Visit new orleans
There's absolutely no end to how much we love NOLA! What a place!! Such a great vibe, chilled and scenic day times coupled with rowdy and unforgettable nights. We feel like New Orleans literally has something for everyone, whether it's eating some of the best food of your life, dancing in the street with beads (not those ones cheeky!) or even exploring the more cultural aspects of the city.
Famed for being the home of Jazz, Voodoo and Mardi Gras, New Orleans really is an eclectic mix of the wonderful and wild. With 130 festivals every year it's a great place to visit any time, but check out our events calendar to see which one you most want to hit up!
Anyone who looks into NOLA knows that if you head on over to the French Quarter and follow the masses to Bourbon Street you're in for a winning time, day or night. Grab a "cocktail to go" (our fave is the Voodoo brew) and find yourself lost in a world of colour, music and dancing.
The Lavender Line is a street bisecting Bourbon which is the unofficial Gay Spot. Most legendary on the scene, is Cafe Lafitte in Exile, one of the oldest gay bars in the US (est 1953) but lets face it, the line between gay and straight in New Orleans is about as blurred as my nana's vision, with all bars accepting diversity if not celebrating it.
Bourbon Pub & Parade is possibly the most popular venue, with everything from Karaoke to Drag shows. It's not uncommon to spot some of the countries most famous Drag Queens here too! For Jazz lovers, the most famous bar around is The Spotted Cat on Frenchmens Street which is the go to street for all kinds of live music! Don't forget, there's a speakeasy or two around if you know where to look for them. Botique Du Vampyre will give you an interesting perspective on Anne Rice and the local Vampyre legends as well as a password to get into The Potions Lounge.
LGBT news source The Advocate listed Crescent City as the fifth queerest city in the US. To put that into perspective, there are 19,495 incorporated cities in the US and New Orleans made the top 5!
In The Big Easy, the chances of someone snooting at your fishnet and stiletto combo on your daily trip to Starbucks are pretty slim. For that, it seems only fair that we award the city with a big bear 5 in terms of LGBT-friendliness and rights.