Happy Hour with Shades: Big Fun in the Big Easy

The sinning has passed and so has Ash Wednesday, however my hangover is still here.  Now it is time to repent for my Mardi Gras sins.

I hope you enjoyed Mardi Gras and made it out for Fat Tuesday. New Orleans is a city that never sleeps. The hustle and bustle of the French Quarter is up and going 24-hours a day.  We had every cocktail you could imagine.  We had Bloody Marys’, Pirates Punch, Hurricanes, Hand Grenades, Jesters, Shark Attacks, French 75, Sazerac, Bourbon Street Bash, Absinth and the occasional beer thrown in from time to time.  If you have the time stop by Pat O’Brien’s and sit out on the patio and have yourself a Hurricane–and what I think is the best Bloody Mary in the French Quarter.

One cool tour we took was the Cocktail Tour.  This takes you around the French Quarter and gives you the history of the famous cocktails that are served and originated in the French Quarter.  If you are ever in NOLA, I would recommend this tour.  Everyone on the tour is there to drink and have a good time.

Also, look into taking the Natchez Steamboat Dinner Jazz Cruise.  It’s kind of hokey but you get to travel the up the Mississippi in an old steam powered paddle boat and listen to the Jazz Band play some sweet Dixieland music.

If you want to go to NOLA during Mardi Gras I would recommend going the first weekend.  The French Quarter is busy but it is not overly packed with people.  You still can move and walk around without getting any fluids spilled on you.  There were multiple parades every day with thousands upon thousands of beads being thrown to parade goers.

Just a tip for men: remember there are women up on those balcony’s throwing beads as well, so don’t be shy, get your man boobs out there to flash the women, they will toss you beads as well!  I myself came back with around thirty pounds of beads.

Cheers to Mardi Gras!


Bluebonnet and I enjoying the NOLA night.

Shrimp Po’ Boy

There’s always new friends to be made in NOLA.

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