Going to New Orleans

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    Apr 06, 2010 3:54 PM GMT
    I'm going to New Orleans for four days any tips or suggesting to go site seeing and or dancing will be appreciated.
  • masculumpedes

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    Apr 06, 2010 4:46 PM GMT
    I was there a few years back..had a great time....maybe I can post a few of the photos. I took a cross-country train vacation and traveled over 10,000 miles all by Amtrak. (except flying from Nashville to Baltimore) Started in Vegas, then to Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, New Orleans, Birmingham, Nashville, Baltimore, Cheyenne, Salt Lake City and back to Vegas...... I had 3 days in each city icon_biggrin.gif
  • jaded57

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    Apr 06, 2010 7:03 PM GMT
    New Orleans is an awesome experience. Especially if you have never been before. Id suggest you take all of the tours they offer. There are literally hundreds. Some walking and some trolley. Go see a few of the plantations outside the city and then take a swamp tour. As far as dancing and night life. Well you are in New Orleans so just hit up Bourban street. Find Oz and your in the gay section. Although there are several clubs along the way. Watch out for the con-artist and street hustlers. Especially if someone tries to lead you off somewhere where "the locals go" that usually means they just want to rob you. Im down there at least once a month for work and I totally look forward to it everytime.








  • swlaman82

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    Apr 06, 2010 7:11 PM GMT
    Try going to gaycities.com They have all kinds of reviews on different things to do in cities all over the world.

    New Orleans is fun and the best thing to do (in my opinion) is find a local and ask them what they like to do. Yes, the tourist things can be fun but sometimes getting the local's thoughts can open up new doors that you never would have heard about otherwise.
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    Apr 06, 2010 7:14 PM GMT
    Ofcourse I could on that site. I wanted to get actual opinions from folks who actually lived the experience. Thanks for the info.
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    Apr 06, 2010 7:16 PM GMT
    Oh man I found a gay bar with a go-go boy for every patron there. It was surreal.. Kinda like shangri-la. And just like shangri-la, I can't remember where it was. Only that it is right off Bourbon street
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    Apr 06, 2010 8:46 PM GMT
    TheIStrat saidOh man I found a gay bar with a go-go boy for every patron there. It was surreal.. Kinda like shangri-la. And just like shangri-la, I can't remember where it was. Only that it is right off Bourbon street


    Stop taunting me with that place!!!! No more mentions of it until you remember the name. icon_biggrin.gif

    I'm going to be in New Orleans in June. I've tried to get some friends to go with me but they all say it's going to be hot as hell.
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    Apr 06, 2010 8:49 PM GMT
    Mad-

    I know if I can survive living in "Hot Lanta" for the last 4 years coming from LA and SF. I think I'll do ok in New Orleans.

    Ugh! It's going to be a terrible summer it's already in the mid 80's here and it's not even mid April!
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    Apr 06, 2010 8:53 PM GMT
    It's not the heat, it's the humidity. Or some such nonsense. Doesn't that make you feel better? icon_smile.gif

    D.C. is awful in July and August with both the temp and humidity over 90. I'm not sure how much worse New Orleans could be.
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    Apr 06, 2010 8:56 PM GMT
    madtown saidIt's not the heat, it's the humidity. Or some such nonsense. Doesn't that make you feel better? icon_smile.gif

    D.C. is awful in July and August with both the temp and humidity over 90. I'm not sure how much worse New Orleans could be.


    He's right, it's bad up here. That's what you get for building a city on a swamp
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    Apr 06, 2010 10:45 PM GMT
    You have to go to Pat O'Briens for a hurricane and to the Cafe DuMonde for a fresh doughnut and chocolate milk or coffee. I took the 'bar' walking tour once and had a real good time. Interesting history. Have fun!! icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 07, 2010 12:10 AM GMT
    madtown said I'm going to be in New Orleans in June. I've tried to get some friends to go with me but they all say it's going to be hot as hell.

    Trust me after a few drinks you won't care about the humidity.

    Just strolling about the French Quarter is one of the greatest free shows in America. Wonderful food, beautiful architecture, fascinating local culture, and people-watching as you've never seen it before -- New Orleans is a sensory overload.
    And as for the gay bars -- the time-honored mode of New Orleans hospitality, celebrated in centuries of song and story, is "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?"

    Your visit will be something you'll never forget.
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    Apr 07, 2010 12:13 AM GMT
    TexDef07 saidYour visit will be something you'll never forget.


    Do you mean in a "herpes lasts forever" kind of way? icon_twisted.gif
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    Apr 07, 2010 12:20 AM GMT
    the gay bars are lovingly nicknamed "The Froot Loop"
    includes the pub, oz. lafittes, and the leather one
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    Apr 07, 2010 12:26 AM GMT
    madtown said Do you mean in a "herpes lasts forever" kind of way? icon_twisted.gif

    No!
    I've been to N.O. many times and each visit is a fond memory.
    Of course like any city it does have its pitfalls and the usual urban sense of discretion is a must. But if you are the sort of person who responds to what it has to offer -- hedonistic culture, romantic aura, evocative decay -- there's nothing to compare with it.
  • rnch

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    Apr 07, 2010 2:02 AM GMT
    TheIStrat saidOh man I found a gay bar with a go-go boy for every patron there. It was surreal.. Kinda like shangri-la. And just like shangri-la, I can't remember where it was. Only that it is right off Bourbon street
    prolly "the corner pocket"?
  • Celticmusl

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    Apr 07, 2010 2:12 AM GMT
    They bury the dead above ground and there are vampires and stuff.
  • gumbosolo

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    Apr 07, 2010 2:16 AM GMT
    rnch said
    TheIStrat saidOh man I found a gay bar with a go-go boy for every patron there. It was surreal.. Kinda like shangri-la. And just like shangri-la, I can't remember where it was. Only that it is right off Bourbon street
    prolly "the corner pocket"?


    Definitely Corner Pocket . . .

    Ducky46, I'll message you with my recommended spots . . . the list is long.
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    Apr 07, 2010 3:05 AM GMT
    gumbosolo said
    rnch said
    TheIStrat saidOh man I found a gay bar with a go-go boy for every patron there. It was surreal.. Kinda like shangri-la. And just like shangri-la, I can't remember where it was. Only that it is right off Bourbon street
    prolly "the corner pocket"?


    Definitely Corner Pocket . . .

    Ducky46, I'll message you with my recommended spots . . . the list is long.


    Could be Gumbo, I was really drunk, and I don't remember the name, but I do remember how much fun my bf and I had.
  • camfer

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    Apr 07, 2010 3:35 AM GMT
    The one and only time I have been to a gay bar with my mother was on Bourbon street. We naively wandered into a rather dark bar, and there were videos playing of men parading around during mardi gras in sexy, fabulous, outrageous outfits. As our eyes adjusted I realized that my mother was the only woman in the place. She looked up at the video screens and said, "Oh the faeries just LOVE Mardi Gras!" Then she turned and walked out of the bar. I went back later on my own.
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    Apr 07, 2010 12:56 PM GMT
    Thanks guys for all of the responses and Gumbo I look for to reviewing your list. Good Day! 8-)
  • rnch

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    Apr 07, 2010 1:50 PM GMT
    madtown said
    TheIStrat saidOh ...I'm going to be in New Orleans in June. I've tried to get some friends to go with me but they all say it's going to be hot as hell.
    june is not TOO awful bad here; the serious heat & humidity doesn't settle in until august and september. icon_cool.gif
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    Apr 07, 2010 2:05 PM GMT
    Definitely do Bourbon Street, but do NOT spend your whole time there like many tourists. It's fun for a night or two, but then go do the "real" New Orleans.

    When you DO go to Bourbon Street stop in to Fritzels Jazz Pub. Some of the last true Dixieland Jazz in the city and a real treat. It's a block from the "gay" area of Bourbon. Oz will have the dancing you are looking for, but you also have to stop into Club Lafitte's across the street from OZ. It's the "oldest gay bar in America", or so they lay claim to.

    Then go out to the Garden District if you have your own car and drive through the campuses (Tulane and Loyola). GORGEOUS area, and the azaleas and mansions are mind boggling.

    If you have the time, take a plantation tour outside of the city They'll take you by bus, and it's a glimpse into the "old" south and some magnificent architecture.

    Then there's the FOOOODDD!!! OMG, you'll be in heaven, Tons of fantastic places, but one word of warning, You will get fod ten times better and half the price if you stay away from Bourbon Street when it comes time to eat.

    Try Tujacque's
    Magnolia Cafe
    Galatoire's
    Brennan's...

    (gosh so many!!!!)

    Most of all - HAVE FUN!

  • rnch

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    Apr 07, 2010 2:59 PM GMT
    if you get tired of the overly touristy french quarter and burbon street; check out the neighborhood directly to the east of and adjacent to the FQ, called marigny-bywater.

    a VERY "gay friendly" neighborhood, full of houses built in the late 1800's renovated back to their brand new glory with tastefull pastel colors and unique quirks and details, bed & breakfasts houses, coffee shops, moderately priced restaurants, gay friendly bars, live music, cute guys that will smile and talk with you... a very nice area to stroll around in and check out the scenery and the residents. icon_wink.gif

    frenchmen street has all of the above all on one street.

    in this neighborhood (and the ajoining area called bywater) you are considered to be gay unless proven otherwise.

    check out the country club, on louisa street in the bywater neighborhood. once a huge old plantation owner's house; it is now an excellent restaurant and bar in the front, showing off the old house's interior of 12 goot ceilings, fireplaces, heart of pine floors. the former huge back yard is now a clothing optional pool and sun tanning area, with a hot tub and sauna. around noon-ish the pool area has more than a few appealing guay guys of all ages working on their tan. it's quite tame during the day but gets somewhat cruisey once the sun sets...esp around the hot tub area. icon_twisted.gif

    many guys who work in the french quarter's service industry live in marigny-bywater, as it is a short walk/bike ride from the FQ.

    marigny-bywater is the REAL "gay new orleans", not the overpriced, overhyped tourist mecca known as the french quarter...but since i live in this area perhaps i am overly biased.icon_cool.gif


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    Apr 07, 2010 3:38 PM GMT
    Now that's what I'm talking about that rnch!