Tuesday, November 4, 2014

New Orleans: Sleazy, Sweaty, Wonderful

Is New Orleans a HugeParty? The Sleaziest HugeParty in the USA.

Beneath sea level, near the Louisiana Bayou, New Orleans awaits travelers of all shapes, sizes and levels of crazy.

Bourbon Street..... So Awesome, So Sleazy 

In September 2014 I went to New Orleans as part of a Bachelor Party. It was epic. Much hype surrounds New Orleans, for which it is warranted. The devil oversees New Orleans, and he is a wonderful landlord.

Where to Stay?

We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott Iberville, just two blocks away from Bourbon Street. This is a most excellent location. The hotel is just fine, nothing more to specifically say about it.

The most important thing you need to know about lodging... you need to stay near Bourbon Street, but not on Bourbon Street. More on that below.

Bourbon St. - "A Glorious Hell on Earth"

The heart and soul of the French Quarter, Bourbon Street is the main attraction for HugePartiers. To learn more about the historical side of Bourbon Street, check out here. But that's not why you're reading this, is it?

Bars, clubs, restaurants, strip clubs, shops, and hedonism await every visitor of Bourbon St., which is one massive HugeParty. Drinking on the street is ok, raucous behavior is semi-tolerated, everyone is there to have a good time. Solid recipe for awesomeness.
Happy Hour Drinks at Razzoo. 6 Beers, 10 Shots, $42
If you're ready to keep partying, Bourbon Street is more than willing to cater to your every desire. You name it, it happens on Bourbon Street, although I'd prefer not to name it all on this post.

Read more after the jump!!!

What to Expect?

  • Charming Sleaze - Those two words seem out of place together, but they fit NOLA perfectly. The party atmosphere is so inviting, you're willing to overlook the puke covered street, meth-addicted shot girl, and sweaty people everywhere.
  • Anything Goes - Seriously. Alcohol, Gambling, Drugs, Women, Men, Beads... Whatever your poison, NOLA has you covered.
  • Favorite Bars - The Beach is a charming, outdoor Frat Party full of bros, and I'm ok with that. Razzoo Bar keeps the party going in two hour segments (seemingly that's how long people will be there until a new group shows up), but what an epic two hours it is. The Jimani is a lesser known dive bar, cheap and off Bourbon, perfect for a pre-party round of beers.
  • Frenchmen Street - Locals and seasoned travelers alike will recommend Frenchmen as a more authentic alternative to Bourbon Street. Better music, local people, easier atmosphere. That sounds nice, our group just forgot to go there. Maybe next time.
  • Cost - Dirt cheap. Seriously. Although the flight and hotel were expensive, the drinking, eating and partying were quite affordable. Basically a cheap man's Las Vegas. During happy hour, you can find "Buy 1, Get 3" deals everywhere. The Jimani had 5 for $10 buckets, an everyday occurrence. So wonderful.
  • Avoid!!! - Aggressive Bouncers, Sugary Drinks, the House of Blues. Security Guards at some bars on Bourbon Street are aggressive and intolerant of the craziness, likely overstepping their limits as an employee of a nightclub. The "Famous" drinks on Bourbon Street are infused with mountains of sugar, prepare for a wicked hangover if you have too many of these. For some reason, multiple people recommended The House of Blues (for both food and nightlife), it was terrible.


    Other Tourists - Sleazy, sweaty, crazy, fun, intoxicated, awesome, up for anything, friendly.

    NOLA Locals - Friendly, passionate, proud, engaging, quirky, sometimes tired of the gimmick.

    Cafe Du Monde & Deanie's Seafood

    New Orleans if full of rich tradition, a cultural melting pot, and great food. Speaking of food, here are my three recommendations.

    Their website's descriptionCafe Du Monde Coffee Stand was established in 1862 in the New Orleans French Market. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Cafe Du Monde is a traditional coffee shop. Its menu consists of dark roasted Coffee and Chicory, Beignets, White and Chocolate Milk, and fresh squeezed Orange Juice. The coffee is served Black or Au Lait. Au Lait means that it is mixed half and half with hot milk. Beignets are square French -style doughnuts, lavishly covered with powdered sugar.

    My description - Wait in a verrrrry long long long line for hot, fresh french doughnuts covered in powdered sugar. Mmmmmmm Donuts. Worth the wait/trip.
    Beignet, French for "tasty, hot doughnut"

    Their website's descriptionDeanie's Seafood is loved by locals as the "Best Seafood Restaurant" (Times Picayune), “Best Place for Crawfish” (Tops of the Town 2014, New Orleans magazine) and the favorite place for fresh Louisiana seafood prepared in our signature Creole seasonings. For over 50 years Deanie's has been serving huge portions of the best boiled, broiled and fried seafood.

    My description - Crab nachos, grilled/raw oysters, bbq shrimp, crawfish etouffee, crabmeat au gratin..... it was all delicious, competitively priced, and the atmosphere was loud and engaging. Highly recommend.

    BBQ Jumbo Shrimp at Deanie's

    Their website's description - Since 1985 Zapp's is the only kettle cooked chip with the Cajun crunch that packs all the flavor of Louisiana.

    My description - These are the best potato chips in the world, and only in Louisiana will you find all eight flavors. I suggest the VooDoo Heat or Spicy Cajun Crawtator.

    Zapp's. Best Potato Chips.... Ever.

    Must Go: Swamp Tour!

    If you're going to do something "Touristy", it might as well be going 30-40mph in the swamp, on an airboat, looking for alligators (drinking beers, of course)This is the best way to ensure that you've done more than just drink on Bourbon Street, head out to the swamp and enjoy mother nature.

    I recommend the company we used, Airboat Adventures. Their shuttle picked us up from the hotel, we had our own airboat, an awesome tour guide, and we even saw some alligators! Very cool experience!

    The Swamp!

    Bachelor Party Crew
    Obligatory American Tourist Photo
    Gators came right up to our airboat!

    Travel Quote?

    “New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin. I also love the HugeParty there." - Mark Twain

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    1. Well done Ben! Maybe your best post yet, not just saying that cause I was there. Charming sleaze is an apt description! Definitely recommend NOLA to groups of Bros looking to get wild, maybe not a trip with the wife.

    2. Nice post and amazing bachelor party idea.


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