Brady’s NOLA Bucket List for Visitors

Essentials:

  • 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

Time Fillers

  • 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.

Food Suggestions

  • 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)

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