Here in New Orleans, we’re all about keeping the flavors and sights of the city both accessible and affordable. In fact, some of the best food will cost you next to nothing (I’m looking at you, “poor boys”) and no one ever handed over their hard-earned dollars to dance in a second line or catch beads during a Mardi Gras parade. So, it should come as no surprise that, when it comes to “happy hours,” New Orleans is re-writing the rules. Here are five places where you can enjoy happy hour deals on food and drinks that go above and beyond the standard.
C’mon, Get Happy
1. Latitude 29 – Get on island time with the tiki drinks at this French Quarter bar and restaurant from famed bartender Jeff “Beachbum” Berry. The drink specials during happy hour switch out often, but you can expect big flavors featuring quality spirits, fresh exotic fruit juice, coconut milk, extracts, and spices. Also, their delicious crispy green beans with sesame oil and shoestring fries with kimchi ketchup are only $3. Happy hour is offered Saturday-Thursday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and on Fridays from noon until 6 p.m.
2. Bar Tonique – Rampart’s popular neighborhood watering hole is home to killer drinks at killer deals. Every Monday through Friday from noon until 5 p.m., you can enjoy $5 classic cocktails like the Pimm’s Cup, Sazerac, Moscow Mule, and Dark and Stormy. But if you’re on the clock during those hours, then perhaps the daily $5 drink special will suit your fancy, like whiskey flights on Tuesdays, Caipirinhas on (Thirsty) Thursdays, and the popular bacon bloody marys on Saturdays.
3. Broussard’s – Tucked on Conti Street in the French Quarter, Broussard’s is home to one of the prettiest courtyards and best happy hour deals in town. Enjoy $5 food items like beef brochette, fondue French fries, and Cuban sliders with orange-chile glaze every day from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and a 95-cent daily punch special. And for a major “wow” factor (have your phone ready), try the traditional absinthe service with ten varieties to choose from, offered from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. for $7 and under.
4. Araña — Spanish for “spider,” this uptown eatery specializes in Yucatecan cuisine and an impressive offering of tequilas. From 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, help yourself to more a dozen different half-priced tacos, like carne asada, chipotle shrimp, and ancho-braised duck. Been yearning to try that Don Julio 1942? Go right ahead, because the entire bar is half-price, too.
5. Superior Seafood — The seafood and the happy hour are superior at this St. Charles Avenue restaurant. Every day from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., Superior serves up 50-cent oysters, two-for-one frozen mojitos, half-off house wine, and $3 draft beer. Their signature pomegranate frozen mojito pairs the storied fruit with fresh mint, lime, and a healthy pour of rum — it tastes delicious with the restaurant’s fresh oysters (but really, what doesn’t?).
Mizado Cocina — The Latin-inspired restaurant in Mid-City is one-upping Commander’s Palace’s famous lunchtime martini deal. Ditch quarters for dimes Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., when martinis (frozen or on the rocks) are just 10 cents.
CellarDoor — Mondays don’t have to be sad, thanks in part to the all-day happy hour at CellarDoor, giving new life to the historic Swoop-Duggins House in the Central Business District. Rotating art collections in this circa-1830 building create a museum-quality experience; whether you choose to ponder the artwork or ponder how you’ll make it through the rest of the week is up to you.