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Where to Drink Outside in New Orleans Right Now

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

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Spring has arrived in New Orleans, and however brief, it’s the time of year to get outside and take advantage of the weather — so why not do so with a drink in hand? While New Orleans has an abundance of al fresco options, 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 and are mostly open late (until at least 11 p.m.). Here are 18 of our favorite outdoor spaces for a drink, from kid and dog-friendly patios to party vibe rooftops to romantic courtyards.

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1. St. Joe's Bar

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5535 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 899-3744
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You wouldn’t necessarily know it from looking at St. Joe’s from the street, but this longtime Magazine Street bar boasts a lovely, semi-covered patio with charming touches and a hidden feel. Beloved for its surprisingly great cocktails, especially the blueberry mojito, this spot is as good a neighborhood bar gets.

2. 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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3. Trep's

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4327 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 581-8900
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Trep’s is one of the best places to drink outdoors with kids or dogs — there’s plenty of contained outdoor space here. Despite the brewery-like vibe, there’s a full bar serving cocktails, frozen drinks, and wine in addition to beer, and the approachable menu has something for everyone.

4. The Chloe

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4125 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 541-5500
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The boutique hotel from local hospitality group LeBlanc + Smith (Sylvain, Barrel Proof, andWill and the Way is a stylish haven off St. Charles Avenue, mixing design touches of classic Southern and eclectic modern. The Chloe’s dazzling dining room is complemented by an outdoor patio in a lush, poolside setting, where light bites and tropical drinks are served all day. The outdoor dining area out front is also pretty special, a cozy courtyard draped with palm trees and string lights.

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5. Zony Mash Beer Project

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3940 Thalia St
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 766-8868
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Zony Mash is an excellent brewery tucked away in the former Gem Theatre off Broad, a great addition to the city’s beer scene in the few years its been open. From hosting King Cake Hub to scheduling nearly nonstop outdoor live music, the brewery helped create steady gigs for local musicians and pop-ups during the pandemic. On weekends find top food trucks like Southerns for crawfish and Zee’s for pizza, fueling drinkers on the huge outdoor drinking space.

6. Columns

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3811 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 899-9308
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One of New Orleans’s essential bars recently underwent a rebrand, still, the historic hotel maintains its destination-worthy atmosphere with elegant Southern vibes. The shaded front porch or front yard tables are ideal for sipping an iced cocktail or glass of wine while watching the streetcar pass beneath the oak trees.

7. Bouligny Tavern

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3641 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 891-1810
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The narrow side courtyard at one of Magazine Street’s chicest locations feels like a hideaway, a gem for cocktails, wine, and bistro bites like duck confit with greens served until refreshingly late — midnight Monday through Wednesday and 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

8. Bayou Beer Garden and Bayou Wine 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.

9. Hot Tin

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2031 St Charles Ave FL 14
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 323-1500
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The bar on the roof of the historic Pontchartain Hotel serves up one of the most stunning, unique views of the city alongside an impressive selection of cocktails, champagne, and other potables; the refreshing Spritzer Named Desire is a favorite.

10. 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 10:30 p.m. on weeknights and 12:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, so it’s a good late option.

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11. The Bower

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1320 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 582-9738
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Mark Latter and company has taken over the 1300 block Magazine Street, bringing modern,plant-filled spaces for contemporary Southern food and drinks — think cocktails like the Hydrix: bourbon, mint-infused contratto, amaro, and aquafaba. The swanky bar shares an outdoor space with sister spot Birdy’s Behind the Bower.

12. 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.

13. Peychaud's

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727 Toulouse St
New Orleans, LA 70130

Peychaud’s is the newest spot from the Cure Co. team — whose portfolio includes Cure, Cane & Table, and Vals. Located in the Hotel Maison de Ville, it’s all drinks here; an extensive menu of New Orleans cocktails, like the sazerac, Vieux Carre, and Ramos gin fizz, are done meticulously and with top-notch ingredients. Smart to keep things straightforward when there’s a courtyard like Peychaud’s — it’s a classic French Quarter stunner.

14. The Will & The Way

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719 Toulouse St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 354-1139
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The Will and the Way is a recent revamp — the space was previously home to Longway Tavern before the restaurant group behind it, LeBlanc + Smith — but this Toulouse Street address remains home to one of the best courtyards in the Quarter. In addition to shifting the focus to wine and cocktails, the group has redone the inside and spruced up the courtyard, along with debuting new food and bar programs backed by serious talent.

15. MRB Bar & Kitchen

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515 St Philip St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 524-2558
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Simultaneously off the beaten path and in the heart of the French Quarter, MRB’s is a hidden gem, a neighborhood bar with an unexpectedly spacious courtyard out back, complete with big screen TVs. Serving tasty tropical cocktails as well as New Orleans classics and hundreds of beers, expect comfort food classics like gumbo, crawfish mac and cheese, and oysters from the kitchen.

16. 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.

17. Saint-Germain

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3054 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 218-8729
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Saint Germain completed its lovely courtyard a few months after first opening in Bywater, where it now serves a menu of snacks, excellent cocktails, wine by the bottle or glass, and dishes like vegetable crudités rolled in crispy wild rice and a fried chicken sandwich are available Wednesday through Sunday evenings. 

18. 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.

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1. St. Joe's Bar

5535 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

You wouldn’t necessarily know it from looking at St. Joe’s from the street, but this longtime Magazine Street bar boasts a lovely, semi-covered patio with charming touches and a hidden feel. Beloved for its surprisingly great cocktails, especially the blueberry mojito, this spot is as good a neighborhood bar gets.

5535 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

2. 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

3. Trep's

4327 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Trep’s is one of the best places to drink outdoors with kids or dogs — there’s plenty of contained outdoor space here. Despite the brewery-like vibe, there’s a full bar serving cocktails, frozen drinks, and wine in addition to beer, and the approachable menu has something for everyone.

4327 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119

4. The Chloe

4125 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115
The Pool Bar at the Chloe
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The boutique hotel from local hospitality group LeBlanc + Smith (Sylvain, Barrel Proof, andWill and the Way is a stylish haven off St. Charles Avenue, mixing design touches of classic Southern and eclectic modern. The Chloe’s dazzling dining room is complemented by an outdoor patio in a lush, poolside setting, where light bites and tropical drinks are served all day. The outdoor dining area out front is also pretty special, a cozy courtyard draped with palm trees and string lights.

4125 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

5. Zony Mash Beer Project

3940 Thalia St, New Orleans, LA 70125

Zony Mash is an excellent brewery tucked away in the former Gem Theatre off Broad, a great addition to the city’s beer scene in the few years its been open. From hosting King Cake Hub to scheduling nearly nonstop outdoor live music, the brewery helped create steady gigs for local musicians and pop-ups during the pandemic. On weekends find top food trucks like Southerns for crawfish and Zee’s for pizza, fueling drinkers on the huge outdoor drinking space.

3940 Thalia St
New Orleans, LA 70125

6. Columns

3811 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

One of New Orleans’s essential bars recently underwent a rebrand, still, the historic hotel maintains its destination-worthy atmosphere with elegant Southern vibes. The shaded front porch or front yard tables are ideal for sipping an iced cocktail or glass of wine while watching the streetcar pass beneath the oak trees.

3811 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

7. Bouligny Tavern

3641 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

The narrow side courtyard at one of Magazine Street’s chicest locations feels like a hideaway, a gem for cocktails, wine, and bistro bites like duck confit with greens served until refreshingly late — midnight Monday through Wednesday and 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

3641 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

8. Bayou Beer Garden and Bayou Wine 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

9. Hot Tin

2031 St Charles Ave FL 14, New Orleans, LA 70130

The bar on the roof of the historic Pontchartain Hotel serves up one of the most stunning, unique views of the city alongside an impressive selection of cocktails, champagne, and other potables; the refreshing Spritzer Named Desire is a favorite.

2031 St Charles Ave FL 14
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. 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 10:30 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

11. The Bower

1320 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Mark Latter and company has taken over the 1300 block Magazine Street, bringing modern,plant-filled spaces for contemporary Southern food and drinks — think cocktails like the Hydrix: bourbon, mint-infused contratto, amaro, and aquafaba. The swanky bar shares an outdoor space with sister spot Birdy’s Behind the Bower.

1320 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

12. 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

13. Peychaud's

727 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Peychaud’s is the newest spot from the Cure Co. team — whose portfolio includes Cure, Cane & Table, and Vals. Located in the Hotel Maison de Ville, it’s all drinks here; an extensive menu of New Orleans cocktails, like the sazerac, Vieux Carre, and Ramos gin fizz, are done meticulously and with top-notch ingredients. Smart to keep things straightforward when there’s a courtyard like Peychaud’s — it’s a classic French Quarter stunner.

727 Toulouse St
New Orleans, LA 70130

14. The Will & The Way

719 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The Will and the Way is a recent revamp — the space was previously home to Longway Tavern before the restaurant group behind it, LeBlanc + Smith — but this Toulouse Street address remains home to one of the best courtyards in the Quarter. In addition to shifting the focus to wine and cocktails, the group has redone the inside and spruced up the courtyard, along with debuting new food and bar programs backed by serious talent.

719 Toulouse St
New Orleans, LA 70130

15. MRB Bar & Kitchen

515 St Philip St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Simultaneously off the beaten path and in the heart of the French Quarter, MRB’s is a hidden gem, a neighborhood bar with an unexpectedly spacious courtyard out back, complete with big screen TVs. Serving tasty tropical cocktails as well as New Orleans classics and hundreds of beers, expect comfort food classics like gumbo, crawfish mac and cheese, and oysters from the kitchen.

515 St Philip St
New Orleans, LA 70116

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16. 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

17. Saint-Germain

3054 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

Saint Germain completed its lovely courtyard a few months after first opening in Bywater, where it now serves a menu of snacks, excellent cocktails, wine by the bottle or glass, and dishes like vegetable crudités rolled in crispy wild rice and a fried chicken sandwich are available Wednesday through Sunday evenings. 

3054 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

18. 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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