Mon Coup de Coeur - Frenchmen Street, New Orleans

Good Music, Good Drinks, Good Times

A few blocks from the busy, touristy Bourbon Street, you will find Frenchmen Street, where the "locals" hang out to hear some of the best live music that New Orleans has to offer. On any given night, a variety of live music such as; jazz, reggae, and blues can be heard playing at numerous bars. Fortunately, most of these bars have free admission and cheap drinks!

Walking distance from both Bourbon St. and the French Quarter, people gather every night of the week to enjoy some great live sounds. Don't expect to see the neon lights, the Mardi Gras beads, or even the frozen daiquiri stands, that you normally see on Bourbon street, instead you will see plain wooden signs, indicating one of the many live music venues of the street.

One of my favorite places to go on Frenchmen Street is D.B.A., which is located in the historic Faubourg Marigny, next to the French Quarter and just a block past Esplanade Avenue. D.B.A. has one the best selection of beers on the street. On any given Friday night, you can hear music from some of the best New Orleans musicians, as well as well known artists, such as the great Stevie Wonder. Normally, admission for such famous acts is only $10! Great décor, good selection of drinks, great music, and people up and dancing all night long, D.B.A. will make for an eventful night. Another great music venue is the Blue Nile, which is just a few doors down from D.B.A. This bar is housed in the first building constructed on Frenchmen Street and it is the only bar on the street that has a public balcony. Blue Nile is actually two bars in one; the downstairs bar has a stage where the live acts play while as the upstairs bar has a DJ. At the venue, you can hear a wide variety of music in one place!

New Orleans is also known for its delicious food. One of my favorite restaurants on Frenchmen Street is Adolfo's which is a small Italian restaurant located above the Apple Barrel Bar. Since there are about 10 tables in the whole restaurant, sometimes the wait can be long, but the food is worth the wait. Marigny Brasserie is another great restaurant which serves American/ New Orleans food. From grilled cheese sandwiches to red beans and rice, there is something there for everyone to enjoy!

A trip to New Orleans isn't complete without a visit to Frenchmen Street, which is one of the coolest neighborhoods around. After one visit you might just consider moving to New Orleans. Good location, amazing music, great bars, delicious drinks, and a party all night long, makes Frenchmen Street my favorite street in the amazing city of New Orleans.

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