Hotel is very clean, on the "Naw' Orleans" main drag. The trolley car runs right by and it only takes a few steps to the stop. Magazine street, where all the cute shops and boutiques are only four blocks away. A great breakfast place, the "Trolley Stop Cafe" is two blocks away (towards the Quarter). There is also a great bar on the same block named "Igors" that is open 24 hours a day, full of locals who are very polite and talkative. Drinks are cheap and you can do your laundry there, while eating their tasty chicken nuggets while you talk to a local about the best night clubs in town.
Here are some great guidlines that we learned in Orleans:
Monday: We got to Orleans on a Tuesday, so no help here. Go to Igors and ask local.
Tuesday: The Rebirth Brass Band at Maple Leaf. About a 15 minute trolley ride from the hotel. All the locals go here.
Wednesday: Head to Toniques on Rampart and St. Ann and ask for a "Frenchman's Dark and Stormy. Hang out here for a while, then hit up Fat Cats on Bourbon, great funk/ soul band named "Connections". Very mature crowd (25-60 years old).
Thursdays: Go to Tropical Island on St. Peters and Bourbon, grab a Hand Grenade. Find a great band and just hang out. Fat Cats is always a can't miss with the band.
Friday: Hit up at Pat O'Brien's just past Bourbon St. and St. Peters. Grab a Hurricane. You can either ask for a plastic cup or get the gigantic Hurricane glass cup that will cost $3 extra. The glass cup is a great souvenir. Sit down and eat dinner. Try the gator strips. Ask for "Frank", the Sous Chef at Pat O's. He is a great guy who will give you great pointers. Tell him Josue and Ian still think it is his fault. If you want hip hop and club stuff stay on Bourbon. If you want great music, head to Frenchman st, where the locals hang. Keep reading.
Saturday: Head to Frenchman Street, Just a 5 minute walk from Bourbon Street, just off of Esplanade Street. The Soul Rebel Brass Band plays at Blue Nile. They are great! A reggae band plays a block away. And at Snug Harbor you can catch the best Jazz musicians in New Orleans. After you get out of the clubs head a block up for Burritos. Swayze thought the green hot sauce was "pretty good". Then head back to the Quarter, knock on Brad Pitts door, then head to Cafe Du Mond for some hangover food... Coffee and Benites .
Sunday: Recovery.... Head to the Trolley Stop Cafe down from the hotel, have a good breakfast. Then head back to Bourbon and head to Lafitte's Blacksmith Bar, Oldest bar in the U.S. Grab a seat, chill, and make a playlist on the juke box. For lunch head to Port a Call on Espandele St, few minutes from the Black Smith. Eat at the Bar and enjoy that burger. Finish up at Tonique with a Dark and Stormy.
Hope this helps. Have a great trip!
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