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Feb 3, 2011 11:39 AM

please fill in some blanks for our trip

We are 6 adults coming into town next month - WATCH OUT! you think mardi gras is trouble - you ain't seen nothing yet!

Sat. - We have an early in the day arrival with nothing planned. Early dinner at Galatoire's.
Sun - brunch at Commander's Palace (trolley there, walk around Magazine St after (but I think shops are closed on Sunday?) and trolley again to end of St. Charles and then back down to FQ)
dinner Emerils
Mon - August early lunch - no need for breakfast
Tuesday - town will get back to normal - we are leaving!

So I have no knowledge of what I speak....please tell me what things to do/see around what I have scheduled. I have been taking notes from all you wonderful people but I don't know how to fit it all in!

Snug Harbor? Dueling piano bar? Carousel Bar? d.b.a? spotted cat? Tipitina's? Irvin Mayfields? Blue Nile? The Roosevelt Sazarac Bar?

I can't even visualize the area to know where things are situated. Please share with me your opinions and advice. TIA!

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  1. The greatest concentration of nightlife/music is in the Frenchmen Street area, or Faubourg Marigny as it is called, which is essentially adjacent to the lower quarter. Its what I would call a longish walk from say Canal St. Depending on your spirits, a cab ride can be in order. Snug Harbour, the Blue Nile, Spotted Cat, DBA and other joints are all essentially within a few feet of each other. There are other music locals all over the City, check either the Picayune, or the Gambit for a listing of who is performing where. There really is a lot to chose from.

    Blue Nile
    532 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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    1. re: CharlieH

      Charlie - difficult to get in? reservations required?

      1. re: smilingal

        FYI, both dba and Spotted Cat have early shows on the weekends with no cover charge.

        1. re: smilingal

          Every music venue has its own scene. Too many to generalize.

      2. Something to keep in mind, during Mardi Gras, the street car only runs from Carrollton to Napoleon. In what part of the city is your hotel located?

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        1. re: TaTee

          sorry to confuse - we are NOT coming during Mardi Gras!

          1. re: smilingal

            not sure where you-all are staying but to give you some bearings. the french quarter is approx. 12 blocks long and 6 blocks wide. very walkable. each and every street has shops, restaurant and bars. it is jam packed with stuff to do. decatur,chartres and royal are filled with the funnest little shops and art galleries. i walk each one of them every trip. there are museums and historical homes to tour. music at all times of the day and night, in bars,clubs and on the street. alot of the music is free.

        2. Where are you staying?
          If you're good walkers, the walk from Canal to Frenchmen is not bad at all--and as others have said, lots of music on Frenchmen--you can pick your venue. Tipitina's is in a different part of town; unless you really want to go there, you might save it for another trip. If you do go, you'll need to cab it, esp. on the way home.
          If you want to try a Sazerac, in a historic hotel bar, you should go to the Sazerac Bar at the Roosevely--just across Canal St (Baronne) from the FQ--and that needn't take up too much of your time. You may also want to try to squeeze in a drink at Napoleon House (in Quarter), just b/c it's a very interesting old bar.
          Are you leaving your Monday dinner slot open?

          Don't worry. NO is a small city, and the FQ, Faubourg Marigny, CBD/Warehouse District are all in a pretty tight, walkable space. Commander's is as far afield as anything you have listed (except Tipitina's), and it's not that far, and , as you can see, very accessible by streetcar.

          Many, not all, shops on Magazine will be closed on Sunday. It's still a nice walk, esp. if you have a good day.

          Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
          500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

          501 Napoleon Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

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          1. re: nomadchowwoman

            we're pretty certain we will be staying at Windsor Court. And Monday's slot is open because I couldn't think of anything pressing to fit in - thought we'd wing it?! Maybe Snug Harbor that night and have burgers there? Any suggestions?

            1. re: smilingal

              Three Muses on Frenchmen gets rave reviews from locals. Food (a lot of tapas-like stuff), music, open on Mondays. I haven't been yet (tried once, couldn't get in) so I can't talk from first-hand experience--but I can say that the chef used to sell killer fresh pasta at the FM, where he is now sorely missed.
              I'd wing it: go down to Frenchmen and see what moves you. I think you'll have a good time.

              BTW--WC is a very central location (and a very nice hotel).

              1. re: nomadchowwoman

                thanks for the suggestion - I have noted it! Soooo excited! Do you know anything about the dueling piano bar?

                1. re: smilingal

                  dueling piano bar is at pat o'briens on bourbon street. that is alot of fun. people request songs, everyone sings along.

                  1. re: califkatie

                    thanks! I had it noted but wasn't sure it is still current! sounds fun! Are there two pianos?