So...the trashy strip clubs, let's hear more.
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So...the trashy strip clubs, let's hear more.
This blog is filled with (mostly) young professionals or students...yes please. More.
If you're on Bourbon and don't mind spending money (or don't want to go to a place where you could afford to make some really bad decisions): Rick's Cabaret.
If you want to go to a place that is a significant cab ride away, in a kind of shady area of New Orleans East but generally considered by locals to be the best strip club in the city and a place where you really CAN afford to make some bad decisions, Vision's Men's Club.
In addition to Rick's, the only other one on Bourbon that I would recommend is Scores. The $10 Coors Light bottles and the $15 ATM fee (& $100 max withdrawal) are negatives, but otherwise it's a huge step up from the other strip clubs on Bourbon (which tend to be gross, both on and off the stage).
Screw that go to Babes
suggest Big Daddy's? If still open I feel it's a great spot for an out-of-towner to experience...lol
And as to the food, i'd throw in Old Coffee Pot, pretty good bloody mary's, and head out to Deanie's (sp?).
Thank you for the great piece of work putting things together, and also for the "survival kit" component of the piece.
Awesome job! Been to New Orleans and Bourbon Street and it is extremely safe, so go there and enjoy it. More police there than all of Detroit and Flint combined, and very low murder rates in comparison. But as in any big city keep your mouth shut if you have to say something pissy. Have fun, be safe and Go Blue!
This is fantastic. Thank you for your advice
New Orleans rules. That is all.
Any advice on where to stay?
Almost all of our hotels (eg non B&Bs) are in the French Quarter, Warehouse district or the CBD (central business district). Most of the hotels are of similar quality (good, not great). Just looking on Hotwire, the rates are pretty steep, which is normal for a big event here. I would try to find a bunch of people who don't mind piling into a room and then going that route if you're looking for value.
My personal favorite place where I put up my family when they come to town is Le Pavillon hotel (right on Poydras, few blocks to the Superdome), but we can only afford their rates during off peak dates.
As an aside, I wouldn't worry about getting close to the superdome because it is not near anything else you would want to do on a day that isn't Jan 3.
Bfast at Le Pav is super good!!! I just got a room at the Marriot, one night $360.
Thank you for your input. One other thing. How is parking around the Superdome? We were planning on driving in and either parking downtown by the stadium or near the Bourbon St. and then walking to the game. From what I've been reading (from your google doc), it seems as though walking from French Quarter to Superdome is a bad plan. Is there inexpensive parking by the stadium itself or are we looking at $50/$100 to park?
Last night, I parked for free on the street in the business district (this is safe) 2.5 hours before the Lions and Saints game. Not sure if this info helps but I thought I would share.
I wouldn't park near Bourbon. It is further away and too many things can happen.
From what I remember seeing, there are plenty of $25-$35 parking lots/ramps.
Where are you coming from? If you're driving in day of the game, I would just pay to park near the superdome which can be had not too far from the stadium for around $20-$30, at least on Saints gamedays. That's at the lot I normally park in for work, which is about a 10 min walk to the stadium.
Either way though, it won't be dangerous to walk from Bourbon to the game on Jan. 3. The route will be heavily policed, everyone will be going there, difficult if not impossible to get lost on the way.
I see you listed out some bars, included one that STARTS getting going at 2 AM. What time do the bars close?
Bars close? I see you've never been to New Orleans...
Grits, which I mentioned, really doesn't get going until around 330-400. Most bars don't close in New Orleans, although I have been kicked out of F&M's at 800 am. Cooter Browns (the great sports bar) closes at like 200-300. But there is no official closing time in New Orleans, bars decide how late they want to be open.
This is spot on.
Thanks for posting this. I live in Hattiesburg and can't wait. Hopefully I can move down there sooner rather than later.
That's fucking amazing.
Good god. I plan on being in NOLA for like 6 days, I think I might get a total of 15 hours of sleep in that time period.....
That New Years Eve show is amazing, and a great deal at $70 with an open bar.
If you've never seen a brass band before. Truly unique experience and an open bar to boot.
To borrow from Brian's guide to A2, anyone who is into craft beer MUST go to Avenue Pub. This is one of the 5 or so best beer bars in the country, full stop. Super laid-back, very reasonable prices (last time I was there they had $5 Cantillon Gueuze on draft), unbelievable beer list, pretty decent food & just a great place to hang out and drink. I can't recommend this place highly enough.
Is totally right. I forgot Avenue pub and it is one of the best bars in the city now.
Thanks for putting in the effort...Ive been to New Orleans dozens of time and I concur
on all your "advice" Thanks for all the suggestions etc...GO BLUE!
Cannot stress enough how much you need to go spend at least an hour during the day sitting at Carousel Bar getting your drink on with an old fashioned and well prepared cocktail. Plus, they will keep free Cajun Taters stocked up for you the whole time you're there. Incredible place.
Thanks. Much appreciated, OP.
almost makes up for the toxicity of a Monsoon.
I wholly endorse the Cooter Brown's rec. It's relatively Michigan-friendly, too -- I've made it my home bar for Michigan games when in NOLA, and every time we've been on prime TV real estate, usually with volume, and always with a decent contingent of other folks in maize-and-blue. I watched the 2010 Bowling Green massacre there while chatting with a fellow MGoBlogger.
That's actually where I watched every Michigan game from about 2005-2008. It is a great, great sports bar, especially with the kitchen and oysters. Hard to beat grease, seafood, and beer.
no longer off-topic
Highly, highly recommend The Green Goddess (http://www.greengoddessnola.com/ or @greengoddessFQ on Twitter). Supremely inventive eats and drinks, tucked into an off-the-beaten-path alley.
The Googles will reveal to you a special code phrase provided to Neil Gaiman for his followers as well. When I visited, it turned out to be a free appetizer.
Be ready to wait for a table, the place is tiny (like, 8 total tables tiny). Worth it, though.
Oceanna on Rue Conti is ridiculously good. I suggest the blackened Mahi with some homemade jumbalaya.
Are you gonna translate that for them?
"Let the good times roll"
If youll be in New Orleans that Sunday (New Years day) before the game y'all should check out the Saints game. Only playing Carolina but its really neat to see a Saints game. And Brees will probably break Dan Marinos passing yards in a season record that day.
The atmosphere at Saints games is unreal. I am originally from Michigan and was never really a fan of any NFL team, but I quickly became a Saints fan when I moved to Louisiana. If you do go to the game check out Champions Square (right next to the dome). They have a bunch of food vendors, entertainment, drink carts.....and free admittance. It will be packed with thousands of Saints fans for the 2-3 hours leading up to the game.
Does anyone know if they use Champions Square for the Sugar Bowl?
Saints games are the most fun NFL games I've ever been to by a long shot. My office is right down the street from the Superdome, so on gamedays my parking lot is usually teeming with fans getting drunk, at 8 in the morning, whether the game is on a Monday, Thursday or Sunday.
As a NOLA resident for 2 1/2 years now, I completely agree with everything on the list. A couple of additions:
Pat O'Briens: I think they invented the Hurricane, so get one here. They have multiple bars, a nice courtyard that has plenty of seating and is heated so you can be out there anytime of year, as well as a pretty cool dueling piano bar in the back. On Bourbon Street, but not like most Bourbon Street bars.
Goldmine: The F&M's/Grits of the French Quarter. Open till everyone leaves, which very often is after the sun comes up. If you are looking to hook up, this is a pretty good place to go. When you first get there, do a round of Flaming Dr. Pepper shots and then have a real good time.
W.I.N.O: If you like wine or will be bringing the Mrs, this is a good place to pre-game before heading out to the louder bars/clubs in the area.
Lucy's: During the day, they have cheap drinks, pretty good burgers, and a bunch of games on. At night, they still have the cheap drinks, but people are dancing on the tables.
Uptown Place to Avoid
The Boot: unless you are underage, do not go here. It is on Tulane's campus, and is the underage bar. There will likely be high school kids in the bar asking you to buy drinks for them.
Many thanks to jlvanals and the rest of the local UM brothers for the recommendations.
Mods: Any way this could be moved up to the Useful Stuff drop down (at least until the game) so it can be easily referenced after it drops off the front page at a later date?
did Tipatina's just fall off the map or something?
Man, that was the place back in the day.
Just at the bottom when referencing shows (Galactic with Corey Glover from Living Colour on Dec 30 and 31). Not like you can go to Tips on a random Tuesday night. It's more of a music venue than bar.
How can you not include Brennan's or Commander's Palace in your write up?
You are right, they're both amazing restaurants, Brennan's moreso for brunch, I'm not a huge fan of their dinner. Biggest mistake so far: can't believe I forgot patty O's on the bar list. Losing my memory these days....
Go find Frenchman Street and eat at Adolfo's if it's still there. I promise you won't regret it. There are some real fun bands that play out there in the evenings too.
Also: Audobon Zoo is fun
Also also: Take a streetcar down St. Charles and back.
4.. or something: Have a Po' Boy from somewhere not anywhere near the French Quarter. Food quality in general is often directly proportional to your distance from popular areas. (Just be careful... if the area looks kinda shady, it might be. Bad regions are scattered randomly in the city.)
5. Do get a Pat O'brien's Hurricane. DO NOT get a hand grenade, no matter how cool you think the glasses are.
6. If somebody bets you he can tell you where you got them shoes, don't take the bet.
7. Wander around the French Quarter, and not just Bourbon St. There's SO much to check out! Take in a few bands at night, and soak up the culture.
8. Go to the Art Museum. Related: Wander around City Park for a while. Last I was there it was very much devastated by Katrina, and I hear there's been a lot of work done to bring it back to its former glory. It also contains Tad Gormley stadium, where U of New Orleans plays. It's a pretty neat venue.
9. Get drunk. Let's be honest... partying in NOLA is unlike anywhere else. The container is only open if it doesn't have a lid, and the bars don't close. These folks know how to throw a party.
I'm looking forward to the night life (and the game, obviously), but my wife doesn't really care about the drinking or strippers (don't know what's wrong with her). So some things during the day to get some of the culture is great. Any other family friendly, woman friendly suggestions would be great. Doesn't have to be fancy; just good food and unique to New Orleans.
One daytime food not to miss is the muffuletta sandwich from Central Grocery, founded by a Sicilian immigrant.
It's not a restaurant, but there are plenty of places nearby where you can sit and enjoy a great sandwich (a half sandwhich is huge, by the way). I've only been to New Orleans once, but when I was there, in the late afternoon the Catholic church in the French Quarter had a free concert, playing primarily music by German composers, in honor of the German settlers in New Orleans. New Orleans is even more multi-cultural than most people realize. There are carriage rides, parks, historical markers and signs all around. There is plenty to do in the daytime, but I'm sure someone who has done more than just visit once can tell more. I do wish I knew more about some of the historical sites before I visited. There is, of course, all the touristy kitsch in abundance as well.
There is a lot to do other than the dranking and skin scene (FYI: you can do the dranking and skin thing during the day too):
Insectarium - Pretty cool. Real easy to get to and in the "heart" of most of the stuff you will see.
City Park - The park is pretty cool (Celebration in the Oaks at night: http://celebrationintheoaks.com/cito10/ currently $7). Also, has a Sculpture Park and Art Museum. The street cars can take you right to this. BTW, $1.25 one way for a street car ride.
Audobon Zoo and Aquarium - It is worth the admission if you are into this kind of thing.
Eat - the food is always amazing, no matter the time of day.
I know someone else suggested taking a street car up St. Charles, something I would also suggest, but if you do get off around the 4000 block and walk over to Magazine Street (2 to 6 blocks away depending on where you are). Once you are on Magazine just walk back towards downtown. There is all kinds of shops and restaurants that you can spend a ton of time in. Magazine has a real young, energetic vibe. I am guessing fans of Ann Arbor will like Magazine.
Thanks very much, really appreciate the advice. Have only been in Nola once before and that was for a meeting, I had lunch and that was it.
Staying at the Roosevelt. So will my buddy and I be able to get a seat at Cooter Browns on Jan 2 for the games? Any other backup suggestions for game watching? We should get some Michigan fan get togethers going.
I would go to Cooter Browns. Take a St. Charles street car. It will basically take you right to Cooter Browns. $1.25 one way and something you won't see any where other than New Orleans.
The earlier you go to Cooter Brown's the more likely you will be to get a seat. If you get there in time for the early (11 am, remember we're on central time here) games, you should be fine and be able to get a good post. Enough TVs in the place to watch each game, but the SEC ones will usually have the largest contingent and thus preference for the bigger TVs. However, this is not a problem during bowl season since generally we're playing the SEC.
being a former NOLAean, I will gladly play MGoTourGuide/host for any interested. i converted a friend from UM on her 3-4 day trip and she's been hooked since.
i do mean this genuinely. happy to meet up and/or make an itinerary/schedule/must-hit list for anyone interested. i will be in NOLA from the 30th or so to catch up with "family" and friends... an overdue return to an adopted home.
cannot tell you how excited i am.
So it's kinda touristy, but Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter!! 3 beignets (french doughnuts, covered in powdered sugar) and cafe au lait. Awesome.