NOLA Art Bar

4.3
139 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
NOLA Art Bar is an art gallery, restaurant/craft cocktail bar and live music centre. NOLA Art Bar was established to accentuate the arts of local graphic artists, the arts of local cocktail drinking, and the arts of local music. It is one of the most unique bars in the city.
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Experiences

  • Speakeasy Burlesque

    $20.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Speakeasy Burlesque is a private burlesque show held in an exclusive intimate setting, packed with talent, fun and surprises! Make your reservations now for one of the most unique experiences ever. Reservations are for a two (2) hour duration only. Showtime 8p to 10p.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 139 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.4
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4.4
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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

The restaurant is painted blue now which makes it feel smaller than it looks in pictures. The live music was great and cocktails were great. I wouldn’t go with more than one other person as it was crowded as a group of four

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vipRebeccaB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved this casual spot with great cocktails and live music!

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vipTheaJ
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

No parking. Circled the entire area, couldn’t find a place to park. Never stepped foot inside.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Myself , my husband and 2 of my long time friends got together for some good conversation , food and drinks. We’re all artsy people in some way so the ambiance was well accepted❤️

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Lady
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

This place is extremely overpriced and the staff were ALLL RUDE! I will never ever recommend or go to this place again

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BrazinQ
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience1

We bought experience tix for burlesque show which was cancelled Then did not know if $$ would be returned. Unprofessional and not relaxing.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Brought a friend from out of town here for his birthday & was disappointed... The girls are absolutely beautiful and fun but the over all experience is awkward and fell short of what I was expecting having been to several burlesque shows in New Orleans. The girls dance for one song, which is played at a sub par volume on a speaker by the bar.. then they both awkwardly leave and the lights come up for 20 minutes until they come out again... there's no flow no real show here. Definitely not worth $20 per person just to reserve a seat to their half planned show :/ .. also Bella blue was not here despite using her name in the ad

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AishaT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I reserved a table for my friend birthday!! We absolutely loved everything😁😁 from the entertainment, atmosphere & drinks

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hospitality and wonderful drinks!

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MarkB
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Lovely atmosphere. Love the patio. Servicing the little overwhelmed because they only had two or three of them waiting several tables. But had a lovely time

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CalebA
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gem of a restaurant stuck away in an unassuming facade. Second time going and loved it each time. Looking forward to the third time

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TaylorM
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the Down South and the Prawns. Really nice vibe, courtyard seating, and good service!

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WillieJ
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty drinks and a very chic atmosphere. Music was live and energetic. Will definitely return to NOLA Art Bar with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time experiencing the amazing kinfolk brass band! They were full of style, energy and soul. I cannot wait to see them again.

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AnnaliseD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing venue, amazing band, staff was so helpful and wonderful as I booked outside for the jazz band and they were able to make it work for us to move inside. Can't wait to go back.

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Dani
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great small bites, atmosphere, service and live music.

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Nancy
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It's nice for a relaxing or quiet date night vibe and the service is spectacular. However, there aren't many food options so visitors should just keep in mind that they'll be eating lightly. The guacamole and chicken/shrimp tacos were delicious. I can't wait to go back and see more of the art, and stay longer.

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JohnJ
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, good, service and cocktails. 2 bartenders (I don’t remember their names), and the 2 servers (one seemed to be trailing) were great. A bit hard to spot on busy St. Claude, but this adds to ambiance once inside.

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LaurenL
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Came for the burlesque speakeasy and had so much fun! Great drinks and fun atmosphere.

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KaraL
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Make sure to see a burlesque show! :) tons of fun. Lovely art and STRONG drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the burlesque show. Highly recommend. Trust me and bring some pocket money.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Took a weekend trip to NOLA, was looking for something low key to get into in a Thursday night. Decided to check this spot out. This is a cute little lounge. Really liked the decor and the artwork. There was a DJ playing that night, so it was a little loud but the music was good so it wasn’t a nuisance. Drinks were delightful, a little pricier than expected for NOLA, but nothing I’m not used to coming from DC. They were not watered down though, so it was well worth the cost. Bartenders were super kind, as everyone is in NOLA, and very attentive. It was just an all around vibe. I’d definitely add this to the list of spots to grab a drink w friends. There’s also some outdoor seating behind the bar as well. Overall, this was cute.

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KarenC
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Taco Tuesday- great margaritas

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KWashington
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner and staff are very friendly. I went there with a couple of ladies in our book club, Blue Beauties, that we participate in every few weeks. The ambience was lovely and lively. The artwork on the walls make a statement which truly reflects the culture of New Orleans and what its residents love about connecting to other cultures and countries, such as Africa. You ring the doorbell for the host to let you in which really makes you feel exclusive from the moment you arrive. The food was delicious, especially the shrimp tacos. The drinks are the best in the city. I had three drinks with the charcuterie board. We stayed for almost three hours talking with the staff about various topics and city business. I love NOLA Art Bar and its concept to cater to all kinds of people. Whether you want to have a late night dance and drink, intellectual discussions, or a sociable evening with great food and friends, you feel like you belong there. It's truly authentic in every way. I will definitely frequent this venue more and visit BALDWIN. What a name for a book store. Love NOLA and its people forever!

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victoriac
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely loved this experience. I actually came for the DJ Antwigadee. I loved how private and secluded it was definitely will be back again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience5

The restaurant ran out of plates so we had to wait a significant amount of time before getting our order. I’ve never experienced anything like it before.

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vipLaurenG
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The servers were polite but that couldn't make up for everything else. Ordered drinks which weren't great (soda water doesn't belong in an Old Fashioned). The charcuterie board was nothing special and had no fresh items. I've never seen dried apricots or chocolate covered almonds on such a board. We never received plates or silverware and the only napkins we received were beverage napkins. If this place wants to call itself "classy" they've got work to do. We left and ate dinner elsewhere. We won't be back.

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KrystalW
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thursday night with DJ Antwigadee is a vibe. Great drinks and fun.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place ambiance food and drinks excellent

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CaseyT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Service by wait staff was extraordinary. Service and all interactions with the bouncer, Charles, was disturbingly horrible. I booked the table online for 6:45pm Friday 4/30. I thought I was reserving a spot for the burlesque show but I failed to see the payment option upon booking. We arrived 9 minutes late for our reservation because our Uber driver drove circles around our destination for a while before we just terminated the ride. Not until we were done with dinner and it was well after 8pm was I informed by the bouncer (who was consistently extremely rude with each encounter) that there was no show; rather, the first show was cancelled for "not enough tickets sold", and the next show was "sold out"

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BreR
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall2food5service4ambience2

The bar recently painted from a white to a dark navy blue. It was disappointing because there was no indication of such a change which put a damper on the overall experience. Definitely would recommend photo update. It could rebrand as a speakeasy. Service was great, just scenic wise very disappointing.

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vipSylvieB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You MUST come here. The bartenders and entire staff are incredible! They went out of their way to take care of us for our trip in NOLA! We got here with 2 dead phones and the bartender not only plugged in our phones but let us use hers to look at the menu. The owner is super cool and you can tell this is a passion project. Came here 1 day and 1 night of our 4 day trip! Worth it! I wish the food was served late night bc the chicken tacos and mussels were dream worthy! Walked here from JAMNOLA... please support this business!

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AlexisC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Beautiful atmosphere and good service.

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KayRene
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice environment with great service! Our server and food were amazing. The burlesque show was amazing and the women were absolutely gorgeous and entertaining! I will def recommend this place!

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JasmineW
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was a great vibe! Best tacos in the city! Bartenders were very attentive and the drinks were delicious. Will def be back! Also love the reservation only vibes

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ChristinaR
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour was great! The Sazeracs were perfect and we had one (ok, two of some) of each of the tacos! The veggie tacos were our favorite. Guac and chips also good. Prices were very reasonable.

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Slim
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a large and small gathering! Excellent service and great atmosphere. I recommend, reserving a spot indoors and outside., because you will not leave after eating. Good vibes, good food and great music.

KL
KristenL
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Lots of potential, but not there yet. Servers we very welcoming and polite, but service was incredibly slow. Drinks were not well made— everything was sooooo sugary and sweet. Guacamole and chips tasted amazing, but waited a very long time just for this one appetizer. Tacos were ok, nothing to rave about. Prawns were not too good. Hoping they improve with time and will give them a second try in a few weeks.

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BuddyX
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Went on a Tuesday for the 2 for 1 Drinks and tacos. We had the shrimp, fish, and mushroom(veggie) with chips and guacamole and an order of the “prawns”. First the service was very helpful and friendly which is always appreciated. The two ladies were honest with answers and timely with the things ordered. The shrimp and mushroom tacos were dressed well and tasted great while the fish was a bit too chewy to liking. Chips and guacamole were delicious. My only food issue is about the prawns which weren’t your usual larger shrimp, but reused popcorn-ish shrimp from the tacos. Not to mention the sauce they were soaked in was greasy and bland and the bread tasted stale. Seemed like the chef tried with what they had but it wasn’t great at all. And very overpriced for what we received. The two margaritas we had were alright too. I would’ve loved to tip the servers more but the ticket had an auto grat of 18% already included. Pay the servers more so they don’t have to rely on tips! Otherwise it was an ok outing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Do not go here. The photos are entirely misleading. We had reservations tonight, the photos on the website looked really cool. There was a $25 minimum per person, 18% tip automatic, and only a 90 minute seating. Hey, that’s fine, though. We tip 25%+, especially during COVID.

We arrived, and it literally took 50 minutes to get our first round of drinks. NOT CROWDED GUYS. Only one table occupied inside. I had to ask our waitress twice, and the bouncer (who looked dumbfounded by my asking) once, to order our drinks. Because we were accosted when we approached the bar to order ourselves after waiting several minutes without service. It was bizarre. How do you meet a $25 per person minimum within 90 minutes if it takes 50 minutes to get a single drink? It was laughable and seemed scammy TBH.

Place looked nothing like the photos, service was awful, and drinks were syrupy and gross. Will never return.

FAQs

NOLA Art Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 708-4804.

NOLA Art Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 139 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.