The Bywater – Neighborhood Information
Junction recently opened on an increasingly revitalized St. Claude Avenue to the delight of Bywater residents who were just itching for a craft-beer focused bar serving great burgers.
Like Junction, Red’s Chinese, located on St. Claude Avenue, is a recent addition to the neighborhood. With dishes like Hawaiian fried rice and kung pao pastrami, this is not your father’s Chinese restaurant.
Every neighborhood needs a good BBQ restaurant, and the Bywater has one in The Joint. Whether its ribs, pulled pork or brisket, The Joint does it right.
The Country Club offers a restaurant, bar, patio, sauna, hot tub and pool in an unmatched setting: a beautiful Italianate raised center hall cottage. Catering to a diverse clientele, The Club has been a fixture in the neighborhood since 1977.
Bacchanal came to life after Hurricane Katrina and has evolved into one of the liveliest spots in the neighborhood with its winning mix of wine shop and bar, music venue, and restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.
Satsuma, another contributor to the revitalization of Dauphine Street, is your go to spot for an espresso and a bagel, or maybe a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich, or, if you’re in the mood for something healthy, they’ve even got pressed juice.
Pizza Delicious serves authentic New York Style pizza, as well as a rotating menu of pasta dishes that are reasonably priced and very good.
Suis Generis serves cuisine with global influences using fresh, local ingredients.
Bywater American Bistro is famed Chef Nina Compton’s second outpost in the City, which she opened after great success at Compere Lapin in the Warehouse District. At Bywater American Bistro, located in the Rice Mill Lofts, Chef Compton’s focus is using the best ingredients and combining New Orleans flavors with those of her native St. Lucia.
Bywater Bars and Music Venues
Vaughn’s, a ramshackle, yet friendly neighborhood bar, is known far and wide for Kermit Ruffins’ longstanding Thursday night gig there, which he maintained for nearly twenty years. Seeking to keep earlier hours, Kermit gave up his weekly residency and passed the torch to Corey Henry, a trombonist and touring member of Galactic, who has settled into the gig nicely.
BJ’s is another friendly neighborhood bar, which, like Vaughn’s has developed a reputation for hosting some of downtown’s most raucous performers, including the likes of King James and the Special Men and Little Freddie King.
Bud Rip’s, a fixture in the neighborhood for decades, is another friendly neighborhood bar where you can find cheap beer, a pool table and lots of familiar faces.
Years ago, Markey’s used to cater to a clientele that worked along the river. Now, as the neighborhood has changed, so has the bar – there are plenty of flat screens to watch the game, a kitchen in back serving bar food, and numerous craft beers on tap.
The Saturn Bar could perhaps win the award for strangest bar in America. It’s also the place to be on Monday nights for the King James and the Special Men gig. Don’t miss it.
Bywater Places of Worship
Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos Parish
Frederick A. Douglas Senior High School
Additional Bywater Amenities
Mickey Markey Park
Bywater Neighborhood Resources
Bywater Neighborhood Association
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