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15 Happy Hours to Try Right Now

The best new food and drink deals at New Orleans bars and restaurants

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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. While they mostly took a break during the first year of the pandemic, many top New Orleans restaurants and bars have reintroduced happy hour deals recently, launching fresh new menus to lure in diners during those quiet, in-between linch 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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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. Union Ramen Bar

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1837 Magazine St Suite B
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 459-2819
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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.

6. Bésame

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110 S Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 308-0880
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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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7. Le Chat Noir

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715 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 381-0045
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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 2:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 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.

8. 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 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 Friday, a handful of classic cocktails are $7 from 4 to 6 p.m.

9. Tujague's

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429 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-8676
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Iconic French Quarter restaurant Tujague’s, now firmly settled in its new location on Decatur Street, has launched the rare weekend happy hour, running Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 2:30 to 5 p.m. On the menu are $7 cocktails (sazeracs, old fashioneds, palomas, and French 75s); $7 glasses of wine; and $5 beers. New bar bites like boudin balls; crispy pork belly with parmesan polenta; and crawfish au gratin are served alongside for $10, in the bar, parlor room, courtyard, and balcony.

10. Saint John

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1117 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 581-8120
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This French Quarter newcomer serving contemporary Creole cuisine 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 Wednesday through Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m.

11. 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 5 to 7 p.m., including a Cuba Libre, sazerac, and gimlet, all for under $7.

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

13. Bywater Brew Pub

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3000 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 766-8118
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Bywater’s warm and welcoming new brewery offers unique beers brewed on site by a longtime local brewer and fun, creative Viet-Cajun dishes from chef Anh Luu. From 4 to 6 p.m. daily, there are specials on both: draft beers are $4; cucumber margs are $6; crawfish nachos are $7; and the burger, which comes with the most delicious fries, is $8. Consider also dropping by for a crawfish boil or the Wednesday night Milkfish pop-up.

14. 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, 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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15. Galaxie

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3060 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 827-1443
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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. Union Ramen Bar

1837 Magazine St Suite B, New Orleans, LA 70130

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.

1837 Magazine St Suite B
New Orleans, LA 70130

6. Bésame

110 S Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70112
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.

110 S Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70112

7. Le Chat Noir

715 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

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 2:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 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.

715 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

8. The Bower

1320 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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 Friday, a handful of classic cocktails are $7 from 4 to 6 p.m.

1320 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. Tujague's

429 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Iconic French Quarter restaurant Tujague’s, now firmly settled in its new location on Decatur Street, has launched the rare weekend happy hour, running Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 2:30 to 5 p.m. On the menu are $7 cocktails (sazeracs, old fashioneds, palomas, and French 75s); $7 glasses of wine; and $5 beers. New bar bites like boudin balls; crispy pork belly with parmesan polenta; and crawfish au gratin are served alongside for $10, in the bar, parlor room, courtyard, and balcony.

429 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. Saint John

1117 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

This French Quarter newcomer serving contemporary Creole cuisine 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 Wednesday through Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m.

1117 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

11. 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 5 to 7 p.m., including a Cuba Libre, sazerac, and gimlet, all for under $7.

2128 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

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

2601 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70117

13. Bywater Brew Pub

3000 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70117

Bywater’s warm and welcoming new brewery offers unique beers brewed on site by a longtime local brewer and fun, creative Viet-Cajun dishes from chef Anh Luu. From 4 to 6 p.m. daily, there are specials on both: draft beers are $4; cucumber margs are $6; crawfish nachos are $7; and the burger, which comes with the most delicious fries, is $8. Consider also dropping by for a crawfish boil or the Wednesday night Milkfish pop-up.

3000 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70117

14. Capulet

3014 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70117
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.

3014 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117

15. Galaxie

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

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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