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New Orleans

The Big Easy

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From Bourbon Street to Bánh Mì, there’s a lot to love about the Crescent City. Its Bywater neighborhood is home to an eclectic mix of bars, restaurants, and an artist community that shows itself in murals and brightly painted Creole cottages and shotgun-style homes. Carrollton, thanks to its riverfront location, feels (and is) refreshingly local. At its center is Oak Street (Main Street back when Carrollton was a city), a stretch that’s home to independent businesses and some of NOLA’s best eateries. New Orleans has long been known as a whiskey wonderland, but there’s no finer place to get rummy (after all, the Caribbean is only a rock-skip away). The past five years have bestowed an embarrassment of laurels upon our fair city. The James Beard awards, the Oscars of the restaurant and hospitality industry, continues to accolade New Orleans chefs, restaurateurs, and bartenders like no other city. But it’d be a shame to not mention the variety of live local music. Stop by Preservation Hall, the city’s premier venue for traditional jazz since 1961.

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Scotch Old Fashioned

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The Original Sazerac

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