It’s been more than a year since our fun happy hour menus in New Orleans went away. We are not surprised, of course, as all of life’s changes have shaken up the cocktail scene during the COVID-19 crisis and now in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. All of this chaos begs the question: how will happy hours and cheaper drinks come back to the city in an already struggling industry?
We are seeing bars and restaurants come back to life slowly and, with better weather ahead of us, there is a nice selection of places to enjoy.
We are urging cocktail lovers to get out and support our local spots and those working the hospitality industry so that they will continue to survive. Kindly remember to keep current safety guidelines in mind and check with your happy hour spots about their vaccination policies before heading out to imbibe.
Bayou Wine Garden (315 N Rendon St.) drink specials run Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Here you can grab a domestic beer for $2.50, as well as $5 white and red wine, sparking, rose and sangria. They are also offering a $6 Pimm’s Cup and Rum Punch. This popular spot is full of flavor and fun.
Dat Dog (3336 Magazine, 601 Frenchman and 5030 Freret streets) has a few drink specials for us to enjoy. Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. is when the deals happen. Well drinks will cost $3 and it's $1 for draft beers. Each location has a good vibe with a dash of local flavor.
Josephine Estelle (600 Carondelet St.) offers a fun and friendly happy hour Wednesday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. You’ll find the $8 menu to include the classic Negroni, Aperol Spritz, Boulevardier, Campari Spritz, Spumoni and the Pomegranate Express. The team here is awesome and can mix just about anything your heart desires.
These, of course, are just a few fun happy hours to try if your able to head out in the city. Have fun and always drink responsibly. Cheers!