06.19.15 / NOLA.COM
In the long, low and narrow room atJunction on St. Claude Avenue, you can hide in a booth in the back or perch at the bar and greet neighbors as they walk in. The newcomer has an art deco vibe and a train theme, with a speeding locomotive as its logo and a menu of burgers, like the Southern Pacific, Illinois Central or Carolina Southern, named after famous lines.
If that sounds like a gimmick, rest assured that Junction is a true neighborhood hang and not a concept awaiting franchisees. Junction shares ownership with Molly at the Market (and also sells its popular frozen Irish coffee). At Junction, the real focus is beer, with 40 taps pouring a wide range of well-priced local and regional brews.
Tip: Check the Junction website (www.junctionnola.com) for news about special showings of free movies and popular TV series.
Location: 3021 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, 504.272.0205
Open: Daily. Parking: Street.
Prices: Beer, $3–$8; wine, $6.50; cocktails, $4–8.
Crowd: Neighbors who walk over or bike in.
Live music: No. Outdoor seating: Yes.