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Where Bartenders Go To Drink in New Orleans

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Ever wonder where the best bartenders go to drink in town? Well, Eater convinced some of New Orleans finest to disclose their go-to gems when sitting on the other side of the bar. These are the places that sometimes don't get much press, and yet, impress some of the prime pourers around town. Their picks might surprise you; The French 75's Chris Hannah likes to chill at May Baily's (so does Rhiannon Enlil), and Nick Detrich sometimes eats late-night pancakes at Brother's Three. Here now, Eater maps where New Orleans bartenders drink.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Avenue Pub

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1732 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 586-9243
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"It's is an exciting place to sample craft and exotic beer," Alan Walter of Loa says, including a "gypsy" brew he orders upstairs, which is also T. Cole Newton's favorite spot. The 12 Mile mixologist says, "It's smoke free, it has a beautiful balcony, it's not usually super busy, and it has by far the best selection of American whiskey in the city."

2. May Baily's

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415 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 586-1800
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"May Baily's tucked away inside the Dauphine Orleans Hotel is one of my favorite hide-outs. It's quiet and intimate, which makes perfect sense since. It was once a bordello," says Cure/Erin Rose's Rhiannon Enlil. The French 75's Chris Hannah seconds the motion.

3. The Crown & Anchor

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200 Pelican Ave
New Orleans, LA 70114
(504) 227-1007
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For folks who live in Algiers Point, such as Bellocq's Kirk Estopinal, The Crown & Anchor is the go-to pub: "I live right there. It's my local. They do half off pints for their happy hour."

4. Buffa's

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1107 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-5169
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"Late night I go to Buffa's Lounge. I love Buffa's. Those fried green beans. Are you freaking kidding me? I know they're frozen crap, but it's great at 3 o' clock in the morning." -Kimberly Patton Bragg

5. Coquette

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2800 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 265-0421
Cure Co. founder Neal Bodenheimer likes to get away from noisier bars, and instead suggests Coquette's quiet bar for an evening drink: "They serve wine, which is what I like to drink, and they're super classy, but casual in a way too."

6. The Saint

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961 Saint Mary Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
A favorite for late night service industry crowd, this diviest dive in the LGD also has a great "patio bar when the weather cools down. Cold Fireball whiskey and High Life for me," says Nick Detrich.

7. Brothers III Lounge

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4520 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 897-9912
"I love Brother's Three on Magazine just up from Napoleon," Cane & Table's Nick Detrich says. "Liam is an awesome bartender, and sometimes in the wee hours of the morning he pulls out a camper stove and makes pancakes. It's the best place Uptown to unwind after a late shift."

8. French 75 Bar

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813 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 523-5433
"It's what you have in your mind's eye of what New Orleans is supposed to be," Kimberly Patton Bragg says, "And I love the dichotomy of gross-on-Bourbon-Street and you walk in and Edith Piaf is playing. It's ridiculous," and where bartenders take out of town guests.

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1. Avenue Pub

1732 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
"It's is an exciting place to sample craft and exotic beer," Alan Walter of Loa says, including a "gypsy" brew he orders upstairs, which is also T. Cole Newton's favorite spot. The 12 Mile mixologist says, "It's smoke free, it has a beautiful balcony, it's not usually super busy, and it has by far the best selection of American whiskey in the city."
1732 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

2. May Baily's

415 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112
"May Baily's tucked away inside the Dauphine Orleans Hotel is one of my favorite hide-outs. It's quiet and intimate, which makes perfect sense since. It was once a bordello," says Cure/Erin Rose's Rhiannon Enlil. The French 75's Chris Hannah seconds the motion.
415 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70112

3. The Crown & Anchor

200 Pelican Ave, New Orleans, LA 70114
For folks who live in Algiers Point, such as Bellocq's Kirk Estopinal, The Crown & Anchor is the go-to pub: "I live right there. It's my local. They do half off pints for their happy hour."
200 Pelican Ave
New Orleans, LA 70114

4. Buffa's

1107 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
"Late night I go to Buffa's Lounge. I love Buffa's. Those fried green beans. Are you freaking kidding me? I know they're frozen crap, but it's great at 3 o' clock in the morning." -Kimberly Patton Bragg
1107 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

5. Coquette

2800 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Cure Co. founder Neal Bodenheimer likes to get away from noisier bars, and instead suggests Coquette's quiet bar for an evening drink: "They serve wine, which is what I like to drink, and they're super classy, but casual in a way too."
2800 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

6. The Saint

961 Saint Mary Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
A favorite for late night service industry crowd, this diviest dive in the LGD also has a great "patio bar when the weather cools down. Cold Fireball whiskey and High Life for me," says Nick Detrich.
961 Saint Mary Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

7. Brothers III Lounge

4520 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
"I love Brother's Three on Magazine just up from Napoleon," Cane & Table's Nick Detrich says. "Liam is an awesome bartender, and sometimes in the wee hours of the morning he pulls out a camper stove and makes pancakes. It's the best place Uptown to unwind after a late shift."
4520 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

8. French 75 Bar

813 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70112
"It's what you have in your mind's eye of what New Orleans is supposed to be," Kimberly Patton Bragg says, "And I love the dichotomy of gross-on-Bourbon-Street and you walk in and Edith Piaf is playing. It's ridiculous," and where bartenders take out of town guests.
813 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70112

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