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The definitive New Orleans bachelor party guide

Published On 07/24/2014 Published On 07/24/2014
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1. Windsor Court Hotel 300 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70130

This luxe hotel's received both the Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond awards, and features a rooftop pool; it's also pet-friendly, so you can bring Fido without fear of incurring a hidden fee.

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2. The Roosevelt Hotel 123 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70112 (French Quarter)

One of the South’s first grand hotels, The Roosevelt features over 500 rooms, 125 luxury suites, and amenities like the now world-famous Guerlain spa, a dusk-lighted pool, and celebrity chef John Besh's Domenica pizzeria.

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3. The Frenchmen Hotel 417 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)

Located right across the street from the firehouse, this boutique hotel might be small, but it one key feature that changes everything: a pool. If that wasn't enough, you can explore the many restaurants and shops Frenchmen Street has to offer, knowing that you'll never lose the hotel -- it's right at the end of the road.

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4. Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, New Orleans French Quarter 315 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

It may be part of a hotel chain, but this Country Inn retains its Old World charm, set inside an old 19th-Century building, replete with a courtyard garden and pool. While it may look traditional, the hotel boasts modern amenities and is conveniently close to Harrah's Casino.

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5. St. Louis Cathedral 615 Pere Antoine Aly, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)

Located at Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral is the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States.

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6. The Cabildo 701 Place John Paul Deaux, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)

A National Historic Landmark, the Cabildo was built under Spanish rule between 1795-1799 and faces the historic Jackson Square in the French Quarter.

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7. Old US Mint 400 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)

The Old US Mint holds the title of being the only mint to produce American and Confederate coinage, and is now a National Historic Landmark and museum.

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8. Preservation Hall 726 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)

The weathered wooden walls of Preservation Hall's narrow showroom still look the same as they did more than 50 years ago, when a group of bohemian fans started hosting pass-the-hat traditional jazz concerts there featuring artists who were at least as old as the music itself. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, or one of its associated acts, still plays multiple sets nightly. During big local events like Jazz Fest, the Hall expands its purview to present late-night collaborations between the regular Hall band and featured special guests.

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9. Pirate's Alley Cafe 622 Pirate's Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)

This historic French Quarter pirate bar might be tourist-heavy at times, but it doles out tasty eats and has a wide selection of booze, including a variety of absinthe bottles.

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10. James H Cohen & Sons Inc. 437 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (French Quarter)

If you're looking to take a piece of history home with you, this antique shop's got pretty much everything you could want, from muskets Civil War-era sabers to authentic breastplates. Be prepare to shell out a pretty penny, though, as these things aren't cheap.

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11. The Country Club 634 Louisa St, New Orleans, LA 70117 (New Orleans)

The Country Club is a restaurant, bar, and pool all-in-one. Order a beer with your lunch, then walk upstairs and drink another one poolside. Be sure to visit the on-site massage therapists and spa services while you're there. Oh, and did we mention that the pool is clothing optional?

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12. St. Lawrence 219 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (French Quarter)

Saint Lawrence is a late night restaurant, gastropub, and beer garden. This is the perfect spot to get some truly excellent locally and regionally sourced bar food, rotating local craft beers on tap, and frozen cocktails like Pimm's Cup daiquiris and Louisiana Muscadine White Sangria. Also noteworthy, there are some delicious desserts on the menu, with vegan and vegetarian options as well.

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13. SoBou 310 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (French Quarter)

Located inside the W Hotel, SoBou is a spirited restaurant south of Bourbon St (hence the name) feels like a modern-day Creole saloon. The restaurant and lounge is known for its hand-crafted cocktails, and serves creative spins on traditional bar snacks like crispy pork skin and spicy beer nuts, as well as some heartier dishes. SoBou also has a beer garden with beer taps in the tables and self-serve wine machines.

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14. Napoleon House Bar & Cafe 500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (French Quarter)

As if the beautifully aged, faded walls of this space weren't a giveaway, this family-owned creole spot is a classic New Orleans standby, offering the best muffaletta and Pimm's Cup in the city. Other remarkable dishes include gumbo and jambalaya, which you can enjoy in either the interior courtyard, or the historical bar room, whose Neapolitan portraits and gilded frames add to the classic dining experience.

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15. Port of Call 838 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)

First things first: Port of Call is famous for its burger. When the French Quarter restaurant opened in the 60s, it was primarily a steakhouse known for its filet mignon and ribeye, and the burger was an afterthought made from the entrees' scraps. The current iteration -- considered the original New Orleans-style burger, is reminiscent of the dive's steakhouse days: the huge patty is topped with shredded cold cheddar cheese and served with a hot potato on the side. Port of Call still serves steaks and chops, as well as beer and strong cocktails, but everyone is there for the burger. It's a must on any NOLA food tour.

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16. Cochon Butcher 930 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Central Business District)

Cochon's generalist meat offshoot, Cochon Butcher, is a hybrid butcher shop, deli counter, and wine bar in the same warehouse building as its pork-centric sibling. There are house-cured meats, sausages, and terrines to take home, but you're really here for the sandwiches, precisely the Muffuletta, stacked with nearly an inch of pink-hued, salty meats (pastrami, mortadella, Genoa salami), creamy provolone, and olive salad. You can order it to-go, but if you're staying, make sure to pair with a side of pancetta mac & cheese.

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17. The Joint 701 Mazant St, New Orleans, LA 70117

The Joint is a New Orleans BBQ spot with a full bar that's serving up house-smoked chicken, ribs, and pulled pork until 10pm every night. As far as the editors at Thrillist are concerned, The Joint is one of the best barbecue places in America. The next time you are in New Orleans, you need to stop by The Joint.

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18. Borgne 601 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113 (Central Business District)

Named after a lake on the coast of Louisiana, Borgne serves up inspired seafood that does not disappoint. Stop by during happy hour (3-6pm) for half-price beer, wines by the glass, and bar food specials.

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19. La Boca Steaks 870 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Warehouse District)

Everything restaurateur and Cher Adolfo Garcia does at his Argentinian-style restaurant, La Boca, is simple, traditional, and memorable. From the pisco sours to the expertly prepared cuts of beef such as flank, "outside skirt," and hanger steaks, all the dishes are exceptional. The decor is rustic with exposed beams, the ambiance is intimate, and the dress code veers towards the fancier side at this little slice of Argentina right here in New Orleans.

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20. Willie Mae's Scotch House 2401 Saint Ann St, New Orleans, LA 70119 (Mid City)

The fried chicken at Willie Mae’s Scotch House is the best in the United States. No joke: it was dubbed such by the Travel Channel and Food Network, and also won the James Beard Award for “America’s Classic Restaurant for the Southern Region.” Tucked away the Treme neighborhood, the cozy spot features all the accoutrements of a beloved local haunt -- memorabilia mounted throughout, news clippings chronicling the success of the family-owned business (which has been open since 1957), homey environs -- and it’s worth noting that there’s always a line out the door, regardless of weather. It’s a walk-ins only spot, so be prepared to wait -- but the soul food here is so satisfying, and it’s entirely worth it.

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21. Mandina's Restaurant 3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119 (Mid City)

This Canal St destination for Italian fare and creole seafood is renowned for its pink building as much as it is for its turtle soup and fried trout. The brick- and wood-accented space enforces a family-friendly atmosphere, and on any given night, you'll see tables packed with multiple generations of cajun lovers indulging on signature oversize portions of fried fish.

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22. Domilise's Po-Boys 5240 Annunciation St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Uptown)

Under the same family ownership for over 100 years, Domilise's is something of a New Orleans po-boy haven. Inside a boxy pale-yellow building and distinguished only by a hand-painted sign, Domilise's would be easy to miss if it weren't for the line that typically stretches out the door. The catfish and fried oyster po-boys are among the most popular items on the menu, but guests have the option to split their sandwiches half-and-half with other toppers like shrimp and roast beef. Half-shrimp and half-oyster on the same bun is the move, if you ask us.

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23. Pat O'Brien's 718 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)

What do you get when you combine a fun-loving Irish bar with the wildness of Bourbon St? Pat O'Brien's bar, of course. We also would have accepted "an inebriated evening" or "hungover the following day".

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24. Besh Steak 8 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Central Business District)

Besh Steak, located inside Harrah’s New Orleans casino, offers a new spirited take on a traditional steakhouse. The sleek interior includes numerous “Blue Dog” paintings by local art legend George Rodrigue, but the real winner on the menu is the giant 30-day dry-aged 18oz prime NY Strip steak. This restaurant is a destination for those in search of a great meal, for casino visitors and non alike.

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25. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop 941 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)

This tavern's located inside a building that was originally constructed around 1772, making it one of the oldest structures in NOLA. The cocktail selection's not bad either.

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26. The Club Ms Mae's 4336 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Uptown)

Ms. Mae's, on the corner of Magazine and Napoleon, is a New Orleans institution -- and not because it's open 24 hours or is one of the cheapest bars in town. Well, that might have something to do with it. Inside, you’ll find pool, air hockey, and foosball. You’ll find very cheap drinks served in plastic cups. You’ll find big groups and singles, older folks drinking during the day and college students at night. And you might even find that rare, bold, endangered animal attempting the Ms. Mae’s 24 challenge: finishing one drink per hour every hour for a full day.

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27. Republic 828 S Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70130

If you're looking for a lively dance spot, Republic is your go-to nightlife spot in New Orleans with DJ sets. Just don't expect to have much room to throw some moves; like all great clubs, this one's usually crowded.

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28. Verti Marte 1201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)

Twenty-four-hour deli Verti Marte is housed in the back of a small, unassuming grocery store on a quiet French Quarter street. It's earned a devoted following among night owls, especially for its interpretation of that all-important Louisiana staple, the po-boy, made with crispy fried shrimp and oysters on a soft, seeded roll. That's not to say the po-boy is all Verti Marte has in store: its calorie-packing sandwich roster includes All That Jazz, a ham and turkey sandwich layered with sautéed shrimp and mushrooms, and Swiss and American cheeses. They deliver, but you may want to budget in some walking time to pick up one of these monolithic sandwiches yourself.

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29. Café Du Monde 800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)

Originally established in 1862, Café Du Monde is the place to go for a quintessential New Orleans pick-me-up in the form of a beignet and cafe au lait. The patio, marked by a striped green-and-white awning, is a landmark in itself and the perfect place for people-watching in the French Quarter. The café gets busy during peak lunch and dinner hours, but its 24-seven schedule allows for plenty of opportunities to stop by, whether it's for a late-night sugar fix or an early-morning breakfast. Take-out orders can be placed through a quick-serve window, just be sure to take extra napkins -- those sugar-coated beignets are messy.

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30. Buffa's Lounge 1001 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

You can expect to see at least one cowboy hat at this popular dive joint. Open all day everyday to satisfy any midnight snack hankerings, Buffa's serves up a mean chili, red beans, and rice. The wings are another unmissable menu item.

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31. Cleo's Mediterranean Cuisine & Convenience 165 University Pl, New Orleans, LA 70112

This Egyptian-couple-owned hole-in-the-wall serves deliciousness in the form of authentic Mediterranean grub 24 hours a day and on the cheap, while also acting as a convenience store. A serious hidden gem, but not so hidden anymore.

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32. Root 200 Julia St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Central Business District)

Located in NOLA's Warehouse District, Root offers house-made charcuterie and sausages, signature southern dishes like Louisiana Pickled Shrimp, and Ménage à Foie -- a special daily preparation of foie gras three ways. Oh yeah, and they're open late-night, so you can have your Ménage à Foie followed by your ménage à trois.

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33. Rick's Cabaret 315 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (French Quarter)

This is one of the easiest strip clubs in NOLA to blow dough, since it's basically a strip club for businessmen. But it's modern, chic, spacious, and looks like a regular night club, and the entire second floor is a VIP area, which contains an upstairs bar.

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34. Larry Flynt's Hustler Club 225 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (French Quarter)

With many locations around the US, the Hustler Club is always one of the best strip clubs to visit, and this one in NOLA is no exception. It's one of the largest clubs in the city and it comes complete with a second-floor VIP area, balcony overlooking Bourbon St, and there’s even a 40ft stripper pole.

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35. Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse 300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (French Quarter)

Located in the Royal Sonesta Hotel on Bourbon St, Irvin Mayfield's always has entertaining live shows, including ones of the burlesque variety.

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36. The Penthouse Club 727 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Central Business District)

Sitting on the same stretch of street as three great oyster bars, Penthouse has a secret weapon that other strip clubs don’t: light. The boastful amounts of it they splash on the joint allows you to see that the inside is meticulously clean, the customers (for the most part) aren’t slobs, and you’ll swear some of the dancers walked straight out of Penthouse magazine.