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Late Bloomer cocktail at Felipe's downtown
Late Bloomer cocktail at Felipe's downtown
Nora McGunnigle

New Orleans Cheap Cocktails: Where To Drink Up

When you want to get your cocktail on for fewer dollars.

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Late Bloomer cocktail at Felipe's downtown
| Nora McGunnigle

Finding great cocktails that are less than ten bucks can be tricky business. What to do when you want a couple of nice drinks without having to break the bank? Behold, a list of ten places around the city that offer a diverse array of cocktail choices in different atmospheres.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ms Mae's The Club

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4336 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 218-8035
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OK, fair point, you will not get fancy cocktails with more than 2 ingredients at this well loved Uptown dive bar.. But, damn, they're $2 ($3 for a double.) Drink up.

2. Twelve Mile Limit

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500 S Telemachus St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 488-8114
The big daddy of the well crafted but affordable cocktail, Twelve MIle's laid back, dive bar feel belies its creative and high quality libations available between $6-8 (and $1 off specialty cocktail during happy hours - weekdays from 5-7pm and 12-2am, and weekends 2-7pm). Signature cocktail and long time favorite The Baudin is $6 and mixes bourbon, honey, lemon, and Tabasco.

3. Felipe's Taqueria

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301 N Peters St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 288-8226
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Not only do the vast majority of their pisco and yequila tinged cocktails fall in under $10 cocktail category, Felipe's also has kickass drink specials all week long, like $4 caipirinhas on Mondays and $4 margaritas (frozen or on the rocks) on Wednesdays. Bonus: the food is also very inexpensive and satisfying.

4. Verret's Lounge

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1738 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 895-9640
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Six dollar Bulleit bourbon old fashioneds? YES PLEASE.

5. Port of Call

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838 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 523-0120
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The infamous Monsoon is $11, which is over the $10 limit for this list, but since it's huge and has about three drinks worth of liquor in it, an exception has been made in this case. PoC's cocktail list has a old school tropical feel, with lots of juices and sweet liqueurs in the mix. Try the Red Turtle, a tequila-based slightly tart alternative to the other, sweeter concoctions on the menu for $6.

6. Mid-City Yacht Club

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440 S Saint Patrick St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 483-2517
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This unassuming neighborhood bar sells its signature cocktails for $6 or less. Try The Rip, MCYC's monsoon variation (pictured below), or the Undertow, made with Stoli Oranj, cucumber, jalapeño, lemonade and lime juice. Don't overlook their reasonably priced brunch cocktails either, like the Cool Brees, which combines Cool Brew brand coffee, Jameson, and other special ingredients to help that hangover along for $5.50.

7. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

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941 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 593-9761
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Looking for a history lesson to go with cheap hurricanes made with real juices? Hit up Lafitte's where the made to order hurricanes and Voodoo Daiquiri aka Purple Drank ring in for $8.

8. Pal's Lounge

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949 N Rendon St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 488-7257
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Pal's specialty cocktails are all $7-8, and include drinks such as::the Panama Sol, made with reposato, agua de Bolivia, Solerno, fresh orange and grapefruit juices, and grapefruit bitters; or Mon Amour Yvette a champagne cocktail with gin, creme Yvette, peach bitters, mint, and lemon, topped with cava.

9. The Joint

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701 Mazant St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 949-3232
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Specialty cocktails at the bar of this BBQ joint are all $6, except for the Royal Street Gimlet and the Paloma, which are $7. OK, the frozen daiq du jour is usually $9. Belly up to their long wooden bar and enjoy.

10. Kebab

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2315 Saint Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 383-4328
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The cocktail sitch at this Marigny sandwich shop/pinball arcade is pretty simple but intriguing - add vodka, gin, rum, or whiskey to their signature housemade soda of the day for $5 - but when the sodas are flavors like grapefruit cardamom or pineapple ginger, the deliciousness is pretty much guaranteed. If you're feeling like something clean, different, and delicious, try the young Thai coconut water served in its husk and add a shot of rum to it for $8. Eat some tasty kebab or fries, and play some pinball and you've got yourself a pretty fun, low-key, low-cost night.

11. Chart Room

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300 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(707) 944-2222
Stepping into this French Quarter bar is like stepping into another universe. Although the craziness of the FQ is all around, this tiny, dark, perfect dive bar provides refuge and $4 mixed drinks. They make a mean Manhattan as well. Cash only.

1. Ms Mae's The Club

4336 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
OK, fair point, you will not get fancy cocktails with more than 2 ingredients at this well loved Uptown dive bar.. But, damn, they're $2 ($3 for a double.) Drink up.
4336 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

2. Twelve Mile Limit

500 S Telemachus St, New Orleans, LA 70119
The big daddy of the well crafted but affordable cocktail, Twelve MIle's laid back, dive bar feel belies its creative and high quality libations available between $6-8 (and $1 off specialty cocktail during happy hours - weekdays from 5-7pm and 12-2am, and weekends 2-7pm). Signature cocktail and long time favorite The Baudin is $6 and mixes bourbon, honey, lemon, and Tabasco.
500 S Telemachus St
New Orleans, LA 70119

3. Felipe's Taqueria

301 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Not only do the vast majority of their pisco and yequila tinged cocktails fall in under $10 cocktail category, Felipe's also has kickass drink specials all week long, like $4 caipirinhas on Mondays and $4 margaritas (frozen or on the rocks) on Wednesdays. Bonus: the food is also very inexpensive and satisfying.
301 N Peters St
New Orleans, LA 70130

4. Verret's Lounge

1738 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113
Six dollar Bulleit bourbon old fashioneds? YES PLEASE.
1738 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113

5. Port of Call

838 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116
The infamous Monsoon is $11, which is over the $10 limit for this list, but since it's huge and has about three drinks worth of liquor in it, an exception has been made in this case. PoC's cocktail list has a old school tropical feel, with lots of juices and sweet liqueurs in the mix. Try the Red Turtle, a tequila-based slightly tart alternative to the other, sweeter concoctions on the menu for $6.
838 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

6. Mid-City Yacht Club

440 S Saint Patrick St, New Orleans, LA 70119
This unassuming neighborhood bar sells its signature cocktails for $6 or less. Try The Rip, MCYC's monsoon variation (pictured below), or the Undertow, made with Stoli Oranj, cucumber, jalapeño, lemonade and lime juice. Don't overlook their reasonably priced brunch cocktails either, like the Cool Brees, which combines Cool Brew brand coffee, Jameson, and other special ingredients to help that hangover along for $5.50.
440 S Saint Patrick St
New Orleans, LA 70119

7. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

941 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Looking for a history lesson to go with cheap hurricanes made with real juices? Hit up Lafitte's where the made to order hurricanes and Voodoo Daiquiri aka Purple Drank ring in for $8.
941 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70116

8. Pal's Lounge

949 N Rendon St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Pal's specialty cocktails are all $7-8, and include drinks such as::the Panama Sol, made with reposato, agua de Bolivia, Solerno, fresh orange and grapefruit juices, and grapefruit bitters; or Mon Amour Yvette a champagne cocktail with gin, creme Yvette, peach bitters, mint, and lemon, topped with cava.
949 N Rendon St
New Orleans, LA 70119

9. The Joint

701 Mazant St, New Orleans, LA 70117
Specialty cocktails at the bar of this BBQ joint are all $6, except for the Royal Street Gimlet and the Paloma, which are $7. OK, the frozen daiq du jour is usually $9. Belly up to their long wooden bar and enjoy.
701 Mazant St
New Orleans, LA 70117

10. Kebab

2315 Saint Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
The cocktail sitch at this Marigny sandwich shop/pinball arcade is pretty simple but intriguing - add vodka, gin, rum, or whiskey to their signature housemade soda of the day for $5 - but when the sodas are flavors like grapefruit cardamom or pineapple ginger, the deliciousness is pretty much guaranteed. If you're feeling like something clean, different, and delicious, try the young Thai coconut water served in its husk and add a shot of rum to it for $8. Eat some tasty kebab or fries, and play some pinball and you've got yourself a pretty fun, low-key, low-cost night.
2315 Saint Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

11. Chart Room

300 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Stepping into this French Quarter bar is like stepping into another universe. Although the craziness of the FQ is all around, this tiny, dark, perfect dive bar provides refuge and $4 mixed drinks. They make a mean Manhattan as well. Cash only.
300 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130

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