Summers in New Orleans are brutal, and when you need a break from bar hopping or just want to relax for a bit near water, head to The Country Club. You can eat crab beignets or have a nice steak at the restaurant inside the 200 year-old house, but the real reason to come here is to hang out by the big pool in the backyard, where you can still order food, but also swim or just lay around with a smoothie in-hand. If you come on the weekend though, be prepared for Drag Brunch at 11am and 1pm on Saturdays, which is exactly as fun - and as popular with bachelorette parties - as you’d expect.
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Parleaux Beer Lab in the Bywater is a great spot to day drink, try out some food trucks, and even do some morning yoga.
Grab a fresh juice and something light to start your day at Satsuma Cafe in the Bywater. It’ll probably be the healthiest choice you make all day.
Paloma Cafe is a newer all-day spot in the Bywater that’s perfect for breakfast, lunch, or really anytime you want a snack and a cocktail.
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Compere Lapin in the Warehouse District is a great group dinner spot, with large tables, a diverse menu, and lots of interesting wine.
Peche in the Warehouse District is a great spot for big groups, like when you and your 20 closest friends want to have a few drinks and eat seafood.
Next door to the restaurant is Cochon Butcher, which is way more casual than its neighbor, but still serves great sandwiches and drinks.
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When you want a taste of true, classic New Orleans, grab lunch and 25 cent martinis at Commander’s Palace in the Garden District.
The Carousel Bar & Lounge
The Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone is indeed a bar on a moving carousel, and while it can feel a bit gimmicky, you should still grab a drink here.
St Roch Market
Bring your friends to St. Roch Market when everyone wants something different, or when you’re in the mood for Vietnamese or Egyptian food.
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