618 Frenchmen Street,
(btwn Royal & Chartes Sts),
+1 504 942 3731
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Sun-Thu 4pm-4am, Fri-Sat 4pm-5am
Expect entry charge
Frenchmen Street is dotted with bars and clubs but most of them are first and foremost live music venues. D.B.A. stands out as being primarily about great beer, great spirits and great wine - although it does also book some fantastic bands.
D.B.A. has a sister bar in New York City and, although the New Orleans branch has a relaxed, almost dive bar feel it has more than a hint of New York style. Two distinct rooms lined in redwood planks share the central bar, one with a lounge feel, the other more jazz club. Both are dimly lit, with twirling ceiling fans and lots of dark wood. A warm yellow glow emanates from the small candles dotted about in glasses.
D.B.A. attracts a discerning bunch of locals and well informed tourists, drawn by a range of 60-odd domestic and imported bottled beers plus another twenty on draught, not to mention the great live bands. The spirits selection is also serious with over 40 malts and 33 bourbons just for starters.