Looking for New Orleans Pubs Where You Can Enjoy Relaxed Drink? Try These 6
So you made it to New Orleans? While high energy establishments are easy to find, finding a place to relax and enjoy a drink can be difficult in the Big Easy!
Carousel Bar - 214 Royal Street
Visiting New Orleans can be hectic, once you step foot in the French Quarter you really won't know where to start. Maybe you've had enough of the energy of Bourbon, maybe you just want a slow day. It can actually be hard to find a relaxing place to have drink in New Orleans. With all the sound and energy the quieter establishments can often get lost.
Think of Royal Street as a much more relaxed version of Bourbon Street. You can grab a drink and relax after long day in the Big Easy. This is exactly what the Carousel Bar provides. In addition to the excellent cocktails and selection of beers, it offers a unique atmosphere. Located inside the oldest hotel in the city, it boasts historic patrons including Ernest Hemmingway, William Faulkner, Anne Rice, Truman Capote, and Tennessee Williams. With patrons like this, you know the atmosphere is good! For the best experience be sure to seat yourself at the revolving bar.
Maple Leaf Bar- 8316 Oak Street
The Maple Leaf Bar is a great place if you are looking to jump of the tourist map and into a local establishment that can offer good music and a relaxing atmosphere. Maple Leaf Bar is a mixed bag of live music offering live music of the jazz, blues, R&B, and funk variety. The Maple Leaf Bar is not a tourist destination, but a place where locals hang out. If you are looking for a nice place to relax, meet some locals, this is the place to do it!
When visiting New Orleans it is advised to find some locals and ask them about places to see and eat. The locals in New Orleans know everything there is to know about the best deals, the best eats, and the best places to catch a good band. The Maple Leaf Bar is full of music loving locals that would love to help you discover more of their famous city.
The Rusty Nail - 1100 Constance Street
The Rusty Nail is located in what is known as the Warehouse District of New Orleans. The warehouse district is home to the Superdome and the National World War II museum. This is a great bar that is hidden away while offering a great place to grab a beer or drink a cocktail. The Rusty Nail has a great selection of local Louisiana and Mississippi beers and a nice patio to see the sun set on New Orleans. The Rusty Nail is famous for their cocktails while some prefer the rum and cokes, others enjoy the Bloody Mary bar where you can make your own version!
If you are planning on seeing the World War II museum this is a great place to stop afterwards. Seeing every exhibit can be tiring and works up an appetite. Locals suggest heading to the Museum when it opens in the morning, and stopping by The Rusty Nail for lunch and a Bloody Mary or two.
The Tasting Room - 1906 Magazine Street
Maybe you're sick of beer, maybe you've had one too many cocktails and are looking for something different, in that case I would advise you to head to The Tasting Room! The Tasting Room is located in the Garden District of New Orleans. This is a hip part of town where you will find local art and have a nice break from the tourist areas of town. The Tasting Room as a wide range of wines available, a beautiful terrace. Along with your wine you can enjoy an amazing menu, locals suggest ordering the Mac n' Cheese!
The Garden District is where you will find some interesting characters and very interesting shops. If you are a shopper this is the place to be. After you have gone to a few clothing boutiques, visited a few parks, and taken in the scenery The Tasting Room is a great way to end your day in the Garden District.
St. Joe's Bar - 5535 Magazine Street
St. Joe's Bar is another establishment located in the famous Garden District. The locals adore this bar and it is known for it's strange yet comfortable atmosphere. The best drink to purchase here is the famous Mojito. While you can order the run of the mill Mojito, many would advise you to look at their diverse selection of Mojitos. They have a range of flavors and while it may be tempting to try every single one, many have claimed the Blueberry Mojito is the best.
BONUS! Abita Springs Brewery - Abita Springs, LA
This list is made up of five bars for a relaxing drink to visit within the city limits of New Orleans. However, if you are looking for a relaxing day with drinks you must look just north of Lake Pontchartrain. Getting to Abita Springs is very easy, it is a quick thirty minute drive over the longest bridge in North America. Everything about this trip is relaxing, going over the bridge you see one of the best pieces of natural beauty in the country. Once you have made it to the Abita Springs brewery make sure to take one of their free brewery tours and try out their many beers. Afterwards you can head to the famous Abita Springs restaurant and enjoy some of the best burgers in Lousiana while sipping on a famous Abita Springs brew!
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