DAY 2 – Friday 30th:
I woke up with parts of last night missing from my memory. I didn’t FEEL that drunk, but … as we walked up to Daisy Dukes for breakfast, my friends wife says “Oh, there it is! It was right here the whole time we were looking for it last night!” I turned around and asked “Why would you be looking for it? You should have just asked me!” The group stood in awkward silence, staring at me for a while until my wife quietly said: “It was you who wanted to find it, because you were afraid we weren’t going to find it in the morning. You also made up a drinking game where everyone has to drink a shot whenever we hear Proud Mary, Don’t Stop Believin’ or Livin’ on a Prayer and said that you wouldn’t be friends with whoever doesn’t play. ”
Daisy Dukes (not as great as I remember but still good), walked around some more, introduced the newcomers to the city, bought some art. The weather has improved dramatically. From the high of about 65 of a day before, it was pushing past 70 and sunny. Before you know it were hungry again. Got in line to ACME but my friends were getting impatient. I mentioned that I read here that often people just go across the street to Felix’s instead. Everyone agreed very quickly since they were hungry. I should have never said anything. The place looks filthy and no liquor license. The raw oysters are fine, because they are just delivered and opened. The nail in the coffin was the roach that climbed onto the table. Yet amazingly, with all the squeamish women we have in our group, I COULD NOT convince them to leave. They have chargrilled oysters – they tasted good, but not as good as ACME and looked totally unappetizing. Stay away from this place.
Dinner was at Muriel’s and a huge success. Between eight of us, we had almost everything on the menu, and everything was great. My favorite was the pecan crust alligator. I tried alligator many times and was never really impressed, until now. I also had the BBQ shrimp, which was out of this world. This is a great place for someone to get their first taste of New Orleans. Traditional décor, Jackson Square location and creole-type cuisine. Excellent service and lively, pleasant atmosphere and attentive staff that never feels overbearing. Reasonable prices for this dining level.
After dinner – big plans for evening entertainment. Cabbed to St. Claude for a play at the AllWays lounge called “Shanghai”. I guess living in tri-state area and attending Broadway plays has made it difficult for us to enjoy amateur theater. Although I suspect consuming some mind altering substances could have helped. We left at the intermission, only to come back an hour later for a long-awaited show by a local band Debauche. The show was across the street, at the Hi-Ho lounge. This is where I finally discovered the secret of getting drunk like the locals, on limited budget… drum roll please!....... $6 value pack of a shot of Jameson and a PBR!!! $18 later you are WASTED. The band was incredible. The musicians were glad to see that we spoke Russian and actually recognized the songs, although everyone around us didn’t, but seemed to enjoy it just as much (kind of a mystery to me). As we were leaving at 2:30 the lead singer Yegor came outside and brought us back in. We got drinks and started playing/singing together. In a few minutes the rest of the band showed up and basically a second show started, except it was just us , the band and the bartender. We got to the hotel around 6:00AM.