There’s nothing like a good beer and conversation at one of New Orleans’ beer gardens, which (as the following guide illustrates) have been sprouting up like clover lately. For the purposes of this list, a beer garden is a bar that serves great beer and at which a significant amount of the seating is outdoors. Some are more traditional than others, but all will help you pass a good time.
Avenue Pub: This renowned beer bar has always been well known for its upstairs outdoor balcony space overlooking St. Charles Avenue. But recently the management has transformed its back patio into a larger and greener space to enjoy.
Bayou Beer Garden: One of the first bona fide beer gardens in New Orleans. Bayou's huge patio has an outdoor bar with plenty of seating and greenery. The beer list is extensive with more than 100 choices on draft and in the bottle or can.
Aline Street Beer Garden: A Munich-style urban biergarten with long orange tables, oom-pah music on the jukebox and a healthy selection of beer. Check out the bottled list for lesser-known but high-quality beer from Germany’s smaller breweries.
Second Line Brewing: Second Line’s weekend beer garden is a great place to hang out outdoors, try the taproom-only beers and enjoy offerings from local food trucks.
Bulldog Mid-City: This Mid City pub’s dog-friendly courtyard is a beer garden in all ways except in name. Located at the end of the Canal/Cemeteries streetcar line, the long tables, fountain, camaraderie and delicious food and beer all lend to a lovely New Orleans night.
Courtyard Brewery: With the word “courtyard” in its name, it’s no surprise that this nanobrewery has most of its seating outdoors. While the vibe is very DIY—cable-spool tables, folding chairs—the beer is fantastic, and there’s always a really happy crowd.
Tchoup Yard: Squirreled away in the Irish Channel near the river, you’ll recognize this block-wide space by the colorful lights that illuminate its outdoor tables. Craft and national beers are the draw, along with a large selection of frozen cocktails. Can’t decide? Order a “Beergarita,” which combines the two.
Evangeline: Step into the back courtyard here, and the city feels miles away. One of the French Quarter’s best-kept secrets, Evangeline also has a great beer selection and food menu, both locally focused.
Ale: Right off the St. Charles streetcar line, Ale has a tiny, modern interior with 30 beers on tap. But head outside to the bar’s courtyard (shared with sister wine bar Oak) to enjoy fresh air and watch the world go by.
Bacchanal: Although this Bywater venue is best known in New Orleans for wine and live music, it also serves a great selection of bottled and canned beer. Pair that with a cheese plate and sit under the twinkling lights listening to local bands; it doesn’t get much better than this.