmosphere encourages lingering over dinner, drinks and conversation. Craft beer and American whiskey are the specialties. Complimentary shots are offered when the New Orleans Saints or Louisiana State University Tigers score a touchdown. Open Mon.-Sat. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri.

Catahoula Pisco Bar
Catahoula Hotel, 914 Union St., (504) 603-2442;
Hotel Bar
Just off the lobby entrance is the Pisco bar, focused on Peru's version of brandy. The cocktail menu has original drinks, including a page devoted to pisco cocktails such as the Chilcano, with pisco and ginger beer. There's seating in a back courtyard hung with lights. Open Tue.-Sat. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.

Catahoula Rooftop Bar
Catahoula Hotel, 914 Union St., (504) 603-2442;
Hotel Bar
The hotel's dog-friendly rooftop bar specializes in blended frozen cocktails in the summer and warming, seasonal cocktails in cooler months. The wooden deck is outfitted with lounge chairs and tables. Open Tue.-Sat. Food available.

Compere Lapin
The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, 535 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 599-2119;; @comperelapin
Restaurant Bar
Abigail Gullo reworks classic cocktails and crafts new ones, such as the Andromeda: Pisco, green chili vodka, rose cordial, honey and grapefruit. There always are a couple of frozen drink options to go along with chef Nina Compton's Creole-Caribbean dishes. Open Mon.-Sat. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

The District
711 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 301-1476;; @DistrictNOLA
The modern space has sports on TV and bar food served till late. Located close to the convention center, the bar attracts out-of-towners as well as neighborhood residents (and their dogs). Popular drinks include Vegas Bombs and Moscow mules. The menu features quesadillas, burgers and pizza. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri.

El Gato Negro
800 S. Peters St., (504) 309-8864;
Restaurant Bar
All three locations of this restaurant and bar are a little different, but what is the same throughout is a focus on a variety of top-shelf tequilas and mezcals and fresh takes on the margarita including pineapple-cilantro and carrot-lime versions. The bar also has a rare beer collection and other imported concoctions. A tapas menu will be available soon in Lakeview. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour varies by location.

Emeril's New Orleans
800 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 528-9393;; @Emerils
Restaurant Bar
A full menu of contemporary New Orleans dishes is available at the bar. The Saints Thyme cocktail is made with orange vodka, St. Germain, grapefruit juice, thyme simple syrup and fresh thyme. The wine list won Wine Spectator's Grand Award. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.

Fountain Lounge
Roosevelt Hotel, 130 Roosevelt Way, (504) 648-5486;
Restaurant Bar
The historic Fountain Lounge first opened in The Roosevelt Hotel in 1938. It now features a long wine list and cocktails such as the rum-based Baronne Street Bubbly and the Jambalaya, which combines Southern Comfort, peach schnapps, lime juice and grenadine. Pre-theater dinner specials feature a prix fixe three-course meal with options such as gumbo, sea scallops and creme brulee. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.

Fulton Alley
600 Fulton St., (504) 208-5569;; @FultonAlley
Craft Cocktails
This boutique bar, game room and bowling alley elevates leisure sports to elegance. Specialty drinks include the Ole Miss Betsy and Black Eye in Manhattan. The menu features Southern-inspired fare including fried chicken, short ribs and pineapple coleslaw. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.

Fulton St. Bistro | Bar
Omni Riverfront Hotel, 701 Convention Center Blvd., (504) 681-1034
Restaurant Bar
In addition to a kitchen offering a Parisian-inspired menu and a New Orleans-style Sunday jazz brunch, Fulton bills itself as the city's only "gin-centric" bar, with classic cocktails such as a Ramos gin fizz, 17 artisan gins and select tonics. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour Mon.-Fri. 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Gordon Biersch
200 Poydras St., (504) 552-2739;; @GordonbierschNO
Beer Pub
Everything that arrives in your glass and on your plate is made in house at Gordon Biersch. The national brewer recently rolled out new beers now on tap in New Orleans: German Pale Ale, Keller Pils, Bienville Saison and Festbier. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., all day on Tues.

Handsome Willy's Bar & Cafe
218 S. Robertson St., (504) 525-0377;
A range of DJs command the turntables on specialty nights during the week, and there's a late-night dance party every Friday at this funky retro bar. There's a patio for sipping Handsome Juice, margaritas and Long Island iced teas, and the kitchen offers tacos, burritos, burgers and more at lunch Tuesday through Friday. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Happy's Irish Pub
1009 Poydras St., (504) 509-6348;; @HappysIrishPub
Beer Pub
This downtown Irish pub offers Guinness, Bass, Harp and Smithwick's beers on tap. Members of Happy's Running Club meet on Wednesday at 6 p.m. to enjoy two-for-one specials on beer, wine and house liquor. Multiple TVs screen sports. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

HooDoo Lounge
Harrah's New Orleans, 8 Canal St., (504) 533-6558;; @harrahsnola
The cocktail lounge at Harrah's features six frozen drink machines churning a variety of flavors, murals created by local artist Frenchy, signature cocktails and draft beers. Karaoke and DJs are on the schedule. Food is available from Acme Oyster House, located in the venue. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.

The Howlin' Wolf
907 S. Peters St., (504) 529-5844;; @Howlinwolfnola
Music Club
The live music venue has showcased a range of local and national music acts for almost 30 years. The bar is made with hand-carved mahogany salvaged from the demolition of Al Capone's Lexington Hotel. The venue serves NOLA Brewing Co. and Abita beers, PBR and mixed drinks. Food is available at The Howlin' Wolf Den. Open daily. No food.

The Howlin' Wolf Den
901 S. Peters St., (504) 529-5844;; @Howlinwolfnola
Music Club
This dog-friendly restaurant and music venue is a restored 1800s horse barn. The kitchen serves late-night, Creole-inspired bar food, offering dishes such as pulled pork Cuban sandwiches, blackened fish tacos and bacon and cheddar beignets. There's live music nightly and comedy on Tuesday and Thursday. Open daily. Food available.

Josephine Estelle
Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St., (504) 930-3070;
Restaurant Bar
The Italian and Southern-inspired restaurant Josephine Estelle occupies a cavernous space on the ground floor of the Ace Hotel. Bar patrons can grab a seat on tall barstools or at tables lining picture windows overlooking Carondelet Street. The Jockey Club cocktail combines sparkling wine, orange liqueur and orange bitters. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Juan's Flying Burrito
515 Baronne St., (504) 529-5825; www.juans-; @JuansNOLA
Restaurant Bar
These casual cantinas offer a creative approach to Mexican favorites including tacos, nachos, burritos and quesadillas. The bar serves frozen and liquid margaritas, sangria, Mexican and local beers and variations on classic cocktails. The Burro de Guadalajara combines aged tequila, ginger beer and lime. There are margarita specials on Mondays and taco specials on Tuesdays. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.

International House Hotel, 221 Camp St., (504) 553-9550
Craft Cocktails
This sleek cocktail lounge features an ambitious seasonal cocktail menu, with fall selections including Don't Overlook Alice (apple-bay laurel leaf liqueur, white pepper, sugar cane and sparking wine), as well as wines and other spirits. Loa also hosts a songwriter series with special guests and other literary and celebratory events. Open daily. No food.

Longitude 90
Le Meridien New Orleans, 333 Poydras St., (504) 525-9444;; @lemeridiennola
Hotel Bar
Longitude 90 is located off the lobby of the hotel, which is decorated in mid-century modern style. The bar hosts gypsy jazz by guitarist Raphael Bas on Tuesday. Specialty cocktails include the Sparkling Sazerac, a combination of Sazerac rye, Herbsaint, bitters and sparkling wine. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Manning's Eat — Drink — Cheer
519 Fulton St., (504) 593-8118;; @manningsnola
Sports Bar
Named after former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning, this family-friendly bar features more than 30 TVs showing sporting events. Arrive early for a prime spot in one of the leather recliners in front of a 13- by 8-foot screen. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.

Harrah's New Orleans, 8 Canal St., (504) 533-6089;; @MasqueradeNOLA
Dance Club
This modern lounge and dance club is located at the center of Harrah's New Orleans Casino, and many patrons try their luck singing with a live band at Thursday night's "rock star" karaoke. DJs perform from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. There's a VIP lounge, and Monday is service industry night. Open daily. No food.

424 Girod St., (504) 526-3745;; @MerilNOLA
Restaurant Bar
Guests can watch TV around the casual U-shaped bar and sip local draft beers and craft cocktails, such as the No. 11, made with vodka, Aperol, lemon juice, house-made lavender syrup and Lindemans Peche. There are more than 30 wines served by the glass. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.

Monkey Board
Troubadour Hotel, 1111 Gravier St., (504) 518-5600;; @troubadourhotel
Hotel Bar
The rooftop bar on the 17th floor of the Troubadour Hotel offers views of the CBD. The space is decorated with graffiti art, reclaimed architectural elements and strings of lights. There's a long list of beers and original cocktails, such as the Alcatraz Float, made with Baron Samedi rum, Plantation pineapple rum, ginger beer, lime and bitters. Open daily. Food available.

201 Julia St., (504) 522-1492;
Restaurant Bar
There's live Cajun music and dancing from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly, and the restaurant's full menu of Cajun dishes is available at the bar. Cocktails take a Cajun twist, including the Zydeco Tornado, Mulate's take on rum punch, with Bayou spiced rum, Rougaroux aged rum, layered fruit juices and a topper of melon liqueur. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.

New Orleans Social House (NOSH)
752 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 581-1103;; @noshnola
Restaurant Bar
NOSH opened earlier this year and stages live jazz, blues, funk and R&B acts Thursday through Saturday. The bar offers classic cocktails like the Sidecar and creative takes including the Julia Rita, a mix of Ty Ku coconut sake, Milagro Silver tequila, orange liqueur and fresh lime. The food menu includes flatbreads, small plates, seafood and tartines. Open Mon.-Sat. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.

NOLA Tropical Winery
The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk; 500 Port of New Orleans Place, Suite 144; (504) 561-6010;
Wine Bar
It's all about the vino at this bar inside The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk. It offers free wine tastings and more. Open daily. No food.

Ohm Lounge
601 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 335-1760;
Craft Cocktails
Tucked behind Barcadia is this Asian-styled lounge, which regularly hosts DJs and is home to the monthly sushi pop-up Ohm-Ma-Kaz-E. The lounge is open weekends and has an extensive sake list, along with craft cocktails, beers and a menu of shared plates. Open Fri.-Sat. Food available.

800 Magazine St., (504) 522-1744;; @PecheNOLA
Restaurant Bar
Chef Donald Link's rustic seafood restaurant serves raw oysters and seafood, roasted whole fish and more. There's plenty of seating at the U-shaped bar, where the full restaurant menu is available. The drinks menu includes draft beer from Louisiana breweries and cocktails like the Angry Pirate, which features Plantation Stiggins' pineapple rum, Campari and toasted pepita orgeat. Open Mon.-Sat. Full restaurant menu.

Polo Club Lounge
Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., (504) 522-1992;
Hotel Bar
Guests can lounge on leather couches and chairs around the elegant bar while listening to live music nightly and sipping classic cocktails like Sazeracs and Old Fashioneds or seasonal craft cocktails. Elevated pub fare is available, including crawfish croquettes and oxtail ragout poutine. Open daily. Food available.

Public Belt
Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St., (504) 561-0500;; @HiltonRiverside
Hotel Bar
The elegant speakeasy-themed piano bar specializes in classic cocktails and original drinks inspired by New Orleans' former red-light district, Storyville. The Storyville Minx combines Captain Morgan spiced rum, Canton ginger liqueur, pineapple, lime and soda. There's live music Thursday through Saturday nights. Open daily. No food.

Public Service
NOPSI Hotel, 311 Baronne St., (504) 962-6527;; @PS_NOLA
Restaurant Bar
The restaurant led by chef Dustin Brien at the new NOPSI Hotel serves contemporary cuisine made with produce from Gulf Coast fishers and farmers. Craft cocktails include The Zelda, made with Cathead vodka, Aperol, orange juice and a splash of cranberry. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Red Eye Grill
852 S. Peters St., (504) 593-9393;; @TheRedEyeNOLA
Restaurant Bar
The restaurant is a casual spot for watching sports on TV, listening to a DJ and grabbing some bar food and a cold drink. Domestic beers are $3, well drinks are $4 and appetizers are half price during weekday happy hours. There are specialty burgers, salads, meat pies and more. Open Mon.-Sat. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Thu.-Sat.

Republic New Orleans
828 S. Peters St., (504) 528-8282;; @RepublicNOLA
Music Club
The bar hosts live music throughout the week as well as private events. Republic takes on a club vibe on Saturday, with a DJ spinning dance music. The music calendar includes EDM, bounce, hip-hop and indie rock artists. Open daily. No food.

The Rusty Nail
1100 Constance St., (504) 525-5515;; @Rustynailnola
Neighborhood Bar
The dog-friendly bar has an 86-inch projection screen for watching sports and a lush back patio. Tuesday is trivia and Thai food night, and occasionally there's live music or a DJ. Pop-ups and food trucks are frequent attractions. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Fri.

Ruth's Chris Steak House
525 Fulton St., (504) 587-7099;
Restaurant Bar
This location of the locally founded chain is an elegant spot inside the Harrah's New Orleans hotel. The bar serves more than 30 wines by the glass, as well as traditional cocktails such as the cosmopolitan. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

1051 Annunciation St., (504) 324-3658;; @sacalaitnola
Restaurant Bar
Beverage director Norton Christopher uses produce and herbs from the restaurant's on-site garden to create cocktails including the Cypress Sunset, comprising serrano-infused bourbon, black pepper coriander syrup, fresh lime, tarragon and Ojen. There also are Southern beers, international wines and whiskies blended in house. Food choices range from char-grilled oysters to pig's ear and choupique caviar. Open Tues.-Sat. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri.

The Sazerac Bar
130 Roosevelt Way, (504) 648-1200;; @TheRoosevelt_NO
Hotel Bar
Get a taste of Old New Orleans in the 1920s at this storied lounge, where classic cocktails like the French 75, Ramos gin fizz and the bar's namesake Sazerac are served amid murals by famed New Orleans artist Paul Ninas and art deco designs. Open daily. Bar snacks available.

630 Carondelet St., (504) 930-3071;; @SeaworthyNola
Craft Cocktails
Wines by the glass, Champagne by the bottle and craft cocktails are popular drinks at this seafood-focused restaurant. The Holywater cocktail includes spiced rum, cognac, green chartreuse, house-made almond syrup, grapefruit, lemon, lime and Angostura bitters. Happy hour includes oyster specials. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

South Market Pub and Grill
735 St. Joseph St., (504) 522-4934;; @southmarketpub
Beer Pub
The bar caters to neighborhood residents, with ice-cold beer, a courtyard and a food menu that includes burgers, sandwiches, wraps and tacos. Open daily. Food available.

The Swizzle Stick Bar
Loews Hotel, 300 Poydras St., (504) 595-3305;; @CafeAdelaide
Craft Cocktails
A large block of ice behind the bar highlights its traditional inspirations, but there are original cocktails in addition to classics. The Adelaide Swizzle is made with Rougaroux Full Moon dark rum. Happy hour features $3-$6 specials on drinks and small plates. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Wed., 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Thu.

Vic's Kangaroo Cafe
636 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 524-4329
This quirky Australian- themed pub, which has an array of international flags hanging from the ceiling, offers ice-cold drinks in a festive but laid-back atmosphere. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.

339 Baronne St., (504) 522-8664;; @victorynola
Craft Cocktails
The bar specializes in classic cocktails and updated versions in a trendy setting of plush seating and exotic decor. The bar food menu includes truffle popcorn, baked brie with seasonal fruit and toast points, Korean barbecue wraps and pizza. There's also an on-site training center, the New Orleans Drink Lab. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.

Vitascope Hall
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., (504) 561-1234;; @HyattNewOrleans
Sports bar
The bar has a contemporary design and walls of built-in TVs in a location close to the Superdome and Smoothie King Center. The Street Car Named Loyola is made with Cathead honeysuckle vodka, St. Germain, ginger syrup, Peychaud's bitters, ginger ale, lemon juice and rosemary. There's a sushi bar and a variety of other food choices. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.

Aloft New Orleans, 225 Baronne St., (504) 581-9225;
Hotel bar
Acoustic sets by emerging local artists enhance the modern vibe at W XYZ on Thursday and Friday nights. On weekends, blood marys and mimosas are $4 all day. Food service includes small plates and bar bites. The VooDoo Vieux is made with pineapple-infused rum, fresh-squeezed orange juice, strawberry puree and Myer's dark rum. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.

Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar
1009 Poydras St., (504) 309-6530;
Sports bar
This lively sports bar is always packed during game days. Popular drinks include craft beers, blueberry mojito and Death Valley, an oversized (32 ounces) mix of Svedka vodka, Bayou silver rum, triple sec, Razzmatazz, orange and pineapple juices. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.

Wine Institute New Orleans
610 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 324-8000;; @winoschool
Wine bar
W.I.N.O. offers 120 wines for tasting and drinking via high-tech taps. Small plates, cheeses, meats, olives and nuts are available to complement the wines. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Wed.

World of Beer
300 Julia St., Suite 360, (504) 299-3599;; @wobneworleans
Beer Pub
The local bar from this national franchise offers hundreds of craft beers from around the world, Sunday "BEERunch," trivia on Wednesdays and cocktails and wine for non-beer drinkers. A menu of house-made, tavern-style fare includes Guinness bratwurst, IPA-glazed salmon, fried pickles and burgers. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.

Algiers | Bywater
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