If you’re planning to be out and about for New Year’s Eve in New Orleans you should be making reservations like yesterday. New Year’s Eve in New Orleans offers everything from the extravagant blow out bashes, ritzy prix fixe dinners, or cocktails and dinner at some of New Orleans’ hottest bars and restaurants, therefore, I am here to help you plan your festivities as 2018 comes to an end.
New Year’s Eve is on Monday, December 31st this year and I suggest making sure you have your reservations confirmed ASAP, as most restaurants and bars will book up very fast if they are not already booked.
If you really want to celebrate the spirit of New Orleans, go into a cocktail bar, a neighborhood bar, a dive bar or a music club. There’s really good energy there. It’s doesn’t require a tuxedo or a lot of money.
Ring In The New Year at These Favorite Spots
Favorite Dive Spot In New Orleans
Port of Call
Don’t let the location or the appearance of Port of Call deter you. Port of Call is located just off Bourbon street and you are not looking for this bar you will walk by as it’s rather inconspicuous. It’s also very small, so if you don’t want to stand you will need to get there early to grab a seat and have dinner.
Port of Call is the ultimate hole in the wall: Hangout with locals, enjoy one of their famous burgers or steaks and try their signature cocktail POC for only $10 bucks so be very careful because it is POTENT and will knock you off of your feet.
Once you’ve wolfed down a cheeseburger and a fully loaded spud, you’ll make Port of Call your New Year’s Eve destination moving forward. The lack of ambient lighting is helpful, especially for those who normally require an upscale setting.
Pro tip: Don’t wait for a table; eating at the bar is part of the fun.
Favorite upscale spot In New Orleans
If you want upscale dining for New Year’s Eve in New Orleans Commander’s Palace is considered one of the ultimate fine dining establishments in New Orleans.
I called Commander’s Palace to make reservations for NYE in late October thinking I would be able to easily reserve a table but to my surprise, I actually received the last reservation for the evening.
New Year’s Eve is the busiest night of the year for Commander’s Palace. This is the night when you call in your chips after being a regular and recognized customer during the rest of the year.
Commanders Palace has been named Best Restaurant in New Orleans for three years straight; they’ve received the title of Most Popular Restaurant in New Orleans by Zagat for 18 years; their Executive Chef, Tory McPhail, won the James Beard Foundation Award for “Best Chef South”; the restaurant received the James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurant Award; and they also won the Wine Spectator Grand Award.
Favorite Neighborhood In New Orleans
When the clock strikes twelve in New Orleans, the Frenchman Street neighborhood is where you will find all of the grown folk hang out. Make your way straight to Marigny’s where you will find Neon blinks, a trombone slides, and crowds gathering for another impromptu concert on Frenchmen Street.
If you are looking for an alternative to Bourbon Street then Frenchmen is where you need to be because it is less crowded than Bourbon Street but yet it is still buzzing and vibrant.
The bars on Frenchman Street offer an array of live performances ranging from traditional jazz to blues to reggae and rock and they attract audiences from all over the world.
Favorite Family Event In New Orleans
Allstate Sugar Bowl Parade: For 85 years the Allstate Sugar Bowl is one of the nation’s second-oldest college bowl game which just happens to coincide with NYE. The parade starts around Things 2:30 pm with at the corner of Decatur Street followed by top music acts in the JAX Brewery parking lot.
Jackson Square: The Crescent City Countdown Club’s annual NOLA New Year’s Eve celebration culminates at midnight with the dropping of the fleur-de-lis from the top of JAX Brewery and the ultimate firework display over the Mississippi.
Favorite Boutique Hotel In New Orleans
The Royal Frenchman Hotel sits on the edge of New Orleans world famous Frenchmen Street Entertainment District. The hotel is in a great Location and is with 10-20 min walk to all of the bars, restaurants, and clubs.
The hotel exemplifies history meets modern elegance.
The property was beautifully restored and renovated in 2017, the Creole Mansion features 16 guest rooms and suites, a stunning courtyard, beautiful event space, and Frenchmen Street’s only craft cocktail bar.
The Live music is amazing and the band makes a point of interacting with guest and they also take request. The bar makes excellent cocktails and the bar staff will go out their way to make sure their guest are comfortable and your cocktail is exactly as you expected.
Never once will you have to get up to get a napkin, another cocktail or even bar food. They got you!
The stay comes with a complimentary breakfast which includes with grits, eggs, and oatmeal. If you are looking to spend New Year’s Eve in New Orleans but you are not interested in the rowdy crowds of Bourbon Street I would recommend this hotel as the perfect alternative to Bourbon Street.
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The possibilities for having a great time on NYE in Nola are endless. Just keep in mind that you might want to explore and book your options early before some of the venues become too crowded or sold out.
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