Ninth Ward

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Ninth Ward A downtown saloon with Deep South roots, Ninth Ward evokes a vintage New Orleans drinking den with a decidedly rock and roll attitude. New York United States 40.730533 -73.985843
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Party Earth Review A downtown saloon with Deep South roots, Ninth Ward evokes a vintage New Orleans drinking den with a decidedly rock and roll attitude. Decked out head to toe in wood-slat shutters, rustic accents, and a southern gothic... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th 4pm–2am, F 4pm–4am, Sa 1pm–4am, Su 1pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Ninth Ward Review

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A downtown saloon with Deep South roots, Ninth Ward evokes a vintage New Orleans drinking den with a decidedly rock and roll attitude.

A downtown saloon with Deep South roots, Ninth Ward evokes a vintage New Orleans drinking den with a decidedly rock and roll attitude.

Decked out head to toe in wood-slat shutters, rustic accents, and a southern gothic décor, the atmospheric bar draws a crowd of black-clad rockers and hipsters who settle into the high-backed chairs up front to sip cocktails and cheap suds and bob along to bluesy rock tunes.

A line of curtained and candlelit booths just past the stained glass image of a mystical southern belle provide space for groups of young professionals to hang out and contemplate the eclectic collection of NOLA artifacts, including voodoo dolls, liquor bottles, and gator heads kept safely in a mesh wire case.

Those who prefer to drink in the open air will want to check out the back patio, where rope lights and wrought-iron tables scattered amid stone statues and fountains create yet another evocative backdrop for the laid-back groups of creative types and students packed in to soak up the relaxed, southern gothic vibe.

Quirky and cool, Ninth Ward exudes a warm but world-weary atmosphere that will appeal to anyone looking for a mellow night out.

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Tip from Jonah:

You think of rock bars as beer and whiskey places, but Ninth Ward believes in the southern tradition of stiff cocktails. Try the Sazerac for a refreshing sip of the Old South.

  • Crowd

    Local young professionals, designers, musicians, creative hipsters, and some college students, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    iPod playlist featuring a range from grunge to oldies and blues.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Happy Hour open–8pm.

  • Prices

    Beer $5+, wine $7+, cocktails $7+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, t-shirts, sneakers, blouses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays for the biggest crowds.

  • Close By

    Two blocks down is Shoolbred’s (197 Second Avenue), Ninth Ward’s sister bar, with a rowdier but equally authentic crowd and atmosphere.

Ninth Ward User Reviews

Average rating:
Decent, and there are skulls
Chris K. Nov 16, 2012
On the one hand, Ninth Ward has a very cool dark thing going on throughout most of the bar. The hints at New Orleans-style voodoo and gothic shadow are very cool, very authentic. And hey, that fountain out back--what a fun addition. Unfortunately, this place seems a little confused, as though its concept and execution don't quite match up. The 'Sex,' 'Drugs,' and 'Rock and Roll' bathrooms are a fun idea, but what's the point? Is this a rocker bar, or a Big Easy joint? In general, I like places that go full-bore in one direction, and there just wasn't a lot of that here. A fine place, but has a bit more of a gimmick than a theme.
Main Attraction: Fire Place
Jaclyn W. Nov 5, 2012
Come here in the winter to experience a fire place bar. I know that sounds ridiculous, but it really makes things....hmm fuzzy? The concept of this bar was supposed to be the wooden ship/New Orleans feel. Besides the menu, it really is just like a warm, exclusive bar in the East Village. The booths have curtains surrounding them, which allow patrons to create private tables and the bar never seems overbearingly packed. It's a good place to take a date and hide among the shadows. Sip on a Marie Laveau to ease into the vibe.
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