No trip to New Orleans can truly be complete without tipping back a few drinks at one of the city’s numerous watering holes. There’s no shortage of places to choose from, but these happy hour spots are standouts. If you’re on the hunt for things to do, our tour guides recommend a stop at one of these beloved bars for cheap eats and booze.
Happy hour isn’t just about the drinks; you need something to snack on if you’re going to party the night away. Oysters are a mainstay of the city’s happy hour scene, and no place has them cheaper than Samuel’s Blind Pelican during their daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For $3, you can get a dozen delicious Gulf oysters as long as someone at your table orders a drink—but you were going to do that anyway, right?
Happy hour at The Columns Hotel is an institution in New Orleans and one of the not-to-be-missed things to do in town. Located on St. Charles Avenue just upriver from the Garden District, this grand old mansion houses a world-class cocktail bar that epitomizes southern charm. You can saddle up to the mahogany bar from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week for drink specials including $3 well drinks. Order up a Sazerac, a Mint Julep, or a Ramos Gin Fizz and take a seat out on the porch. Enjoy your cocktail while mingling with hotel guests, locals, and tourists watching the iconic St. Charles streetcar make its way up and down the avenue.
Tucked inside the W Hotel, this sleek bar and restaurant is a French Quarter gem. Located on Chartres Street two blocks south of Bourbon (hence the name), SoBou’s “Happier Hour” has been known to draw a crowd. Every day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. the bar serves up sips as well as snacks like pulled pork tacos and gumbo for $3-$6. You can even make an evening of it and stop by other nearby happy hour hotspots like French 75 on Bienville Street or Cane and Table on Decatur Street.
Making merry with friends and family in the city that care forgot doesn’t have to cost a fortune. These are just a few of the great things to do at our favorite happy hour spots. For more recommendations as well as guided walking tours of New Orleans’ best attractions, contact Two Chicks Walking Tours today.