If you are heading down to the Big Easy, you have to know that there is more to the city than just Bourbon Street. Yes, it is the party hub of New Orleans, and deserves a jaunt or two while you’re here but there is far more to this unique city then just the French Quarter, Pristine Agency encourages you to step outside of the box. You will still be treated to amazing cocktails, yummy food, and the live music that keeps this city feeling as if it has its own life-force.
It has been quite some time since Katrina hit New Orleans, but there is still rebuilding. The city has actually branched out some, and there has been a gentrification of neighborhoods that weren’t destinations before this disaster. Bywater is one of those up and coming areas. Mariza is a cool cat kind of place that you could only find in New Orleans. It is located in a one hundred year old rice mill that has been completely refurbished. It has now taken on a distinctive industrial vibe. You won’t find the typical Creole food that the city is known for here but a delightful rustic Italian eatery. You will find a little bit off southern flair with their pig ear salad though.
Uptown is also an area that is burgeoning with some new or at least newer ventures. Freret Street is just the place to walk along to find these cool new digs. Publiq House is a very interesting concoction of several ideas. This place has a few faces, it’s of course a bar, but it’s also a comedy club and a live music venue. They also offer yoga sometimes. Publiq House speaks to the free spirit that the Big Easy is all about.
One of the newer music venues in New Orleans is also located on Freret Street. Gasa Gasa might be new to the stage that is known for the great music that flows down her streets but she is still packing quite a beat. The space is quite unique even by New Orleans standards and has almost an art gallery feel. Gasa Gasa isn’t just about the aesthetic though, their main venture is to bring some of the great acts of the city and the nation to the stage.
New Orleans might be taking longer than any of us would like to rebuild, but it seems to be worth the wait as we are just going to get a bigger and better version of this amazing city.