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joedontexan Nov 22, 2009 03:38 PM

heres a couple sweet ones Snake and Jakes, saturn bar erin rose any others?

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    roro1831 RE: joedontexan Nov 22, 2009 05:54 PM

    Bud Rip's, Lamplighter, Marky's, Ms Mae's, more so the old one but the new one is good, Dungeon, F&M's, Butler's before it was closed, Mayfair

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      CharlieH RE: joedontexan Nov 23, 2009 05:36 AM

      Vaughn's, Kingpin, Ernie K Doe's Mother-in-Law Lounge, Bullet's Sport's Bar,

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        MFK Fisherman RE: joedontexan Nov 23, 2009 02:29 PM

        Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop is one of my favorites.

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          cookie monster RE: MFK Fisherman Nov 24, 2009 08:10 PM

          Second Lafitte's. Went there with a few friends on the first night of my first trip to new orleans 5 years ago and it was the birth place of one of the best inside jokes ever. For those who haven't been, it's an extra-old, un-upgraded building with extra-low ceilings. Anyway, we're sitting at the bar, enjoying our beers, when a policeman on horseback comes up to the open doorway, and horse and rider both duck their heads under the extra-low doorway and come inside to check things out. To this day, we just have to say to one another "so a horse walks into a bar . . ." and we dissolve into giggles. Maybe you had to be there . . .

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            MFK Fisherman RE: cookie monster Nov 25, 2009 07:20 AM

            That's a great story. Those open doors can be a blessing and a curse. One time we were in there about 3 in the afternoon and a young man, obviously high on something and with a grudge, ran in the place, picked up one of those table candles in the glass jars they have or had and whipped it as hard as he could at the bartender, who proceeded to grab a baseball bat from behind the bar and chase the guy down the street. The 8-10 people in there, us included, just kind of looked at one another, did a big "ho-hum" and went back to drinking. I've seen some weird stuff in that place.

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              zach623 RE: cookie monster Nov 27, 2009 07:33 AM

              The same thing happened to my wife and me a couple of years ago when we were there for "light" Mardi Gras. It was quite a site to see this beautiful animal looking right in your face. We asked him if he wanted a beer but he said no, he was on duty

          2. kukubura RE: joedontexan Nov 24, 2009 03:36 AM

            Johnny White's (the one on St Peter, not Bourbon). Say hi to Evil Bob. Also, they open at like 6am or something like that.

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              sueinwis RE: kukubura Nov 25, 2009 07:46 AM

              Johnny White's on St. Peter never closes! It was open 24/7 even during and after Katrina. It's always our first stop when we come to town.......nice friendly people!

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                kukubura RE: sueinwis Nov 28, 2009 09:23 AM

                I should have guessed that. One early morning (5am) I set up under the balcony next door to paint the Pres Hall building. I was lucky to be under the balcony because I got caught in a torrential downpour while "Windex Pete" talked my ear off about lord knows what. When I was done a couple hours later I ducked in Johnny White's for an early morning drink. I was soaked to the bone, balcony or no, and it was definitely a welcoming joint.

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                  dward1112 RE: sueinwis Dec 7, 2009 09:50 PM

                  Actually, Johnny White's on St Peter Street closed for Katrina. It was up and running as soon as they could re-open and eventually were back to operating 24/7. It was the other Johnny White's (different owner) on Bourbon and Orleans that never closed throughout the Katrina disaster.

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                Vivi Doom RE: joedontexan Nov 24, 2009 11:04 AM

                Brothers 3, Buddha Belly, The Deckbar, The Lamplighter (the last two are Jeff Parish)

                1. edible complex RE: joedontexan Nov 24, 2009 04:04 PM

                  Harry's, Chart Room

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                    redhead RE: edible complex Nov 24, 2009 04:23 PM

                    chart room - so funny...attended a conference last week and was inexplicably drawn to this little dive bar..perfect for people watching!

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                      edible complex RE: redhead Nov 25, 2009 05:52 AM

                      bestest and cheapest cold beer and bloody mary's!

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                        midcity RE: edible complex Dec 4, 2009 04:00 PM

                        Where is it?

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                          roro1831 RE: midcity Dec 4, 2009 04:12 PM

                          300 Chartres

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                      roro1831 RE: edible complex Nov 24, 2009 07:26 PM

                      Where is Harry's?

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                        BayouTeche RE: roro1831 Nov 25, 2009 05:25 AM

                        Harry's Corner Bar is on Chartres at Dumaine.

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                          bronwen RE: BayouTeche Nov 25, 2009 08:00 AM

                          Checkpoint Charlie's on Esplanade, Igor's on St. Charles.

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                            Christine RE: bronwen Nov 25, 2009 09:00 AM

                            Ms. Mae's on Magazine.

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                      zach623 RE: joedontexan Nov 27, 2009 07:35 AM

                      How about The Alibi on Iberville?

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                        jdm40 RE: joedontexan Nov 30, 2009 08:30 AM

                        Milan Lounge

                        Its too bad Nick's Train Stop isn't around any longer.

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                          CharlieH RE: jdm40 Nov 30, 2009 11:18 AM

                          I love it when people think its pronounced like the city in Italy. ch

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                            jdm40 RE: CharlieH Dec 1, 2009 08:15 AM

                            I love it when people are positive!

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                              joedontexan RE: jdm40 Dec 2, 2009 04:37 PM

                              I always liked Coops it always had a Cheers type feel of it.

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                                scrumptiouschef RE: joedontexan Dec 6, 2009 07:59 PM

                                Haven't been to as many as I would like but Evelyn's Place on Chartre fits the bill.


                                It is most certainly under the radar.On my last visit I queried my cabdriver,who'd been on the job since the late 60's and he'd never heard of it.

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                                  joedontexan RE: scrumptiouschef Jul 6, 2010 04:44 PM

                                  anyone been to mugsys bar on veterans memorial out in metairie?

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                                    roro1831 RE: joedontexan Jul 6, 2010 08:57 PM

                                    I have some friends that have been. They own the bar not far from there, Hurricanes. I've not been to Mugsy's but have been to the Lamplighter

                        2. noradeirdre RE: joedontexan Jul 6, 2010 07:15 PM

                          Pete's in the Irish Channel and the Saint on St. Mary's.

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                            latasche RE: noradeirdre Jul 8, 2010 06:50 AM

                            +1 on Pete's. I would have never even thought to go in had it not been for some friends who live down the street. Love the fact that you can order frozen pizza....

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                              Littleman RE: noradeirdre Jul 17, 2010 11:17 AM

                              What's the address for Pete's. Thanks.

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                                noradeirdre RE: Littleman Jul 17, 2010 01:41 PM

                                it's on the corner of Chippewa and Sixth.

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                                  Littleman RE: noradeirdre Jul 17, 2010 03:45 PM


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                              Windsome RE: joedontexan Jul 17, 2010 07:59 AM

                              The #1 bar in New Orleans is Cure....period.

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                                Littleman RE: Windsome Jul 17, 2010 11:11 AM

                                I agree. Here's a link to lot's of dive bars and cafe's in and around NOLA.


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                                  roro1831 RE: Windsome Jul 17, 2010 11:52 AM

                                  But I wouldn't call it a dive bar

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                                    kibbles RE: Windsome Jul 18, 2010 08:06 AM

                                    definitely not a dive bar, the opposite really.

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                                      gastrotect RE: Windsome Jul 19, 2010 09:40 AM

                                      Cure is the exact opposite of a dive bar...

                                    2. Suzy Wong RE: joedontexan Jul 18, 2010 11:09 AM

                                      Hi Ho Lounge
                                      2239 Saint Claude Avenue
                                      New Orleans, LA 70117

                                      Would fit the bill.........

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                                        bronwen RE: Suzy Wong Jul 20, 2010 11:06 AM

                                        St, Charles Tavern. Really any bar on Decatur (is Fiorella's still going, it's got a tiny bar). Friendly Bar and Big Daddy's in the Marigny. Buffa's on Esplanade.

                                        Big Daddy's Bar
                                        2513 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70117

                                        Fiorella's Cafe
                                        1136 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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                                        lenwood RE: joedontexan Jul 20, 2010 11:30 AM

                                        A funny story about Snake and Jakes: I was trying to figure out if my house got power back after Hurricane Gustav. A friend of mine went to Snake and Jakes that is close to my house. I asked "Did they have power." He answered: The beer was cold and it was dark in there, like it always is. -- no Help. I couldn't tell if there was power in my neighborhood.

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                                          joedontexan RE: lenwood Jan 24, 2011 03:35 PM

                                          Just did an all nighter at these glorious dives Snake and Jakes, Ms Maes, Saturn Bar, erin rose, walked out into the sunlight about eight am from snake and jakes job well done.

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                                            joedontexan RE: joedontexan May 25, 2012 04:42 PM

                                            Due to my recent trip to nola I must add Chucks Sports Bar on Gravier near magazine close to harrahs casino. Great dive Im not sure about the sports bar thing since they do have one tv lol. Great patina cheap two dollar miller high lifes and some cool laid back people. check this one out. Oh by the way JOHNNY WHITES hole in the wall on bourbon closes forever June 30th the sad end to another all time dive bar. rip.

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                                            twyst RE: lenwood May 25, 2012 04:51 PM

                                            The best snake and jakes stories usually always involved naked thursdays (stand at the bar naked and get a free bartab). I dont think they do those anymore, cant confirm as I dont live in town anymore.

                                          3. ktroia RE: joedontexan Jul 4, 2012 11:12 AM

                                            The Saint
                                            Snake & Jake's
                                            Roberts Bar
                                            Ms. Mae's
                                            Brother's 3

                                            I went to one right outside of the airport a few years ago that's actually in a tire shop. It was during Halloween - and I thought I may have hallucinated the whole thing; but the other day I was dropping someone at the airport and I saw it. On Airline Hwy. That place is no joke.

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