One of my favorite places to travel in the U.S. is NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA.
Literally there is no place in the world like NOLA.
I personally like to visit New Orleans on random weekends when there is no Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, Essence Fest, Halloween, etc. (I’m super scary so, you’ll probably never catch me in the state of Louisiana during the month of October). Honestly, NOLA is more than a handful without the entire city partying…but I’ll be sure to give y’all all the details on those events in the future.
Needless to say, I decided to bring in my birthday in Naughty Nawlins this year. I truly wanted to ring in 27 the right way. Mostly because I got a cheaper flight out of NOLA than Houston to go to Cuba, but still the perfect excuse to go to NOLA.
Since, I will literally only be in New Orleans for 12 hours, I’ll share with y’all …
12 Things You Have to Do in NOLA.
1. Check in to your housing accommodations.
If this is your first time to NOLA or you only have an extended layover I recommend immediately heading to the French Quarter. There’s literally tons of options for accommodations whether it be hotel or Airbnb in the French quarter. So, price match or just stay up all night. We had hotel points so we will be staying Fo DA FREE at a Marriott property. But just check-in somewhere so you know where to go after you complete this list.
2. Feed your belly
Why ? Because you gone need something on your stomach to get through the next 10 things big fella.
It’s my birthday so, I chose to go somewhere a little fancier than where’d I normally eat. GW FINS. Known especially for their homemade biscuits. If you feeling fancy af, then go head girl and get some of Mamma Biscuits.
Some other fancy restaurants I recommend are:
– Restaurant R’evolution
– Irene’s Cuisine
3. Wash your food down with a tasty beverage
As many times as I’ve been to NOLA, I’ve literally never walked around the corner from Bourbon street to Hotel Monteleone. But after a recommendation from my mom’s coworker I figured I would continue my fanciness at the Carousel Bar.
*Pro-tip: go early and post up, there’s only 25 seats at the actual spinning carousel bar & people don’t move. Live bands play throughout the night so even if you don’t sit at the bar you can have a good time.
4. Drink & Walk at the same time
Now that we have been classy for the last few steps, it’s time to show NOLA who we really are. Let’s head on over to Bourbon Street and see what trouble we can get into in the next couple of hours. Here is where you can act like a local and drink in the streets. If you are feeling a little more advanced try drinking and walking at the same time.
There’s literally 10,000 alcoholic beverage options on Bourbon Street: Hand Grenades are my favorite.
The question of the century is whether the hand grenade is served better on the rocks or frozen? #brokebitchtip : I like them frozen because when it melts it’s like you get two drinks for the price of 1.
I don’t suggest big ass beers cuz you’ll have to pee in like 3 minutes. Also, don’t suggest fish bowls cuz u still have to hold it or else the necklace breaks & you lose your entire drink. Also, your hot hands will melt all the ice. Or maybe I’m the only person who gets nervous hand sweats. But either way go for the hand grenade.
Finally, some bars on Bourbon won’t allow outside drinks in. So, chug responsibly.
5. In da clerb we all fam
That probably only makes sense if you watch Broad City, if you don’t, start now. But anywho, now that we have had a couple of beverages we can meet some fam in the club.
My first stop on Bourbon Street is always Razzoo’s. Some nights you can catch a live band who sing everything from Bruno Mars to Coolio. Other nights or later in the night you can hear old middle school jams and twerk your life away.
If Razzoo’s gets boring, shoot directly across the street to the Swamp where you can for sure drop down and get your eagle on girl.
6. Dance in the Street
One of my favorite things about Bourbon Street is that you can always count on a live band playing in the street. Every time I see one, I make sure to boot, scoot, and boogie to let them know they are appreciated.
7. Your feet hurt big fella, take a seat.
Why not rest your feet and win some money at the same time. Take a Street car or a pedi cab over to Harrah’s Casino and play the slots or try your luck at Black Jack. *I don’t know how to gamble so, at this point in the list I’m just looking cute and losing money.*
8. I don’t eat chicken, but you should def stop at Willie’s Chicken Shack
So, back in the day Willie’s you to be my s#!t. But I no longer eat chicken, so I’m just there for the daiquiris. Depending on location, can kind of serve as a bar so you can twerk while you work on your chicken.
9. Join a second line
I literally wish I could be apart of a second line everyday. Like I just want to be rich so that I can have a band follow me around my house every morning playing all of my jams. But nonetheless, 9 times out of 10 while you’re on Bourbon Street you will run into someone’s second line. Drop everything and join their second line. This isn’t a suggestion, this is an order. At least try it once you’ll thoroughly enjoy it, I swear.
10. Pour up the purple drank.
I live in Houston so, when I heard about the purple drank I thought they were talking about something else. Trust, this purple drank is totally legal. Make your way over to Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop for a Purple Drank to end your night on Bourbon.
* Lafitte’s is the oldest structure served as a bar in America. So, stop by … cuz History.
11. Beignet or not to Beignet, that is the question
Def Beignet, Cafe Du Monde is my fave Beignet place to stop at. The location on Decatur St. is 24/7 and only accepts cash. So, save some coins hunty so you can you get your fresh, hot beignets at the end of the night.
*Pro-Tip: There are Cafe Du Monde locations around the city with drive-thrus…don’t do it big fella. Eating a beignet while driving is literally asking to be powdered sugar tornado. It should really be illegal to serve beignets in the drive-thru. All that powdered sugar flying everywhere has to be on the same ranks or texting and driving.
Learn from mistakes. Don’t do it.
12. The end
They say life is a marathon not a sprint, but damn it by the end of these 12 things you are going to want to stretch your legs out and take a chill pill. Since you will already be in Jackson Square, take your beignet to go and walk over to the steps. Stretch out and wait for the sun to rise or just eat your beignet and admire the beautiful St. Jackson Cathedral across the street until you call your Uber to take you back to your hotel.