10 Reasons to Love Happy Hour in New Orleans

You’ve shopped the French Quarter, walked along the Garden District, and toured the city’s Antebellum treasures. After a long, hard day of vacationing in NOLA, you deserve to relax and unwind with some of the best Happy Hour specials the city has to offer. Here’s a go-to list of discounted libations and nicely-priced small plates at a selection of the best New Orleans restaurants from the French Quarter to the Irish Channel. Cheers to Happy Hours that let you taste a variety of delicious local fare while helping you stick to your vacation budget!

Pizza Domenica
Where: Uptown
When to go: Every day, 3-6 pm
A local favorite, Domenica serves half off pizzas every day during happy hour. Monday, half-price pitchers of beer; Tuesday, $15 specialty cocktail pitcher; Wednesday, half-price bottled beer; Thursday, half-price wine by the glass; Friday, half-price bottles of wine; Saturday, $30 house brand drinks; and Sunday, half-price draft beer.

Where: French Quarter
When to go: Mon-Fri, 4-7 pm
This bar with a cool name is actually a French bistro offering half-off bottled beers, $5 wines, craft cocktails, $7 carafes of punch and even $10 brandy and cognac tasting flights. Try the Bee’s Knees, a blend of gin, lemon, honey, and ginger.

Emeril’s Delmonico
Where: Lower Garden District
When to go: Every day, 5-7 pm
Well cocktails and wines by the glass are half price. $5 bar plates include pancetta-wrapped dates, house made sausage with mustard, deviled eggs, pommes frites, and spiced cashews. Charbroiled oysters are just 50¢ each.

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Where: Bienville Hotel/French Quarter
When to go: Every day, 3-6 pm
Go tropical with the Hawaiian happy hour. $6-9 for exotic potions like the Waikiki Wedding, Royal Hawaiian Cocktail, or Planters Rum Punch. $3-8 bar snacks include house wings or shoestring fries with kimchi ketchup and siraracha mayo.

The Empire Bar at Broussard’s
Where: French Quarter
When to go: Tues-Fri, 4-7 pm
Menu includes beef brochette, oysters Rockefeller, and punch at 95¢ each. Other dishes include deviled eggs and cheese fondue, and for a unique happy hour experience, this bar offers traditional absinthe service between 5-7 pm, at a price between $5-7.

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Where: Warehouse District
When to go: Every day, 3-6 pm
This authentic taqueria offers $5 street tacos, half-off draft beer, house wine and well mixed drinks. Also half off are the Margarita de la Casa pitchers.

Grand Isle

Where: Warehouse District
When to go: Mon-Fri, 4-7 pm
Daily specials and two-for-one well drinks, half-off drafts, and $3 Mimosas on Sunday til 3pm. Daily menu: Monday, $4 sangria; Tuesday, 60¢ oysters w/purchase of beer pitcher or bottle of wine; Wednesday, half off wines by the glass; Thursday, half off specialty cocktails.

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Where: French Quarter
When to go: Thursday, 4-7 pm
Everyone comes for the dessert, but Scure’s Thursday happy hour features free bruschetta and small plates at the bar with purchase of a $5 cocktail.

Where: Mid-City
When to go: Mon-Fri, 3-6 pm
This Louisiana-Vietnamese restaurant features rum punch with house-made five-spice and mint liqueurs, $5. Half-price chicken wings, and red curry turnips for $3. Domestic beer is just $1.50.

Where: Irish Channel
When to go: Mon-Fri, 3-7 pm
Half off all drinks including mojitos and sangria. Salu also offers flatbread specials, and mussels prepared in a variety of sauces.