Who Dat’s Guide to N’Awlins Cul’cha!

Published Date Author: , March 11th, 2011
by Glenn DeVillier, Monde Creole Tours, New Orleans
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New Orleans Bonfire

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It is no secret that New Orleans has an assortment of bars and dance venues for the Gay and Lesbian traveler. We pride ourselves in being able to provide some of the very finest dining in the world, also. But, that’s not too much of a secret, either.

Chef Thomas

Chef Thomas

Some of the restaurants that we love, especially, are Coop’s or Maximo’s Italian Grill in the 1100 block of Decatur Street, between Ursulines and Gov. Nicholls streets in the French Quarter. Both are fairly casual and offer wide-ranging menus, as well as nightly specials. Wednesday night, in particular, is the night to visit Maximo’s as it is Locals’ Night and cocktails are half-price! Maximo’s takes reservations and we recommend them.

New Orleans Cottage

New Orleans Cottage

We are very fond of some of the more traditional drinking establishments, also, especially the R Bar and Pat O’Brien’s Main Bar. The Main Bar is the preferred location for watching and enjoying sporting events. The drinks are very reasonably-priced and the clientele eclectic and predominantly local.

The R Bar is located just inside the Marigny Triangle between Esplanade Avenue and Frenchmen Street (just a block away from some other fine restaurants, including the familiar stand-by The Marigny Brassiere and the newly-arrived, but very well-received, Three Muses Cafe’. The R Bar really livens-up after midnight and the patrons range from Tulane University students to sparkly Ladies-of-the-Evening on their way to the French Quarter, just a block away. Of special note is a popular pool table and well-stocked Juke Box at the R Bar.

Croissant d'or

Croissant d'or

New Orleans has wonderful festivals that always include music and delicious food. There is one or more very nearly every weekend. Our favorites are the French Quarter Festival (the world’s largest free festival) and the events around Christmas that include free, very well-attended Jazz concerts at the 18th century St. Louis Cathedral–the nation’s oldest, continuously operating Catholic parish.

Just recently, The New Orleans Historic Collection, a block or so from the Cathedral in the 500 block of Royal, exhibited the original jewelry of the very-gifted Newcomb trained native Orleanian, Mignon Faget. The Collection has an extensive Research facility at 410 Chartres Street, between Conti and Toulouse in the Vieux Carre’. It’s the perfect place to learn more about the massive history-making Louisiana Purchase, New Orleans, and the people from all over the world who built it and sustain it today!

St. Louis Cemetary

St. Louis Cemetary

For the culturally-motivated and somewhat more intrepid, there is The New Orleans Museum of Art and Botanical Gardens accessible by the red Canal Street streetcars (never called a trolley!). The museum is located in City Park, one of the largest municipal parks in North America! The Park has riding stables, golf courses, sporting stadiums, architectural treasures, a private Boys’ school, and, among other attractions, magnificent modern sculpture gardens. This is, as are many others, a very easy location to reach by bicycle. You can purchase or rent a bicycle at Bicycle Michael’s on Frenchmen Street (closed Wednesdays). New Orleans is flat and bicycle-friendly!

New Orleans is also a great place to bring your dog! Many bars welcome canine customers inside and other venues, both drinking and dining, welcome our beloved pets! One of our favorite places is the scrumptious Croissant d’Or at 617 Ursulines Street, the perfect coffee and sweet shop for those of us who are French-friendly! A former gelato and Italian pastry emporium, it’s tiled beauty boasts a nice courtyard where you and Monsieur Le Chien can enjoy a Cafe’ au lait and a baguette!

Tennessee Williams House

Tennessee Williams House

In the nearby Warehouse District, just upriver (we never use compass directions here!) of the Casino from the French Quarter, you can find five very special museums! The Children’s Museum at 420 Julia Street is located in a former 19th sugar warehouse, is a great place for kids of all ages. It opened when I was still a kid, and my favorite attraction is still there. There you will find a ring that you can stand in, pull a rope and a bubble forms around you!

Just a block or so away, is the National World War II Museum at 945 Magazine Street. The museum includes the new Solomon Victory Theatre; a P. J’s Coffee Shop, our local Cafetiere; a John Besh restaurant, American Sector; and a wide choice of engaging entertainment. It focuses on the contribution made by the United States to victory by the Allies in World War II, the Battle of Normandy and the defeat of Hitler, in particular.

Just across from one another in the 900 Block of Camp Street and around the corner from the National World War II Museum are the Contemporary Arts Center and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The former is in a renovated warehouse, redesigned during the late 20th Century to much critical applause, the Contemporary Arts Center is a main anchor of the city’s Arts District (once a warehouse and industrial district, it is now home to many leading local galleries).

The latter, a part of the University of New Orleans, was founded by Roger Ogden and features Southern art of many kinds, including the photography of Eudora Welty and a music night on Thursdays. Next door is the Louisiana Civil War Museum at Confederate Memorial Hall. The museum is the oldest in Louisiana and houses one of the world’s largest collection of Confederate memorabilia.

Most especially, please allow us to introduce you to our Tour Company. We are Le Monde Creole, The Insider’s French Quarter, and we have been in business for over 18 years. We offer walking tours of the French Quarter, the Garden District, Courtyards of the Vieux Carre’ and Voudou Cemetery tours. Our regular tours go off in French every day at 10am and our tours in English leave at 10.30am, both from 624 Royal Street in the Heart of the French Quarter. Reservations are not required for the Daily tours.

Please contact us for information on the Garden District and Voudou Cemetery tours.We can offer group rates and customize a tour(s) for you, also. We are experts in the group Gay Life Tours as well as the specially-chartered Literary Tours. You may reach us on 504.568.1801 or at 225.819.7535. We hope you have a wonderful visit here and will consider favorably our invitation to make Le Monde Creole Tours part of that experience. www.mondecreole.com

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