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2022-01-20 2:52:43 PM  
The National WWWII Museum is worth a visit. The Auction House Market is good for lunch and is right up Magazine a block or so from the Museum.
 
2022-01-20 2:57:43 PM  

Wanebo: The National WWWII Museum is worth a visit. The Auction House Market is good for lunch and is right up Magazine a block or so from the Museum.


I was going to mention the WWII museum.
 
2022-01-20 2:59:09 PM  
Go on a ghost tour but know that no less than 70% of what they tell you will be made up bullsh*t.

Stay away from Lucky Dog and Mango Mango. There's better food out there if you're drunk.
 
2022-01-20 3:01:09 PM  
Even though Mardi Gras is March 1 this year, know that there's nothing to stop you from flashing your boobs to strangers.
 
2022-01-20 3:01:32 PM  
Snake and Jake's Christmas Club Lounge is a site to see. Definitely not Bourbon street for that dive bar.

Definitely have a dinner while there at Jacques-Imo's. Try the alligator Cheesecake.
 
2022-01-20 3:07:15 PM  

enry: Wanebo: The National WWWII Museum is worth a visit. The Auction House Market is good for lunch and is right up Magazine a block or so from the Museum.

I was going to mention the WWII museum.


It has nothing on the WWWII museum.
 
2022-01-20 3:09:30 PM  
Turn around and get the hell out of there?
 
2022-01-20 3:11:42 PM  
The little bars off of Bourbon Street are typically much better than the tourist bars. You can party all day so long as you remember to eat every so often and drink water now and then. It's also a good idea to know that the cleanest bathrooms are in the better hotels and so long as you act like you belong there no one will hassle you for using them.

/I can't wait to be able to go back there again
//Hotel Monteleone is my favorite place to stay and the Carousel bar is worth going to. It opens at 11am and I'd recommend being there before 11 as it gets filled very quickly.
 
2022-01-20 3:11:53 PM  
Whatever is still above water.
 
2022-01-20 3:14:18 PM  
If you want a pretty sobering take on the state our country visit Holt Cemetery

Yes, there are often body parts sticking out of the ground, corpses float up when the ground gets wet

Make sure you leave an offering at the gate (Cigars, glass of whiskey, etc) as an entrance fee to the residents, and stay on the damn path.

Don't act and dress like a tourist, that is advertising to get mugged, and stay south of BurGUNdy in the F.Q.
 
2022-01-20 3:16:27 PM  

Shostie: Go on a ghost tour but know that no less than 70% of what they tell you will be made up bullsh*t.

Stay away from Lucky Dog and Mango Mango. There's better food out there if you're drunk.


This is the best ghost tour is this one I went on:
https://www.frenchquarterphantoms.com/ghost-and-vampire-tour

INTERNET SPECIAL - ONLY $17.00!
Regular $20.00
Receive our two-for-one Hurricane Drink Special at the bar with your ticket!

Got two giant hurricanes in "to go cups." I don't remember the second part of the tour but I somehow made it back to my hotel. Wait, I think afterwards I was walking around a CVS drinking then went into a McDonalds still drinking.
 
2022-01-20 3:16:59 PM  
Subby's mom.

Oh, wait. That's a bit awkward.
 
2022-01-20 3:17:26 PM  
Acme Oyster House

Oysters and cold beer.
 
2022-01-20 3:18:16 PM  

Shostie: Even though Mardi Gras is March 1 this year, know that there's nothing to stop you from flashing your boobs to strangers.


I will be sure and relay that to my girlfriend.  We were supposed to go to Cabo the first week of January, but we both had symptoms around Christmas, so we cancelled the trip and stayed home. This will be our make up vacation, trip to Cabo was a bit of a Christmas present, but was booked through her Scentsy business at a great discount.  So we talked about places that we would like to see and decided on New Orleans for the history, food and booze.

Thank you for all the suggestions!
 
2022-01-20 3:18:20 PM  

Shostie: Go on a ghost tour but know that no less than 70% of what they tell you will be made up bullsh*t.

Stay away from Lucky Dog and Mango Mango. There's better food out there if you're drunk.


dat dog>lucky dogs.

elizabeth's in the bywater is a great place to eat. get a sazerac at the roosevelt hotel. the shops on royal st. are always interesting, especially the one with all the funky home decor. you'll know it when you see it.
 
2022-01-20 3:19:11 PM  
If you're into cycling, the Mississippi River Trail starts in Audubon Park. Goes 45 miles upriver to Gramercy, if you're so inclined. Dedicated paved multi-use path completely separate of traffic.

Also, hit up Cafe du Monde at Jackson Square. It's worth it. Lots of tourists go there but so do a lot of locals.

/my $0.02
 
2022-01-20 3:31:44 PM  
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This was a lot of fun for my wife and I when we were there. If you're into cooking and drinking I highly recommend it.
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Also, this way by far the best ghost tour. It was led by StarBurns and he was so entertaining. Plenty of ghost and New Orleans History, and they went to all the cemeteries and the haunted hospital to boot.
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And just in case you'd like something from the cannabis menu.... Have fun it's a fantastic town!
 
2022-01-20 3:31:58 PM  
The touristy 'Gay bars' aren't really proper gay bars. But more for hetrosexual to say in hushed tones...
"we went to a gay bar" and watched drag queen harass their boyfriend/husband from the stage. And any gay men that come in get eyed like animals in a zoo. "LOOKIE HERE MARTHA...THERE ARE HOMOSEXUALS HERE IN THIS HERE BAR"

The Cafe Du Monde. Is classic hangover strong coffee and bingiates for brunch..(add a bloody mary)
Clover Grill. Is another classic...24/7 place that does basic dinner food (hamburgers, hash browns..etc)
with their speciality being a burger cooked under a hubcap.
Depending on how long look at inclusive brunches in the french quarter.
Avoid: Carriage rides, Ghost Tours, and that kid that will tell you were got your shoes.
The street cars are nice tourist thing ....up until you pass the "Garden District" then they're practical like a DC subway train out of the loop.
 
2022-01-20 3:32:58 PM  
Best food:

Antoine's
Galatoire's
Arnaud's
Commander's Palace
GW Fins
Court of the Two Sisters (brunch)
Hell, pretty much any random restaurant and you will have a great meal.

And yes, state law says you have to get beignets and coffee at Cafe DuMond at least once.  It's open 24/7 so don't wait in a line for service.  Come back and do it when there's no line.
 
2022-01-20 3:36:20 PM  
It sounds corny, but I really enjoyed Cafe du Monde. The cafe au lait and beignets were delicious, and the open-air cafe was very pleasant in nice weather. Yeah, it's touristy, but so is much of the city.

Do keep aware of your surroundings.  We had a couple of instances where groups of teens encircled us (once on the far end of Bourbon Street a, and once down by the river. They were checking me out to see how drunk I was (I wasn't). My wife's handbag also got a lot of attention; she stopped carrying it after the first day
 
2022-01-20 3:36:37 PM  
The urine stain tour of Bourbon Street is interesting.
 
2022-01-20 3:52:39 PM  
The aquarium's pretty awesome. The insectarium's also neat, but with fewer otters. There's tons of stuff on Canal street and the riverfront, especially if you're into shopping. City Park is really nice, and has both an awesome art museum and some mini-golf, plus some medium carnival-type rides.
 
2022-01-20 4:07:35 PM  
The Mardi Gras museum is incredible, if open - it's where the floats get built, preserved and restored.  But this close to the party, they may not be giving tours.
Then there's the cemetery where famous vudoun priestesses are interred and Nic Cage has is pyramid tomb.
 
2022-01-20 4:16:40 PM  

dionysusaur: The Mardi Gras museum is incredible, if open - it's where the floats get built, preserved and restored.  But this close to the party, they may not be giving tours.
Then there's the cemetery where famous vudoun priestesses are interred and Nic Cage has is pyramid tomb.


Oh - May - forget the museum being closed.  Worth the time and money.
 
2022-01-20 4:28:51 PM  
Have a parade.

Hannibal Buress Throws a Five-Person Parade in New Orleans
Youtube mxZBrbVqZnU
 
2022-01-20 4:35:29 PM  
Tips always has a good band.  If the Radiators or any of the band are playing while you're there buy tickets the second they go on sale, if you can get them.  And somebody mentioned the Clover Grill.
The Radiators LIVE from Tipitina's in New Orleans, LA 1/14/22 First Song Preview
Youtube E4YgbjWm1iE
 
2022-01-20 4:36:32 PM  
Walk down Bourbon street just to say you've seen it. Immediately leave.
 
2022-01-20 4:38:54 PM  
when in May ? Jazzfest is last weekend in April first weekend in May. Lineup is out today as a matter of fact
 
2022-01-20 4:42:28 PM  
Larry Flynt's Hustler Club.

Also that donut-thing place is worth a visit. They taste like every other donut in the world, but you get to wait in line for a long time. Pro Tip: it's open seating, so as soon as you see an open table, go get it. They don't seat you there.
 
2022-01-20 4:52:31 PM  
Get some smoked brisket at Central City BBQ (my friend's doing the smoking so I'm biased).
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2022-01-20 5:12:37 PM  
Preservation hall band.
 
2022-01-20 5:16:37 PM  

Shostie: Even though Mardi Gras is March 1 this year, know that there's nothing to stop you from flashing your boobs to strangers.



I'm a stranger.  Fell free to flash me.
 
2022-01-20 5:23:38 PM  
Any club on Frenchman Street
Preservation Hall
Buffas


/Check out the Livewire at wwoz.org for a list of places that have live local music, and who is playing
//tip the musicians
 
2022-01-20 5:43:22 PM  

UncleDirtNap: The urine stain tour of Bourbon Street is interesting.


They wash the sidewalks every morning so every night the tour stays unique and different.
 
2022-01-20 5:43:47 PM  

kindms: when in May ? Jazzfest is last weekend in April first weekend in May. Lineup is out today as a matter of fact


We will be there the afternoon on 5/11
 
2022-01-20 5:50:23 PM  
 
2022-01-20 5:54:33 PM  
A couple of times ago being there the wife and I did a kayak tour of Bayou St Johns. It was pretty damn awesome to and via groupon it was only about $20 or so each for 4 hours of paddling and getting history of the area.
 
2022-01-20 5:54:42 PM  

kudah: kindms: when in May ? Jazzfest is last weekend in April first weekend in May. Lineup is out today as a matter of fact

We will be there the afternoon on 5/11


last sunday at the fairgrounds is 5/8. bummer youll just miss it
 
2022-01-20 6:30:02 PM  

kindms: when in May ? Jazzfest is last weekend in April first weekend in May. Lineup is out today as a matter of fact


First thing I thought of too. I'm looking at the lineup right now. It's so tempting.  So many good bands I know and some I've never heard of but no doubt are good too.

Also, the Circle Jerks are playing Tipitina's in late April too. I'm not really a big fan of theirs but I loved them in Repo Man. It might be a fun show.
 
2022-01-20 7:17:32 PM  

Wanebo: Snake and Jake's Christmas Club Lounge is a site to see. Definitely not Bourbon street for that dive bar.

Definitely have a dinner while there at Jacques-Imo's. Try the alligator Cheesecake.


Jacques is excellent. I would add grilled oysters at Drago's, as well.

Tipitinas for a show.

Is the Preservation Hall operating during Covid?

Sitting under that big ass tree in Audobon Park.
 
2022-01-20 7:21:32 PM  

dionysusaur: The Mardi Gras museum is incredible, if open - it's where the floats get built, preserved and restored.  But this close to the party, they may not be giving tours.
Then there's the cemetery where famous vudoun priestesses are interred and Nic Cage has is pyramid tomb.


Microsoft had a Tech Ed party in the museum years ago. It made an otherwise mundane event pretty cool.
 
2022-01-20 7:30:53 PM  
Drop acid and wander around a cemetery like Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper.
 
2022-01-20 9:34:17 PM  
The King Tut exhibit was amazing the last time I was in New Orleans. Highly recommended. But that was in 1978, so maybe it has moved.
 
2022-01-20 11:25:32 PM  
Craig Tracy's gallery is worth the time. He was there when I visited. Lots of Boobiess.

Cafe Pontalba is good and not ridiculously expensive.

Mulate's Cajun food is amazing, if you like zydeco (spg?) music.

Pirate's Alley Cafe is cheesy but fun.  The absinthe is a delight, but in the words of Sterling Archer, "This is the only time ever that I'll say be careful with a [drink]."
 
2022-01-20 11:45:38 PM  

Shostie: Even though Mardi Gras is March 1 this year, know that there's nothing to stop you from flashing your boobs to strangers.


The cops come down hard on that shiat and you WILL go to jail. 

Johnny's in the French Quarter makes superb po boys, and you have to get coffee and beignets at Cafe Du Monde. As people have said, Tipitina's is a terrific music venue, and if you like shopping, food, and people watching, take a stroll down Magazine Street,

If you are interested in history, visit Whitney Plantation, about an hour from New Orleans, for the real, no-bullshiat history of slavery in Louisiana.  The tour guides pull no punches describing the daily lives of enslaved people.
 
2022-01-21 12:38:54 AM  

Wanebo: Snake and Jake's Christmas Club Lounge is a site to see. Definitely not Bourbon street for that dive bar.

Definitely have a dinner while there at Jacques-Imo's. Try the alligator Cheesecake.


Get out of my head!

Only thing to add for the Tulane/Carrollton area would be to grab a slice of pie at a Camelia Grill. Very cool diner. Hopefully you still have room for that after the alligator cheesecake and carpetbagger steak at Jacque-Imo's
 
2022-01-21 6:38:10 AM  

JZDave: It sounds corny, but I really enjoyed Cafe du Monde. The cafe au lait and beignets were delicious, and the open-air cafe was very pleasant in nice weather. Yeah, it's touristy, but so is much of the city.

Do keep aware of your surroundings.  We had a couple of instances where groups of teens encircled us (once on the far end of Bourbon Street a, and once down by the river. They were checking me out to see how drunk I was (I wasn't). My wife's handbag also got a lot of attention; she stopped carrying it after the first day


Had a buddy that was in town for a Sugar Bowl game. Drunk and walking down Bourbon St. Some chick reached out and grabbed his junk. Sure enough his wallet also went missing.
 
2022-01-21 8:27:00 AM  
also, make sure you get a ferdi special at mother's. the only sandwich i've ever dreamed about afterwards. sometimes i look at pictures of them on my phone.
 
2022-01-21 9:00:31 AM  
we always enjoyed looking at art on jackson square
 
2022-01-21 10:04:20 AM  

Wanebo: The National WWWII Museum is worth a visit. The Auction House Market is good for lunch and is right up Magazine a block or so from the Museum.


This.  Went to N.O. 20 years ago and, outside of the streets smelling like old beer and vomit this is what I remember the most.

One of the best museums I've ever been to.
 
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