Driving through New Orleans on Saturday...clueless as to what to do?!

  • austex85

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    Dec 16, 2011 3:42 AM GMT
    i'm driving solo from austin back to atlanta this weekend and staying the night in the french district. are there specific restaurants/bars that would be cool to this time of year (esp on a saturday)? would it be better to hit up the "mainstream" bars on bourbon St or the gay ones?

    it's my first time ever in nola so I'd rather not spend it watching tv in the hotel room lol. keep in mind i'm also on a relatively tight budget.
  • rnch

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    Dec 16, 2011 11:23 AM GMT
    i would suggest bypassing the overly touristy french quarter and spend your free time in thearea of new orleans immediately to the east of, and ajoining the quarter, called marigny-bywater. that's where most of the gay residents of new orleans live and play.

    on frenchmen street you will find restaurants, coffee shops, bars and music venues, all very gay friendly.

    this area is a historic home district, with charming, eye pleasing commercial and private buildings all bult in the early 1800's to early 1900's.

    on louisa street there is an old planter's house renovated into a fine restaurant, bar, public rooms and a clothing optional swimming pool/taning area/hot tub/showers in what was the huge back yard.

    you will find this area of town VERY gay-friendly and much more inexpensive that the french quarter.

    pls PM me for details.
  • austex85

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    Dec 16, 2011 3:07 PM GMT
    thanks for the info.

    is that area walkable from the french quarter? i already booked a hotel there already and i want to limit as much driving as possible (is that recommended??)

    also, i want to have some real cajun food—alligators and all. and not the expensive touristy type, but something authentic, good and cheap.
  • LJay

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    Dec 16, 2011 3:12 PM GMT
    Why not ask Scruffy Pup if you can buy him a drink?
  • gumbosolo

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    Dec 16, 2011 3:38 PM GMT
    Rnch knows what he's talking about - and yes, the Marigny, particularly Frenchmen St., is very walkable from the Quarter. Just walk downtown (sort of east) on Decatur St. And you'll find yourself on Frenchmen the moment you leave the Quarter. I personally wouldn't recommend going much deeper in by yourself on foot - the layout can be confusing to a newcomer - but you should have no problem making friends who can bring you somewhere.

    And for the love of god don't drive in the Quarter on a Saturday night. You are asking for so many problems and you will never find a parking place again. Just park at your hotel and walk.

    If you decide to go a more mainstream route, most of the Saturday action in the Quarter is at the Bourbon Pub and Oz, both at Bourbon and St. Anne, both charging a $5 cover until around 2am, both overcharging for drinks (but Good Friends one block away is very affordable), and both hitting their stride around midnight. Lots of uptown and mid city 20-somethings. Oz is your typical flashy dance club, Pub is a loud, crowded sit-down place with a dance floor upstairs. Anyone there can tell you the full list of other options.

    Alligator is just about always expensive... Some of the best food in the city comes from holes in the wall, though. Maybe Praline Connection on Frenchmen, and while I haven't tried it, Daisy Dukes in the Quarter supposedly has a good (and def cheap) alligator po-boy. Just recently off the vegetarian wagon so meat recommendations aren't my forte.
  • austex85

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    Dec 16, 2011 6:17 PM GMT
    thanks for the suggestions

    yes...definitely looking for the hole-in-the-walls. i'm not sure if my parking pass at the hotel is for one entry/exit only, but if not, i'd be willing to drive farther out for more authentic stuff.

    so all the gay bars then are on frenchmen st and not in the french quarter then, if i'm not mistaken?
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    Dec 16, 2011 6:23 PM GMT
    austex85 saidthanks for the info.

    is that area walkable from the french quarter? i already booked a hotel there already and i want to limit as much driving as possible (is that recommended??)

    also, i want to have some real cajun food—alligators and all. and not the expensive touristy type, but something authentic, good and cheap.


    Yes - its an easy walk from the French Quarter to Marigny-Bywater. I visited the city in late 2010 and loved it but didn't find the gay clubs all that exciting compared to some other citys but Oz and Bourban Street Pub were pretty good. As far as finding a place to eat, just follow your nose. So many great restaurants in NOLA.
  • gumbosolo

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    Dec 16, 2011 7:00 PM GMT
    austex85 saidthanks for the suggestions

    yes...definitely looking for the hole-in-the-walls. i'm not sure if my parking pass at the hotel is for one entry/exit only, but if not, i'd be willing to drive farther out for more authentic stuff.

    so all the gay bars then are on frenchmen st and not in the french quarter then, if i'm not mistaken?



    No, Oz and the Pub are both in the Quarter, as are Good Friends and lots of others. Frenchmen doesn't have any gay bars per se (though it does have the LGBT Community Center and the LGBT bookstore), but everything in the Marigny is a little bit gay.
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    Dec 16, 2011 7:20 PM GMT
    I miss nola.


    I loved uptown bars, but that's cuz I went to tulane. Ur prob best off staying in the quarter tho (far from uptown). U can hit up gay bars (bourbon and st. Anne). Harras casino, and good music on Frenchman st. All within walking distance of the quarter. Driving and parking definitely is a bitch when u r in the quarter tho.
  • gumbosolo

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    Dec 16, 2011 7:51 PM GMT
    wolverinecub86 saidI miss nola.


    I loved uptown bars, but that's cuz I went to tulane. Ur prob best off staying in the quarter tho (far from uptown). U can hit up gay bars (bourbon and st. Anne). Harras casino, and good music on Frenchman st. All within walking distance of the quarter. Driving and parking definitely is a bitch when u r in the quarter tho.



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  • austex85

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    Dec 16, 2011 10:57 PM GMT
    kewl...thanks for the info, guys.

    last thing...going around solo isn't a big deal right? (and hopefully it's safe too?)
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    Dec 16, 2011 11:44 PM GMT
    gumbosolo said
    wolverinecub86 saidI miss nola.


    I loved uptown bars, but that's cuz I went to tulane. Ur prob best off staying in the quarter tho (far from uptown). U can hit up gay bars (bourbon and st. Anne). Harras casino, and good music on Frenchman st. All within walking distance of the quarter. Driving and parking definitely is a bitch when u r in the quarter tho.



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    Lol dunno. I didn't come out until junior/senior year and basicly only had straight friends. When I did go out it was to snake n jakes, Mrs maes and Frenchman st.

    I only went to a oz and pub like once or twice and even tho I was out, I knew no gay people except those from Adam4adam and manhunt....


    Yeah its kinda sad and I wish I could have come out earlier and maybe joined the lbtg groups at tulane. But whatever it was my journey and things r better now : )

    But next time I'm in nola u can be my first nola gay friend
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    Dec 17, 2011 4:45 AM GMT
    austex85 saidkewl...thanks for the info, guys.

    last thing...going around solo isn't a big deal right? (and hopefully it's safe too?)
    Should be ok. But if a random stranger offers you beads, you should be a little cautious..
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    Dec 17, 2011 4:55 AM GMT
    austex85 saidkewl...thanks for the info, guys.

    last thing...going around solo isn't a big deal right? (and hopefully it's safe too?)



    The French Quarter is very safe. Just stay off the dark side streets and you'll be fine. Frenchman Street is also very safe. Do keep in mind, you don't have to go to a gay bar here to feel accepted. This is the most accepting place you can imagine and in my personal opinion, the "straight" bars are much more fun.