St. Roch Tavern: Old School in New OrleansBy
Hidden away from the crass and crazy Quarter is this little bastion of reality that dates back to the 1930′s. The neighborhood is known as the Marigny and the sub-neighborhood is called St. Roch. So you’ll find the St. Roch Tavern on St. Roch avenue in the St. Roch neighborhood (just down from the St. Roch cemeteries). And if you’re visiting New Orleans you will want to find it!
All things converge at the St. Roch tavern: food and drink, young and old, music and conversation, jazz and bounce, men and women, gamblers and drinkers, smokers and non…you name it! It’s not uncommon to see a twenty-something professional drinking with a seventy-something blues man. Every inch of this place oozes Old New Orleans history! One only needs to take a look at the mosaic on the steps of the back door that reads, “Ladies” to know this place has been around and seen some things.
A night out drinking at St. Roch tavern is extremely affordable! Every day they feature $6 pitchers of PBR and $9 pitchers of Abita. Your average shot floats around $5!!! And if you’re the designated driver they will gladly serve you an RC Cola.
Local performers strut their stuff on the stage and fill the bar with tunes old and new after 8pm. Although any given night could have a band your best bet is on the weekends. Every Saturday night a DJ “spins” and people “dance” to Bounce, an energetic style of New Orleans hip hop. We do everything our own way down here!
If there’s a Saints game on you can be sure to catch it here with a crowd of loyal fans, drink specials and good food!
Speaking of good food, every day from 12am-3pm and 5pm-10pm Brandito’s Burritos serves up a delicious array of Tex Mex delights that will satisfy far more than typical bar munchies. The menu includes such things as Migas, Seven Layer Burrito, Street tacos and Gorditas. Stop in for Five Dollar Friday for great food at a special price!
As is typical of most of my reviews…this place is real New Orleans. Real food, real prices, real music and real people. So for a real good time you need to hunt this place down and stop in for few, which can easily become a lot in an historic joint like this.
12pm ’til we say, “go home.”