I just got back from a Girl’s Weekend to New Orleans, and boy am I still tired from all the fun we had! New Orleans is a great city to get together with friends for a spur of the moment trip or a bachelorette weekend.
ACME Oyster House - This is a must if you want to experience New Orleans. You wait in a line outside with a beer or cocktail in hand, waiting to get a seat at a plastic tablecloth covered table. The beer is served in plastic cups and you know you’re in for a good time. Make sure to order their chargrilled oysters. They are seriously one of the best things around.
Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone - Just off of Canal on Royal Street, the Monteleone is a beautiful New Orleans hotel known for their bar, the Carousel Bar. The bar slowly rotates around as the bartenders have to jump over it to get to the center of the carousel. But don’t worry - they have expanded their bar recently and have a second bar in the back and much more seating! This is a great place to have some cocktails before things get weird!
Port of Call - A little further down in the French Quarter (just off Bourbon and Esplanade), Port of Call will fuel you with a fantastic burger and baked potato before a night out! You know you’re at the right place when you see a crowd of people standing outside with large white cups. Find the host (not always easy, but she will come around to the front door eventually with a small pad of paper), make your way up to the bar and order yourself a Monsoon. Hanging on the curb waiting for your table is half the fun!
Pat O’Brian’s Piano Bar - Pat O’s is a must for any trip to New Orleans. And while I think a Hurricane is a hangover in a cup due to the sugar content, you know you’re going to order one anyway! The courtyard is a great place to hang out, but you will want to spend your evening with Alvin, the tray player, and the dueling pianos. Take the time to wait in line for a table, you won’t be disappointed as you and a few hundred others are singing at the top of your lungs to Sweet Caroline. Make sure to bring a few dollars cash as well to request a song - write the song on a napkin, put some money inside, and place it on one of the pianos!
Some other great places to try in and around the French Quarter include St. James Cheese Company for some of the best cheese sandwiches of your life, Central Grocery for the famous Muffaletta, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop if you want to feel like a pirate, and D.B.A. on Frenchman street if you’re looking to hear some great music.
Happy eating and drinking!