Best Bets to Beat the Heat in New Orleans

Published On 06/28/2013 Published On 06/28/2013
New Orleans nightlife
Dan Lang

New Orleans gets hot, but unlike Pelicans, you actually have a chance to beat the heat, so we've corralled a rundown of the best tips for going mano-a-mano with the city's body-enveloping soup of humidity, and winning!

Scott Gold

Frozen Booze.
Specifically, frozen daiquiris. For the best in town, check out the chef-inspired fresh-juice numbers at St. Lawrence, filled w/ Ponchatoula strawberries, Mississippi blueberries, and of course, tons of rum -- if that's not your thing, then you need to have a moment of serious self-reflection, then order their equally delicious frozen Pimm’s Cup.

Scott Gold

Let it sno.
Sno-balls, the New Orleans version of a shaved ice or snow cone, are a much beloved local delicacy and tradition. Ice gets sliced diaphanously thin before being packed high into a cone & topped over-generously w/ sweet syrup combos (think cake batter, amaretto, strawberry cheesecake, pumpkin pie, etc.). Hansen’s Sno-Bliz is considered by many to be the best in town, but also check out Lickety Split’s, Pandora’s, The Snow Dome, SnoWizard, and Plum Street Snoballs.

Scott Gold

Cold beer, anyone?
Like, really cold beer? Head to either Domilise’s (also home to a freaking amazing fried seafood po-boy), or Liuzza's, who both get their draught brews extra-chilled by serving them in frozen fishbowl goblets, which will have you drinking like a... well, you know.


Con Air, with Air Con.
Sure, most movie theaters have AC, but what most movie theaters do not have is digital projection, leather seating, a full bar w/ specialty cocktails paired to your movie of choice, and outstanding snacks (did someone say popcorn with parmesan and black pepper or truffle oil?). Because The Theaters at Canal Place has it all...

Bogdan Migulksi

…Or you can hit the coolest (!) museum in town; the, ahem National World War II Museum, which beyond gloriously conditioned air, also has an awesome "4D" cinema experience. If military history isn’t your bag, hit the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, where you can learn about the horrifying local ecology: sharks, electric eels, piranhas, snakes, and a solid white alligator that will haunt your dreams.

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Take a dip.
Hopefully, wherever you're staying will have its own pool, but if it doesn't (gasp!) then head to the W, who open their swimmer to Joe Public on Summer Sundays. If you’re looking for a “clothing optional” swimming hole, seek out the Country Club in the Bywater neighborhood -- though in hindsight, that might just make things hotter.

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1. 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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2. Lickety Split's Sweet Shop 1043 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117 (Bywater)

Snoballs, ice cream, smoothies, and shakes -- Lickety Split's has whatever you need to satisfy that sweet tooth of yours.

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3. Pandora's Snowballs 901 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

It's a hot day in NOLA -- do you get ice cream or shaved ice? Head to Pandora's Snowballs, where the answer is both: you can get a sno-ball topped with creamy soft-serve or condensed milk for the ultimate sweet and refreshing treat. Served out of a window on N Carrollton, the sno-balls here come in flavors that stretch for what feels like miles on the menu, ranging from sour watermelon and pink lemonade to orchid vanilla and cream soda. A couple of tips: bring cash, and expect a line.

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4. The Snow Dome 607 Opelousas Ave, New Orleans, LA 70114

Despite its name, The Snow Dome is not a dome at all -- it is nothing more than a single window. Then again, if you are handed a cheap and delicious snoball through that window, what more do you really need?

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5. SnoWizard Snowballs 4001 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Order from an enormous list of flavors and have your snoball handed to you in a takeout box. Although you won't actually have anything left to store (unless you have amazing self control), you can enjoy these snoballs in your home with SnoWizard's line of ice shaving machines and syrups.

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6. Plum Street Snoballs 1300 Burdette St, New Orleans, LA 70118 (Uptown)

This small, colorful stand nestled into a neighborhood street in Uptown scoops velvety sno-balls for long lines of customers. Always refreshing, the shaved ice at Plum Street is beloved for its smooth, soft texture (not an ice chunk in sight), and comes in a miles-long list of flavors, including options like plum (of course), strawberry, piña colada, mocha, and passion fruit. Remember to bring some bills, as this spot is cash-only, and put your phone away when you approach the counter (or else).

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7. 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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8. Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar 3636 Bienville at the corner of 234 N. Telemachus St., New Orleans, LA 70119 (Mid City)

This old school, Mid-City Italian joint is home of the famous "Frenchuletta"-- a muffuletta served on half a loaf of buttery garlic bread. They've been churning out po' boys, fried pickles, and brews served in chilled mugs since 1947.

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9. The Theatres At Canal Place 333 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Why go to dinner and a movie when you can have dinner while watching a movie? And we're not talking about takeout concessions or TV dinners, but upscale small plates and cocktails in plush leather seats (popcorn on the side!).

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10. The National World War II Museum 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Here's to the history buff in you -- err, or the part of you that just wants to see cool planes! Visit the numerous exhibits and attend a film screening or dinner lecture to brush up on your WWII knowledge.

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11. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas 1 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130-1152

Take a break from immersing yourself in beer, and immerse yourself in a world of underwater sea creatures instead at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Be sure to drop by the 400,000 gallon Gulf of Mexico exhibit while you're there!

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12. The Westin New Orleans Canal Place 100 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (French Quarter)

Mix business with pleasure at the Westin New Orleans Canal Place, located just steps from the French Quarter. Oh yeah, and did we mention they offer public access to their sweet pool during Summer Sundays?

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13. 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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