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18 New Orleans Happy Hours to Try Right Now

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New Orleans has long been known for having a robust happy hour scene, from oyster-centric specials to craft cocktail deals to discounted bar snacks and beer. As local restrictions loosen (though proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test is still required to drink indoors), more top New Orleans restaurants and bars have reintroduced happy hour deals, launching fresh new menus to lure in diners during those quiet in-between hours. Additionally, the pace of restaurant and bar openings has picked back up, adding a number of hot new destinations for cocktails.

Here are the best new happy hour menus available in New Orleans right now, pairing classic cocktails, craft beer, and wine specials with tasty food.

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1. Seafood Sally's

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8400 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 766-8736
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Neighborhood is at the center of Seafood Sally’s, the new restaurant from the chef/owners of Marjie’s Grill, and its happy hour menu is an extension of that — what better way to draw in neighbors than with $1 oysters? The Buck a Shuck happy hour, which also features $5 bar snacks, $6 cocktails, and $5 glasses of wine, is daily from 4 to 6 p.m.

2. Boucherie

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8115 Jeannette St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 862-5514
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The chance to nibble on chef Nathanial Zimet’s simply elegant cuisine is reason enough to head to his inviting Uptown restaurant for happy hour Tuesday through Saturday, 5 to 7 p.m. Add in the $5 house wines, $1 off drafts and $7 sazeracs and life is good. Specially priced bites include $10 steamed mussels, $8 for blackened shrimp and grit cake, $5 boudin balls and $4 fries — get the fries — hand cut, fried to order hot and crispy — they are best enjoyed with garlic aioli for dipping.

Steamed mussels on Boucherie’s happy hour menu
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3. Vals

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4632 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 356-0006
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From the team behind top New Orleans cocktail bar Cure, this renovated service station at the corner of Valence and Freret makes for a hip, casual setting with a sprawling front patio serving regional Mexican specialties, tacos, and a nice menu of agave-based drinks, both margarita and non-margarita. Happy hour is from 4 to 6 p.m. daily., offering a $6 margarita, frozen or on the rocks, and a $5 Modelo and Tapatio tequila shot combo.

4. Cho Thai

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3218 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 381-4264
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The swank and delicious Cho Thai, a collaboration between BRG Hospitality and the family behind West Bank Thai restaurant Banana Blossom, offers a daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m., and the cocktails here are on par with the food. The menu is relatively robust; on the food side there are Thai tacos, papaya salad, bok choy, and small plates of chicken laab, fried chicken, and chicken satay, all of which are under $8. Four house cocktails are just $5, along with $4 glasses of wine and $10 for small bottles of sake.

5. Maypop

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611 O'Keefe Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 518-6345
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Michael Gulotta’s downtown stunner Maypop offers a weekday happy hour menu, offering specials on wine, beer, and two cocktails, as well as food — curry hot wings, pork belly buns, crispy oysters, and more. Try affordable small plates fusing Southeast Louisiana and Southeast Asian flavors like vindaloo curry hot wings and a pork belly steam bun accompanied by wine, beer, and cocktails for less, Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.

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6. Copper Vine

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1001 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 208-9535
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Find a top-notch happy hour at CBD wine hub Copper Vine, offered every week day from 2 to 6 p.m. In addition to wine by the glass specials, there are $8 wine flights and $8 local flights of local beer, and snacks like tuna tartare and caviar and bacon-wrapped dates, best enjoyed on the lush courtyard.

Happy hour items at Copper Vine
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7. Gris-Gris

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1800 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 272-0241
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This modern Creole-Cajun Magazine Street spot has become a neighborhood favorite since chef/owner Eric Cook opened it a few years ago. Gris-Gris has an approachable but impressive cocktail menu, and the weekday happy hour (from 3 to 6 p.m.) offers a chance to try them for less — seasonal daiquiris and cocktails, wine, beers, and a $6 Jameson shot with a High Life.

8. Paulie Gee's Crescent City Slice Shop

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726 Julia St
New Orleans, LA 70130

Paulie Gee’s Crescent City Slice Shop is doing their part to draw folks downtown, with a great happy hour running 2 to 5 p.m. weekdays oriented towards fellow service industry workers — buy a slice and a local beer from the new, Brooklyn-born shop, and get a free slice with your order.

9. The Bower

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1320 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 582-9738
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The owners of French Quarter institution Tujague’s Restaurant opened both Claret wine and cocktail bar and the Bower next door to each other on Magazine Street this year, and for now, the focus is on the outdoor, spacious patio at the Bower. Monday through Friday, a handful of classic cocktails are $7 from 4 to 6 p.m.

10. Auction House Market

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801 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 372-4321
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The team at Warehouse District food hall Auction House has an on-trend new cocktail menu for the season, and now a great happy hour menu to enjoy in the bright, plant-filled space weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Choose from mule variations, classic New Orleans cocktails, and wine and beer, and a mix of food specials from a few of the hall’s vendors.

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11. The Mill NOLA

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1051 Annunciation St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 582-9544
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The Mill is the Warehouse District’s newest destination for brunch, drinks, and happy hour — an excellent addition to the downtown dining and drinking scene. Happy hour runs from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, offering $6 options for wine and beer and specialty cocktails, as well as daily specials including Mojito Monday and Spritz Saturday, also for $6. The two happy hour cocktails are seriously refreshing, especially the Pretty in Pink slushie made with gin, elderflower, raspberry, and lemon.

12. Vyoone’s Restaurant

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412 Girod St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 518-6007
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Vyoone’s is one of the Warehouse District’s best-kept secrets, a romantic French-meets-Creole spot oozing with ambience and serving delicate French starters and contemporary Creole entrees. The happy hour is only two days a week, but it’s a great excuse to have a glass (or bottle) in the lovely courtyard. It’s Thursday and Friday from 5 to 6 p.m.p.m., featuring small plates and deals on house cocktails, wine, local beers, and select bottles of champagne.

13. Saint John

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1117 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 581-8120
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Serving extensively researched contemporary Creole cuisine, this French Quarter newcomer is a decidedly dinnertime destination. The restaurant’s new happy hour, however, is good enough to bring diners in early: cocktails like the Paradise Park Beermosa or the Jazz (Sevilla orange Tanqueray gin with hibiscus and rose tea, sugar, and lemon juice) run between $5 and $8; sangria goes for $7, and there are two beer-and-a-shot deals, $6 PBR and Jameson, and $7 peanut butter porter and Chambord. It’s offered Wednesday through Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m.

14. Cane & Table

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1113 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 581-1112
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Featuring a lush back patio, Cane & Table is a tranquil afternoon spot for chatting or solo drinking. Happy hour specials offer a chance to sip originals at half the price of the regular menu, and include an old fashioned, daiquiri, and blue Hawaii; beer and shot combos; as well as wine specials; plus a Caribbean snack menu. 

15. New Orleans Art Bar

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2128 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 708-4804
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The New Orleans Art Bar first opened last year, not long before the pandemic shut it down. The lovely art gallery and bar located in the former Gene’s Po-boys is back, and the extensive cocktail list includes six happy hour drinks offered daily from 4 to 7 p.m., including a Cuba Libre, sazerac, and gimlet, all for under $7. Reservations are required for the time being.

16. Anna's

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2601 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 766-8376
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Anna’s is the reinvention of beloved neighborhood dive Mimi’s in the Marigny, but luckily it’s not too much of a change — the interior is familiar, and the food and drinks are still top-notch. Bar manager Anna Giordano (Jewel of the South, Bar Tonique, and Longway Tavern, among others) offers a robust happy hour menu of cocktails like a Boulevardier pineapple daiquiri, along with beer and wine.

17. Capulet

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3014 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 507-0691
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Capulet, the bar and restaurant during the week and event space and popular wedding venue on weekends, is back open after a long pandemic hiatus, and offers a great new happy hour. Monday through Thursday, before live music gets going, discounted drink specials include $2 PBRs, $5 sparkling wine, $5 boozy punch, and $4 PBR and a whiskey shot, 4 to 6 p.m.

18. Galaxie

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3060 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 827-1443
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Open for a little over a year, Bywater’s Galaxie Tacos is a service station-turned taqueria that’s fared well during the pandemic due its sprawling front patio with spaced-out seating and a section with heaters for cold weather. A recently-launched food and drink happy hour backs up its opening time an hour earlier to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Running from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, drink specials include a Jalisco sour for $7, a Michelada for $5, and a few snacks for $3.

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1. Seafood Sally's

8400 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Neighborhood is at the center of Seafood Sally’s, the new restaurant from the chef/owners of Marjie’s Grill, and its happy hour menu is an extension of that — what better way to draw in neighbors than with $1 oysters? The Buck a Shuck happy hour, which also features $5 bar snacks, $6 cocktails, and $5 glasses of wine, is daily from 4 to 6 p.m.

8400 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

2. Boucherie

8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Steamed mussels on Boucherie’s happy hour menu
Boucherie/Official

The chance to nibble on chef Nathanial Zimet’s simply elegant cuisine is reason enough to head to his inviting Uptown restaurant for happy hour Tuesday through Saturday, 5 to 7 p.m. Add in the $5 house wines, $1 off drafts and $7 sazeracs and life is good. Specially priced bites include $10 steamed mussels, $8 for blackened shrimp and grit cake, $5 boudin balls and $4 fries — get the fries — hand cut, fried to order hot and crispy — they are best enjoyed with garlic aioli for dipping.

8115 Jeannette St
New Orleans, LA 70118

3. Vals

4632 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115

From the team behind top New Orleans cocktail bar Cure, this renovated service station at the corner of Valence and Freret makes for a hip, casual setting with a sprawling front patio serving regional Mexican specialties, tacos, and a nice menu of agave-based drinks, both margarita and non-margarita. Happy hour is from 4 to 6 p.m. daily., offering a $6 margarita, frozen or on the rocks, and a $5 Modelo and Tapatio tequila shot combo.

4632 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

4. Cho Thai

3218 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

The swank and delicious Cho Thai, a collaboration between BRG Hospitality and the family behind West Bank Thai restaurant Banana Blossom, offers a daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m., and the cocktails here are on par with the food. The menu is relatively robust; on the food side there are Thai tacos, papaya salad, bok choy, and small plates of chicken laab, fried chicken, and chicken satay, all of which are under $8. Four house cocktails are just $5, along with $4 glasses of wine and $10 for small bottles of sake.

3218 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

5. Maypop

611 O'Keefe Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113
Josh Brasted

Michael Gulotta’s downtown stunner Maypop offers a weekday happy hour menu, offering specials on wine, beer, and two cocktails, as well as food — curry hot wings, pork belly buns, crispy oysters, and more. Try affordable small plates fusing Southeast Louisiana and Southeast Asian flavors like vindaloo curry hot wings and a pork belly steam bun accompanied by wine, beer, and cocktails for less, Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.

611 O'Keefe Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113

6. Copper Vine

1001 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Happy hour items at Copper Vine
Emily Ferretti/Copper Vine

Find a top-notch happy hour at CBD wine hub Copper Vine, offered every week day from 2 to 6 p.m. In addition to wine by the glass specials, there are $8 wine flights and $8 local flights of local beer, and snacks like tuna tartare and caviar and bacon-wrapped dates, best enjoyed on the lush courtyard.

1001 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70112

7. Gris-Gris

1800 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

This modern Creole-Cajun Magazine Street spot has become a neighborhood favorite since chef/owner Eric Cook opened it a few years ago. Gris-Gris has an approachable but impressive cocktail menu, and the weekday happy hour (from 3 to 6 p.m.) offers a chance to try them for less — seasonal daiquiris and cocktails, wine, beers, and a $6 Jameson shot with a High Life.

1800 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

8. Paulie Gee's Crescent City Slice Shop

726 Julia St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Paulie Gee’s Crescent City Slice Shop is doing their part to draw folks downtown, with a great happy hour running 2 to 5 p.m. weekdays oriented towards fellow service industry workers — buy a slice and a local beer from the new, Brooklyn-born shop, and get a free slice with your order.

726 Julia St
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. The Bower

1320 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The owners of French Quarter institution Tujague’s Restaurant opened both Claret wine and cocktail bar and the Bower next door to each other on Magazine Street this year, and for now, the focus is on the outdoor, spacious patio at the Bower. Monday through Friday, a handful of classic cocktails are $7 from 4 to 6 p.m.

1320 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. Auction House Market

801 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Auction House Market

The team at Warehouse District food hall Auction House has an on-trend new cocktail menu for the season, and now a great happy hour menu to enjoy in the bright, plant-filled space weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Choose from mule variations, classic New Orleans cocktails, and wine and beer, and a mix of food specials from a few of the hall’s vendors.

801 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. The Mill NOLA

1051 Annunciation St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The Mill is the Warehouse District’s newest destination for brunch, drinks, and happy hour — an excellent addition to the downtown dining and drinking scene. Happy hour runs from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, offering $6 options for wine and beer and specialty cocktails, as well as daily specials including Mojito Monday and Spritz Saturday, also for $6. The two happy hour cocktails are seriously refreshing, especially the Pretty in Pink slushie made with gin, elderflower, raspberry, and lemon.

1051 Annunciation St
New Orleans, LA 70130

12. Vyoone’s Restaurant

412 Girod St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Vyoone’s is one of the Warehouse District’s best-kept secrets, a romantic French-meets-Creole spot oozing with ambience and serving delicate French starters and contemporary Creole entrees. The happy hour is only two days a week, but it’s a great excuse to have a glass (or bottle) in the lovely courtyard. It’s Thursday and Friday from 5 to 6 p.m.p.m., featuring small plates and deals on house cocktails, wine, local beers, and select bottles of champagne.

412 Girod St
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. Saint John

1117 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Serving extensively researched contemporary Creole cuisine, this French Quarter newcomer is a decidedly dinnertime destination. The restaurant’s new happy hour, however, is good enough to bring diners in early: cocktails like the Paradise Park Beermosa or the Jazz (Sevilla orange Tanqueray gin with hibiscus and rose tea, sugar, and lemon juice) run between $5 and $8; sangria goes for $7, and there are two beer-and-a-shot deals, $6 PBR and Jameson, and $7 peanut butter porter and Chambord. It’s offered Wednesday through Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m.

1117 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

14. Cane & Table

1113 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Featuring a lush back patio, Cane & Table is a tranquil afternoon spot for chatting or solo drinking. Happy hour specials offer a chance to sip originals at half the price of the regular menu, and include an old fashioned, daiquiri, and blue Hawaii; beer and shot combos; as well as wine specials; plus a Caribbean snack menu. 

1113 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

15. New Orleans Art Bar

2128 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

The New Orleans Art Bar first opened last year, not long before the pandemic shut it down. The lovely art gallery and bar located in the former Gene’s Po-boys is back, and the extensive cocktail list includes six happy hour drinks offered daily from 4 to 7 p.m., including a Cuba Libre, sazerac, and gimlet, all for under $7. Reservations are required for the time being.

2128 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

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16. Anna's

2601 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70117

Anna’s is the reinvention of beloved neighborhood dive Mimi’s in the Marigny, but luckily it’s not too much of a change — the interior is familiar, and the food and drinks are still top-notch. Bar manager Anna Giordano (Jewel of the South, Bar Tonique, and Longway Tavern, among others) offers a robust happy hour menu of cocktails like a Boulevardier pineapple daiquiri, along with beer and wine.

2601 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70117

17. Capulet

3014 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70117

Capulet, the bar and restaurant during the week and event space and popular wedding venue on weekends, is back open after a long pandemic hiatus, and offers a great new happy hour. Monday through Thursday, before live music gets going, discounted drink specials include $2 PBRs, $5 sparkling wine, $5 boozy punch, and $4 PBR and a whiskey shot, 4 to 6 p.m.

3014 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117

18. Galaxie

3060 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
Galaxie 
Clair Lorell/Eater NOLA

Open for a little over a year, Bywater’s Galaxie Tacos is a service station-turned taqueria that’s fared well during the pandemic due its sprawling front patio with spaced-out seating and a section with heaters for cold weather. A recently-launched food and drink happy hour backs up its opening time an hour earlier to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Running from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, drink specials include a Jalisco sour for $7, a Michelada for $5, and a few snacks for $3.

3060 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

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