Ninth Ward (CLOSED)

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Ninth Ward (CLOSED)
Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

Nic Ratner, along with Shoolbred's owner Rob Morgan and the costume designer William Ivey Long, are honoring New Orleans' Ninth Ward with this gothic bar, designed to look like it's been standing since the 19th century. Twelve taps will pour Louisiana's best-known beer, Abita, along with a changing selection of craft brews, like the rare Brooklyn-made Voodoo Bock. Cocktails, meanwhile, will include Big Easy classics like the Sazerac, "but not with Day-Glo plastic cups," says Ratner. "It's not that New Orleans."


Venue name: Ninth Ward (CLOSED)
Address: 180 Second Ave
New York

Cross street: between 11th and 12th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 4pm–2am; Fri, Sat 4pm–4am
Transport: Subway: L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq; L to Third Ave
Price: Average drink: $7. AmEx, MC, V
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Matt S

My favorite of the Church Group trio (Kingston Hall/Shoolbred's). Great choice to meet the crew after work for 2 for 1 happy hour drinks (which includes a not-too-shabby draft selection) served up by an overall-clad, gold-toothed bartender (can't say they don't embody the New Orleans theme).