AACEA Louisiana: Must-Know New Orleans Alcohol Laws
New Orleans is famous for numerous cultural wonders, including its alluring architecture, fluffy & mouthwateringly delicious beignets (seriously, those powdered pillowy doughnuts are downright dreamy), scrumptious Cajun and Creole fare, and killer Mardi Gras celebrations.
Considering New Orleans’s booze-swamped Bourbon Street and infamous party scene, it may not come as a surprise that New Orleans has some of its very own special alcohol laws. We have highlighted some of these must-know laws for you below!
What are the legal hours for alcohol sales and service in New Orleans?
Every time of the day, 24/7… yeehaw!
Can I drink alcohol in public in New Orleans?
Yes, but only in the French Quarter
How old do I need to be in New Orleans to drink alcohol?
21 The only exceptions to this rule are if alcohol is being consumed for an established religious purpose, if a parent, spouse, or legal guardian purchased the alcohol for their children or spouse, or for medical purposes.
How old do I need to be in New Orleans to enter a bar?
How old do I need to be in New Orleans to order or purchase alcohol?
21 The only exception to this is if someone under 21 is purchasing alcohol from a wholesaler to stock their business.
What is the legal BAC driving limit in New Orleans?
We hope you feel a little more prepared for any future New Orleans drinking endeavors you may find yourself in! If you are interested in learning more about Louisiana Alcohol Laws in a fun and interactive way, and receiving a Louisiana Responsible Vendor Card in the process, we welcome you to check out our LA ATC approved Online Louisiana Bar Card Training whenever and wherever is most convenient for you!
Cheers, and Happy Training!