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    I know it's early but I'm planning a trip to the Big Easy in April. Three night stay. Please name me some good bars and places to visit.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    I guess people are waiting until the last minute. :wink:
     
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    Where are you going to stay? The Quarter, Warehouse district and Garden District are must sees. You going solo or with friend(s)?
    Make a rote plan and verify it with a local at the hotel. I am not being alarmist..but there are parts of the city where danger WILL find you. NOPD keeps the tourist areas secure..but venturing off the beaten path can be a risky proposition.
     
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    I will search for my files, I used to have a list of things. If you are going in April try to make it the week of this event. All the musicians are local, all the music is free and the food booths can't be beat

    French Quarter Festivals Inc. - New Orleans, Louisiana
     
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    I haven't seen the aquarium or the World War II museum and haven't ridden the streetcar and I certainly want to try my luck at Harrah's.

    Oh, I plan on hitting some of the gay bars also. Last time I was there I saw a well endowed hunk sitting on the bar so I had to take my turn. :rolleyes:

    I'm going with a group but plan to separate when we get there except for seeing them coming in and out of the motel in the French Quarter.

    The last time I was there was for Mardi Gras some years ago. I was in a Roman Guard costume with two others dressed the same.
     
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    This is just a small list
    o Overall web wages

    FrenchQuarter.com: Find French Quarter Hotels, French Quarter Restaurants, French Quarter Events and More...

    New Orleans, LA Local News, Breaking News, Sports & Weather - NOLA.com

    New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau | Hotels, Restaurants, Things to Do


    OK where do I start….food

    Emeril’s
    Nola is in the quarter. You can look up the others too
    Restaurants : NOLA Restaurant | emerils.com

    Famous in the Garden Dist

    o Commander's Palace - Home

    Second oldest restaurant, very good service and food
    Tujagues Restaurant, New Orleans

    Classic old style south, coats after 5 and all day Sunday
    Galatoires Restaurant New Orleans, Louisiana

    Very reasonable for lunch, no CC cash only
    Café Maspero Restaurant Review - Review of Café Maspero in New Orleans | Frommer's

    Another landmark for lunch, takeout. A Half of the muffaletta is normally enough for one.
    Central Grocery - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Really good prices for dinner, no reservations
    GumboShop

    Place to go for your coffee and beignets. A must for first timers.
    Cafe Du Monde - Original French Market Coffee Stand New Orleans

    Then you can go across the street to Jackson Square and St Louis Cathedral The Saint Louis Cathedral: New Orleans Louisiana

    Tours/Sites

    This is the biggest tour company
    Gray Line Tours, New Orleans

    This is part of it, very cool
    Jazz Cruises | Steamboat Natchez Riverboat — New Orleans Cruises, Dinner Jazz Cruises
    WWII Museum
    The National WWII Museum | New Orleans

    Audubon Zoo
    Audubon Nature Institute | Celebrating the Wonders of Nature

    Jean Lafitte Park
    Jean Lafitte National Historic Park & Preserve - Areaparks.com


    Drinks/Bars
    POB
    Pat O'Briens : New Orleans Bar : Bourbon Street : Hurricane Mix
    Classic Hurricane. I prefer to sit outside and enjoy the weather, but they also have a piano bar

    Music
    Preservation Hall - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    It is good music, but always crowded

    Bars with Music on Bourbon Street
    Razzoo.


    Further on the left Old Opera House. The band is pretty good.

    Most of the bands play the same songs. They are so much better than what you are used.

    Much further down on the left is the Funky Pirate with Big Al Carson. Blues, Motown, etc. Great music but the manager sucks, she get pissed if people don’t buy drinks

    o Daytime

    Go out to Canal opposite Bourbon and get on the St Charles Street car. It is 1.25 each way. This is a historic landmark and the name in the street car named desire. If you do it around lunch, you can get off at the river bend and there are many restaurants to eat at.

    Down at the Riverwalk, which is at the end of Canal there is an Imax.

    Don't forget Magazine Street too
     
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    French Quarter Gay Bars

    Bourbon Pub is probably the most well attended, towards the end of Bourbon on your left as you walk away from Canal

    Edit for some of the best music, cross over Esplanade and go to Frenchman's Street
     
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    New Orleans is one of the few places in the States that I've always wanted to see and haven't been. I'm going for 10 days at the end of April so this is great info even though I'm going with a native. Thanks.
     
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    In addition to those attractions listed above, for those coming on down in April you might want to schedule for this years Jazz & Heritage Festival. I'm planning on being there (knock on wood). Here is their website showing the artists currently scheduled to perform:

    New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival // April 27 - May 6, 2012

    Other music places: House of Blues, Tipitina's, among others...

    Looking for a nice place with a pool and sundeck, bar, hot tub and sauna, and a restaurant, all in one place? Try this on for size:

    Welcome


    When y'all come, grab "ahold" of the free local news rag Gambit, which also can be viddied here:

    Gambit New Orleans News and Entertainment

    Have fun kiddies, and don't wanderin' off in the dark... 'cause we have boogeymen...

    y'know? :cool:
     
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    I'll be there from April 17 (PM) to April 20 (AM).
    BTW, the 20th. is my birthday.
     
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    Cool, I love it. Only thing is have him let you be a tourist for a couple of days and then he can show you all the hidden music and sites the locals know.
     
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    wow. really i had wanted to visit too some time but this sound bad.
     
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    ^ Not as bad as all of that, really. Like any large city (L.A., New York, Houston, Chicago, Detroit, etc.) there are areas where even the residents know not to go wandering into, especially if you look like an easy mark.

    Difference is, tourists sometimes don't know. And as usual, the very few times they fall victim to some shenanigans, it makes big time headlines, like it's something going on all the time. And given tourism is an important industry here, perhaps rightfully so.

    Not to mention that people come down here and get silly because they can go on an all night binge... alcohol in go cups twenty four hours, and thinking (mistakenly) the whole town is party central. Shit, even Nicolas Cage came down here and got so looped he didn't know where the hell he was:

    "Shucks, these Hurricanes ain't sheeet. Can't even taste the alco- what are those lights?? [buzz, crackle, wheeee]..."Help him! Help him! Help who? The bombardier. I'm the bombardier." [buzz, crackle...]

    Hey, know who's at greatest risk here? I am, pal. As a potential victim of local crime. The kind of stuff that barely gets a mention outside of the local news.

    Odds are the worst you'll suffer is a slow cab ride or a po-boy with no mayo. :cool:
     
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    Trip getting closer and excitment growing.
     
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    ^^^^^^^
    That's all im saying...its not like Mad Max dangerous...random crime happens everywhere. Just be aware of where you are...where you are going and your plan on getting there. The patchwork of good, so-so and bad is very fluid...but that is not unique to NOLA. When I lived in DC, there were areas where walking one side of the street is ok while they other one is not (Georgia Ave anyone?).

    Have a great time....enjoy the local flavor that is unlike any other city in the USA and like BC said, watch out for those Hurricanes...they have a mean creep that can bite you in the ass....not in the fun way :biggrin1:.
     
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    Leaving next week. Understand the tall ships will be there!
     
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    Don't worry, the tourist areas are fine.
     
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    I love the Big Easy!! Don't get there very often, but find it to be a great place to visit. Of course, take in all the attractions, but don't let some of the decadence it is famous for, pass you by. I always find a certain erotic, seductive air about New Orleans. Have had some pretty wild erotic encounters when I've been there. Hope you can experience the same yourself!!
     
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    Thanks kenny 233...maybe I get to enjoy some real seafood while there! :biggrin1:
     
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