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Thanksgiving night -- bar with food? (not turkey)

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We are flying in from California, arriving 10:10 pm Thanksgiving night, and meeting a friend (also not from NO) for late drinks and food. We will have had a noon-ish turkey dinner already. Not looking for sit-down service, a bar with small plates would be peachy. Prefer inventive cocktails and local-ish food, if possible (i.e. not Chinese food and beer).

We are staying at the Intercontinental (downtown area) and nearby would be nice since it'll already be 11ish by time we're settled. Most lists of Thanksgiving day places just describe the hours for special meals, and I can't tell what's likely to be open late. Any ideas for us? Thanks very much in advance.

Also...would you expect restaurants to be on regular Friday hours and menus the following day?

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  1. I haven't been there on Thanksgiving Day, so i am not sure what is open. But i imagine most Hotel Bars are open. I like the Swizzle Stick Bar in the Lowes. Bar Uncommon in the Pere Marquette, Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt. But if you head over to the French Quarter, there is a possibility of food at Yo Mama's, 727 St. Peter St., off Bourbon.

    1. Definitely regular hours that Friday. That late on Thanksgiving, close to your hotel, I'm not sure. Maybe Luke? Not sure when it closes. I thought Rambla [in your hotel] was closed, but it looks like it may have reopened. In that case, it would be ideal, if you can get there before it closes.

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      Rambla
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      1. re: midcity

        Thanks to both of you! Luke was indeed open (we got there just before 11) -- it was perfect for us for food and drink, and we then followed up with another round at the Sazerac Bar (not for the only time on the trip, either...). Much appreciated!