New Orleans is one of my favorite cities! I've been 3 times now and it just gets better every time. I love the old, southern charm and the food is to DIE for. I feel like it gets a bad rep because of the infamous (dirty) Bourbon Street...but thats just because you need to get OFF Bourbon! Okay, go to a couple bars to say you did it if it's your first time and then follow this guide for all the best restaurants, bars, and things to do!
Pirates Alley Cafe-
This is my FAVORITE bar in New Orleans! It is a tiny little bar, where they make absinthe right in front of you (I don't like strong drinks and I actually enjoy these!) AND! The bartenders are dressed in character in old pirate outfits. It's like taking a step back in time!
Carousel Bar at the Monteleone-
This is a must do! Try to get there early in the day to get a seat at the bar!
Pat Obreins Bourbon St-
A cute bar on Bourbon that isn't trashy! You're welcome :)
Lafittes Blacksmith Bar/Shop-
This is the oldest bar in the US built in 1722! Again, this bar is like taking a step back in time! The vibe is a little more modern that I would have liked for a bar like this- they were playing Justin Bieber, haha. BUT still so cool!
The Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel-
A cute hotel bar named after the worlds first mixed cocktail, the sazerac, originating in new orleans.
Any bar on Frenchman Street to watch live Music!
This is the place to be for nightlife! SOO much better (and cleaner) than Bourbon Street. You can't really go wrong with any of the bars here!
Commanders Palace- A tourist spot and a little expensive but SOOO good. The best meal I've ever had. OMG take me back.
Cafe Du Monde for Dessert- Obvi
Revolution- Another AMAZING meal! Ask to take a tour of the Kitchen!
Broussards Jazz Brunch
Things to do other than eat and drink!
Get a Tarot Card Reading
Take a Plantation Tour (I've never done this but have always wanted to!)
Walk along Bourbon Street During the Day and watch the street Performers, or play with a parrot!
Take a Haunted Ghost Bar Tour! We did this and they took us to all the bars mentioned above and a couple more! It was a fun and different activity and they gave us a lot of history along the way!
We stayed at the Omni in the French Quarter and for sure recommend it! It was a great location and it also had a rooftop pool!