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After years of performing as one of New Orleans' top musicians, Irvin Mayfield is giving the city's other notable talent a place to perform. Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse, located inside of the Royal Sonesta Hotel on Bourbon Street, entertains the jazz enthusiast alongside the casual listener with cocktails and nightly performances by notable musicians like Bob French and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, Shamarr Allen, and Jason Marsalis. While there generally is no cover charge to enjoy an evening at the Jazz Playhouse, a nominal cover charge may apply for special events. - Bethany Culp
Having thrived within the historic French Quarter of New Orleans for close to 200 years, the Old Absinthe House is enriched with its own vibrant history. Boasting visits by renown personalities like Enrico Caruso, Mark Twain, Liza Minelli and Frank Sinatra, the walls of the bar are a kind of historic record, adorned by the visiting cards of the many millions who have quenched their thirst at this famous watering hole. The bar offers a full range of alcohol, including some fantastic single malt scotches, alongside quirky cocktails like the Absinthe House Frappe and Ramos Gin Fizz. The Absinthe cocktails are usually prepared using substitutes like Herbsaint, leaving patrons free to enjoy their drinks without any of the ill effects associated with the consumption of absinthe. With antique chandeliers, a copper-topped bar and football memorabilia scattered about, the charm of the Old Absinthe House lies as much in its decor as it does in its exceptional drinks menu.
This family-owned famous restaurant has created a casual and comfortable family-friendly spot in the French Quarter. A full bar with sports and news television adds to the casual, fun atmosphere. Remoulade's plays host to a daily New Orleans food festival offering everything from gumbo, chock full of fresh seafood, to good old American burgers. Regardless of what you choose, the price is always fair.
A gem from New Orleans' renowned Commanders family of restaurants, SoBou is an upscale tavern that offers a relaxed drinking experience with delectable food to match. While the menu is Creole at its heart, the kitchen's focus is on street food and light bites. The menu changes throughout the day to keep things interesting, and in the past, has included small bites such as Shrimp & Tasso Pinchos, Sweet Potato Beignets and the SoBou Burger, a year-round favorite. The drink list offers a choice of cocktails, featuring a mix of classic as well as inventive concoctions. Also on offer is a varied choice of wines. The lively beer garden is a great place to chill out with friends. The warmly decorated interiors are expansive and ideal for hosting private events. Check website or call ahead for more.
Famous Door, dating back to 1934, is Bourbon Street's oldest live music club still in business. The famous door refers to the front door of the bar that many celebrities and musicians have autographed. Inside there is a sunken dance floor situated in front of a glass-brick stage. The atmosphere is dark, loud, neon and raw. The acoustics and lighting system enhances the performances of the live New Orleans soul and blues bands. Later, when the live music ends, the older folks leave and the bar transforms into a dance club for the younger crowd. It is open from 4p onwards Monday to Wednesday, 3p onwards on Thursday till Friday and On Saturday and Sunday it is open from 2p.
With a kitchen helmed by the award winning chef Greg Sonnier and a cocktail menu designed by the likes of Chris McMillian, it is no wonder that Kingfish has quickly come to be a popular choice amongst those of discerning taste. The menu is composed of a selection of locally inspired delicacies like blue crab chop, Cajun Farmhouse Sausage Wanton, seafood cassoulet and smoked rabbit gumbo. Alongside classic New Orleans favorites like the Ramos Gin Fizz, the cocktail menu also features a selection of original, trendy and modern options that are sure to please any palate. Bringing together traditional and modern culinary concepts, Kingfish offers a taste of modern local cuisine. Although the bar is open throughout the day, food is only served during specific hours so be sure to check their website before planning a visit.