What they say about New Orleans is true: The city never sleeps and the party never ends! For the ultimate bachelor party, not many places can match the spirit of the Big Easy. It’s a city of decadence, from all-night bars, to fabulous food to its motto “Laissez les bon temps rouler” (Let the good times roll).
We put together our favorite picks for the big guys weekend. From the bourbon to the Bayou to the BBQ, here’s a New Orleans bachelor party for the history books.
Where to Eat
Venture off the beaten path to the neighborhood of Bywater for this funky and colorful BBQ outpost that smokes all of their meat onsite. Head to the counter and put in your order for slow-smoked BBQ (like pork ribs, smoked sausage sandwiches, and beef brisket), local brews, hearty sides and the crowd-pleasing bourbon pecan pie.
Sharpen those knives at this popular Argentine chophouse in the Warehouse District. They’re known for unique cuts that are grilled low and slow, similar to BBQ, instead of the high heat of other steak house broilers. The result: A signature crunchy exterior, paired with a juicy savor and a pleasant texture. Swallow it all down with a collection of pisco sours.
Willie Mae’s Scotch House
A local “hole-in-wall” that’s worthy of its coveted James Beard Award, Willie Mae’s Scotch House is not only a local gem since 1957, it’s a favorite of food writers from across the globe. Take a bite and you’ll see why this humble fried chicken and soul food joint stands out in the Crescent City. The chicken is deep-fried in a basket with a batter that remains a top-secret family recipe.
If these legendary, hefty burgers don’t fill you up, we don’t know what will. This historic eat has been attracting hungry patrons for more than 50 years. The signature meal: a half-pound freshly ground beef, charbroiled and topped with grated cheddar cheese. With a just-as-huge loaded baked potato as your side, you’ll see why the line is worth the wait.
Sure, it’s a cliché. But, there’s a reason this place is a legend. Don’t. Miss. It. With a bustling café scene, a warm cup of chicory coffee and platefuls of those infamous sugar-laced beignets, this is the epitome of the New Orleans experience. One bite of the light, puffy pillows and you’ll see why. Best part: Open 24 hours a day for those late-night cravings.
With two James Beard chefs at the helm, this Cajun gem is a headliner of NOLA’s culinary scene. On the menu: A showcase of Southern specialties, where you’ll find pork served in a variety of fashions – smoked, shredded, pressed and cured. Creole and Cajun influences abound. Definitely try their wood-fired oysters glazed with garlic chili butter and braised pork cheeks with grapefruit, toasted almonds and grits.
What To Do
High-Speed Swamp Tour
No bachelor weekend in New Orleans is legit until you head out to the bayou in the Louisiana back country. Take a high-speed Airboat Ride through 20,000 acres of tidewater cypress swamp. During the 2-hour excursion, you’ll see alligators, turtles, egrets, herons, and snakes. If you’re lucky – owls, bald eagles and hawks, too. Try Airboat Adventures, Airboat Swamp Tours, and Gators and Ghosts.
Another must-do: Walking among the hauntingly beautiful grounds of New Orleans’ above-ground cemeteries. Created in the late 1700’s, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is the city’s oldest and is still active today with current burials. This labyrinth of tombs is just blocks away from the French Quarter, so wander over for some chills. If you’re not afraid of the dark, take one of the many evening ghost tours of the cemetery.
Taste and tour the country’s oldest premium rum distillery and its award-winning rum made with local sugar cane molasses. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the 6-step distilling process and sample all of their products and distinctive flavors. No need to drive; they offer a free shuttle straight from the French Quarter.
NOLA Motorsports Park
Big on adventure, bigger on adrenaline. Give your groom the rare chance to drive some of the best supercars in the world on a sprint court or on a 2.8 mile racetrack. Get behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3, Ferrari 458 Italia, or a Lamborghini LP560-4. Karting more your style? They have some of the fastest karts in the country. Check out their special bachelor party packages.
Golf at City Park or Audubon Park
Both just minutes from downtown New Orleans, Audubon Park offers an 18 hole par 62 course nestled among oak trees in Uptown New Orleans while City Park in Lakeview is an expansive 36 hole golf complex located within City Park.
Marsh and Bayou offers professionally guided fishing excursions for groups. Whether it’s flyfishing or bowfishing, get your boys together for one epic fishing trip before the big day. If staying at a J Collection hotel, take advantage of these special Marsh & Bayou offers which includes hotel transportation, fishing gear, tackle, and bottled water, plus a Marsh & Bayou $20 gift card, hat, and koozie.
Where to Party
Frenchmen Street is the place to go for live music. With over 2o bars and clubs, there is no shortage of entertainment on Frenchmen Street. Go bar hopping and listen to great music and take in an experience only New Orleans can offer.
With a mafia past and a Prohibition-era vibe, this place pours and plates history. Expect hand-crafted cocktails and custom drinks, all made with infused spirits, local grown herbs, and homemade syrups. Then, chill out with live New Orleans-style jazz and feel like you’re in a speakeasy during the Prohibition in the Roaring 20s.
A must for any New Orleans bachelor weekend: Pat O’Briens is the most well-known watering hole on Bourbon Street and home of the famous Hurricane drink. Start your raucous and rocking evening singing along with dueling pianos.
Venture beyond NOLA’s legendary gallon-sized daiquiris. Head to this up-market craft cocktail bar, serving sophisticated fun with rare mixology. Stop by any night of the week for live blues and jazz. Then, once your group is ready to shuffle down Bourbon Street, grab their gold champagne ‘go’ cup and get ready to catch the eye of every woman that passes by wanting to know where you got it.
Does the groom have a stomach of steel? Test it out with a ride on the notorious Edward’s Barber Chair where he’ll take the most memorable shot of the entire weekend. Warning: The ride involves Fireball shots, lots of spinning, groping by a shots girl, and a roomful of cheering patrons.
For the groom who would rather browse Bordeaux wines than chug huge gallon-size drinks. Tucked less than half-block away from the boisterous Bourbon Street, this handsome wine bar is a haven for oenophiles and was rated as one of the Top 10 Wine Bars in the country by Gayot and Fox News. If you have a chance to meet the owner, do it. He’s a local, award-winning former maitre d’ and a self-described bon vivant always at the ready to share his well-earned local secrets.