Your Guide To a NOLA Bachelorette

New Orleans is the top destination to have your bachelorette party. Why? The food scene is amazing, the alcohol is cheap, and you can walk with your drink from one bar to the other. Not to mention, there are infinite bars that don’t close early like in other major cities. Last call? That’s not really a thing here.

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We were recently part of a NOLA Bachelorette with babes from all over. Let’s just say, they left with no regrets (and with a pretty solid hangover).

We put this guide together for babes from out of town who want to plan a NOLA Bachelorette, or for NOLA babes that are helping plan one and need a few extra ideas from the party experts 😉

Where To Stay

NOPSI Hotel

17 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Gorgeous rooms, a fantastic restaurant, and an amazing rooftop bar and pool. If you stay at The NOPSI, you might not even need to leave the hotel (just kidding)! You will also be steps away from the French Quarter and some of our favorite restaurants and bars.

Ace Hotel

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, a chic 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.

Moxy Hotel

210 O’Keefe Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112

If you’re looking for a rockstar vibe, at a lower price than, 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! 

The Eliza Jane

315 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Our favorite new hotel in the CBD, this one is perfect the girls! It’s everything femme from the pink and gold accents to being named for Eliza Jane Nicholson, publisher of The Daily Picayune and the first woman to own a major newspaper in the U.S. Plus, it’s just two blocks from the French Quarter and all that downtown has to offer, features a charming French restaurant and chic cocktail bar.

Airbnb

Garden District or Irish Channel

If you Bachelorette party is pretty large, or you just don’t want to stay in a hotel you shouldcheck 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 to be walking distance from plenty of bars, restaurants and hot spots.

The Schedule

Ah 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 few  hours. There’s so much more to see than just Bourbon Street.

Schedules will vary depending if it’s your first time here, 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 will make your life more complicated.

We recommend meeting up at the airport and grabbing an Uber together (cheapest and easiest way to get to the city). Once you check in to your hotel or Airbnb, freshen up (maybe even put on matching tees -suggestions below 👀) it’s time to head to the nearest bar or restaurant. Here are a few ideas of great places to go with a group,

Where To Eat

  • Justine
  • Gianna
  • Johnny Sanchez
  • Saba
  • Compere Lapin
  • Curio
  • Couvant
  • Domenica
  • Brigtsen’s
  • Willa Jean
  • Pêche
  • Cavan
  • Maypop
  • Casa Borrega
  • Paladar 511
  • Salon By Sucre
  • Broussard’s
  • Pythian Market
  • Jack Rose
  • Seaworthy
  • Commander’s Palace
  • The Franklin
  • Sylvain
  • Otra Vez

There are lots of other great places to eat in NOLA too! Check out the dining section of the blog or our Insta to check out more options.

Where To Drink

There are so many bars to check out in New Orleans that you would 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!

Day Drinking

  • We have a handy dandy list here.

To Start Off The Night

  • Hot Tin
  • Bulldog
  • Bacchanal Wine
  • Effervescence
  • The Carrousel Bar
  • Cure
  • NOLA Brewing Co Tap Room
  • The Columns Hotel
  • The Elysian Bar
  • Delechaise
  • Copper Vine

Where to head around Midnight

  • Tchoup Yard
  • Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar
  • Pat O’ Brien’s
  • Bar hop on Frenchmen Street
  • Hi Ho Lounge

After Hours

  • F & Ms
  • Grits
  • Ms. Mae’s
  • Gold Mine Saloon
  • Santos
  • The Saint
  • Anywhere on Bourbon Street (if you are brave)

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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 historical and ‘grammable 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.

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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

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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
  • The Elizabeth Chronicles
  • Hemline
  • DNO
  • KREWE
  • Heads Over Heels
  • Funky Monkey
  • Kay’s
  • Lucy Rose
  • Kendra Scott (they can even host a color bar party for you and your babes!)

Check out our ultimate New Orleans shopping guide here.

Get a Party Bus

If your krewe is down to party, getting a party bus to take you around the city and stop at a few bars is the way to go! We love Mr. Buck’s Bus and the Gator 1 Party Fire Engine – a literal old fire truck that is open on the top so you will get all the attention as you roll through Nola. Plus, the engine will even pit stop at a local fire station so you can get pics and party with the cute firemen. Both will stop at bars of your choice, or recommend fun local bars to stop at if you are not sure where to go.

Aboard Mr. Buck’s Party Bus!

Get Pampered

Book spa services for your party at Belladonna Day Spa. The best part is, it’s SO much more than just a spa. The shop is filled with fashion from local brands, art and beauty products to kill time while your babes are finishing up. Plus, you will have access to the relaxation room with complimentary champagne, as well as the hydrotherapy garden including a hot tub, steam room and a secluded tea garden featuring a covered relaxation area with a bubbling fish pond and fountain. It’s the perfect place to relax before hitting the town or to recover the morning after one too many.

Sweat New Orleans Style with Move Ya Brass

Beat your hangover by sweating it out and continuing the dance party! Our friend and the New Orleans songbird, Robin Barnes, started the most fun fitness classes in town. Sign your krewe up for a Move Ya Brass class the morning after, and ya’ll will be ready to party again in no time!

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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 Filmore
  • The Spotted Cat
  • Maple Leaf
  • Maison
  • 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 so 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!

XOXO

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PS: If you have any more questions about your NOLA Bachelorette (or bachelor party), feel free to email us!

Babes & Beignets

Babes & Beignets is the go-to resource for the twenty-something babe livin’ la vida NOLA. For lovers of happy hour, entertaining, brunch, local shopping, the hottest events, the occasional venture outside of the city & more - it’s all here! Sharing our love of New Orleans, and connecting with those who share that love is what we are most passionate about.

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