GOING TO BOURBON STREET is a given, but where do the locals drink? Check out our top 5 places to drink in NOLA.

Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar

The oldest bar in America, with no electric lighting, sits on the corner of Bourbon Street and St. Phillip. Everyone thinks of Pat O’Briens for Hurricanes but should be talking about Blacksmith, The ORIGINAL Hurricane since 1722. No powder mix, just a delicious mix of fruit juice and liquor. Try the VooDoo daiquiri if Hurricane’s aren’t your thing.

Tropical Isle

Home of the famous Hand Grenade. What’s in it? Melon-something and 7 or 9 kinds of liquor depending on who you ask! Just because it’s green, or comes in a funky green cup doesn’t mean it’s a real Hand Grenade! Hand Grenade drinks are only sold at Tropical Isle and their other location called Funky Pirate. Watch out because these fruity drinks sneak up on you.

Avenue Pub

I guess I’ll have a beer. #beer #tap #pub #avenuepub #nola #neworleans

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Looking for a great craft beer bar? This place is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They have 31 rotating taps on their tap list and 9 constant favorites. They always have some great bottles in stock for on-site consumption too.

Stein’s Market & Deli

I come to New Orleans for the corned beef.

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Looking for some rare beer not sold in your area? Stein’s got you covered. We picked up some awesome local beer at a little over $1 a piece. Make sure you stop next door at District Donuts for some incredible cold brew coffee, fancy donuts and sliders.

Nola Brewing

A local brewery in the heart of the city that is making big noise in the Big Easy! Sours, IPA’s, stouts and BBQ are some of the many options available to you. They have now incorporated a 2nd floor deck that oversee’s the Mississippi River with a second bar that sales their canned beers.

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