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GoNOLA Tops: 8 Great Day Drinking Spots

Here are eight great spots for daytime boozin’, whether you’re watching the game or not.

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The Rusty Nail. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Football season is officially upon us, which means you’ll need to bust out your black and gold (or whatever colors you prefer…) and prepare yourself for lots of day drinking. Though New Orleans is a late-night town, the bar options for throwing a few back during the day are near endless. Here are eight great spots for daytime boozin’, whether you’re watching the game or not. And remember, friends: when it comes to day drinking, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.


The Hurricane at Pat O’ Brien’s. (Photo via Facebook)

Pat O’Brien’s

718 St. Peter St. 

One of the most iconic bars in the French Quarter and home to the famous Hurricane cocktail. Get comfortable at a table on the patio, and let your cocktail waiter or waitress do all of the cocktail runs to and from the bar. And, when hunger strikes, there’s a full menu. Or, just enjoy the complimentary bags of buttered popcorn.

Rusty Nail

1100 Constance St. 

A great place to catch the game, especially if LSU or Alabama are playing. I love the Grasshound cocktail from their “light and bright” menu made with St. Arnold Lawnmower beer, grapefruit vodka, San Pellegrino Pompelmo (grapefruit), and lemon. Then, a Bulleit Smash from their “dark and boozy” side of the menu with Bulleit Rye whiskey, Angostura bitters, muddled orange, and ginger beer. Enjoy the fresh air in their massive courtyard and food from some of the best food trucks in town.

The Tchoup Yard. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

Tchoup Yard

405 Third St. 

New to the bar scene on Third St. and Tchoupitoulas, this laid-back beer garden is where you can partake in games of beer pong, nosh on food from local vendors, and even do yoga. Drinks, which include Bushwackers, margaritas, and a full list of beer come in giant schooner glasses. I have a feeling this will be one of the best places to catch a Saints game with a group of friends this season.

Bayou Beer Garden. (Photo via Facebook)

Bayou Beer Garden

326 N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy.

Mid-City’s most prime spot for patio drinking and football watching. Open every day at 11 a.m., Bayou Beer Garden doesn’t stop until the crowd does. Between the food, the menu of more 180 beers, and cocktails like the BBG-Tini, if you’re Mid-City livin’ then this is the place for you. (There’s also Bayou Wine Garden in the adjoining courtyard for those who prefer vino to beer).

The Columns Hotel features a notably classic New Orleans bar within. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

The Columns Hotel

3811 St. Charles Ave. 

Sip on a cold one while you watch the streetcars pass at this historic hotel on St. Charles Avenue. The oversized covered porch is set up with large rounds where friends can gather and cocktail waitresses make it easy to keep ‘em coming. The side patio is perfect if you want a little more privacy. Happy hour goes on every day from 5 until 7 p.m., and jazz brunch is held every Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Daiquiri machines in rotation. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

Daiquiris To-Go

Locations vary

Lenient liquor laws make boozing on the go a fun way to incorporate scenery into your daytime drinking. Grab a to-go daiquiri from one of the many shops in the city, and sip your icy beverage while walking through the French Quarter, along the riverfront, or City Park. Maybe catch some Pokemon along the way?

The Chart Room on Chartres Street in the French Quarter. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

The Chart Room

300 Chartres St. 

One of my favorite bars in the city that is a complete enigma. The drinks are always cheap but strong, it’s always crowded but you always get a seat, great music is playing despite never seeing anyone put money in the jukebox, and the doors are always open yet you seem to lose sense of time. A true New Orleans French Quarter dive. But come prepared: it’s cash only.

Options from Crescent City Brewhouse. (Photo via Facebook)

Crescent City Brewhouse

527 Decatur St. 

This historical building is the only operating brewery in the French Quarter today. Sip on their Pilsner, Red Stallion, Weiss, and Black Forest beer — it’s all brewed in-house. Live nightly jazz and a courtyard are additional draws, while the two-story building gives you a little lift on people-watching in the Quarter.

Emily Smith is a native New Orleanian and Uptowner who loves sharing her passion for food with others. When she’s not blogging about culinary adventures, she can be found snapping food photos, running alongside the streetcars on St. Charles Avenue, or hovering over a steaming hot bowl of phở at her favorite Vietnamese restaurant. She also firmly believes that nothing says, “I love you” like a dozen... donuts. Follow her on Instagram at @fleurdelicious_nola

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