I will say that we purchased this tour through a half-priced Groupon, which only furthered the fun atmosphere of this tour because all 11 of us in our group (also Groupon-purchasers) were locals! Communing with my fellow New Orleanians from all parts of the Metro-area made the time in between the traditional jazz set breaks fly by and very entertaining! Mojitos was an excellent place to start (and not just because we live nearby) and listen to Andre Bouvier, followed by a set by Jayna Morgan and the Sazerac Sunshine Band at the Balcony Music Club. The next stop was live music at the French Market Cafe, who surprisingly had one of the tastiest (and strongest) drinks of the evening. The option to switch to a delicious Abita Draft Beer at some of the stops was refreshing, as well. Next up was the Maison Bourbon, a bar I'd never thought to go into as a local. Their speciality, the 'Satchmo' is a clearly tourist-drink, not packing enough punch for many of us in the group, but the ambience was nice, the building faceted and historic, and the band excellent. The only reason this wasn't five stars was due to the last bar, My Bar at 635 Bourbon. It was nice to dance around at the end of the evening, but not only could I not trade my ticket for a draft beer, when I was served my bottled beer, the bartender knocked it over, watched it run out a good little bit, and then set it upright after some moments without replacing my now-frothy Abita. Weird. The tour-guide Richard hailed from southern Virginia, and I had to give him props for that :) A very fun tour for those who want to sample the music and drinks of the FQ without getting stuck on Bourbon St.
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