According to one of our favorite blogs, New Orleans is the TOP destination to have your bachelorette party. Called us biased, but we really agree. The food is great, the alcohol is cheap, and you can walk with your drink from one bar to the other. There’s also infinite bars which don’t close early like in other major cities. 2am curfew? Puhhhhlease.
We were recently part of a NOLA Bachelorette with babes from all over the country. Let’s just say, they left with no regrets (and with a pretty good hangover).
We put this guide together for babes from out of town trying to plan their NOLA Bachelorette, or for NOLA babes that are helping plan one and need a few extra ideas from the party experts 😉
Where To Stay
New Orleans has had an influx of new and chic hotels in the past couple of months. If you’re willing to splurge here are our favorite options
111 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Gorgeous rooms, a fantastic restaurant, and an amazing rooftop bar. If you stay at The Troubadour, you might not even need to leave the hotel (juuuust kidding)! You will also be steps away from the French Quarter and some of our favorite new restaurants.
600 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130
The Ace Hotel also has it all; a restaurant, a bar, a coffee shop, a rooftop pool and bar, an oyster bar and different events at Three Keys every day. This hip hotel is just a 19-minute walk from Bourbon Street and a mile from Jackson Square.
210 O’Keefe Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112
If you’re looking for a more funky vibe, at a lower price than the other two hotels we mentioned above, the Moxy is for you! The Moxy is in itself a place to party; you’ll be able to tell as soon as you check in and they hand you a cocktail. Their cocktail bar operates as a cafe in the morning (with mimosas as soon as you wake up).
Anywhere in NOLA
If you Bachelorette party is pretty large, or you just don’t want to stay in a hotel you should definitely check out the gorgeous Airbnbs in NOLA. We recommend you stay in the Garden District, CBD or the French Quarter for easy access to Ubers, public transportation, and be walking distance from plenty of bars, restaurants and hot spots.
Ahhhhh New Orleans, there’s always SO MUCH to do and so little time. As locals we recommend you venture outside of the French Quarter at least for a couple of hours. There’s so much more to see than just Bourbon Street.
Schedules will vary depending if it’s your first time in NOLA, or if you and your babes have been here before. However, we do recommend you have a planned schedule before the #Bach as you’ll need to make reservations, and to make sure you cover all the spots you want to go to! Don’t wing it, it’ll make your life more complicated.
We recommend y’all either meet up at the airport and grab an Uber together (cheapest and easiest way to get to the city). Check in to your hotel or Airbnb, freshen up (maybe even put on matching tees) and head to the nearest bar or restaurant. Here are a few ideas of great places to go with a group,
Where To Eat
- Compere Lapin
- Petit Lion
- Willa Jean
- Casa Borrega
- Salon By Sucre
Where To Drink
There are so many bars to check out in New Orleans, that you’d probably have to stay for months to go to all of them. We’ve tried to narrow it down to our current favorite spots to go out with a group. PS: Don’t forget your go cup!
- We have a handy dandy list here.
To Start Off The Night
- Monkey Board
- Hot Tin
- Bulldog Uptown
- Bacchanal Wine
- The Carrousel Bar
- NOLA Brewing Co Tap Room
- The Columns Hotel
Where to head around Midnight
- Tchop Yard
- Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar
- Pat O’ Brien’s
- Bar hop around Frenchmen Street
- Hi Ho Lounge
- F & Ms
- Ms. Mae’s
- Gold Mine Saloon
- Anywhere on Bourbon Street
What To Do (Besides Eat And Drink)
Take A Tour Of The City
One of our favorite things about traveling is walking around a city in search for the best backdrop for a cute photo with our Babes. NOLA is filled with cute and historical spots. Get yourself a map of the city, get a streetcar pass and tour the French Quarter, Bywater, The Marigny, Mid City, The Garden District & Uptown.
If you have a little bit more room in your budget, ask your hotel or host for their favorite tour company.
Shop Till You Drop
Head to Magazine Street and find some of NOLA’s cutest boutiques. From handmade items, to freshly pressed tees, NOLA souvenirs and the cutest outfits and accessories, you’ll find it all. A few of our favorite shops are
- Armoire Boutique
- Heads Over Heels
- Fleurty Girl
- Funrock’n & Pop City
- Kendra Scott (they can even host a color bar party for you and your babes)
Take A Workout Class
Beat your hangover and sweat it out. We think working out is only fun when you do it with your friends. Do your research and book a private class in advance, or purchase and schedule a drop in class. We’re currently obsessed with Higher Power NOLA (TRX, Power Yoga & Cycling).
Go To A Show
New Orleans is the birthplace of great music and musicians. Check out a music show at a few of our favorite venues,
- House of Blues New Orleans
- The Spotted Cat
- Maple Leaf
- Preservation Hall
Check Out Festivals and/or Parades
NOLA is home to more than 100 festivals. From Jazz Fest to French Quarter Fest, Fried Chicken Fest, Beignet Fest and soooooo much more. Check out this calendar and don’t miss these unique and so New Orleans experiences.
Eat Beignets, Duh
You can’t have a NOLA Bachelorette without beignets! Check out the iconic Café Du Monde, Morning Call, Café Beignet, NO Coffee & Beignet Co, and all of the beignet variations you’ll find at restaurants around town.
Planning trips and bachelorette parties can be stressful, we hope this guide helped! And most importantly, don’t forget to have fun! Though sometimes not everything might go as planned, the important thing is that you’re surrounded by your best friends and you’re celebrating the bride to be!
Cheers to the Feyoncé!
PS: If you have any more questions about your NOLA Bachelorette (or bachelor party), feel free to email us!