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Jun 3, 2011 10:55 AM

Grab a drink

New to the area (live in metairie but answers can be related to GNO) and I'm looking for a good casual place for two mid-twenties to go grab a drink, think first date - get to know each other type thing, on a friday night.. any suggestions would be much appreciated


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  1. Just drinks, or also food?

    The problem with Metairie casual is that it can also be crowded and noisy. My thought for a first meeting would be one of the N.O. hotel bars or restaurant related bars, like Hermes or French 75 or Carousel. Hermes has a great happy hour. The Columns might be a great compromise

    One possibility in the complete opposite direction is the casual and funky Rivershack.

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    1. re: collardman

      probably not food - as it will be later in the evening around 9 or 10

      and I'm fine with going to New orleans, i think she live on that side anyhow.

      Some friends have suggested Lucy's, the bulldog, vics, or finn's - thoughts?

      1. re: Jumbeauxlaya

        Lucy's, the bulldog, vics, or finn's? All cool bars....not exactly what I think of for a first date. collardman has some good suggestions. A few more upscale, but still casual bars: Uptown....Cure, Bouligny Tavern. Quarter....Tonique, Sylvain.

      2. re: collardman

        You stole my thoughts. Though it's been decades (and decades), since I was on a first date, I would definitely choose a quieter place, with good, attentive, but not intrusive service. I would want plenty of time to listen to my date, and get to know her, outside of an area with over-stimulation.

        To the OP, enjoy,


        1. re: collardman

          I'm a big fan of the Carousel Bar.

        2. Loa inside the international hotel. It's pretty and romantic. Great place for a 1st date or even Bouligny Tavern on magazine uptown.

          1. My GF and I went on a date to Feelings in the Marigny. The place is funky and feels five hundred years old -- oh, wait it is.

            The bartender was quirky, OK everybody was. My sazerac was amazing. The courtyard is opulently verdant.

            The walk back to the quarter was romantic too -- nice neighborhood.


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            1. re: Hershey Bomar

              Wow, I've never heard of this place, but it sounds fun. I'll have to add it to my to-check-out list!

              1. re: Hershey Bomar

                I had thought of Feelings, but more for a nice dinner date than a drink spot. Your discription really pegged it. Great!

              2. How bout the Delachaise? They now have outdoor seating on St. Charles Ave. It's a bar with great food if you want a cheese plate or some small plates.

                3442 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

                1. I second the delachaise, has a very romantic feel, food and good libations