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Jun 11, 2009 11:28 AM

Rent a car?

As I mentioned in my previous post/question, my husband and I are coming in for the first time for 3 nights and 4 days. We have a very ambitious food/drink agenda so were wondering if we should rent a car.

Here are some places we planned on visiting (food/drink/sights):

Franky and Johnny's
French 75 Bar
Cafe Beignet
Cafe du Monde
Central Grocery
Napolean House
Snug Jazz Club
Abita Brewery
Saturday Crescent City Farmer's Market
Parkway Tavern
Audubon Aquarium
Bourbon House
CURE bar
La Divinia Gelateria

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  1. If the Abita Brewery is on your agenda, I would say rent a car. Speaking as someone who has driven way too many times in the past under the influence (somewhat of a rite of passage in New Orleans as it is not much of a cab town sad to say), I would rent the car for the Abita Brewery and then walk, cab and streetcar it the rest of the time.

    1. Well, most of the places you listed are in the quarter, CBD, or the marigny, and for those you wouldn't need a car. Be aware that Divina Gelateria has a location in the quarter now, so you don't have to schlep over to Magazine.

      However, if you plan to go to the Abita Brewery, you will definitely need a car. Cure, Parkway Tavern, and Franky and Johnny's are not within walking distance, nor would they be that easy to take the street car to.

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      1. re: flojindamesa

        In order to get to Parkway, you could take streetcar down Canal. Hagan/Toulouse not that many blocks off of Canal. We have done it a few times when we wanted to play tourist and take the streetcar.

      2. I would vote for renting a car. Compared to many cities, parking in New Orleans is pretty easy (with the exception of the French Quarter, but even there you can usually find spots on Esplanade or nearby streets). In the long run, you'll save time and stress and probably see more of the city and get a better feel for it. Don't forget to check out the Oak St./S. Carrollton area, which has some good mid-priced restaurants.

        1. The only thing to consider is to check and see if your hotel charges extra for parking per day. At many hotels in the Quarter and surrounding areas, you almost "must" valet as there are few self park options. I know of several hotels that charge up to 30.00 per day for parking (obviously not including the tips you must pay the valet as well as the time you will wait for the car which in my experience can be extensive) A lot of the places you listed are in the Quarter and would be an easy walk if you are staying nearing.

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          1. re: ScarlettNola

            As a note, we are staying at The Roosevelt in July and they charge a whopping 38.00 per night for valet.

            1. re: ScarlettNola

              La Richelieu offers free parking and has a neat history. Not the fanciest place in the FQ but my wife and I like it. Nice little pool and bar. Be sure to ask about the picture in the lobby
              That said, it makes sense to me to use cabs or other public transportation. It better supports the local economy and most cab drivers are great historians in their own right!

            2. I guess that the CH server lost another one. Oh well, here goes again.

              Depending on where you're staying, I'd not go with a car. I'd cut out the places beyond a cab, or streetcar ride, and catch them on another trip. If you are in the FQ, or CBD, you have more than enough, and do not have to rent the car, and pay for the parking.