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Double Dealer, New Orleans’ speakeasy bar is ‘poetically’ and literally underground

The underground speakeasy features decor, spirited drinks, live music and throwbacks to the '20s in the Orpheum theater's old ice pit.

Double Dealer, New Orleans’ speakeasy bar is ‘poetically’ and literally underground

The underground speakeasy features decor, spirited drinks, live music and throwbacks to the '20s in the Orpheum theater's old ice pit.

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Need a break? Brush up on your New Orleans history

In between bagging garbage that’s been sitting out for weeks, separating building materials, and crossing your fingers that the WiFi and electricity doesn’t go out again, we thought you might want to brush up on a little New Orleans history.

Street flooded? Here’s how to check if your catch basin is clean, and how to DIY

Here’s how to clean your catch basins ahead of potential flooding.

Haunted NOLA: How the ghost of a heartbroken Bourbon Street Showgirl killed her lover

Hear now the tragic tale of one Marguerite O’Donnell, a Bourbon Street showgirl whose love triangle life reads like the pages of a dramatic play. Her heartbroken ghost is said to have killed her younger lover in a fiery rage, quite literally.

How one local man is opening the door for accessibility in New Orleans

Jesse Bascle wanted to do something about the issue of accessibility in New Orleans. So a few years ago he started Nola Rolla, a guide to wheelchair accessible New Orleans bars, hotels, restaurants and attractions.

Top 5-04: best coffee shops to work from in New Orleans East

Some say the East doesn’t have much, but those people must not know where to look. Here are five coffee shops where you can break out of the home office and get those creative juices going.

Here’s your guide to some of the best steak nights around New Orleans

While the tradition seems to be less well-known than in days past, there are still plenty of bars around the Crescent City and its suburbs that offer at least a weekly steak night, offering filet mignon or other delicious cuts at prices that won’t break the bank.

Nazis, Intimidation, and Espionage: How a St. Charles Mansion Became Part of a WWII Conspiracy

It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood summer blockbuster — a vast campaign of espionage and propaganda taking place on U.S. soil that must be stopped before the fabric of America unravels. But this story isn’t fiction. Carried out from a stately St. Charles mansion, Baron Edgar von Spiegel, German Consul to New Orleans, undertook his campaign of intimidation, espionage, and misinformation.

Meet the women bringing comedy back to New Orleans

While we all spent the past 15 months grappling with the correct way to process a pandemic, the early success of the woman-owned Comedy House NOLA suggests that both the comics and the everyday citizens of New Orleans have arrived at the same conclusion as its owners — that comedy is, in fact, healing.

Top 5-04: Some of the best hidden BBQ spots in New Orleans

While New Orleans can’t compete in the barbecue department with the likes of Kansas City or Memphis, I do think we have some really good barbecue options around here.

Hungry? Check out these hidden Algiers Point gems

Although it’s no French Quarter as far as the sheer volume of eats, Algiers has seen an uptick of cuisine choices in the past few years, with the opening of Plume, Cebu Lechon and (any minute now) Barracuda, and the neighborhood still feels ripe with potential.

Need a break? Brush up on your New Orleans history

In between bagging garbage that’s been sitting out for weeks, separating building materials, and crossing your fingers that the WiFi and electricity doesn’t go out again, we thought you might want to brush up on a little New Orleans history.

Street flooded? Here’s how to check if your catch basin is clean, and how to DIY

Here’s how to clean your catch basins ahead of potential flooding.

french quarter opera house

Haunted NOLA: How the ghost of a heartbroken Bourbon Street Showgirl killed her lover

Hear now the tragic tale of one Marguerite O’Donnell, a Bourbon Street showgirl whose love triangle life reads like the pages of a dramatic play. Her heartbroken ghost is said to have killed her younger lover in a fiery rage, quite literally.

How one local man is opening the door for accessibility in New Orleans

Jesse Bascle wanted to do something about the issue of accessibility in New Orleans. So a few years ago he started Nola Rolla, a guide to wheelchair accessible New Orleans bars, hotels, restaurants and attractions.

Local History

Nazis, Intimidation, and Espionage: How a St. Charles Mansion Became Part of a WWII Conspiracy

It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood summer blockbuster — a vast campaign of espionage and propaganda taking place on U.S. soil that must be stopped before the fabric of America unravels. But this story isn’t fiction. Carried out from a stately St. Charles mansion, Baron Edgar von Spiegel, German Consul to New Orleans, undertook his campaign of intimidation, espionage, and misinformation.

How a Black Civil War Hero’s funeral paved the way for second lines

In an attempt to earn the full freedom and equality of the white caste, Captain André Cailloux fought in the Battle at Port Hudson, Louisiana, in 1863 becoming the first widely publicized Black Civil War hero. His funeral was the largest procession the city had seen at the time, and is considered by many to be the predecessor to modern-day jazz funerals and second lines.

New Orleans Hosted a World’s Fair in 1884, But Relics Still Dot the City If You Know Where to Look

Here’s a list of some of the most notable remnants from the 1884 World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition.

Stories of the New Orleans mafia as told by Cajun gangster Frenchy Brouillette

#ReadDat: ‘Mr. New Orleans’ tells the story of a grittier city through the eyes of the mafia

What building has the most stories? The Faulkner House Books, of course.

Down an alley, just off Jackson Square, is a book lover’s sanctuary, where one can find a curated selection of Southern literature and classics. Located at 624 Pirates Alley, Faulkner House Books is in a townhouse that was built in 1837 that in the 1920s was home to famed writer, William Faulkner.

Dorothy Mae Taylor’s impact: much more than ending Mardi Gras discrimination

New Orleans’ schools, our recreation department, state legislature, City Council, public monuments, health care and even Mardi Gras — these are all parts of our hometown that are better, more equitable and fairer thanks in large part to the work of Dorothy Mae Taylor.

Nazis, Intimidation, and Espionage: How a St. Charles Mansion Became Part of a WWII Conspiracy

It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood summer blockbuster — a vast campaign of espionage and propaganda taking place on U.S. soil that must be stopped before the fabric of America unravels. But this story isn’t fiction. Carried out from a stately St. Charles mansion, Baron Edgar von Spiegel, German Consul to New Orleans, undertook his campaign of intimidation, espionage, and misinformation.

How a Black Civil War Hero’s funeral paved the way for second lines

In an attempt to earn the full freedom and equality of the white caste, Captain André Cailloux fought in the Battle at Port Hudson, Louisiana, in 1863 becoming the first widely publicized Black Civil War hero. His funeral was the largest procession the city had seen at the time, and is considered by many to be the predecessor to modern-day jazz funerals and second lines.

New Orleans Hosted a World’s Fair in 1884, But Relics Still Dot the City If You Know Where to Look

Here’s a list of some of the most notable remnants from the 1884 World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition.

Mr. New Orleans

Stories of the New Orleans mafia as told by Cajun gangster Frenchy Brouillette

#ReadDat: ‘Mr. New Orleans’ tells the story of a grittier city through the eyes of the mafia

Food & Drink

Double Dealer, New Orleans’ speakeasy bar is ‘poetically’ and literally underground

The underground speakeasy features decor, spirited drinks, live music and throwbacks to the ’20s in the Orpheum theater’s old ice pit.

Top 5-04: Some of the best hidden BBQ spots in New Orleans

While New Orleans can’t compete in the barbecue department with the likes of Kansas City or Memphis, I do think we have some really good barbecue options around here.

Hungry? Check out these hidden Algiers Point gems

Although it’s no French Quarter as far as the sheer volume of eats, Algiers has seen an uptick of cuisine choices in the past few years, with the opening of Plume, Cebu Lechon and (any minute now) Barracuda, and the neighborhood still feels ripe with potential.

Top 5-04: Where are the best cocktails in New Orleans?

Because New Orleans is packed with amazing cocktail bars (and their signature drinks), we decided to make it a bit easier for you to narrow down some places you might want to check out, next time you feel like a night (or afternoon) out. For this Top 5-04 list, it’s all about the drinks and where to get them.

Here are 5 Coolinary New Orleans picks you need to try this summer

Coolinary is back in New Orleans from July 14 to Sept. 5, and more than 80 restaurants will be offering special menu options at reasonable prices, so you don’t have any excuse to miss out. In order to make things a little easier to navigate, I made a Top 5-04 list of a few spots you might want to check out with some deals you won’t want to miss.

Vegans love ice cream, too! Here are the best spots for dairy-free treats in New Orleans

Vegan ice cream? Yes, it’s a thing, and it’s easier to find in New Orleans than you might think—even on those especially unbearable days when you need a cool treat to beat the heat. So whether you’re on a plant-based or dairy-free, here’s where you can find a nice scoop of vegan ice cream around the city. 

Not your average daiquiri: the best frozen cocktails in New Orleans are made with local ingredients

Brain freeze may be the only surefire antidote to the swampy New Orleans heat. The best frozen cocktails aren’t the kind that are loaded with sugar and stain your lips cherry red or passion purple. We’re talking about slushy cocktails for grownups, powered by seasonal ingredients and good booze.

Top 5-04: Top 5 Spots to Enjoy an Outdoor Drink in New Orleans

There’s no way to know when the first New Orleanians sipped her or his beverage of choice in the fresh air, but courtyards have been a recognizable element of what is now the French Quarter since the late-1700s. Here’s our list of where you can get an adult brew with a view.

A neighborhood guide on where to get pho in New Orleans

Pho is comfort food. Flavorful broth, vegetables and an endless choice of proteins are available — here’s when you can get pho in New Orleans.

Your guide for sweet treats to cool off in New Orleans

Let’s be honest, New Orleans is hot. Snowball stands are open almost year-round and anytime I can get my hands on a cool treat, I’m in. Here’s a list of places we’ve discovered to cool off and satisfy your sweet tooth!

Double Dealer, New Orleans’ speakeasy bar is ‘poetically’ and literally underground

The underground speakeasy features decor, spirited drinks, live music and throwbacks to the ’20s in the Orpheum theater’s old ice pit.

BBQ New Orleans

Top 5-04: Some of the best hidden BBQ spots in New Orleans

While New Orleans can’t compete in the barbecue department with the likes of Kansas City or Memphis, I do think we have some really good barbecue options around here.

Algiers Point Food

Hungry? Check out these hidden Algiers Point gems

Although it’s no French Quarter as far as the sheer volume of eats, Algiers has seen an uptick of cuisine choices in the past few years, with the opening of Plume, Cebu Lechon and (any minute now) Barracuda, and the neighborhood still feels ripe with potential.

Top 5-04: Where are the best cocktails in New Orleans?

Because New Orleans is packed with amazing cocktail bars (and their signature drinks), we decided to make it a bit easier for you to narrow down some places you might want to check out, next time you feel like a night (or afternoon) out. For this Top 5-04 list, it’s all about the drinks and where to get them.