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Where to Celebrate Happy Hour in New Orleans Right Now

The best food and drink specials for when 5 p.m. (or before) comes calling

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A seasonal Old Fashioned from Tujague’s, on the happy hour menu.
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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. Many happy hour destinations took a break during the first year of the pandemic, but top New Orleans restaurants and bars have reintroduced happy hour deals, launching fresh new menus to lure in diners during those quiet, in-between lunch and dinner 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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Velveteen Lounge & Restaurant

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New on Bayou Road is the warm and welcoming Velveteen Lounge, a cocktail lounge/dive bar hybrid that’s 100 percent worker-owned and built with neighborhood and community in mind. Bright and funky with calming, pleasant colors and eclectic decor, it focuses on a small selection of funky wine, beer, and burgeoning spirit brands, as well as an affordable menu of quality bar food. During a generous happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., well drinks and High Noons are $3 and a rotating craft beer is $5.

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Toups Meatery

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A longtime popular destination for happy hour, the summer menu at Toups’ Meatery shakes things up a bit. Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., a rosé spritz and rum punch is $7, whiskeys are $4, draft beers are $5, and select glasses of wine are $6. Small plates include $4 cracklins and cucumber salad; $6 boudin balls and daily sausage; $7 deviled eggs; and a rotating selection of Covey Rise vegetables.

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 — actually called “sad hour,” which feels right — menu of cocktails like a Boulevardier pineapple daiquiri, along with beer and wine.

Capulet

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Capulet, the bar and restaurant during the week and event space and popular wedding venue on weekends, recently revamped its food and drinks menu, offering a great new happy hour at the same time. Monday through Thursday, before live music gets going, there are discounted drink specials for PBRs, sparkling wine, boozy punch, and fried chicken or tofu sandwiches.

Capulet’s fried chicken sandwich
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Bywater Brew Pub

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Bywater’s warm and welcoming brewery, opened in 2020, offers unique and tasty beers brewed on-site by a longtime local brewer and fun, creative Viet-Cajun dishes from talented chef Anh Luu. From 4 to 6 p.m., sample draft beers at $4 a piece or go for a well drink for a dollar more, and snap snacks at a discount.

Saint John

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This French Quarter newcomer serving contemporary Creole cuisine just revamped its happy hour menu for summer, when specialty cocktails and bar bites go for $7, boilermakers are $6, and wine, beer, and bourbon old fashioneds are just $5. Stop by Wednesday through Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m., but expect to want to stay for dinner.

Bésame

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Downtown’s delightful new Latin tapas restaurant from Nanyo Dominguez is a standout newcomer, serving delicious ceviche in the styles of Mexico City, Oaxaca, Peru, and the Dominican Republic; Argentinian and Mexican-style empanadas; Colombian and Venezuelan-style arepas; and bigger plates of seafood paella and churrasco with chimichurri. Happy hour is awesome too, with specials on margaritas, palomas, and more from 2 to 5 p.m.

The bar at Bésame  
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Tujague's

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Tujague’s offers a rare weekend happy hour in a classy French Quarter setting, available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 2:30 to p.m., at the bar, in the parlor room or courtyard, or on the balcony overlooking the chaos of Decatur Street. House cocktails like a Sazerac, French 75, and seasonal frozen drink are $7; local beers are $5; glasses of rosé are $7, as are glasses of Tujague’s Private Label red, white, and sparkling wines. Happy Hour bites by chef Gus Martin include boudin balls with pepper jelly and crispy pork belly served with parmesan polenta and pepper jelly gastrique

Tujague’s seasonal Old Fashioned, on the happy hour menu.
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Boucherie

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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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Seafood Sally's

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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.

The Pool Club New Orleans

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Just in time for summer, New Orleans finally has a rooftop happy hour for drinks with views of the city. On top of the Virgin Hotels New Orleans, the stylish Pool Club host the Golden Hour happy hour Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. — the drinks aren’t a steal, exactly, but still discounted:  Cocktails like Aperol Spritzes and negronis are $10, wines by the glass are $8.

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Le Chat Noir

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Along with expert, elevated preparations of vegetables and seafood, the new Le Chat Noir also boasts a strong drinks program — and a happy hour to go along with it. From 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, the upscale-casual restaurant from the owner of Bearcat is offering a special shucker’s selection of oysters on the half shell along with deals on a daily punch, beer, and glasses of wine.

The Bower Bar

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The owners of French Quarter institution Tujague’s Restaurant opened both the Bower and the Bower Bar next door to each other on Magazine Street this year, with outdoor seating offered on a spacious plant filled patio. Monday through Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m., signature cocktails and daily punch are $8, house wine-by-the-glass is $7; and beer is $4. Discounted plated like charcuterie, cacio e pepe, crispy cauliflower, and whipped feta run from $6 to $12.

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.

Wetlands Sake

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Wetlands Sake is New Orleans’s very first sake brewery, a few blocks down the road from another pioneering local brewery, Urban South. The sake, which started showing up on the shelves of local grocery stores and other retail shops in Louisiana last year, is served in the taproom; filtered and unfiltered varieties, both dry and fruity flavors — think blueberry lemon, spicy paloma, and sparkling hibiscus. Happy hour offers a way to try them for less, weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m. and noon to 2 p.m. on weekends; food can be grabbed from the Commissary next door.

Union Ramen Bar

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This charming and delicious Magazine Street ramen destination offers a robust menu of food and drink beyond just bowls of ramen (though those are some of the best in town), including unexpected small plates of calamari frisee salad, confit oyster mushrooms, stuffed squid, and traditional spam musubi. Happy hour is an especially great way to try a number of those and more — small plates and house cocktails are just $6, 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Velveteen Lounge & Restaurant

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New on Bayou Road is the warm and welcoming Velveteen Lounge, a cocktail lounge/dive bar hybrid that’s 100 percent worker-owned and built with neighborhood and community in mind. Bright and funky with calming, pleasant colors and eclectic decor, it focuses on a small selection of funky wine, beer, and burgeoning spirit brands, as well as an affordable menu of quality bar food. During a generous happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., well drinks and High Noons are $3 and a rotating craft beer is $5.

Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

Toups Meatery

A longtime popular destination for happy hour, the summer menu at Toups’ Meatery shakes things up a bit. Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., a rosé spritz and rum punch is $7, whiskeys are $4, draft beers are $5, and select glasses of wine are $6. Small plates include $4 cracklins and cucumber salad; $6 boudin balls and daily sausage; $7 deviled eggs; and a rotating selection of Covey Rise vegetables.

Anna's

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 — actually called “sad hour,” which feels right — menu of cocktails like a Boulevardier pineapple daiquiri, along with beer and wine.

Capulet

Capulet’s fried chicken sandwich
Capulet

Capulet, the bar and restaurant during the week and event space and popular wedding venue on weekends, recently revamped its food and drinks menu, offering a great new happy hour at the same time. Monday through Thursday, before live music gets going, there are discounted drink specials for PBRs, sparkling wine, boozy punch, and fried chicken or tofu sandwiches.

Capulet’s fried chicken sandwich
Capulet

Bywater Brew Pub

Bywater’s warm and welcoming brewery, opened in 2020, offers unique and tasty beers brewed on-site by a longtime local brewer and fun, creative Viet-Cajun dishes from talented chef Anh Luu. From 4 to 6 p.m., sample draft beers at $4 a piece or go for a well drink for a dollar more, and snap snacks at a discount.

Saint John

This French Quarter newcomer serving contemporary Creole cuisine just revamped its happy hour menu for summer, when specialty cocktails and bar bites go for $7, boilermakers are $6, and wine, beer, and bourbon old fashioneds are just $5. Stop by Wednesday through Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m., but expect to want to stay for dinner.

Bésame

The bar at Bésame  
Nanyo Dominguez/Bésame

Downtown’s delightful new Latin tapas restaurant from Nanyo Dominguez is a standout newcomer, serving delicious ceviche in the styles of Mexico City, Oaxaca, Peru, and the Dominican Republic; Argentinian and Mexican-style empanadas; Colombian and Venezuelan-style arepas; and bigger plates of seafood paella and churrasco with chimichurri. Happy hour is awesome too, with specials on margaritas, palomas, and more from 2 to 5 p.m.

The bar at Bésame  
Nanyo Dominguez/Bésame

Tujague's

Tujague’s seasonal Old Fashioned, on the happy hour menu.
Sam Hanna/Tujague’s

Tujague’s offers a rare weekend happy hour in a classy French Quarter setting, available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 2:30 to p.m., at the bar, in the parlor room or courtyard, or on the balcony overlooking the chaos of Decatur Street. House cocktails like a Sazerac, French 75, and seasonal frozen drink are $7; local beers are $5; glasses of rosé are $7, as are glasses of Tujague’s Private Label red, white, and sparkling wines. Happy Hour bites by chef Gus Martin include boudin balls with pepper jelly and crispy pork belly served with parmesan polenta and pepper jelly gastrique

Tujague’s seasonal Old Fashioned, on the happy hour menu.
Sam Hanna/Tujague’s

Boucherie

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.

Steamed mussels on Boucherie’s happy hour menu
Boucherie/Official

Seafood Sally's

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.

The Pool Club New Orleans

Virgin Hotels New Orleans/Official

Just in time for summer, New Orleans finally has a rooftop happy hour for drinks with views of the city. On top of the Virgin Hotels New Orleans, the stylish Pool Club host the Golden Hour happy hour Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. — the drinks aren’t a steal, exactly, but still discounted:  Cocktails like Aperol Spritzes and negronis are $10, wines by the glass are $8.

Virgin Hotels New Orleans/Official

Le Chat Noir

Along with expert, elevated preparations of vegetables and seafood, the new Le Chat Noir also boasts a strong drinks program — and a happy hour to go along with it. From 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, the upscale-casual restaurant from the owner of Bearcat is offering a special shucker’s selection of oysters on the half shell along with deals on a daily punch, beer, and glasses of wine.

The Bower Bar

The owners of French Quarter institution Tujague’s Restaurant opened both the Bower and the Bower Bar next door to each other on Magazine Street this year, with outdoor seating offered on a spacious plant filled patio. Monday through Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m., signature cocktails and daily punch are $8, house wine-by-the-glass is $7; and beer is $4. Discounted plated like charcuterie, cacio e pepe, crispy cauliflower, and whipped feta run from $6 to $12.

Vals

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.

Wetlands Sake

Wetlands Sake is New Orleans’s very first sake brewery, a few blocks down the road from another pioneering local brewery, Urban South. The sake, which started showing up on the shelves of local grocery stores and other retail shops in Louisiana last year, is served in the taproom; filtered and unfiltered varieties, both dry and fruity flavors — think blueberry lemon, spicy paloma, and sparkling hibiscus. Happy hour offers a way to try them for less, weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m. and noon to 2 p.m. on weekends; food can be grabbed from the Commissary next door.

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Union Ramen Bar

This charming and delicious Magazine Street ramen destination offers a robust menu of food and drink beyond just bowls of ramen (though those are some of the best in town), including unexpected small plates of calamari frisee salad, confit oyster mushrooms, stuffed squid, and traditional spam musubi. Happy hour is an especially great way to try a number of those and more — small plates and house cocktails are just $6, 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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