The French Quarter is the obvious place to hit up when you are in New Orleans. The streets are teeming with people, the music of the many bars seems to hang in the thick muggy air, and you can stroll along experiencing it all with your cocktail in hand. However, sometimes it’s nice to step away from the familiar trodden path, and get out and see a bit more of the city. Not to worry, they still have the same great cocktails and live music that this city is known for. Island Trader Vacations invites you to review 3 great destinations you wont want to miss outside the French Quarter.
Mariza is located in the burgeoning area of Bywater. It is housed in a refurbished industrial space of a hundred year old rice mill. The restaurant is an Italian eatery which is a step away from the typical food we often expect while in the Big Easy. You will not be disappointed with the rustic food though. Try the lamb meatballs, the homemade salami and the pig ear salad. Any and all of these will pair perfectly with any of their budget friendly wines or their signature spritz cocktail.
Gasa Gasa is located on Freret Street in Uptown. It is one of the newest music venues to open up in New Orleans. The space is interesting with an almost gallery like feel, and they do host month long exhibitions of art. They also play host to retail pop up shops and yoga. Don’t think that any of that detracts from the main event though, as live music is the focus and you are sure to see great acts on the national and local level. They of course have a signature drink, as that is one of the favorite past times in this city. You have to try the Cajun Werewolf which is a mixture of dark rum, spiced rum, ginger syrup and ginger bear.
Freret Street Publiq House is an interesting combination of a little bit of everything. It’s a bar, but also a live music venue and a comedy club. Outside there is a patio garden and the parking lot is sometimes used for food truck rallies and a must when you’re in New Orleans, crawfish boils. The bar is all about refurbishing and reclaiming our past, and you will find many things repurposed in interesting ways. In true southern style cocktails are served in mason jars and you can have all the free popcorn you like. Beertails are their specialty; they are a unique flavor combination of beer and spirits.
After the devastation of Katrina, New Orleans is slowly but surely rebuilding itself. These might be off the beaten path of the French Quarter, but they are still teeming with the tangible energy that only this city can provide.