Honeymoon at the beginning of October
As part of our honeymoon we're travelling to NO for three nights at the beginning of October. We want to catch some good music, food and drinks. We're proper British foodies and will eat anything, especially if it's a local dish. We would be grateful if people could give us some recommendations for music, food and drinks whilst we are there. We're staying at Soniat House in the French Quarter. Thanks for you time. Dan
Hopefully you will be here for the weekend because there’s a pretty good festival where you can sample a lot of local food and music.
There’s a block called Frenchman Street in the Marigny neighborhood that has great music clubs. You can walk up and down the street and hear the music from outside before deciding what you want to see.
As for the restaurants, if budget were no object, I’d go to
Cochon Butcher (lunch)
Commander’s Palace (brunch or lunch)
Cafe du Monde (beignets)
Have fun! Great time of year to visit.
My son's favorite hangout when he was in New Orleans was Fenchman Street. The clubs really don't get going until quite late, however.....
For romantic drinks in the French quarter, I'm a sucker for the carousel bar in the Monteleone Hotel.......sure it's touristy, but it's fun to sit and slowly turn....(it slowly turns, like a carousel....)
Regarding Frenchmen: The Spotted Cat, Apple Barrel, Three Muses, and Maison (at least) have early sets (~5:30) during the week and earlier on the weekends. dba usually has 7:30 and 10 shows; Yuki, when they have music, gets going around 8. Everyone is more crowded as the night wears on but I'd be hesitant to say they don't get going till late. If you're trying to hit the music (rather than some sort of tourist heavy scene), I'd suggest early.
The Marigny clubs (the Hi-Ho, Siberia, All Ways, Saturn Bar, Mimi's) are late starters: the scene there doesn't really get going till after 10 or so.
For music, I'd recommend all of the above (though check the listings ... some acts might be more your groove than others), as well as Sweet Lorraine's, the Rock and Bowl, Tipitina's, and Buffa's back room.
The Carousel bar is a great suggestion: be sure to try a Vieux Carre there.
OTOH, when I went to the same clubs with your son (too bad he isn't in NOLA anymore to play tour guide :-)), fairly early, they were way too happening! As in couldn't breathe or sit down or even move one's arms to take a drink crowded....of course, the fact that it was St Patrick's Day weekend may have had something to do with that....
October is one of our favorite months. It was, when we lived there, and still is. The climate should be great, and that makes NOLA more enjoyable, at least IMHO.
Now, if you have not thought of Galatoire's, then I would.
It is sort of like Wilton's, just off of St. James (55 Jermyn St) in London, but with "better food." It is the quintessential NOLA restaurant, in my mind, and is not to be missed.
One has two choices:
They can queue up in line, and dine downstairs, or they can make reservations, and dine upstairs. The food, and the service are the same, but downstairs has a different feeling. If one has never dined there, then I suggest the queue, and downstairs. As we have dined there many times, we do not hesitate to make reservations, and dine upstairs, and especially if we have guests on a tight schedule, or have other events ourselves.
Gentlemen should definitely have a jacket (like Wilton's), and all ladies should be "sharply dressed."
Most of all, please enjoy your honeymoon, and do not try to eat everything in NOLA - go slowly, and enjoy greatly.