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Jazz Fest Weekend in New Orleans

A May 2001 trip to New Orleans by lisanti

Crescent On Claiborne Hotel Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana More Photos
Quote: Met up with a group of 13 friends and friends of friends for a weekend of fun & crazyness in New Orleans and Jazz Fest.

Jazz Fest Weekend in New Orleans

Overview

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Bourbon Street, of course. Tons of people of all ages come in town for Jazz Fest. The streets are packed, the hotels are booked, people are everywhere, which lends to a great Bourbon Street attitude (beads included). Quick Tips: Try to get your hotel room well in advance. We got ours in January (for May), and still ended up staying 10 or 15 blocks from Bourbon. If you want to be "in the middle of it all", you want to stay as close to Bourbon as possible. Jazz Fest itself was an experience, but not a great one. I'll go into details in my journal. Don't eat (or necessarily drink) ON Bourbon Street. Go a couple blocks off where the food and drinks are cheaper. ...Read More

Crescent On Claiborne Hotel

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Hotel | "Crescent on Canal"

Crescent On Claiborne Hotel Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The lobby was nice enough with marble floors and countertops, a ticket/tour desk (for JazzFest, tours, etc.), and plenty of sitting areas. However, I was overcome with the feeling that I was in a youth hostel. There were young people camped out with backpacks and sleeping bags, lounging on the couches, sitting on the floor, and standing in line. It was a madhouse. I waited in a long line to get the key to our room. My friend and I were sharing a room with 4 other people who had all gotten there the day before and left a key for us. We valeted the car at $15(+tax) a night, and lugged all of our stuff through the lobby (one of the main doors was broken, leaving everyone to go through one door...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 9, 2001

Crescent On Claiborne Hotel
100 SOUTH CLAIBORNE AVENUE
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
5043095595

Napoleon House Bar & Cafe

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Restaurant | "Napoleon House Bar & Cafe"

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Someone I was with knew about this little restaurant on the corner of St. Louis & Chartres a couple blocks off Bourbon. We walked in to the dark little restaurant about 8 PM on a Saturday night. Even with our party of 14, we were promptly seated in one of the back rooms. The room was dimly lit, with Napolean garb everywhere: Oil paintings of the famed French general, lamp bases of his bust, statues, and pictures of other historical French landmarks. It was an intriguing place. Supposedly, the house was built by French loyalists in the hopes that it would be used by Napoleon himself after he was rescued from exile on the isle of Elba! However, some people like to point out that the bu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 17, 2001

Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
500 Chartres St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 524 9752

New Orleans Fair Grounds and Racetrack

Attraction | "New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival"

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Having never been to Jazz Fest, I thought it would be a nice, relaxing spring day (JF is held in late April/early May) at the New Orleans Fairgrounds sitting on a blanket, listening to some good music (Dave Matthews, Mystikal, Cowboy Mouth, etc.) and hanging out with my friends. I thought that getting there around 2:30 was plenty of time to look around and still make it to see Cowboy Mouth at 4. My friends that were with me, most of whom had been to Jazz Fest, thought this was a good idea also. Instead, we encountered a record-setting crowd of 160,000 people (previous record of 98,000), we couldn't even get near any stage, people were pushy and rude. Almost immediately, we started over to the...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 7, 2001

New Orleans Fair Grounds and Racetrack
1751 Gentilly Blvd.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 522-4786

Razzoo Club & Patio

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Attraction | "Razzoo's"

Razzoo Club & Patio Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Well, after a few drinks, you can almost always count on me wanting to dance and act crazy… Razzoo’s is an excellent place to do both. There’s usually a short line, but with all the people on Bourbon, you have plenty to watch and keep you entertained as you wait. Also, you should have your drink from the last bar you were at (or buy one at the beer stand across the street). Once you get in, you will go up a couple stairs and fight your way through the crowd (it’s always packed on weekends). There’s a bar on your right, but keep walking. To the left is the dance floor, and to the left of that, another bar, but you have to go to the back of the club to get to them. At the back, you have the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2001

Razzoo Club & Patio
511 Bourbon St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 522-5100

Cats Meow

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Attraction | "The Cat’s Meow"

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Before this trip to New Orleans, I was under the (very wrong) impression that Cat's Meow was a strip club! I have no idea why, since I had never been there. This time around, some friends steered me in the right direction. It turned out to be a really fun karaoke club. We began the night there at about 10 PM. It was already packed and the karaoke was going. Cat's Meow consists of one large room with the stage in the corner (where the karaoke happens), a small dance floor, lots of tables, and a bar up on a platform in the back. There's a couple smaller rooms off to the sides, including a tiny patio that only serves daiquiris (machine made) and hurricanes. I had heard that thei...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 9, 2001

Cats Meow
701 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 523-2788