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While Mardi Gras is famous for beads and booze, locals experience the real fun just around the corner. Get a surprising insiders' view of the real Mardi Gras experience.

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Bourbon Street

Although this historic French Quarter street has a bawdy reputation due to the burlesque clubs and all-night partying, “Rue Bourbon” is steeped in history and folklore. It dates back to 1718 when New Orleans was founded.

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D.B.A.

D.B.A is located next to the French Quarter and just a block past Esplanade Avenue. They offer one of the largest selections of beer and spirits in the city of New Orleans.

618 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70116

 
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Frenchman Street

Removed from the glitzy neon lights and blaring cover music of Bourbon Street is a compact musical enclave where the “locals” hang out. A 2-block-long entertainment district with live music, cheap drinks and no cover charge at most bars.

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Old Absinthe House

For almost 200 years, the Old Absinthe House has been a staple of life in the French Quarter. Sit at the cooper-topped wooden bar as you sip your favorite beverage and take in the sights and sounds of the French Quarter.

240 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70112

 
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Pat O’Brien’s

At the end of prohibition in 1933, Pat O'Brien converted his speakeasy into a legitimate drinking establishment called, of course, Pat O'Brien's. The brand has expanded over the years, and is now world-famous for the “Hurricane” cocktail.

718 Saint Peter St
New Orleans, LA 70116

 
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Spotted Cat

All sorts of funky roots music can be heard here on a nightly basis, ranging from blues to traditional jazz to Latin. The Cat is a favorite hangout for many on the Frenchmen Street scene.

623 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70116

 
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St. Louis Cemetery

Located on historic Basin Street, St. Louis Cemetery #1 is the burial place of Marie Laveau, the legendary “voodoo queen.” Believers and non-believers alike make pilgrimages to her tomb to make offerings to her spirit.

Basin at St. Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70112

 

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