Help with Bachelor Party planning
I need help with planning a bachelor party. Does anyone have any suggestion for:
1) A restaurant for dinner. (moderate to expensive price range) that can accomadate around 15. Emphasis on a cool atmosphere with a good bar. We're all in our early 30's.
2) A fun bar to go to after dinner.
3) A dive bar to go after the "fun" bar
4) any other gentlemanly pursuits that come to mind (you can message me about this one if you like)
We need a little help: What is your dollar figure that you want to spend? "Moderate to expensive" is totally subjective to your wallet. When is the party? Where is your hotel located? Will you have access to a car? If no car, is the streetcar, pedicab, cab or walking acceptable modes of transportation?
As far as price, probably 50-75 dollars per person (not including alcohol). The party is on a Thursday in mid-April. We are all staying in the Quarter. I'm staying at the Le Marais. Transportation is not a huge issue since we are all planning on taking cabs or a streetcar. We're not averse to a little walking.
As an aside, my wife and I have reservations at Restaurant August the night before. I'm definitely the biggest foodie in the group. I have been toying with the idea of Dante's Kitchen for dinner. Another guy has been to Jacque-Imo's several times and thinks that may be a good idea. I was not really impressed with that place but would be willing to settle if no other good options came up. We are definitely NOT looking for a sports bar/frat boy type of place (although things may degenerate into that as the night goes on)
OK, just off the top of my head -
1) Maurepas, Coquette, Domenica, Herbsaint
2) Bar Tonique, Mimi's in the Marigny, Pravda
3) Hi-Ho, All-Ways, Saturn, The Chart Room
4) Clubs/music on Frenchmen Street.There's like strip clubs and stuff on Bourbon if that's the vibe you're going for.
We recently had our dinner at Herbsaint ruined by a Bachelor's party of about 12 or 15 guys. It was so loud that we hurried to eat and skipped dessert.
Emeril's has a private room that I think may fit 15, although that would be the max. I think they can close off a part of the restaurant for a larger party. Also, Dickie Brennan's has private rooms. Luke too. Tommy's. Many other restaurants too.
OK., let's start with a "private room," for dinner. I would look to G W Fins, as they have a private room, right off the main dining room, and we have had 12, easily seated there. The food is local seafood, with local preps. It is "mid-range," price-wise, and has always been great.
Now, just down the street, I think you will like Arnaud's French 75 Bar (note: Aunaud's also has some good private dining too). As an alternate, Antoine's Hermes Bar is a good choice (they also have private dining), and not far away. I also like the Carousel Bar at the Monteleone Hotel, just "up the street," and that might be a good place to end the night?
Otherwise, others can help with the "dive bar," to welcome in the dawn... [Grin]
Hi Doctron - I'm planning a bachelorette for mid May 2012 with approximately 12 ladies in their early 30s. We're staying at the same hotel (Le Marais) and it appears that our group is quite nicely aligned in terms of wants: great restaurants, fun bars and of course some room for debauchery late in the evening. We're more quirky than classic bachelorette and have some discerning tastes to appease.
Though our ultimate leanings at the end of the night may differ - unlikely to involve strip clubs - I'd really welcome hearing from you about what you decide on in all 4 categories and whether they make the grade. I'm flying blind having never been to New Orleans before.
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer!
I have not been in awhile but the Dive Bar we'd go to after Carnival Balls was Snake 'n Jakes uptown. Ms Mae's is open all the time, too.
If you settle your dinne rin the Quarter, obviously you;ve got LOTS of post-eats bar options. Lafitte's, Bombay Club, Napoleon House..or go down to Frenchman Street and open just about any door.