The Bywater – Neighborhood Information
Oxalis is one of several restaurants that are contributing to the revitalization of a commercial section of Dauphine Street bounded by Clouet and Piety Streets. Serving New-American cuisine with a focus on social plates meant for sharing, Oxalis also boasts an extensive whiskey selection.
Booty’s is another restaurant that’s helped to reinject life into Dauphine Street, and it’s been a hit since opening with its focus on serving street food from around the world – from empanadas to banh mi – in a relaxed, hip setting. Apart from its eclectic menu, Booty’s serves as a kind of neighborhood anchor with excellent Stumptown coffee and free wi-fi.
Maurepas is a neighborhood restaurant with a focus on using seasonal and local ingredients to create what it calls “robust cuisine.”
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.
Since opening in 2013, Mariza, located in the Rice Mill Lofts, has received numerous local and national accolades for its excellent Italian-inspired cuisine.
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 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 its Monday night King James and the Special Men gigs. The King and his Men harken back to the sounds of ’50s New Orleans RnB and they’re not to be missed.
Bud Rip’s, a fixture in the neighborhood for decades, is another friendly neighborhood bar where you can find cheap beer, a welcoming place to catch a game 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 Saturday nights for the Mod Dance Party. Don’t miss it.
Bywater Places of Worship
Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos Parish
New Salem Baptist Church
Greater Liberty Baptist Church
Additional Bywater Amenities
Bywater Neighborhood Association