March 24th, 2017 2 minute read
- Ride the St. Charles streetcar. As you ride, pay attention to the beautiful mansions on St Charles, the Mardi Gras beads in the trees, and make a pitstop for a nice drink at the Columns Hotel. Continue riding all the way until you hit Uptown, then get off again to explore Tulane’s campus & Audubon Park (including the zoo, The Fly, the Labyrinth, the giraffes, & the Tree of Life).
- Get a drive-through daiquiri.
- Attend a Sunday second line.
- Get a snoball. Nectar cream is one of my favorite flavors.
- Take a spin with a drink at Carousel Bar in Hotel Monteleone.
- Pretend it’s your birthday by pinning a dollar on your shirt. See what happens.
- Drink iced tea and/or mint julep on a porch/patio, and people watch.
- Eat po-boys, beignets, fried chicken, gumbo/etouffee/jambalaya, BBQ shrimp, shrimp & grits, boudin, oysters/crawfish/shrimp (depending on season).
- Walk out of Ms Mae’s or Snake & Jake’s Christmas Bar as the sun is rising.
- Enjoy some beer & frisbee at the Fly while you watch the boats go by.
- Request a tune while sipping down a Hurricane at Pat O’Brien’s dueling piano bar.
- Relax on a Sunday evening with wine + dinner at Baccahanal. They have a great outdoor area where you can buy wine by the bottle and enjoy live music.
- Spend a night on Frenchman Street, and see the world’s best jazz clubs
- Visit New Orleans’ above ground cemeteries a.k.a. Cities of the Dead. Don’t forget to pay homage to Marie Laveau’s grave.
- Swim and drink at The Country Club (which used to have a clothing optional pool) in the Bywater. Drag Brunch on Saturdays and bottomless mimosas on weekends.
- Shop along Magazine Street, then hop over to explore Freret Street.
- Go to a show at One Eyed Jacks, Siberia, Hi-Ho Lounge, or Republic. Bonus points for a bounce show.
- See a musical performance like you’ve never seen before at the Music Box Village in the Bywater
- Stroll around City Park or Audubon Park
- Find a good cup of New Orleans chicory coffee
- Drive out to a plantation
- Walk around a city of the dead (above-ground cemetery)
- Listen to live jazz music somewhere
- Preservation Hall Jazz Band, too
- Drink cocktails on a terrace/patio
- Splurge dinner at a very nice restaurant (too many to list)
- Dance to Rebirth Brass Band at Maple Leaf on Tuesday
- Kayak on Bayou St. John. They have dudes on the bank that rent them.
- Late-night or mid-morning beignets at Café du Monde
- Mother’s or Prejean’s for Cajun food
- Lunch at Dooky Chase’s to taste the real Princess & the Frog
- Eat red beans & rice on Monday
- Find a 25 cent oyster happy hour
- If it’s spring, indulge at a crawfish boil (especially on Fridays in Lent)
Things I Haven’t Done Yet, So We Should Do These When You Come Visit
- Get a drink at French 75 and explore the Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum
- Visit the Museum of Death then join a true jazz funeral
- World War II Musuem
- Old Ursuline Convent
In Case You Need More Suggestions:
- Jeff Schiffman’s blog