Did Someone Say Happy Hour?!

It’s ALWAYS 5 o’clock in New Orleans!

I remember when I first moved here and my eyes caught sight of a bar sign reading  “happy hour 10pm – 2am” I was speechless! Coming from a small town, I automatically  assumed ALL happy hours were 5pm-7pm (or something like that) The bar I worked in back home didn’t even have one!

SO, here’s the deal. Everyone loves happy hours, right? Below, we have compiled a small list of some of our favorites.

BE WARNED, some of these places have food while others do not.

**click names to see restaurant menus, not all apply**

La Casita – Julia St – This place is one of my faves! Daily from 3pm-7pm they have 1/2 off guac, queso, chips and salsa.. YUM! Margaritas? ONLY $4! They also have $2 simple tacos. My husband tried his first happy hour mojito here and fell in love. (Although he doesn’t like to admit it) 🙂

Samuel’s Blind Pelican – St. Charles Ave – Daily from 4pm – 8pm, you can get raw oysters for 25 cents each OR 75 cents can get you charbroiled oysters WITH the purchase of an alcoholic beverage. They now also offer 1/2 price pizza and beer! I’m not a big oyster fan… But I still manage to choke down a few charbroiled ones. Side note, their fried green tomatoes are the bees knees!

Bulldog – Uptown – Wednesdays are pint nights, get a pint of beer and keep the glass! Yep.. keep the glass! They aren’t your basic boring glasses either. They have a variety of sayings, pictures etc. It’s a wonderful little souvenir to keep or hand out! Our cupboards are full of them 🙂 This place has a fun, college age atmosphere. Granted we have only been after the sun goes down.. Thus far, the bartenders are always in good spirits. A couple highlights; they have an adorable back patio (front of bar technically) and a water fountain made of old beer taps. DOG FRIENDLY! Click name to see the rest of their awesome happy hour deals!

Erin Rose – Conti St – Always a good go to! Three words: Frozen. Irish. Coffee. It’s like an adult frappuccino.. SO delicious. My husband LOVES whiskey and they have a great selection! Whenever we are feeling like having a “day drinking day” together, this is always our first stop.

Superior Seafood and Oyster House – St. Charles Ave – 2 for 1 margaritas! SAY WHAAA?! Who doesnt love a good strong margarita? PLUS the delicious 50 cent raw oysters?? Served daily from 4pm-6:30pm, MMMM

Pizza Dominica – Magazine St – Sun-Thurs, 12pm-9pm and Fri-Sat 12pm-10pm . 1/2 off pizza, wine (by the glass) and draft beer. The margherita pizza is my personal favorite! You can never go wrong with  pairing mozzarella and basil together!

We hope you enjoy! Please share your favorite happy hours and experiences with us, we appreciate the feedback!

 

 

 

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Top 5 Things To Do on a Budget in New Orleans

New Orleans can be a pretty spendy vacation spot. Especially after hotels, transportation, food, etc. Below is a list of some cheaper things and what we like to call “Must Do’s”

Lafayette Cemetery No 1 – 1400 Washington Ave : Everyday is a good day to stroll through a cemetery! This one in particular is our favorite. It was the very first cemetery we went to and will forever hold a special place in our hearts. Still Perkin’ Coffee Shop is located catty corner from the main entrance, its a great place to cool down with an iced beverage on those hot summer days. The coffee shop sits inside of what use to be a skating rink. It’s pretty neat to see! Maybe someday they’ll reopen the skating rink!

Your Own Walking Tour: Its always fun to guide yourself and a bunch of friends/family on your own tour. There are several free printable walking tours to choose from! Grab a go cup, put those sunglasses on and get to your adventuring!

Magazine Street: A very fun street to walk up and down! There are lots of local shops, yummy restaurant’s and it also happens to be on the parade route for Mardi Gras. So, watch your noggin! You will likely be seeing some beads dangling from power lines and in the trees.

French Market – 1008 N Peters St: This is not your typical Saturday Market. It is open 7 days a week, from 10am to 6pm. You can find everything here, from gator-on-a-stick to this years hottest handbags.

Canal Street to Algiers Point Ferry Terminal: Only $2 each way! Jump on the ferry and cross the roaring rapids of the mighty Mississippi river. Great view of the city, day or night.(headline picture was taken from Algiers Side) On the Canal St side of the terminal, you have Harrah’s Casino right across the street. There, you can grab a free drink with play. A great way to pregame if you ask me!

Please share with us your experiences and/or your favorite things to do on a budget!

 

 

Hidden Treasures 

It’s crazy how you can walk up and down the same street over and over again and notice something different every time.

One Saturday morning, noon still on the horizon, Andrew and I left for an early brunch. After hearty food and several pitchers of mimosas in our tummies we left, full and bubbly. We took the ferry across the mighty Mississippi and decided to continue our day drinking adventure. As we walked along Decatur St. feeling buzzed and happy, we stumbled upon a quaint little antique store. As you walk in, the first thing to hit you are BUGS! A wall full of framed bugs, even bats! I, for one, was not too fond of that last part… We continued to venture down what seemed like all right turns, I noticed these AWESOME tie dye bowls, $40 each. That was our first tell that we probably wouldn’t be leaving with anything. But we didn’t let that bring us down! Wandering around we found a cool old fashion stove, lots of neat glass jars that were dirty… So obviously they’re old, right? When we finally reach the court yard it is EXPLODING with color! (Picture below) Tin roosters?! I was in heaven. I have an unknown obsession for weird looking roosters… My poor husband! Luckily for him, they had tables and tables covered in lego mini figures. So, if you’re ever enjoying a nice walk down Decatur, stop by Secondline Arts And Antiques! Take a minute to admire their selection of trinkets and whatnot. *Click here for ferry schedule*

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Our Top 5 Brunch Spots

If you’re like us, then you really like the word bottomless! Especially when it comes to anything drinkable or eatable. Due to our work schedules, we don’t have too many weekends together. So when we do, we like to celebrate it by over eating and over drinking! Below you will see OUR top brunch spots. So, don’t get your panties in a bunch if your personal favorite isn’t on here. Feel free to share with us your favorite brunch eats by leaving a comment!

  • Rivershack, Gretna – Bottomless Mimosas, they even leave an entire pitcher at your table! We both get the “Gator-ish Benedict” him, a side of fried potatoes, me, a side of cheesy grits! They have rooftop seating, so you can enjoy the river view while munching on some toast.
  • Ruby Slipper, Magazine St location – We have heard soo much about this bacon infused bloody mary! The husband LOVES bacon, so this was a must for us. You are definitely going to want to make a reservation.
  • Surreys Cafe and Juice Bar, Magazine St – Mmmm the fresh juice! Pictures below is the beet and carrot juice with the bananas foster french toast, mm!  We recommend you wake up early for this one. They don’t take reservations and you can expect a long line waiting to get in and devour some delicious food.
  • Katie’s Restaurant and Bar, Iberville St – Bottomless mimosas, bloody Mary’s AND sangria’s! *They only ask that you order one at a time*
  • Apolline, Magazine St – Bottomless mimosas and bloody Mary’s 6 days a week! Can’t beat that!