French Quarter bars and restaurants open on Christmas – continually updated

Many local French Quarter bars and restaurants have remained open during Christmas in the past and, in fact, some consider it obligatory because of tradition. Reveillon, for instance, is a New Orleans French-Creole tradition that’s celebrated with luxurious holiday dinners during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

And some places choose to stay open because tourists. It’s the French Quarter. Many, but not all, hospitality industry workers here prefer to work, whether they feel compelled to do it or just love what they do, and some may even be expected to work on Christmas.

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions/shutdowns have severely impacted the operations of many businesses in the French Quarter and we’re left wondering what’s open or closed. Here’s an incomplete, but continually updated, list of bars and restaurants that are open on Christmas Eve and Day.

By the order of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, all on-premise alcohol consumption at bars and restaurants must stop at 11 p.m., although bars must still close at 11 p.m. Open hours may vary.

This is an ongoing list and will be updated throughout the day/night. If you’re open, please contact Dave Minsky at dave@thequarterrat.com or Eric T. Styles at styles@thequarterrat.com.

UPDATED: Dec. 24, 2020, 5:21 p.m. CST

The Upper Quarter, 1000 Bienville St.
Will be open starting at 2 p.m. on Christmas Day for the Saints game.

The Alibi, 811 Iberville St.
This dive bar located on Iberville Street will be open until about 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve. It’ll reopen at 3 p.m. on Christmas Day in time for the Saints game and close at about 11 p.m.

Palm and Pine, 308 N. Rampart St.
This restaurant will be open for Christmas, with their last seating at 9:45 p.m.; closed for Christmas Day.

The Abbey Bar, 1123 Decatur St.
The bar will have poboys and fixings available. Bartenders Erica, followed by Erica, will be on hand pouring cocktails until 11 p.m.

Fahy’s Irish Pub, 540 Burgundy St.
Fahy’s will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Mr. B’s Bistro, 201 Royal St.
Open Christmas Eve from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Jimani Lounge and Restaurant, 141 Chartes St.
The Jimani will be open on Christmas Day from 5 p.m. until about 11 p.m.

Molly’s on Toulouse, 732 Toulouse St.
Molly’s will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Toulouse Dive Bar, 738 Toulouse St.
The Dive Bar on Toulouse Street, located next to Molly’s, will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Jessica will have homemade Christmas cookies and hot spiced apple cider for the Dive Bar Christmas day.

Copper Monkey Grill, 725 Conti St.
The Copper Monkey Grill (and bar) will be open on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Christmas Day from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

MRB, 515 St. Philp St.
MRB’s will be open on Christmas Eve from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and on Christmas Day from noon to 11 p.m. with the Saints game ready to roll.

Turtle Bay, 1119 Decatur St.
Will be open from 11 a.m to 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Day.

Local 718, 718 Bourbon St.
Local 718, which replaced Johnny White’s on the corner of Bourbon Street and Orleans Avenue, will be giving out meals free of charge to locals and service industry workers from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Market Cafe, 1000 Decatur St.
Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 8 a.m. to at least 4 or 5 p.m. (all times subject to change).

The Dungeon, 738 Toulouse St.
Will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Cosimo’s, 1201 Burgundy St.
Cosimo’s bar, located on the corner of Burgundy and Governor Nicholls Street, will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Cafe Lafitte in Exile, 901 Bourbon St.
Open on Christmas Eve from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for a Christmas party.

ACME Oyster House, 724 Iberville St.
Open on Christmas Eve, but closes at 4 p.m.

Olde Nola Cookery, 205 Bourbon St.
Open Christmas Day from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m.

Arnaud’s and the French 75 Bar, 813 Beinville St.
Open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve and open Christmas Day for dinner from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Bourbon House, 144 Bourbon St.
Not open Christmas Day or Christmas Eve, Open Christmas Eve until 9 p.m.

Mambo’s, 411 Bourbon St.
Open Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Good Friends Bar and Queens Head Pub, 740 Dauphine St.
This bar will be open normal business hours on Christmas Eve, from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., and on Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Betty’s Bar and Bistro, 700 Burgundy St.
Will be open Christmas Eve, Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Corner Pocket, 940 St. Louis St.
Corner Pocket will be open on Christmas Eve from noon to 11 p.m and on Christmas Day from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Three Legged Dog, 400 Burgundy St.
Open Christmas Eve and Day from noon to 11 p.m.

American Sports Saloon, 1200 Decatur St.
American Sports Saloon, also know as the “ASS” bar, will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Spirits on Bourbon, 615 Bourbon St.
Will be open 11 a.m to 11 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Checkpoint Charlie’s, 501 Esplanade Ave.
Simply known as “Checkpoints,” this bar will be open both days, Christmas Eve and Day, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

GrandPre’s, 834 N. Rampart St.
Open Christmas Even and Day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Longway Tavern, 719 Toulouse St.
Will be open on Christmas Eve from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., but closed Christmas Day.

The Golden Lantern, 1239 Royal St.
Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Original Pierre Maspero’s, 440 Chartres St.
Open regular hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on both days. You can make a reservation here.

Killer Poboys, 219 Dauphine St.
Open until 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and closed for Christmas Day.

Crossing Bar, 439 Dauphine St.
Open both days from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Buffa’s Bar and Restaurant, 1001 Esplanade Ave.
Buffa’s is still holding its annual Christmas Eve film festival, which runs from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cafe Maspero, 601 Decatur St.
Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 9 a.m to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Curio Bistro, 301 Royal St.
Curio will be open Christmas Eve from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Christmas Day from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Royal House, 441 Royal St.
Open regular hours on Christmas Even from 11 a.m to 10 p.m. and Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Court of Two Sisters, 613 Royal St.
Will be open regular business hours from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Even and Day.





























Antoine’s Restaurant, Mena’s Palace to reopen this week after temporarily closing due to COVID-19 restrictions

(Photo: Ian Sarad | CC Flickr)
The French Quarter is coming back to life as two more restaurants are slated to reopen this week following months of closure due to the COVID-19 shutdown.

Mena’s Palace, located at 200 Chartres St., is scheduled to reopen on Thursday, Sept. 24.

The restaurant, which opened in Exchange Alley in the mid 1950s, relocated to the corner of Iberville and Chartres streets. Mena’s announced its temporary closure on March 20 following shutdowns related to the coronavirus.

Antoine’s Restaurant, located at 713 St. Louis St., announced on Friday that it will reopen its doors to the public on Sept 25. Antoine’s temporarily closed on March 16.

The restaurant will open for lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday and brunch on Sunday.

Courtesy of Rich Bowen | CC Flickr.

Antoine’s is offering a limited menu for the fall and will including a three-course lunch special for $20.20 and a three-course dinner special for $42 in the main dining rooms.

For lunch and brunch, the restaurant will offer bottomless mimosas, sparkling wine and rose for $15 per person.

All private dining rooms are open and the restaurant is actively booking for future events. For private dining reservations, customers are asked to fill out the online inquiry form and a restaurant manager will follow up.

A la carte reservations can be made through OpenTable or calling the restaurant at 504-581-4422.

Antoine’s was founded in 1840 and is one of the oldest family-run restaurants in the U.S. It’s known for the birthplace of Oysters Rockefeller and other dishes.

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Port of Call reopens again

(Photo: Dave Minsky)
A French Quarter burger joint has reopened again less than two weeks after briefing closing their doors following a to-go alcohol ban in the city last month.

Port of Call, located at 838 Esplanade Avenue, reopened Friday and for takeout and limited reserved outdoor seating. There is no indoor seating yet.

The restaurant announced on Aug. 5 that it will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Port of Call abruptly closed on July 25, one day after reopening following the COVID-19 shutdown and following a ban on to-go alcohol by New Orleans LaToya Cantrell in an effort to slow coronavirus spread.

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Hard Rock Cafe on Bourbon offers free Legendary Steak Burger to frontline health care workers

(Photo: Mark Morgan | CC)
The Hard Rock Cafe New Orleans is offering frontline health care workers a free menu item as an expression of gratitude for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Hard Rock Cafe, located at 125 Bourbon St., is offering a free Legendary Steak Burger to health care workers, including doctors and nurses, with valid identification until July 31.

Visit hardrockcafe.com for more details.

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Port of Call briefly opens, abruptly closes; promises to reopen

(Photo: Port of Call in 2009. | Infrogmation/CC)
A popular burger joint in the French Quarter abruptly closed its doors on Saturday, one day after it reopened for business and after a new city COVID-19 restriction on restaurants.

Port of Call, located at 838 Esplanade Ave., closed on Saturday until further notice after reopening on Friday for takeout service.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell on Friday announced a ban on to-go alcoholic drinks as a measure to stop the spread of coronavirus. The restriction went into effect at 6 a.m. on Saturday.

But the closure isn’t permanent. The restaurant, also known for its baked potatoes and Monsoon mixed drinks, said it will reopen.

“We are not closing permanently,” the restaurant announced over social media on Saturday. “Just waiting for the right time to reopen.”

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