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Handsome Willy's

218 S Robertson St, New Orleans, LA 70112-2810
+1 504-525-0377
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good22%
  • Average22%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible11%
1 week ago
5 Nov 2017
“Used to be GREAT, now unbelievably bad. ”
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Mexican, American, Grill, Contemporary
218 S Robertson St, New Orleans, LA 70112-2810
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The bar was quite good but it was a bit of a trek to get there and a bit overpriced for my liking and staff semester a little rushed

Thank Artie D
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

HW was a pre-game “must do” but no more. New ownership, big changes and there’s no point in coming here anymore. You can’t get drinks or food. Why bother to open on game day? You certainly aren’t prepared HW. Or maybe you just don’t want...More

Thank Teresa C
Reviewed 13 January 2017

Wondered out of the French Qtr for a change. It is a nice, friendly hang-out. The drinks are reasonably priced and the food is awesome and very affordable. Great music and lots of hospitality. They serve lunch and dinner and have a great happy hour.

Thank Chrystal S
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Bartenders are very friendly, although the food was mediocre. Try the burger. After sending my first order back bexause it was still frozen I got a burger and it was good.

Thank kgladstone410
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

This bar is a bit off the beaten path. The hospital is nearby so it's frequented by hospital staff when they get off work. The staff is friendly. Service was okay. You can get food there but I wouldn't go there for that. It's a...More

Thank Ciahasher
Reviewed 3 April 2016

Just after we got there there was a power outage. The thing I learned quickly that people who dealt with things like Katrina don't worry about losing a little power. Candles were lit, service continued on a cash basis. Had a great time! Felt like...More

Thank Americana29
Reviewed 23 December 2015

Handsome Willy's is off the beaten path of tourists, but. it is truly worthy of a visit, if you really want a taste of local! This former brothel, in a neighborhood that was notorious, this being Storyville, will please the very basic needs when you...More

Thank eventsbythirteen
Reviewed 22 April 2015

This is a great little bar. The patio is nice and on Fridays there is free food- and it's actually good food. The bartenders are extremely friendly too. Lots of drink specials. You'll see a lot of hospital employees here on Fridays after work. The...More

Thank KreweduReview
Reviewed 8 February 2015

We were in town for the holidays and had researched what restaurants and bars would be open during our visit. After finding Handsome Willy's website, we contacted the owner to check hours of operation during our stay. The response was gracious, and we ended up...More

Thank Kgodzgurl4life
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 12
Mexican, American, Grill, Contemporary
After-hours, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Accepts Visa, Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Waitstaff
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 3:00 am
4:00 pm - 3:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 218 S Robertson St, New Orleans, LA 70112-2810
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +1 504-525-0377
Handsome Willy's celebrates more than 75 years of Food, Booze, Music & Good Times.

Delicious Strong Drinks at Reasonable Local Prices!

A full menu featuring slow-cooked meats and homemade sauces, offering tasty Burritos, Nachos, Salads, Burgers, Wings, and more.

DJs for Happy Hour and beyond seven days a week.

Who DAT Nation HQ: Pre & Post Saints Game Parties that are legendary!

Private Parties and Off-Site Catering


The bar that is now Handsome Willy's was originally called The Jackson Inn and operated out of a streetcar, serving patrons who worked at the newly erected Charity Hospital. Originally, this area was part of historic black Storyville, the center of New Orleans-style debauchery in the early 1900s. Legend has it that the neighborhood pimp Handsome Willy was friends with Mr. Jackson and lived above the Jackson Inn for years.
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