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GoNOLA Top 10: Happy Hours for Food and Drinks

Living and working in New Orleans means working hard so you can play even harder. But why should weekends have all of the fun? An extensive list of local restaurants offering happy hours — some lasting as late as 7 p.m. and on the weekends, too — are the perfect excuse to gather with co-workers and friends over some early evening priced-just-right bites and drinks. Here are 10 New Orleans restaurants offering excellent happy hours with food and drink options that are light on the price but generous on flavor and fun.

Top 10 New Orleans Happy Hours

Bouligny Tavern – This 1950s inspired upscale bar serves up some of the best small plates in Uptown New Orleans. Enjoy all crostini and bruschetta — like the burrata with pesto, lemon zest and fleur de sel — for $5, and half-priced fried items like gouda beignets and tempura green beans with spicy sesame aioli for $4. Quench your thirst with $5 select wines and cocktails and $2.50 Kronenburg beer. Happy Hour: Monday-Thursday; 4-6 p.m.

Prince Edward mussels “Fra Diavola” with scallops, clams, garlic, white wine and tomatoes served with olive salad fries for $3 at Broussard’s Restaurant

Broussard’s – Visit one of New Orleans’ most beautiful French Quarter restaurants for their Imperial happy hour offered until the end of the month. Bowls of Prince Edward mussels are offered three ways for just $3 and served with truffled olive salad fries. Sit under crape myrtle and palmetto trees in the courtyard while sipping $3 Imperial Pimm’s Cups made with fresh fruit, $3 wines selections by the glass or $12 for the bottle. Watch for a new food and drink special for the fall. Happy Hour: Daily; 4-7 p.m.

CellarDoor – Brand new to the CBD lunch and late-night scene, this gorgeous renovated 1850s historic home is serving up beautiful cocktails and worldly cuisine. Nosh on $5 small plates of chicken “lollies” with adobo glaze, truffled honey popcorn with rosemary, and ukoy hush puppies with spicy shrimp, carrots, potatoes and garlic vin. Drink specials include $6 classic cocktails, Pimm’s Cups and Sazeracs along with select wines by the glass for $5. Happy Hour: Tuesday-Friday; 4-6 p.m.

Domenica – One of the best-known deals in town is the John Besh restaurant’s happy hour with half-priced pizzas, wines by the glass, well cocktails and beers. Try a classic margherita pizza with fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil for $6.50; the Calabrese with spicy salami, capers and Castelvetrano olives for $7.50; or the Wild Mushroom with fontina, caramelized onions, bacon and yard egg for $9. Happy Hour: Daily; 2-5 p.m.

Domenica’s Clam pizza with oregano and garlic is $9 during happy hour.

Fulton Alley – If you’re ready to up your happy hour game — literally — then check out New Orleans’ newest bowling alley on Fulton Street. In addition to a free first half-hour of bowling and free shoe rental, select appetizers are half-price, like their deviled eggs, chicken and mushroom meat pies and bread pudding beignets. All that bowling makes you thirsty? Fulton Alley offers $6 cocktails including a Champagne cocktail, Old Fashioned, Tom Collins and a daily punch creation. Happy Hour: Monday-Thursday; 5-7 p.m. and Friday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Kingfish – Named after the former Louisiana governor Huey P. Long, this French Quarter hot spot is where people come for the food and stay for the cocktails. The $7 “li’l eats” menu includes smoked rabbit gumbo, pulled pork sliders and french fries with blue cheese fondue. Wash the richness down with half-priced beer and wines by the glass. Happy Hour: Daily; 3:30-6 p.m. Be sure to visit their website for information on Huey P. Long’s upcoming 121st birthday bash.

Bacon-wrapped chorizo with habanero and beer cheese sauce from Kingfish

Dominique’s on Magazine – Housed in a former fire station, chef Dominique Macquet’s modern restaurant is a shining representation of his extensive travel and culinary experience. Depending on what is in season and what the chef is feeling, happy hour features small plates like ceviche, duck tacos, or garden fresh basil wraps with royal red shrimp, topped with green papaya and green tomato remoulade, for a discounted price. Also enjoy half-priced glasses of the wine of the day or choose two small plates and a bottle of the sommelier’s choice for $50. Happy Hour: Monday-Friday; 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Salmon and tuna sashimi from Sake Cafe

Sake Cafe – Magazine Street’s popular Japanese eatery is famous for their specialty rolls and lively bar scene. Happy hour specials include appetizers like chicken spring rolls for $4, calamari for $5 and edamame for $3. Select sushi and sashimi are available for $3.50 and classic rolls like the California and avocado rolls are also $3.50. Of course, the most popular part of Sake’s happy hour are the two-for-one hot and cold sake and $6 specialty cocktails. Happy Hour: Daily; 3-6 p.m.

Luke – Have oysters on the brain? Join the crowd at Besh’s brasserie-inspired restaurant located on St. Charles Avenue in the CBD for 50-cent raw and $1 fried oysters. And since nothing goes better with oysters than ice cold wine and beer, Luke offers half-priced wines by the glass, beer and well cocktails. Happy Hour: Daily; 3-6 p.m.

Cafe Adelaide – Claiming to have the “Happiest Hour,” this Brennan restaurant located inside of the Loews Hotel makes enjoying yourself as easy as three, four, five and six. Chef Carl Schaubhut’s list of finger foods includes $3 lemon, thyme and Parmesan fries; $4 corn-fried catfish taco, $5 soups 1-1-1 (small portions of their daily soup, turtle soup and gumbo) and a $6 “honey baked duck ham” and Brie finger sandwich. Bartender Lu Brow’s libations include $3 beer (domestic and imported), $4 wine, $5 cocktail of the day and $6 specialty cocktails of the day. Happy Hour: Daily; 3-6 p.m.

Happy Hour Lagniappe

Pizza Domenica – The sister restaurant to Domenica has opened up Uptown on Magazine and also offers half-priced pizzas from 2-5 p.m. in addition to these daily drink specials: Monday: Half price pitchers of beer; Tuesday: $15 specialty cocktail pitchers; Wednesday: Half price bottles of wine; Thursday: Half price wine by the glass; Friday: Half price bottles of beer; Saturday: $3 house brand drinks; Sunday: Half price draft beer. Happy Hour: Daily, 2-5 p.m.

Superior Seafood – Cool down with 50-cent oysters alongside two-for-one frozen mojitos, half-priced house bottles of wine and $3 draft beer. Happy Hour: Daily; 4-6:30 p.m.

Charcoal’s Gourmet Burger Bar – At happy hour, a juicy house beef burger is just $5. Kids will love the $3 milkshakes while mom and dad enjoy the $3 beers. Happy Hour: Mon-Fri; 3-6 p.m.

Charcoal’s Cheeseburger

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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