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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

St. Joe's Bar

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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.

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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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.

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.

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Zony Mash Beer Project

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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.

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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.

Bouligny Tavern

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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.

Bayou Beer Garden and Bayou Wine Garden

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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.

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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.

Monkey Board

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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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The Bower

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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.

Jewel of the South

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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.

Peychaud's

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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.

The Will & The Way

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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.

MRB Bar & Kitchen

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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.

New Orleans Art Bar

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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.

Saint-Germain

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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. 

Parleaux Beer Lab

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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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St. Joe's Bar

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.

Cure

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.

Cure’s patio
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Trep's

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.

The Chloe

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.

The Pool Bar at the Chloe
The Chloe

Zony Mash Beer Project

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.

Columns

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.

Bouligny Tavern

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.

Bayou Beer Garden and Bayou Wine Garden

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.

Hot Tin

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.

Monkey Board

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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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The Bower

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.

Jewel of the South

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.

Peychaud's

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.

The Will & The Way

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.

MRB Bar & Kitchen

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.

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New Orleans Art Bar

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.

Saint-Germain

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. 

Parleaux Beer Lab

The beer garden at Parleaux
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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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