We are back today to talk about another top bachelorette party destination in the U.S. If you missed yesterday’s post, click here to read all about a fun bachelorette weekend in Austin, Texas. Today, we are featuring New Orleans. Raise your hand if you’ve ever been to New Orleans. It’s the all-time perfect location for a bachelorette (or bachelor) party.
First up, let’s talk a bit about what makes this city unique. If you’ve ever been, you know that this city is incredibly rich in culture. Live music can be found on nearly every street corner, the food is some of the best and the people are resilient. Not only is it home to Mardi Gras, but it’s known for is french and Spanish-Creole Architecture. New Orleans is often referred to as one of the most unique cities in the U.S. It’s home a melting pot of cultures, and that shines through as you walk through the city.
Where to stay?
Getting to the French Quarter is just a short ride via Uber or cab. This city is very walkable. We recommend you stay in the French Quarter (we recommend the Royal Sonesta because it’s right on Bourbon Street) if you want to be near the action, but staying in an Airbnb in the French Quarter has worked out fine for us as well – just keep in mind that you will have to drive into the city for most of the activities and nightlife. If you stay in the French Quarter, you are within walking distance of everything. You can also stay near the River in a hotel like Harrah’s. We mention Harrah’s because it’s so close to everything. Definitely walkable to the main attractions – it’s also a casino for some of the gamblers in your group.
What to eat? There are SO many incredible places to eat in this city. For breakfast options, I would recommend Cafe Du Monde for world-famous beignets. The line typically looks long, but it’ moves relatively quickly. Yes ma’am those powder-sugar covered balls of dough are delicious. The Ruby Slipper is another New Orleans staple for breakfast. Get yourself a bloody mary and thank us later. For lunch, you can go for an authentic Po’Boy at Parkway, which is over 100 years old or Cafe Pontalba on Jackson Square. You can also … for dinner, try Commander’s Palace, Brennan’s (tip: they host large parties in a reserved room upstairs with a set menu. Let them know ahead of time), or one of our favorites: K-Paul’s.
Activities? You could spend a weekend in New Orleans just trying out the food and seeing all of the sites, but we’ve lined up some activities that will make your bachelorette weekend extra special. If you have time, you must try a swamp tour. You can also do a bike tour of various districts in New Orleans- we like Buzz Nola from personal experience. We recommend the Garden District/Quarter combo, which also goes through some cemeteries. We can personally vouch for this tour and a great way to see the city. NOLA is also home to various rum distilleries and breweries. You can tour New Orleans Rum or breweries, such as NOLA Brewery. You can also get some great shopping in at Magazine Street, which is home to a ton of cute boutiques. Stop in to La Petite Grocery for lunch.
Must Try Bachelorette Bars:
Pat O’Brien’s – hurricanes and a dueling piano bar!
Tropical Isle – VERY deceptively strong “hand grenades”
Bourbon Cowboy – maybe we can convince the bachelorette to ride the bull!
Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar – Fun bar where the New Orleans Saints are known to hang out!
The Perfect Bachelorette Itinerary in NOLA:
Friday night: everyone arrives on their own schedule to check into hotels/Airbnb
Dinner Friday night: Superior Grill – they have some great adult beverages.
Saturday morning: Cafe Du Monde for beignets and a cafe au lait
Saturday: Swamp tour in the morning
Saturday afternoon: Bike tour with Buzz Nola
Go back to get ready for dinner at K-Paul’s.
Go out on Bourbon street and reserve a spot at Pat O’Brien’s
Sunday morning: Ruby Slipper for breakfast/brunch
Sunday afternoon: Shop at Magazine Street before everyone leaves
Don’t forget, we will be back tomorrow with our third top bachelorette location in the U.S.