Itinerary

Bourbon Street’s For Bozos, Head Here Instead

by Sarah Osman

posted on February 17, 2019

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Crowded, crazy Bourbon Street isn’t the only place to find a party in New Orleans; a few streets over lies Frenchmen Street, a home to great music, food, and people watching. While tourists do come to Frenchmen Street, it’s far more local-friendly than Bourbon Street, and is well worth your attention. This itinerary will tell you which spots to hit, and which order to do it in.

Bright, brash, and diverse like the city it's in, this off-the-chain shop satisfies aural and visual music needs. A friendly and savvy staff help patrons get their Dixieland, R&B, or zydeco groove on with CDs, vinyl, DVDs, art, and more.

Checkout: Live music performances

Photo courtesy: haleykai14

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Walking Distance

0.22 miles

Traditional jazz and a sophisticated vibe — that's the story at this casual venue where people are here to listen, not to party. Come early to get your general admission tickets, and don't be surprised to see some serious names on the bill.

Checkout: Baked potato, burger, Fish Marigny, BBQ shrimp, fried chicken sandwich

Photo courtesy: Snug Harbor Jazz

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Walking Distance

0.02 miles

Toss a few back to the tunes of regional masters for a ridiculously cheap cover at d.b.a. Showcasing live music and a spicy collision of locals and travelers, d.b.a. rotates its tap to include craft and commercial, served with smoke-free ambiance.

Checkout: Gnarley Barley Jucifer IPA, NOLA Jurrican Saison, Crispin Original Cider

Photo courtesy: jonnygig

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Walking Distance

0.04 miles

Ogle your heart out at this outdoor art market where artwork and jewelry jostle beside handmade clocks and lamps, plus a smattering of antiques. The eclectic selection makes for great browsing, and the late hours give the market a festival feel.

Photo courtesy: PM

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Walking Distance

0.02 miles

The heart and soul of New Orleans is jazz so here, in a rather funky bar that exudes energy as it embraces local talent, relax in casual comfort while chatting with friends, pushing down a beer or two and listening to variations of jazz and blues.

Checkout: Cocktails available

Photo courtesy: marcvillerephotos

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Walking Distance

0.32 miles

Live it up in this rollicking cash-only bar that's a haven for drag queens and rest of the LGBTQ community. The drinks are strong and cheap, the space is snug, the music inspires dancing, the bartenders are friendly and you can party round the clock.

Checkout: Bloody Mary cocktails, jello shots, drag shows

Photo courtesy: hdub504

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Walking Distance

0.30 miles

If you only eat one hot dog in New Orleans, make it a Dat Dog one — preferably a super-local alligator or crawfish dog. Choose your meat, select some toppings and a side of fries, and enjoy the chilled atmosphere and full bar at this local favorite.

Checkout: Sea Dog, crawfish etouffee topping, alligator sausage, Polish sausage, fries

Photo courtesy: datdogus

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