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December 29, 2019

so New Orleans is a wild place that has interesting things for everyone. tons of history, sites to see, things to do, culture, art, jazz, nature, hot sauce, balconies, haunted places, epic food and of course Bourbon Street. if I were to ever have a bachelor party that would definitely be the place I would have it. but I guess I would need to find a wife first. (sighs) it’s mid-may we just got back from a four night stay there I went there for my friend’s birthday it was epic. here’s the list of things we did in some travel tips. I flew there using Southwest Airlines. we took an Uber from the airport to our Airbnb it was about a 25 minute drive and we were staying on the north end of Frenchmen Street. by the way I just found out a few minutes ago that many locals don’t like what Airbnb is doing to their neighborhood, something to keep in mind. we were there with a group of eight so we booked a four bedroom Airbnb. I found it a little weird that you actually need a key to get out of the house. if you flush your keys down the toilet you’re basically stuck inside. I mean that’s something that everyone does right? once in a while? oh yeah, all the time. flushing your keys down the toilet it’s a common this whole strip of Frenchmen Street is full of bars and each one has some great live music so just walk down the strip and you’ll find somewhere that you’ll want to go into. we explored French Quarter and it was all very walkable with plenty of interesting things to see on every block. after lunch we headed to Louie Armstrong Park and there was a jazz and the park festival going on that day. there’s different things going on all the time so check the calendar to see what’s happening on your dates. it is super festive I can’t think of any other city with this kind of energy. for dinner we went to the Cellar Door which actually used to be a brothel back in the day but now it is a place to enjoy good food and drinks. then we met up with a local who took us to a favorite bar. I was told that the locals don’t actually go to Bourbon Street so go check out the outskirts if you’re going for the local experience. Day two started with beignets and coffee at the iconic Cafe Du Monde. be prepared for a line and generally an umbrella should be on your packing list. it can become like this is this in like To this in like 30 minutes. you’ll be doing this a lot so it’s not a bad idea to practice this. You know that’s bad luck, right? Oh #$^% If you’re a big fan of hot sauce like we are you will not be disappointed with the selection that these places have. in Jackson Square there’s plenty of artists, street vendors and street performers that are creative and impressive. but if they ask you to volunteer for something that seems maybe a little bit dangerous you might want to give it a second thought. I broke my back. what do you mean by that? my back is broken. that night we did the haunted history walking tours which is awesome. if you believe in ghosts and spirits it’s a must do. i personally don’t believe any of that but there are plenty of factual history and stories to keep me super creeped out. for example the Lalarie Mansion don’t look it up the table weak stomach. halfway through the tour there’s a pit stop at one of the oldest bars in town. people say it’s haunted and it was built in the early 1700s. day three was a swamp tour which is probably what I was most excited about. they have a bus pick-up option but if you have your own mode of transportation that can save you a couple dollars. so when we got there we hopped onto a boat, saw some alligators more alligators and oh yeah and some more alligators. and I was actually super happy about that because I have been wanting to make an alligator friend for a very long time there. were also some pigs living in there which I loved they’re the most adorable creatures in the world and randomly some raccoons living in there – also known as “trash pandas”. they are also insanely adorable. if you’ve never done a swamp tour I definitely suggest putting that on the list. for lunch we went to Gene’s po’boy which is a really good po’boy place that opened 24 hours a day. their food is absolutely amazing and it has nothing to do with the fact that my name is Gene ok? ok so maybe I did force everyone to go because of that fact, that doesn’t change the fact that they’re delicious. go there! tell them gene sent you! to take advantage of the good weather we brought it back to the Airbnb and ate it on the patio. so that was Bourbon Street. you can start off at one end of Bourbon Street and make your way all the way down you will not run out of places to see. one of my favorites is Pat O’Brien’s which has multiple rooms, it has a fire pit, dueling pianos. there’s also the old absinthe house if you want to give that a shot. by the way it’s a very common misconception that absence makes you hallucinate. it is however a very high in alcohol concentration. I did find absence to be kind of expensive, but hey how often do you get to try it? there’s the Carousel bar that actually spins around while you drink. and if you’re a fan of the show Bar Rescue there’s Spirits on Bourbon and they’re imfamous Shot Chair. I spent quite a bit of time in Hollywood, Las Vegas, Miami and I can easily say Bourbon Street in New Orleans is one of the craziest places I’ve ever been. another tip if you’re on Bourbon Street for your birthday they say pin $1.00 to your shirt and other people will add to it. Oh dude… I’m missing a button. has this button been missing the whole time? dude my shirt’s been undone the whole time should have changed my shirt? dude no one gives a #$^#. next day we went to a couple different museums. the first one had lots of history, art and some super interesting things. and the second museum we went to right next door was also super interesting. It felt very modern on the first floor it was all about Katrina and the second floor was all about Mardi Gras. then we got to the aquarium just 45 minutes before closing. it was one of the biggest aquariums I’ve ever seen but luckily that was just enough time to see everything. you can touch stingrays there which is oddly scary for some reason. I mean I’ve scuba dived with sharks before and I would say this was scarier for some reason. and this girl is just straight savage. pretty sure she should join the military. that night was Preservation Hall which is a must do if you are a big fan of jazz. definitely get a reservation ahead of time because the room itself is small and there is a huge line that builds very quickly. once you’re inside they ask you to turn off your phones not take any pictures so I didn’t get to get any footage, but it was amazing just sitting there and just doing nothing but enjoying the music for 45 minutes. there’s also no food, drinks or bathrooms inside so keep that in mind, although you can bring your own drinks from the outside if you want. I couldn’t think of a better way to wrap up our trip. there were a few things that we were hoping to do but we didn’t get time to. for example there’s an escape room there I’ve never done an escape room but I hear they’re actually a lot cooler than they sound. and last year when we went we did a Steamboat dinner you hop on an old-school steamboat right down the Mississippi River while listening to jazz music they also prepare dinner for you it’s as awesome as it sounds. as for transportation aside from the bus we took to the swamp everything else was Uber/ Lyft and walking. if you don’t know what Uber or Lyft is it’s basically a taxi but much cheaper and from this century. If you sign up with either one of my promo codes here then I believe you get your first ride free and I will also get a ride free so, thank you. when it comes to eating they’re all the places are really good, you should try alligator gumbo, jambalaya, oysters. Acme Oyster House is a very popular spot but a local told us that there’s plenty of other options that serve just as good oysters. Acne Oyster House can get pretty packed so just know you have other options. also thanks for watching these videos guys I just woke up this morning to a thousand subscribers and it’s kind of crazy to know that people actually watch this stuff. see you guys on the next one.


  • Reply Krysten Barnes August 19, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    I'm a local and I've gotta say this was a great video!! Straightforward and to the point while still being very informative. You also got some very good information on where to go as far as restaurants that locals would go to. Coop's is a regular favorite! Next trip look into Jacquimo's, Neyow's, Ruby Slipper, Bachanal, and Elizabeth's. Yes, we avoid Bourbon St. at all costs, with the exception of entertaining friends and family. BUT, we would never want to change it from the crowed den of glorious debauchery that it is! And the tour guide you showed is not only a personal friend of mine, but one of the best as well! Also hit Magazine St. It's like 5 miles of all kinds of shops, restaurants, bars and boutiques. The pinning a dollar for your birthday is true! Also the bars on St. Claude St. are very cool, lots of live music, burlesque shows and various performances. Thank you for such an awesome showcase at my beloved city and please do come back! 🐊🍛⚜️🃏🎺🎼🌃

  • Reply Kay Seminomadic June 30, 2018 at 2:29 am

    Nice review!

  • Reply High In The Sky by Bob Menasian July 26, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    89,000 subscribers later…

  • Reply tekia brown August 10, 2018 at 12:34 am

    loveeee going next month cant wait
    how long was the bayou trip

  • Reply l b August 18, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    I’m debating if to go to New Orleans or Nassau Bahamas (haven’t been to either of them) any suggestion?

  • Reply Chance Black October 11, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Oooo ok you are a 35% new orleanian lol I know y'all enjoyed the sandwiches from Gene's Gene..💪

  • Reply skincareaddicted October 30, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Great video,’thanks!

  • Reply Sonny December 11, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Great Video. Thank you for posting. This was informative and helpful.

  • Reply keshad32 December 20, 2018 at 7:19 am

    Planning a trip for my birthday in January. Very helpful vid. Thanks.

  • Reply Shereen Ali January 7, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    This was fun. Also informative. Also, it made me smile. Nice vlog!

  • Reply cayogator January 9, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    jesusfukinkrist….42 seconds in and i quit…could you talk 3 times faster ?

  • Reply YazouYazi January 21, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Great video! Love all the info and details and your sense of humor!

  • Reply Artbug February 24, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    0:45 Your lock is upside down. Good news! – it means the spirits can't get in 😀
    It also means any spirits inside can't get out tho…..

  • Reply Artbug February 24, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    6:08 I tried all the Oysters in the Quarter and HANDS DOWN Acme Oyster House was by far the best… theres a reason why theres a line down the block for this place. On my trip its the only place visited twice. Even the locals know this is the best spot. The local who told you otherwise probably just wanted you out of their hotspot hahahah

  • Reply MrFuggleGuggle March 14, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    -If someone says “I like your shoes” or “I bet I can tell you where you got your shoes from!” – just keep walking and do not talk to them.
    -If someone sticks a CD in your face on the street and says “ For you, man” – do not accept it and just keep walking. They’ll demand money for it.
    -Any place saying they got the “world’s best ______” on Bourbon St is a scam.

  • Reply justin mozingo March 22, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    You go up boy

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  • Reply mrbones102 August 23, 2019 at 5:49 am

    UPDATE: Gene's Po-boys has closed unfortunately 🙁

  • Reply Alaska Pirates December 2, 2019 at 8:10 am

    love the style!

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