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New Orleans Dining

5 Most Romantic Spots in New Orleans for Valentine’s Day

bigstock-Red-rose-closeup-isolated-on-w-16085681New Orleans has often been named one of the most romantic cities in the country—and for good reason. The city has endless restaurants, bars, historic locales and scenery to take in—so much of which is perfect for a romantic evening like Valentine’s Day. Here are a few of the best spots you can try this year.

Columns Hotel (Uptown – 3811 St. Charles Ave)

With the Columns Hotel, you have two options for enjoying each other’s company and the atmosphere around you. Outside is an expansive, picturesque porch that overlooks St. Charles Ave, and you can enjoy not only each other but the quaint scenery and sound of the streetcar as it whirrs by. Inside is a dimly lit bar and room of candlelit tables perfect for cozying up and feeling the intimate vibes passing between you both. Either setting you choose, you can enjoy decadent classic New Orleans cocktails, such as a fantastic Pimm’s Cup or to-die-for Sazerac, and a delightful bistro menu with tasty options that are perfect for sharing.

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Snug Harbor

Snug HarborIf you’re looking for a classic New Orleans music experience, catch a contemporary jazz set at the genre’s famed local destination, Snug Harbor. Snug Harbor (626 Frenchmen St) is located at the edge of Frenchmen St, the popular strip of New Orleans music clubs in the Marigny neighborhood to the east of the French Quarter. A smaller, more intimate venue—a perfect setting for the music it hosts—Snug Harbor is one of the most famous music venues in the city.

Snug Harbor hosts two sets of music (8 and 10pm) seven nights a week. The music calendar has some performers in regular slots and a hearty mix of other local artists on most other days of the week. Mondays are often hosted by singer Charmaine Neville, and Wednesdays, the Uptown Jazz Orchestra. The rest of the week is open to a wide range of contemporary jazz artists, though you can often find Ellis Marsalis taking over the Friday sets.

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Frenchmen St: Bourbon St’s Authentic Musical Alternative

 

Colorful sidewalk view of the block of Frenchmen St with storefronts and sigh of Snug Harbor

 

Much to the chagrin of locals, Bourbon St and its associated partying and debauchery are often one of the first associations tourists have with the city. It’s a common destination—perhaps all too common—and it can sometimes trump the plethora of other music and activities the city has to offer. One of those beloved local attractions is just past the edge of the French Quarter in the Marigny—Frenchmen St.

Frenchmen St is a strip of music venues, restaurants and bars that runs in a diagonal between Esplanade Ave (at the eastern edge of the French Quarter) and Elysian Fields Ave in the neighborhood known as the Faubourg Marigny. Considered an artsy district with more alternative-styled inhabitants than other neighborhoods in the city, the Marigny is the perfect setting for the crowds that frequent Frenchmen St.

Music venues are the main draw to this iconic New Orleans street, and Frenchmen St is home to some of the best music you’ll find in the city. Looking for traditional jazz? Check out the small but intimate settings of the Three Muses or the Spotted Cat or the table-seated environment of Snug Harbor, a popular tourist destination. More interested in brass bands, funk or anything else you can dance to? Try the Blue Nile, Maison or Café Negril.

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