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Where to Celebrate Happy Hour in New Orleans Right Now

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

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The newest happy hour in town is as the Tell Me Bar.
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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. These are the freshest new menus built to lure in diners during those quiet, in-between lunch and dinner hours, pairing classic cocktails, craft beer, and wine specials with tasty food.

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Seafood Sally's

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Neighborhood is at the center of Seafood Sally’s, the second 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 discounted bar snacks, cocktails, and wine — they recently added 25 percent off all bottles — now runs daily from 3 to 6 p.m.

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 Wednesday through Saturday, 5 to 6 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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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.

Monday | Restaurant + Bar

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At Monday, entrepreneur Larry Morrow’s restaurant and bar in Mid City, chef (and Morrow’s mother) Lenora Chong serves up an eclectic mix of bar food, Creole classics, and creative twists on Southern specialties. Stop by on its namesake day of the week — that would be Monday — and be rewarded with an all-day happy hour that includes discounted boudin egg rolls, wings, and more as well as $1 oysters; half-price cocktails, beer, and wine; and $5 frozen drinks — a sure hit. As a bonus, the same specials apply Tuesday through Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Marjie's Grill

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There’s a new sake-centric happy hour in town thanks to Mid-City favorite Marjie’s Grill, which has been expanding its sake program as of late (though it always had a nice selection). The new happy hour menu offers specialty sake bombs, sake cocktails like a cucumber nigori limeade, and rotating small-production sake for $2 off, Tuesday through Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m.

Velveteen Lounge & Restaurant

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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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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 like confit oyster mushrooms and stuffed squid. Happy hour is an especially great way to try a number of those and more — small plates and house cocktails are just $6, from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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 Monday 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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Bésame

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Downtown’s delightful 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.

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.

The Tell Me Bar

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New Orleans’s new must-visit natural wine bar practically guarantees patrons the opportunity to try something new and delicious — and a daily happy hour offers the opportunity to do so for less. Visit when they open at 4 p.m. through 6 p.m. for discounted glasses from mostly young, small-production labels (as well as some bigger, iconic winemakers) specializing in low-intervention wines in a candlelit, gorgeous space.

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Couvant at The Eliza Jane Hotel

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Couvant, the elegant French brasserie in downtown’s chic Eliza Jane Hotel, has a new happy hour that will run Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 6 p.m. Grab a seat at the bar for $7 wines by the glass and half-price snacks, like tuna tartar, gougères, or tete de cochon-topped deviled eggs.

The bar at Couvant in the Eliza Jane.
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Kingfish

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Kingfish reopened in Summer 2022 after more than two years closed throughout the pandemic, and the French Quarter tourist favorite has returned with a strong happy hour. Available 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, the menu is heavy on Creole favorites like boudin boulettes, duck and andouille gumbo, pork cracklins, and crawfish bread, all for $9; and beer, some wines, and specialty cocktails run from $4 to $7.

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 like smoked fish dip and deviled eggs go for $7, boilermakers are $6, and wine, beer, and bourbon Old Fashioned are just $5. Stop by every day but Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m., but expect to want to stay for dinner.

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 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 daily from 4 to 6 p.m., offering $7 house cocktails.

The Franklin

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One of the best happy hours in town is on a Marigny corner at the Franklin, a romantic neighborhood destination for cocktails and Italian specialties. Daily from 5 to 7 p.m., snag glasses of house wines for $5 and $6 martinis, Old Fashioneds, margaritas, and daiquiris. A few snacks go for $5 as well.

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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 snag snacks at a discount.

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 from 4 to 6 p.m. 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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Seafood Sally's

Neighborhood is at the center of Seafood Sally’s, the second 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 discounted bar snacks, cocktails, and wine — they recently added 25 percent off all bottles — now runs daily from 3 to 6 p.m.

Boucherie

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 Wednesday through Saturday, 5 to 6 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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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.

Monday | Restaurant + Bar

At Monday, entrepreneur Larry Morrow’s restaurant and bar in Mid City, chef (and Morrow’s mother) Lenora Chong serves up an eclectic mix of bar food, Creole classics, and creative twists on Southern specialties. Stop by on its namesake day of the week — that would be Monday — and be rewarded with an all-day happy hour that includes discounted boudin egg rolls, wings, and more as well as $1 oysters; half-price cocktails, beer, and wine; and $5 frozen drinks — a sure hit. As a bonus, the same specials apply Tuesday through Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Marjie's Grill

There’s a new sake-centric happy hour in town thanks to Mid-City favorite Marjie’s Grill, which has been expanding its sake program as of late (though it always had a nice selection). The new happy hour menu offers specialty sake bombs, sake cocktails like a cucumber nigori limeade, and rotating small-production sake for $2 off, Tuesday through Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m.

Velveteen Lounge & Restaurant

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

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 like confit oyster mushrooms and stuffed squid. Happy hour is an especially great way to try a number of those and more — small plates and house cocktails are just $6, from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Pool Club New Orleans

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 Monday 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

Bésame

Downtown’s delightful 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.

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.

The Tell Me Bar

New Orleans’s new must-visit natural wine bar practically guarantees patrons the opportunity to try something new and delicious — and a daily happy hour offers the opportunity to do so for less. Visit when they open at 4 p.m. through 6 p.m. for discounted glasses from mostly young, small-production labels (as well as some bigger, iconic winemakers) specializing in low-intervention wines in a candlelit, gorgeous space.

Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

Couvant at The Eliza Jane Hotel

Couvant, the elegant French brasserie in downtown’s chic Eliza Jane Hotel, has a new happy hour that will run Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 6 p.m. Grab a seat at the bar for $7 wines by the glass and half-price snacks, like tuna tartar, gougères, or tete de cochon-topped deviled eggs.

The bar at Couvant in the Eliza Jane.
Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

Kingfish

Kingfish reopened in Summer 2022 after more than two years closed throughout the pandemic, and the French Quarter tourist favorite has returned with a strong happy hour. Available 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, the menu is heavy on Creole favorites like boudin boulettes, duck and andouille gumbo, pork cracklins, and crawfish bread, all for $9; and beer, some wines, and specialty cocktails run from $4 to $7.

Saint John

This French Quarter newcomer serving contemporary Creole cuisine just revamped its happy hour menu for summer, when specialty cocktails and bar bites like smoked fish dip and deviled eggs go for $7, boilermakers are $6, and wine, beer, and bourbon Old Fashioned are just $5. Stop by every day but Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m., but expect to want to stay for dinner.

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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 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 daily from 4 to 6 p.m., offering $7 house cocktails.

The Franklin

One of the best happy hours in town is on a Marigny corner at the Franklin, a romantic neighborhood destination for cocktails and Italian specialties. Daily from 5 to 7 p.m., snag glasses of house wines for $5 and $6 martinis, Old Fashioneds, margaritas, and daiquiris. A few snacks go for $5 as well.

The Franklin/Official

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 snag snacks at a discount.

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 from 4 to 6 p.m. 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

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