by Tobias Sauer
Hardly any other city in America is as sinful and dissolute as New Orleans. Not only that alcohol can be drunk in public on Bourbon Street – a special feature in the USA – the gay bars and clubs are also considered to be extremely liberal.
When to get there?
The biggest gay event in New Orleans is the mega-party Southern Decadence, which will take place in September. But why wait so long? The Pride rises in June already, also offers a sufficiently abundant party program and is also the more political event. A little queer high profile in America under President Donald Trump can’t hurt anyway.
June 8th to 11th, 2017
Where to wake up?
At The Roosevelt New Orleans
Thanks to huge chandeliers and a vast lobby lined with columns the Roosevelt displays casually the charm of the 1930s. Those who stay here should not miss to have a drink in the Sazerac Bar or to go for a swim in the pool on the roof. The Roosevelt, one of the Waldorf-Astoria hotels, is a classic piece of New Orleans – and within walking distance of most gay bars and clubs.
130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans
Explore the city with „Confederacy of Cruisers“
Named after the picaresque novel “Conferedercy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole, the cruisers guide you away from the French Quarter into the less crowded tourist districts of Marigny and Bywater. These have long been inhabited by minorities and are becoming increasingly hip today. The bike tours can take several hours.
634 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans
Where to eat?
At the Bayona – i.e. slow food
Slow food is not only available in Italy, but also in New Orleans – in the heart of the French Quarter. The Bayona restaurant reflects the design of the city with its brick walls and chairs and tables made of wood and metal. The menu, however, is not so easy to narrow down and presents dishes made with local ingredients, but inspired by American and Mediterranean cuisine.
430 Dauphin St, New Orleans
How to party
Wildly at the Phoenix Bar
On the ground floor, the Phoenix looks like a typical American bar with bar area, pool table and slot machines. The gay touch is provided by a garland made of rainbow-coloured fir sprigs, the guests – almost exclusively men -, and a shop for leather gear in a second room. On the upper floor it’s much more bold, even a sling is set up. New Orleans’ reputation as a city where everything is allowed and almost everything happens certainly relies heavily on bars like the Phoenix.
941 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans
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