For Visiting Comics

Thinking about coming through New Orleans to do some comedy? Hell yeah! It's always a good time here. In fact, there's so much to do here that we put together a list of the places us locals like to go and places we like to tell visitors to go check out. Also, please, try to find someone to stay with here. Most of us have space to put up a couple comics. Please do not use AirBNB in New Orleans. It's a long story, but basically, it's killing the ability for anyone to afford housing and is ruining our neighborhoods. We'll find you a couch or a bed or an air mattress that won't fuck up our economy.

All Eat Drink See

Neighborhood:

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Bar

3 Legged Dog

400 Burgundy St. (bur-GUN-dee) in French Quarter
Open 24hrs, and featuring 2-for-1 drink specials ALL DAY. And nightly crawfish boils during crawfish season (spring time)
Tags: crawfish24rs

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Beer Bar

Avenue Pub

1732 St. Charles Ave in Lower Garden District
Avenue Pub is routinely rated one fo the top 100 beer bars in the country and for good reason. Over 50 rotating taps of craft beer from around the world with staff that knows their shit. Great selection of whiskeys as well, and a kitchen that serves up better than normal bar food. They've got a back patio and also a second floor balcony that overlooks the St. Charles streetcar line and the oaks. Pricey, but for NOLA standards, not by anyone else's.
Tags: craft beer24hrs

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Wine Bar

Bacchanal

600 Poland Ave in Bywater
Walk in and purchase a couple bottles of wine from the front store, then head out back to the outside seating and enjoy some wine, cheese, and music.
Tags: wine

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Bayou

Bayou St. John

Bayou St. John in MidCity
Bayou St. John is the only bayou in the city limits. It runs through the Lake Vista, Filmore, Fairgrounds, and MidCity neighborhoods. Great place to have a picnic or just relax. You can also rent a kayak or a paddle board and go out on the bayou itself.

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Restaurant

Bearcat Cafe

2521 Jena St. (JEE-nuh) in Freret
Legit brunch spot. They have two menus: Good Cat (vegan healthy stuff) and Bad Cat (twists on classic brunch food with meat and shit). Everything is delicious. Coffee, too.
Tags: brunchvegan

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Bar

Black Penny

700 N Rampart St. in French Quarter
Right on the edge of the Quarter near Armstrong Park. Tons of craft beer selections, reasonably priced, with a knowledgable staff. On the same block as Voodoo Lounge if you're there for I'm Listening.
Tags: craft beer

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Dive Bar

Boondock Saint

731 St. Peter St. in French Quarter
Full disclosure: two cops own this bar, but it's fine. It's a dive bar named after the movie (which they play on loop 24hrs a day). Drink's are fairly cheap considering it's 1 block off Bourbon St. When someone drags me to Bourbon St., this is a nice little oasis from the bullshit.

Drink
Brewery

Brieux Carre (BROO car-AY)

2115 Decatur St. in French Quarter
Relatively new nano-brewery. They kinda go experimental with their beers. Beers are crisp and tasty. Every other Saturday, catch All Jokes Aside.
Tags: craft beertour

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Restaurant

Bud's Broiler

500 City Park Ave in MidCity
Bud's is a local institution. They're 24 hours, but if you're eating Bud's when the sun's up, then you fucked up. There's a bunch of options on how to get your burger (the have hot dogs, but fuck that). I go for the #4 with sauce and onions. There's two camps: the sauce or the chili. You can get chili anywhere, get the damn sauce. Bonus level: sauce cheese fries

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Bar

Catahoula Hotel Rooftop Bar

914 Union St. in Central Business District
Located on the roof of the small Catahoula Hotel. Cocktails are super good and perfect for hot NOLA summers. Cool view of downtown from the roof.
Tags: rooftop

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Restaurant

Cochon Butcher (CO-shawn)

930 Tchoupitoulas St. (CHOP-uh-too-lus) in Warehouse District
Slice and cure their own meats, and pickle everything pickled in house. Amazingly good meats and sandwiches. The brussels sprouts are fantastic. Super good value for the high quality food. Also, right around the corner from the Howlin' Wolf, so you'll be close to Comedy Gumbeaux on Thursdays and Comedy Beast on Tuesdays.

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Brewery

Courtyard Brewery

1020 Erato St. in Lower Garden District
Nano-brewery with usually half a dozen or so of their own beers on tap, plus about 15 or so more local and national craft beers on tap too. They specialize in west coast style IPAs, but there's something for everyone. They always have a food truck parked out front in the evenings, too if you're hungry. Tell Scott, the owner, I sent you.
Tags: craft beer

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Art

Frenchmen Art Market

619 Frenchmen St. in Marigny
Art market featuring local artists of all kinds. Opens at 7pm, so stop by before or after Crescent Fresh open mic on Thursdays or Comedy Fuck Yeah on Fridays, both at the Dragon's Den a couple blocks away.
Tags: art

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Restaurant

Gene's

1040 Elysian Fields Ave in Marigny
Gene's makes a decent poboy. It's walking distance from HiHo, Siberia, and Allways so if you're in a bind for some food late at night, here's your spot. I think they're still cash only. And don't forget to grab a frozen daiquiri!
Tags: poboylatenight eats24hrs

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Bar/Restaurant

Junction

3021 St. Claude Ave. in Bywater
The burgers here are incredible. They use all grassfed cows or someshit, or they use one whole cow? Anyway, foods awesome and they've got a killer craft beer line up too and their staff knows their shit about the beers, too. They're open until 2am and they're pretty close to where most shows happen.
Tags: craft beerburgers

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Restaurant

Killer Poboys

811 Conti St. in French Quarter
Tucked into the back of the bar Erin Rose in the Quarter, they serve up some unique and delicious poboys. Glazed pork belly, Jameson grilled cheese, plus classics like fried shrimp.
Tags: poboysandwich

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Bar/Restaurant

Lost Love Lounge

2529 Dauphine St. in Marigny
This bar is neighborhood as shit and just so happens to have killer Vietnamese food in the back kitchen, serving kinda late, too I think. And, bonus, Tuesday nights around 10pm is Cassidy Henehan's Comedy Catastrophe.
Tags: vietnamesecheap drinks

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Dive Bar

Markey's

640 Louisa St. in Bywater
It's not a great bar and it's usually really crowded, but, if you've been out drinking in the area and need some late night bar food, Markey's will do.
Tags: latenight eatsdrunk

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Dive Bar

Mick's Irish Pub

4801 Bienville Ave in MidCity
Mick's is your typical hole-in-the-wall neighborhood bar. It's nothing special, just one of the places in the neighborhood that isn't full of shit. There's pool tables, shuffleboard, darts, and a bunch of board games and a couple pinball/arcade games too. Sometimes there's free food, especially during Saints games.
Tags: hole in the wallbar games

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Dive Bar, Restaurant

Mimi's

2601 Royal St. in Marigny
They serve tapas-style food pretty late. The bar's alright. They've got a balcony that makes for a decent hang. Mostly we come here after we're already fucked up and wanna sit down and eat a little something and continue to get fucked up.
Tags: latenight eatsdrunk

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Dive Bar

Molly's at the Market

1107 Decatur St. in French Quarter
A go-to spot for a lot of us, especially after Comedy Fuck Yeah at the Dragon's Den. Decent drinks, decently priced. They have a back bar that is technically in a courtyard thanks to a retracting roof, so it's the only bar you can kinda smoke in. Get a frozen Irish coffee. Great way to beat the heat
Tags: dive bar

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Art

Music Box Village

4557 N Rampart St. in Bywater
This place is pretty rad. It's an interactive musical art installation and there's performances and stuff too.
Tags: musicart

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Brewery

NOLA Brewing

3001 Tchoupitoulas Ave. (CHOP-uh-too-lus) in Irish Channel
First production brewery to open in the city limits after Katrina. They're the big dogs around here (fuck Abita). Good beers, with lots of sours and other specialty brews on tap at the tap room. There's also Mclure's BBQ in here too, and it's solid BBQ.
Tags: craft beertourbbq

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Restaurant

Neyow's Creole Cafe

3340 Bienville St. in MidCity
Southern and creole fare. Chargrilled oysters are a popular starter, and the red beans too.

Drink
Distillery

Old New Orleans Rum

2815 Frenchmen St. in 7th Ward
Good local rums. The tour is fun and interesting as well. Their Gingeroo ginger drink is legit.
Tags: distillerytour
In this Neighborhood: Night ChurchI Think I Can Do This Shit

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Restaurant

Pagoda

1430 N. Dorgenois St. (DOR-jen-wah) in 7th Ward
Coffee's good here and the breakfast tacos are perfect hangover food. Benjamin Hoffman works here, so he'll probably get you a discount fi you're not a dick about it.
Tags: breakfastcomic employeehangover
In this Neighborhood: Night ChurchI Think I Can Do This Shit

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Restaurant

Parkway Bakery

538 Hagan Ave in MidCity
Everyone has their favorite poboy shop, some have favorites for certain sandwiches. Parkway's one of the tops. The classic roast beef is super good, and their half-and-half fried shrimp/fried oyser is really good (they use cornmeal on their oysters which is the superior, correct way to fry oysters). One special sandwich is the Surf N Turf -- a shrimp poboy with roast beef debris (debris is the gravy and meat parts that fall off the roast beef into the gravy). In New Orleans, a sandwich is "dressed" if it has lettuce, mayo, tomato, and pickles on it. They'll ask you if you want it dressed. Just say yes and don't be a nerd about it.
Tags: poboy

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Brewery

Parleaux Beer Lab (PAR-low)

634 Lesseps St. in Bywater
Small batch craft brewery. About a dozen or so rotating taps of their own beers.
Tags: craft beertour

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Museum

Pharmacy Museum

514 Chartres St. (CHART-urz) in French Quarter
This place is weird and interesting. It's got a bunch of old medical equipment and explainations of old shcool medicine. You can walk through yourself or there's a guided tour at 1pm. Benjamin didn't specifically recommend being high here, but it'd probably be tight. Admission: $5. Hours: Tues - Sat, 10am - 4pm. No guided tour Saturdays.
Tags: museumtourhigh

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Dive Bar

Phoenix Bar

941 Elysian Fields Ave in Marigny
Staple of the queer community in New Orleans, just outside of the French Quarter. 16 beers on tap. Also features an upstairs bar with a strict no cellphone policy, and an in-house leather, kink, and fetish shop.
Tags: lgbtqdive bar

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Bar

Pirate's Alley

622 Pirate's Alley in French Quarter
Grab you some absinthe and catch a view of the Cabildo and St. Louis Cathedral

Eat
Restaurant

Red's Chinese

3048 St. Claude in Bywater
This is some solid American Chinese food. It's like if you gave Chinese food a tall bicycle and a moustache, but it tasted good. Big portions. Cocktails are pretty good too.
Tags: chinese

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Park

Scultpure Garden in City Park

1 Palm Dr in MidCity
The sculptures here are pretty great, and the park itself is beautiful. It's a nice leasurely walk type of place. Benjamin Hoffman recommends being high for this. Admission: FREE. Summer Hours: (April 1 – September 30) 10 am – 6 pm, Winter Hours: (October 1 – March 31) 10 am – 5 pm
Tags: artparkhigh

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Brewery

Second Line Brewing

433 N. Bernadotte in MidCity
They've only got 4 year-round beers, but they have other stuff in the taproom. Cool MidCity vibe. During Crawfish season (spring time) they have boils every Friday
Tags: craft beertour

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Distillery

Seven Three Distilling

301 N Claiborne Ave in Treme
New distillery, about a year old. Currently they have a gin, vodka, and a cucumber flavored vodka.
Tags: distillerytour

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Museum

Southern Food and Beverage Museum

1504 OC Haley Blvd in Central City
Pretty chill museum about food and cocktails and stuff from the region. Admission: $10.50. Hours: Wed - Mon, 11am - 5:30pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Tags: museum
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Restaurant

St. James Cheese Company

641 Tchoupitoulas Ave. (CHOP-uh-too-lus) / 5004 Prytania St. (PRIH-tan-ya) in Central Business District / Uptown
Food is dope. Sandwiches, etc. But the cheese is the star. Name a cheese, it's there. And they'll help you pick it out and whatnot. There's like 4 comics that work here, so they'll probably hook you up.
Tags: comic employeehangover

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Bar/Restaurant

St. Lawrence

219 N. Peters St. in French Quarter
Food's good here, and so are all the cocktails, but the star is the Pimm's Cup daiquiri. It's just a frozen Pimm's Cup and it's perfect for a New Orleans summer and walking the Quarter. Cash only.
Tags: specialty drink

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Restaurant

Stein's Market and Deli

2207 Magazine St. in Garden District
Closest thing to a NYC-style deli we have (it's not close, just the closest we have). Standard Jewish deli fare, and delicious as hell. Staff more or less doesn't give a shit and that's how it should be. Walk past the lunch counter out the back door and go in the back room too buy whatever craft beer bottles you want. They're usually the first to get limited releases of stuff.
Tags: craft beersandwich

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Art

Studio Be

2941 Royal St in Bywater
Studio Be is a 35,000sqft warehouse featuring the art of Brandon Odums. Beautiful work.
Tags: artmuseum

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Art

The Art Garage

2231 St. Claude Ave in Marigny
Run by the folks who used to run the Frenchmen Art Market. Lots of local artists in this former auto shop, nextdoor to Siberia and HiHo, and across the street from Allways Lounge.
Tags: art

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Restaurant

Turkey and the Wolf

739 Jackson Ave in Garden District
Currently rated the best new restaurant in the US. Everything is insanely good. I recommend the fried balogna sandwich with Duke's mayo and potato chips on top. Cocktail game is strong here too.
Tags: sandwich

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Brewery

Urban South Brewery

1645 Tchoupitoulas Ave. (CHOP-uh-too-lus) in Lower Garden District
Huge fan of almost all their beers and they've got some of the best designed cans in the state.
Tags: craft beertour

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Deli/Grocery

Verti Marte

1201 Royal St in French Quarter
If you're in the area and drunk and need food, this is the spot. You might have to wait a bit, but it's worth it. Eat that shit on the sidewalk outside with the other drunk idiots. They don't fuck around in here though, so just order your food and move on.
Tags: drunklatenight eats24hrssandwich

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Restaurant

Vieux Carre Pizza (VOO car-AY)

733 St. Louis St. in French Quarter
It's adequate pizza. Sold by the slice, too. Perfect for stumbling through the Quarter and needing some grease to sop up all the poison you poured in yourself.
Tags: pizzalatenight eatsdrunk

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Brewery

Wayward Owl Brewing

3940 Thalia St. in Broadmoor
Some Seattle folks moved down here and opened this brewery a couple years ago. Solid IPA, plus a few other year-round brews, specialties, and collaborations.
Tags: craft beertour