As the saying goes, why limit happy to just one hour? That’s especially true in New Orleans where it can feel like happy hour is 24/7. Now that we’ve entered full on sweatin’ season, you’ll need somewhere to cool off with drink options that won’t break the bank. Check out our list of the best New Orleans summer happy hours, and let us know if we missed one. Cheers!
UPTOWN – Every Monday-Friday from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., you’ll get half price on all tacos and drinks (like the pictured Paloma) at this Magazine Street taqueria. Araña also features bottomless Margaritas/Bloody Marys on the weekend. Yes, please. Source: WYES
CBD/WAREHOUSE DISTRICT – Justin Devillier was recently named the James Beard Best Chef in the South, so Balise comes with high praise no matter what time you come in. Monday-Friday from 3-7, stop in this CBD spot for $1 oysters (in-season), $5 wine glasses and craft drinks, and delicious snacks for less than $8. Award winning indeed. Source: Balise
FRENCH QUARTER – If a craft cocktail in a local setting is your jam, then Bar Tonique is your spot. For just $5, you can choose between the daily special or from 12-5 on weekdays, you can also choose between a list of 6 happy hour drinks. Lots of options, and options are good. Source: Fabliss
UPTOWN & MID-CITY – Offering fantastic patios, both Bulldog locations (Mid-City on Canal & Uptown on Magazine) are great summer spots. Their happy hour is 2-7 Monday-Friday and includes 50¢ off pints, $1.00 off pitchers, half-priced house wines and double drinks for the price of a single! You especially don’t want to miss Wednesday Pint Night where you get to keep your Bulldog pint. Win-Win. Source: MSMA
CBD/WAREHOUSE DISTRICT – Located in the Warehouse District’s Old Hotel No. 77, Compere Lapin has turned into a favorite happy hour destination. Enjoy cocktail specials include $6 glasses of still and sparkling wines and classic cocktails. You can also order $5 snacks like conch croquettes, spiced pig ears, roasted jerk corn, and crispy dirty rice arancini. Source: Compere Lapin
CBD – Perhaps the most famous happy hour in town, this one is brought to you by NOLA legends John Besh and Alon Shaya. Stop by the Downtown location (inside the Roosevelt hotel) 7 days a week from 2-5, you can get half off ALL pizza, wine by the glass, well cocktails, and beer. You can also get this amazing deal at Pizza Domenica on weekdays. Source: Domenica
La Casita Taqueria
UPTOWN/CARROLLTON – One of our favorite happy hours in town, La Casita has two different locations to serve you: Warehouse District on Julia St. and Uptown on Oak St. Every day from 3-7, go crazy and get $4 Margaritas (100% handcrafted), $5 Mojitos, $5 Sangria, 1/2 off Guacamole, Salsa, & Queso, $2 Simple Tacos, and $2 Domestic Beers. Muy Bueno. Source: La Casita
Salon by Sucre
FRENCH QUARTER – If you’re in the French Quarter on Monday, Thursday, or Friday, you’ve got to stop by Salon by the famous Sucre. Choose from a refreshing list of $5 still wines, cocktails, and champagnes in the bar and lounge areas. As if that wasn’t enough, Salon also offers COMPLIMENTARY snack bites! We like complimentary. Source: Salon
GARDEN DISTRICT – Another staple on the NOLA Happy Hour scene, Superior Grill offers 2-for-1 or large-for-the-price-of-a-small margaritas and mixed drinks every day, all week long from 3:30 – 6. They sweeten the deal on Wednesdays and give you 3-for-1 house margaritas from 6-8. You may need a street car ride home after! Source: Pinterest
CBD/WAREHOUSE DISTRICT – Confession: if you stop into Willa Jean, chances are you may see a member of our team there. We love this place, especially for breakfast/brunch. Then, our love was taken to a new level when we found about the Pies & Thighs happy hour. Monday through Friday from 3-6, the CBD gem offers two sweet hand pies for $5 or two fried chicken thighs with Tabasco honey for $5 (so, so good). To wash it down, order half-priced well cocktails, beers, and glasses of wine. See you there! Source: NOLA.com
Got a favorite spot that we missed? Let us know! Let’s get happy, people.