First time visiting New Orleans - 11/4 through 11/7 - Recommendations for things to do

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    Oct 23, 2010 12:14 PM GMT
    I've never been to New Orleans before so I am looking forward to it. I'll be staying about three blocks west of Bourbon Street and about three blocks north of St. Annes. As far as getting around the French Quarter, is it all within walking distance or do you recommend getting a car?

    I'll check out Bourbon Street of course and the Marigny area. What else do you recommend? Is there anything special happening while I'll be in town that I should plan to see?

    All suggestions welcome!
  • coolarmydude

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    Oct 23, 2010 2:18 PM GMT
    Drive through!


    Just kidding!
  • ShanksE

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    Oct 23, 2010 2:36 PM GMT
    Go watch a play:
    http://neworleans.broadwayworld.com/article/Southern_Rep_Presents_AFTERLIFE_A_GHOST_STORY_1023117_20101001
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    Oct 23, 2010 3:08 PM GMT
    The play actually looks pretty cool and is a definite possibility. Anyone know of any "gay" type stuff to check out down in N'awlins? icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 23, 2010 3:17 PM GMT
    Contact me or mch. There is not enough space to let you know here. By all means, EAT!!!icon_biggrin.gif
  • RSportsguy

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    Oct 23, 2010 3:28 PM GMT
    Cafe DuMonde, The French Market, Pat O'Brien's, Nola's! There are quite a few places that are fun and around the French Quarter. I would recommend checking with Lucky Dog too because the locals always know hidden treasures that the travel brochure do not have!! Have fun!!
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    Oct 23, 2010 3:31 PM GMT
    Luckydog76 saidContact me or mch. There is not enough space to let you know here. By all means, EAT!!!icon_biggrin.gif


    Will do - thanks! I guess I better try to eat clean the week before I go if I want to still be able to fit in my clothes by the time I leave. Definitely want to take advantage o what the city has to offer in terms of food, dining, and drinking.
  • Midas426

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    Oct 23, 2010 4:02 PM GMT
    As someone who just recently came back from NOLA, you definitely don't need a car to get around the French Quarter. They have buses and streetcars along Canal Street and the Riverfront if you wish to venture beyond the FQ.

    Cafe Du Monde - That is the ultimate NOLA tourist experience. I wound up going late Saturday afternoon the first time and the line was only 20 minutes though I got the beignets to-go....getting a table would probably take a few more minutes.

    Cafe Beignet - The beignets are just as good there though they use less powdered sugar on theirs.

    Coop's Place - They have a delicious Jambalaya Supreme dish there. Plus I loved the marinated crab claws.

    NOLA - Although I saw a small roach (thankfully after I ate dinner), they have very good food there. Loved their chocolate bread pudding.

    Mother's - Good breakfast place (get your juice/coffee before sitting down since they don't deliver those to you...though depending on crowd you'll have your drink before you have a spot to sit....*LOL*)

    Commander's Place in Garden District....that looked like it would've been a good place to eat. Unfortunately I wasn't dressed up enough to dine there.

    And with all the walking I did...along FQ, Garden District, City Park area, I burned off enough calories to offset all the sinful foods I enjoyed. I know so since I wound up having to soak my legs and feet in Epsom Salt by Day 3.

    Enjoy!


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    Oct 23, 2010 11:31 PM GMT
    sashaman saidI'll check out Bourbon Street of course and the Marigny area. What else do you recommend? Is there anything special happening while I'll be in town that I should plan to see?

    All suggestions welcome!


    Go to the Bourbon Pub and the gay club (forgot name) on Bourbon Street. It's at the end of the debauchery. There's a lot of gay bars around there.
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    Oct 23, 2010 11:38 PM GMT
    NOLA for a great meal

    Pat O'Briens for a Hurricane-let me emphasize ONE Hurricane only! They are sneaky little bastards. I made a serious rookie mistake my first trip there.
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    Oct 24, 2010 12:02 AM GMT
    Thanks for all the suggestions! Yeah, definitely need to try some of those restaurants and grab a hurricane at Pat O'Briens. I think the club JakeBenson is thinking of is OZ and that'll be on the to do list as well.
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    Oct 30, 2010 10:18 PM GMT
    Dinner at Stella!

    http://www.restaurantstella.com/
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    Oct 30, 2010 11:40 PM GMT
    COLORED TEXT GOES HERERESIZED TEXT GOES HERE Best Brunch - Brennon's - Get a reservatoin NOW, check it out on line and don't be late, try to get a table outside if weather is good. The gay quarte in the quarterr will find you so just wonder around and check it all out as you go, it's hard to miss. Undercover cops, but sex on the street is hardly a problem if no one can see, and they're used to most everything except falling down on your face or a fist fight - murder should be avoided. Party your brains out and dance 24/7 - nowhere like it in the world. Best Go Go Boys except in NYC. Your hotel concierge will steer you to best out of the main street dining, but Commanders a treat, ck dress code - reservations at all name places a must!

    Art gallaries are wonderful, buy a Blue Dog for 30K........... Brace yourself and don't waste a minute. Big events are in Feb/March and in Sept.
  • gumbosolo

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    Oct 30, 2010 11:58 PM GMT
    I live in New Orleans, and ShanksE up there is incredibly sweet to reference the play I'm in. icon_smile.gif

    You're way better off walking than driving-- aside from a necessary cab ride from the airport and back (assuming you're flying), a car is more of a pain than anything in NOLA because of the scarcity of parking. Unless you're really attached to driving or you plan to visit a far-off spot, it's a waste of money and time.

    Jake probably means Oz, though the Pub is right across the street, and Napoleon's Itch is right across the other street, though there's usually not much going on there. The intersection of Bourbon and St. Anne is generally about as gay as it gets. And another block down Bourbon is Lafitte in Exile, another gay bar; a block up St. Anne is Good Friends, which is much more chill and laid-back than most of the gay bars with incredibly nice bartenders. Another block up is Rawhide, which is exactly what it sounds like. A few blocks west of there is the Corner Pocket, the gogo boy bar.

    Gayness aside, the walk along the river is great and a good chance to get away for some quiet if you're ever in that mood. During the day, the street performers and artists are all out on Royal Street, so definitely save some time for the lower four streets of the Quarter when the sun is up.

    Back to gayness-- the Marigny is our gayborhood, so hit up Frenchmen Street (not so gay, but great jazz clubs and local music of other kinds), Allways Lounge (burlesque and stuff), Kajun's (karaoke!), The Country Club (not what it sounds like; it's a bar/restaurant with a clothing-optional pool), John Paul's, and the Phoenix if you like bears.

    Feel free to ask further if you want some non-gay, non-Quarter stuff. icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 04, 2010 7:04 PM GMT
    Flew in to New Orleans late this morning, had some jambalaya and then a drink at the Bourbon Pub and Parade. Just checked in to hotel. Can't wait to head back out later this afternoon and check out the city. Lovin it so far!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 04, 2010 7:15 PM GMT
    Another nice restaurant in a quieter part of the quarter is Irene's, 539 Saint Philip Street.

    There is a deli in the same area, maybe Verti Marte, that had really good po'boys.

    Croissant D'Or Patisserie is another nice little spot for a pastry and coffee.

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    Nov 04, 2010 7:32 PM GMT
    Hope you have an awesome time there sweet man!
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    Nov 05, 2010 3:50 AM GMT
    Welcome to NEW ORLEANS!

    I certainly hope you'll take the time to eat, drink and party because that's what we're known for! During your downtime, walk up and down every street of the quarter because there's shops and galleries of all kind. And you've GOT to stop at the French Market to buy some trinkets and souveniers to take home.

    But PLEASE do not buy a Blue Dog. That's just a one-hit art crap that as stale as dried out french bread.
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    Nov 05, 2010 9:18 PM GMT
    Thanks for the recommendations guys! After one day in New Orleans, I've concluded that there is no good reason to be hungry, thirsty (or sober!) when visiting this great city! I need to grab a short nap before seeing what sort of mischief I can get in to tonight.

    If you've never been, definitely come and check it out!
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    Nov 06, 2010 5:55 AM GMT
    sashaman saidThanks for the recommendations guys! After one day in New Orleans, I've concluded that there is no good reason to be hungry, thirsty (or sober!) when visiting this great city! I need to grab a short nap before seeing what sort of mischief I can get in to tonight.

    If you've never been, definitely come and check it out!

    Thanks for putting in the good word! Have fun. I just might bump into ya tomorrow night!
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    Nov 06, 2010 9:08 PM GMT
    This is the craziest fuckin place I've ever been. Drunk straight chick was trying to give me head at Bourban Street Pub. She shoved her tongue down my throat and in my ear! WTF! icon_eek.gif

    My hubby came and rescued me!icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 06, 2010 10:21 PM GMT
    I drove through N'Awlins once and ate at Denny's, then kept driving. icon_razz.gif
  • Midas426

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    Nov 06, 2010 11:42 PM GMT
    sashaman saidThis is the craziest fuckin place I've ever been. Drunk straight chick was trying to give me head at Bourban Street Pub. She shoved her tongue down my throat and in my ear! WTF! icon_eek.gif

    My hubby came and rescued me!icon_lol.gif
    Oh wow...that is crazy. She definitely knew what she wanted....*LOL*.
  • RyeMac

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    Nov 21, 2010 7:17 AM GMT
    If there was only time for one Nola "lifestyle" legend to visit it would be :

    COUNTRY CLUB on Louisa st.... in the Marigny district adjacent to the French quarter and walkable. and serving good food, too !

    http://www.thecountryclubneworleans.com/www.thecountryclubneworleans.com/Welcome.html

    Highly recommended !

    Fun places :

    http://www.johnpaulsbar.com/ http://www.bourbonpub.com/

    http://www.theallwayslounge.com/ http://www.napoleonsitch.com/

    historic :
    http://www.lafittes.com/

    the gastronomique possibilities are off the charts...seriously!
    in no particular order :

    http://www.arnaudsrestaurant.com/

    http://muriels.com/ http://www.courtoftwosisters.com/

    http://www.brennansneworleans.com/

    http://www.commanderspalace.com/ Garden district .

    http://www.theorangecouchcoffee.com/