Great (non-touristy) Bars/Restaurants to Check Out in New Orleans

This post is written by Dr. Bill Glod, who has lived in New Orleans for a long time.

New Orleans is a great foodie and cocktail town.  But it is also becoming more touristy as time goes by.

So what bars do you visit to stay true to New Orleans?

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Here’s a list of true local places in the New Orleans area.

Bar Tonique

Across street from Treme neighborhood on the northern edge of French Quarter:

Bar Tonique not only has great cocktails, but it also has awesome happy hours.

Aviation — Aviation Gin, Rothman & Winter Crème de Violette, Luxardo Maraschino, Lemon Juice

Frenchmen’s Dark & Stormy — Angostura® 5 Year Old Rum, Cruzan Black Strap Navy Rum, Lime Juice, Lemon Juice, House-Made Ginger Syrup, House-Made Demerara Syrup, Charged Water

Moscow Mule — Sobieski Vodka, Simple Syrup, House-Made Ginger Syrup, Lime Juice, Lemon Juice, Charged Water
Whiskey “Old Fashionedâ€â€” Choice of Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey or Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon, House-Made Gum Syrup, Angostura Bitters, Orange Peel

Pimm’s Cup  — Pimm’s No. 1, House-Made Demerara Syrup, Orange, Lemon, Lime, Charged Water

Sazerac — Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey, House-Made Gum Syrup, Legendre 100° Herbsaint Original, Peychaud’s Bitters, Fee Bros. Old Fashioned Aromatic Bitters, Lemon Peel

Local Service Industry enjoys 25% off every night after 11pm.
Local Non-Profit Employees enjoy 25% off every night before 8pm.

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French Quarter. Divey place with friendly bartenders. Don’t serve their own food but outside food allowed:

I tend to bring in Killer PoBoys (the next place) to the restaurant. They DO sell bags of chips there.

Killer PoBoys

Killer PoBoys – fantastic rum-soaked roast beef; inside Erin Rose pub – suggested to us by Fahy’s bartender:  They are just opened their own location as well.

Cochon Butcher

Central Business District:

They are a butcher shop.  They are a sandwich shop.  And they are a wine bar.

The charcuterie and the bacon praline are both awesome.

Guy’s Po Boys

Uptown, lived a few houses down. Great lunch time po boys. Fried shrimp heavily dressed was my favorite. Space has survived two fires and a recent hit by a truck: Only in NOLA! Expect a bit of a wait and closed Sundays:



It’s in a little yellow house.  The types of poboys vary really wildly and are not what you would expect.

How about you?  What are your “local” picks?

About Jeanne Marie Hoffman

Former bartender, still a geek. One equal part each cookies, liberty, football, music, travel, libations. Stir vigorously. +Jeanne Marie Hoffman Jeanne on Twitter

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  1. how can you leave out “molly’s” on decatur & ursaline … or “3 muses” on frenchman near chartres … or “d.b.a” on frenchman … ir “vert marte” for a late night sandwich or take home meal to sop up some o the booze before sleeping

  2. I would also urge folks to visit The Spotted Cat on Frenchmen St (inexpensive drinks and great music) and Little Gem Saloon (great food and music).

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