Just a little bit
Rendon Inn was born out of the misery imposed on our country by a misguided government - The National Prohibition Act, otherwise known as the Volstead Act, which was officially repealed when Utah (of all states) became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment on December 5, 1933.
Unfortunately, the misery was not all the fault of Prohibition as the country, including New Orleans, was also just coming out of the Great Depression. If there was ever a time when the good people of the Big Easy needed a drink, it was then and for the 85 years since Rendon Inn first opened its doors in the iconic Broadmoor neighborhood, which is perched conveniently at the intersection of Uptown and Mid-City, the bar has been diligently serving locals and tourists alike.
In early 2018, Rendon Inn was purchased by a couple of guys that used to frequent the bar back in the '80s and '90s. The bar had seen better days and was in desperate need of a makeover. The work, which was significant, commenced, and shortly after Mardi Gras, 2018 Rendon Inn re-opened as the proper drinking establishment that it is today. No kitsch. No gimmicks. Just a damn good spirits selection, ever-changing local and craft draughts piped through our state-of-the-art glycol-chiller system, wide-ranging bottled brews, and ciders, and a palate-pleasing menu of Creole and Cajun specialties married to classic pub grub prepared by guys with legit Southern Louisiana street cred. Oh, and 90 feet of gleaming, solid cherry bar top and 45 barstools (plus ornamental cast iron-based tables and a boatload of comfy chairs inside and covered and uncovered patio areas with tons of tables and chairs) to enjoy it all.
For the record, Rendon Inn is a neighborhood bar and restaurant. What that means to us is that it is a place that can be whatever you need it to be at the moment you are here. We are friendly and hospitable and warm and conversant and welcoming. The decor of the bar is intended to evoke all of those qualities. We want you to be comfortable and hang out. We are not a cocktail bar nor a dive bar but live in that sweet spot in between a dump, where you don't even want to know what is behind the bathroom door, and a pretentious "you-will-have-what-we-tell-you-to-have" imposter of pseudo-culture and faux-hipness. We love a good drink and great food but will be damned if we are going to tell you what you should have unless you happen to ask our opinion. We can also assure you that our bathrooms - and our bar and our kitchen - are always clean and worthy of an inspection by your Mom, who we think would love to come have a drink and some fried chicken with us.
Our outdoor spaces, both our expansive covered deck with hi-def TVs and our open patio, are smoker, including cigar and pipe, friendly (we did mention that we want to be what you want us to be, right?).
That's enough about us since the only way to know for sure is to come visit us. When you do, if there is anything that we can do to improve your neighborhood bar, just let us know. We'll see what we can do.
Until then, cheers!