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Where to Drink Outside in New Orleans Right Now

16 spots with robust cocktail, wine, and beer offerings served in dreamy outdoor settings

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Fall has arrived in New Orleans, and however briefly, lifted the cloak of humidity that’s hung over the city since spring. It’s time to get outside and take advantage of the weather, and after the last few weeks (and 18 months), doing so with a drink in hand feels appropriate.

New Orleans has an abundance of al fresco options in every neighborhood, but for the purposes of this map we’re focusing on where to go when you want to have a drink outside — the spots with robust cocktail, wine, and beer offerings served in pleasant, inviting outdoor settings. Here are 16 of our favorite outdoor spaces for a drink, from kid and dog-friendly patios to party vibe rooftops to romantic courtyards. Did we miss your favorite place to drink outside in New Orleans? Leave a comment or send a tip.

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1. Cure

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4905 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 302-2357
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New Orleans’s gold standard of craft cocktail bars, Cure’s outdoor patio on Freret is a tranquil space to recharge over some of the best cocktails in the city. With riffs on the classics, a seasonal menu and a great outdoor space, Cure draws a solid crowd of neighborhood regulars.

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2. Barracuda

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3984 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 266-2961
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Think margarita garden meets campground picnic space and you’ll get the drift of Barracuda’s outdoor setup. The crowd is a fun mix of families with kids, pals, and date night couples, and while the food is excellent, the drinks are a standout — agua fresca, margaritas, palomas, and more.

Barracuda’s “margarita garden”
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3. Bayou Beer Garden

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326 N Norman C Francis Parkway
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 302-9357
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This neighborhood pub in Mid City has been serving local beers and boiled crawfish to large crowds for years when the weather is nice, and sometimes when it’s not. The deck connects Bayou Beer Garden to Bayou Wine Garden, so there are both plenty of wine (16 wines on tap) and beer options.

4. Copper Vine

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1001 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 208-9535
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A massive selection of tapped wine and a menu of sprightly American cuisine (grilled vegetable flatbread with mozzarella, herb roasted mushroom pasta, steak frites) distinguish this Poydras Street eatery. Copper Vine is such a pretty spot, thanks in large part to its lush outdoor patio, with its live plant wall and glass ceiling.

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5. Monkey Board

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1111 Gravier St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 518-5600
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Arguably the best rooftop bar in the city, the Monkey Board is on top of the Troubador Hotel, serving up expansive views of the city, fresh bar bites, frozen drinks, and both classic and tropical cocktails, with happy hour specials for house wine and classic cocktails running daily from 4 to 6 p.m. It’s open until 11 p.m. on weeknights and 12:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, so it’s a good late option.

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6. Selina Catahoula New Orleans

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914 Union St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 603-2442
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The third floor rooftop terrace of the Catahoula Hotel is less about the panoramic views of the city taller spots around town offer and more about its cozy, hideaway vibe. The tropical oasis includes a tiki-inspired cocktail menu, live music, and elegant wood decor. The rooftop bar is open to the public Friday and Saturday nights.

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7. Jewel of the South

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1026 St Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 265-8816
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On the quiet outskirts of the Quarter, Jewel of the South’s 19th century Creole cottage beckons visitors for its carefully-built cocktails and setting that matches the level of detail in the drinks. There’s an enchanting courtyard out back, strung with lights and tucked away from its busy surroundings. One sip of a cocktail and you’ll want to try them all — but make sure to have a Brandy Crusta; Jewel’s version is divine.

8. 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. In addition to a balanced menu of delicate French starters and contemporary Creole entrees, the top-notch wine list and magical courtyard make for the perfect special occasion setting.

9. Sylvain

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625 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 265-8123
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Grab a seat on the intimate back patio at Sylvain and prepare to be pleased. While the gastropub cuisine is stellar, the impeccable cocktails, good wine list, and candlelit outdoor space make it destination-worthy.

Sylvain’s courtyard
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10. Cane & Table

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1113 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 581-1112
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Cane & Table delivers super cocktails on Decatur, along with a vegetable-forward menu that is best enjoyed in one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in the Quarter. Done up in tropical oasis meets tiki, the house Hurricane as well as any seasonal drinks are always top-notch.

Cane & Table patio
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11. New Orleans Art Bar

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2128 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 708-4804
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Head to the back courtyard at the classy New Orleans Art Bar, where an extensive list of cocktails — there are individual menus each for vodka, gin, whiskey and bourbon, cognac, tequila, and rum drinks — and tasty bar bites are served in a lively setting. There’s even bottle service.

12. The Elysian Bar

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2317 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 356-6769
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At Hotel Peter and Paul, the cool renovation of a Catholic church complex in the Marigny, the Elysian Bar offers a dramatic center patio for nibbling under the stars. Order small to medium plates and choose from a huge cocktail menu of spritzes, aperitif-forward concoctions, and for after dinner, plenty of amaros and other digestifs.

1117 Montegut St
New Orleans, LA 70117

N7 is still a hotspot, and for good reason — the chic bistro boasts a lovely candlelit outdoor space, one of the best in town. Add to that some dishes not easily found on New Orleans menus — smoked mackerel, wagyu tataki, and duck l’orange, for example — and a huge menu of wines from small producers across the globe (including lots of natural varieties), as well as rare spirits, and sipping drinks out back can feel like a mini-vacation.

14. Bratz Y'all! Bistro • Bakery • Biergarten

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617-B, Piety St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 301-3222
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Bratz Y’all is one of the best places to drink outdoors with kids — there’s plenty of (contained) space for them to roam, and there’s usually some game or activity set up in the side yard to entertain the many groups of kids usually present here. Set up at one of the many outdoor picnic tables for German beer and wine on tap, fresh baked pretzels, all kinds of sausages, and live music on weekends. It’s dog-friendly, too.

The patio at Bratz Y’all
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15. Parleaux Beer Lab

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634 Lesseps St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 702-8433
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At the Bywater’s very own brewery, the outdoor beer garden space can’t be beat. Eric and Leah Jensen have created a community haven on the corner of Lesseps and Royal Streets, serving an ever-changing menu of hop-forward beers, lagers, farmhouse style beers, sours, and more. Parleaux also serves non-alcoholic drinks and hosts food trucks and some of the hottest pop-ups in town, like Txow Txow.

The beer garden at Parleaux
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16. Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits

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600 Poland Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 948-9111
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Head out back at Bacchanal, after choosing a bottle of wine and cheeses and meats for what might just be one of the tastiest cheese platters in town. Welcome to the funkiest yard party in Bywater, where there’s live music on the large courtyard most days.

Bacchanal’s outdoor courtyard
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1. Cure

4905 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Cure’s patio
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New Orleans’s gold standard of craft cocktail bars, Cure’s outdoor patio on Freret is a tranquil space to recharge over some of the best cocktails in the city. With riffs on the classics, a seasonal menu and a great outdoor space, Cure draws a solid crowd of neighborhood regulars.

4905 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

2. Barracuda

3984 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Barracuda’s “margarita garden”
Barracuda/Facebook

Think margarita garden meets campground picnic space and you’ll get the drift of Barracuda’s outdoor setup. The crowd is a fun mix of families with kids, pals, and date night couples, and while the food is excellent, the drinks are a standout — agua fresca, margaritas, palomas, and more.

3984 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115

3. Bayou Beer Garden

326 N Norman C Francis Parkway, New Orleans, LA 70119

This neighborhood pub in Mid City has been serving local beers and boiled crawfish to large crowds for years when the weather is nice, and sometimes when it’s not. The deck connects Bayou Beer Garden to Bayou Wine Garden, so there are both plenty of wine (16 wines on tap) and beer options.

326 N Norman C Francis Parkway
New Orleans, LA 70119

4. Copper Vine

1001 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Copper Vine’s patio
Copper Vine/Facebook

A massive selection of tapped wine and a menu of sprightly American cuisine (grilled vegetable flatbread with mozzarella, herb roasted mushroom pasta, steak frites) distinguish this Poydras Street eatery. Copper Vine is such a pretty spot, thanks in large part to its lush outdoor patio, with its live plant wall and glass ceiling.

1001 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70112

5. Monkey Board

1111 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70112
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Arguably the best rooftop bar in the city, the Monkey Board is on top of the Troubador Hotel, serving up expansive views of the city, fresh bar bites, frozen drinks, and both classic and tropical cocktails, with happy hour specials for house wine and classic cocktails running daily from 4 to 6 p.m. It’s open until 11 p.m. on weeknights and 12:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, so it’s a good late option.

1111 Gravier St
New Orleans, LA 70112

6. Selina Catahoula New Orleans

914 Union St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Josh Brasted/ENOLA

The third floor rooftop terrace of the Catahoula Hotel is less about the panoramic views of the city taller spots around town offer and more about its cozy, hideaway vibe. The tropical oasis includes a tiki-inspired cocktail menu, live music, and elegant wood decor. The rooftop bar is open to the public Friday and Saturday nights.

914 Union St
New Orleans, LA 70112

7. Jewel of the South

1026 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70112

On the quiet outskirts of the Quarter, Jewel of the South’s 19th century Creole cottage beckons visitors for its carefully-built cocktails and setting that matches the level of detail in the drinks. There’s an enchanting courtyard out back, strung with lights and tucked away from its busy surroundings. One sip of a cocktail and you’ll want to try them all — but make sure to have a Brandy Crusta; Jewel’s version is divine.

1026 St Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70112

8. 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. In addition to a balanced menu of delicate French starters and contemporary Creole entrees, the top-notch wine list and magical courtyard make for the perfect special occasion setting.

412 Girod St
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. Sylvain

625 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Sylvain’s courtyard
Sylvain/Facebook

Grab a seat on the intimate back patio at Sylvain and prepare to be pleased. While the gastropub cuisine is stellar, the impeccable cocktails, good wine list, and candlelit outdoor space make it destination-worthy.

625 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. Cane & Table

1113 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Cane & Table patio
Cane & Table/Facebook

Cane & Table delivers super cocktails on Decatur, along with a vegetable-forward menu that is best enjoyed in one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in the Quarter. Done up in tropical oasis meets tiki, the house Hurricane as well as any seasonal drinks are always top-notch.

1113 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

11. New Orleans Art Bar

2128 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

Head to the back courtyard at the classy New Orleans Art Bar, where an extensive list of cocktails — there are individual menus each for vodka, gin, whiskey and bourbon, cognac, tequila, and rum drinks — and tasty bar bites are served in a lively setting. There’s even bottle service.

2128 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

12. The Elysian Bar

2317 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70117

At Hotel Peter and Paul, the cool renovation of a Catholic church complex in the Marigny, the Elysian Bar offers a dramatic center patio for nibbling under the stars. Order small to medium plates and choose from a huge cocktail menu of spritzes, aperitif-forward concoctions, and for after dinner, plenty of amaros and other digestifs.

2317 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117

13. N7

1117 Montegut St, New Orleans, LA 70117

N7 is still a hotspot, and for good reason — the chic bistro boasts a lovely candlelit outdoor space, one of the best in town. Add to that some dishes not easily found on New Orleans menus — smoked mackerel, wagyu tataki, and duck l’orange, for example — and a huge menu of wines from small producers across the globe (including lots of natural varieties), as well as rare spirits, and sipping drinks out back can feel like a mini-vacation.

1117 Montegut St
New Orleans, LA 70117

14. Bratz Y'all! Bistro • Bakery • Biergarten

617-B, Piety St, New Orleans, LA 70117
The patio at Bratz Y’all
Bratz Y’all/Facebook

Bratz Y’all is one of the best places to drink outdoors with kids — there’s plenty of (contained) space for them to roam, and there’s usually some game or activity set up in the side yard to entertain the many groups of kids usually present here. Set up at one of the many outdoor picnic tables for German beer and wine on tap, fresh baked pretzels, all kinds of sausages, and live music on weekends. It’s dog-friendly, too.

617-B, Piety St
New Orleans, LA 70117

15. Parleaux Beer Lab

634 Lesseps St, New Orleans, LA 70117
The beer garden at Parleaux
Clair Lorell/ENOLA

At the Bywater’s very own brewery, the outdoor beer garden space can’t be beat. Eric and Leah Jensen have created a community haven on the corner of Lesseps and Royal Streets, serving an ever-changing menu of hop-forward beers, lagers, farmhouse style beers, sours, and more. Parleaux also serves non-alcoholic drinks and hosts food trucks and some of the hottest pop-ups in town, like Txow Txow.

634 Lesseps St
New Orleans, LA 70117

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16. Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits

600 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
Bacchanal’s outdoor courtyard
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Head out back at Bacchanal, after choosing a bottle of wine and cheeses and meats for what might just be one of the tastiest cheese platters in town. Welcome to the funkiest yard party in Bywater, where there’s live music on the large courtyard most days.

600 Poland Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

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