Suggestions for New Orleans Bachelor Party

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  1. Brook K

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    An old friend is finally falling prey to matrimony and we're roadtripping from St. Louis to New Orleans for a Lost Weekend of debauchery.

    We'll be hitting Harrah's for poker, doing the Bourbon street thing where pathetic 30-somethings like us gawk at the college chicks, I have some seafood and breakfast suggestions, but I would like us to have dinner at a "nice" restaurant as well. One in the Quarter would be most convenient but it really doesn't matter where. Any suggestions?

    Also, we've been before, but I wasn't too impressed with the clubs we hit (of course most of that weekend is a bit fuzzy [​IMG]). So any suggestions that could be offered for jazz/blues clubs and gentleman's clubs would be appreciated as well.

    Help us have a weekend we don't remember! [​IMG]
     
  2. Haggai

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    No suggestions, since I've never been to New Orleans, but of course you'll have to sell the screenplay rights to "Sideways 2: New Orleans Boogaloo," or whatever you decide to call it. [​IMG]
     
  3. Matt Stryker

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    I had a great dinner at Brennan's a few years ago, and supposedly they are the inventors of bananas foster...dessert was good [​IMG].

    To be honest, most of the clubs I have seen around the French Quarter were pretty much the spring-break style: lame-ass cover band and cheap drinks...which isn't bad, but it sounds like you are looking for something more classy. I've heard good things about Maison Bourbon, but you may need to dress nicely to get into some of the more upscale jazz bars.

    Have you thought about doing a dinner (or gambling) cruise? Harrah's in NOLA is aight, but it definitely isn't Vegas...and those cruises definitely inspire antics worthy of bachelor party memories.
     
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    1. Get a school bus to drive all your friends to the hotel in.

    2. Hookers, beer, porno, lots of drugs and a donkey show in the hotel room.

    3. Dispose of said donkey, now dead from a cocaine overdose, in the hotel elevator.

    4. Watch out for the vengeful boyfriend in the black Porsche.

    5. Never, under any circumstance, follow your hooker into the bathroom.
     
  6. Lew Crippen

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    Dome had a thread. I’ll copy and paste my restaurant suggestions:


    First, make sure that you sample a wide range of places. If you can afford it, have dinner in at least one of the famous Creole places. And also make sure that you try some of the smaller places and get a sample of different foods.

    Upscale Creole:

    Commander’s Palace in the Garden District is very fine. Even though it is large and well known, I have always had good food there.

    Antoine’s in the French Quarter has been around forever and has good food, but on some nights their kitchen lets them down.

    Galatoire’s—I love this place, but I think that they have gone down just a bit ever since they started allowing men without jackets and accepting credit cards (decoded, this means that they now target more tourists). On Bourbon street in the Quarter.

    Arnaud’s—outstanding in every respect. Perhaps the best of the traditional Creole restaurants. On Bienville in the Quarter (and expensive).

    The Court of the Two Sisters—an excellent and beautiful place to eat—but expensive.

    Personally, I’d avoid Brennan’s as they succumbed to satisfying only tourists a long time ago.


    You might also try an upscale Cajun restaurant. Try K-Paul’s as an alternative--it is not traditional Creole, but Paul Prudhomme, the owner/chef is a nationally known chef. Casual, but still expensive.

    One of the best meals I have ever had was at Alex Patout’s. The definitive gumbo (and they have a famous oyster dish). In the Quarter—and not cheap by any means. Personally, I’d choose the Cajun dishes here. This is an elegant dinning room.


    A must is a muffuletta (a half is probably big enough) from the Central Grocery. On Decatur in the Quarter. Get one for lunch and stroll around—perhaps down to Jackson Square.

    Another must is coffee and beignets at Café DuMonde across from Jackson Square. True, this is a tourist place (as are most places in the Big Easy), but early morning coffee here as people are both off to work and coming home from at night out is not to be missed.

    Acme Oyster House is a must.


    More later—including music venues.



    A few more places to eat in the Big Easy Dome—these will not be so hard on the pocketbook as my upscale recommendations—but in each case the food is outstanding.

    Already having mentioned Central Grocery and Café de Monde, here are some other more modest recommendations:

    Pascal’s Manale is justly famous for their signature barbecued shrimp—and they have a lot of other great things as well.

    Domillse’s Po-Boys—out of the way—you will need a taxi. Get one of the Po-Boys—this is sandwich making at its finest.

    Mother’s is also Po-Boy heaven and not so much out of the way as Domellse’s. Both of these places are very blue-collar—and very good.

    I love the Camellia Grill (a streetcar ride), but it is best for breakfast, deserts and things like grilled cheese, so it might not be worth a special trip. OTOH, if you are going to take a streetcar ride any way, this is as good a destination as any. Just ask—everyone knows the Camellia Grill.

    I already recommended the Acme, but for oysters, probably Casamento’s is better. Depending on your preference, get oysters on the half shell or the oyster loaf. Actually get both. This is decidedly not an upscale place.


    Personally I’d go out to Tipitina’s and listen to music and dance.

    I’ve had several young lovelies drag me out onto the floor. And even without that, the music is worth the trip.
     
  7. Brook K

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    Wow, I figured "foodie" Lew would come through.

    A couple more clarifications. Tie and slacks, but no jackets. I don't even own a jacket that isn't part of a business suit. [​IMG]

    Price is not an issue. I'll be flush with poker winnings. [​IMG]

    Acme Oyster Bar was a recommendation I already had. That will be dinner one night. The other night I wanted to have dinner at the upscale place. Breakfast wise, we prefer diners - pancakes, biscuits and gravy....heavy stuff that soaks up the alcohol [​IMG] We also plan on stopping at diner's while on the road. No fast food, real Americana with extra grease. [​IMG]

    I've been told the Camelia Grill has great breakfast. We'll definitely be hitting it.

    The two music club recommendations I got elsewhere are Tipitina's and The Old Absynthe Bar.


    Tipitina's it is!!
     
  8. Lew Crippen

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    So I’m out there one night (the original, slightly out of town place) , listening to a Zydeco group and watching the dancing (if you have never seen this, there is a definite upward, physical movement to the beat).

    One of the locals comes up and as I am being led to the floor protesting that I don’t really know how to dance to the music, she replies, “Darlin’, its just like the jitterbug with one leg broke.”

    Laisser le bon rouleau de temps!

    BTW, both Zydeco and Cajun bands consider that they have failed if no one is dancing.
     
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    The wife and I enjoyed NOLA, which is Emeril's restraunt in the quarter. Good food, and cool atmosphere!
     
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    Let the good roll times? [​IMG]
     
  11. Kevin T

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    i don't know what the hell lew is talking about. it's:

    laissez les bons temps rouler
     
  12. DaveBB

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    Even though it's a friggin' tourist trap, the Hurricanes at Pat O'Briens and great.

    One bar I love in N.O. is "The Dungeon". Never seen any place like it in all my travels. Will freak some of your friends out.

    "The Old Absynthe Bar" is also very fun.

    "Saturn Bar" is a great N.O. dive. Was there when Nicolas Cage was partying it up. (Dude was being protected by 3 bodyguards. Was also coked out of his mind.)

    I remember the bars down by Tulane having lots of ladies to look at.
     
  13. Kevin T

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    yes, the dungeon is a pretty fun place. it's next to the tropical isle at the corner of bourbon and toulouse. while there, you might as well get a "hand grenade" frrom the tropical isle. 2-3 large ones and you'll be good. 4 or more and you'll be worthless.

    kevin t
     
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    Tom Landry's place is right there by the quarter.
    Is Coyote Ugly still there? That's a fum place.
     
  15. Brook K

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    The other time I was in NO, either May/early summer 97 or 98 we passed by the gate to the Dungeon but didn't go in. I'm familiar with hand grenades. I had 2 on top of what we'd already been drinking, resulting in a puking incident at a strip club. I have no memory of how I got back to the hotel room.

    I'm about to leave, I'll be return with a full report. Thanks for all the suggestions.
     
  16. Lew Crippen

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    Plenty of time to recover, even from a major party trip.

    Do we get a report Brook, or did what happened in the Big Easy, stay in the Big Easy?
     
  17. Holadem

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    If he can remember it, it wasn't that great.

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