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First night in New Orleans

tastyheather | Jan 29, 200811:49 AM

My husband and I are going to NO in April for the first time ever. We're mid thirties (though we hate to admit it), have no children and love to hang out in bars, listen to live music (he's a musician), and eat while on vacation.

What are your recommendations for our first night out (a Saturday)? We are staying at Magazine and Canal and will not be driving. I'd love to start our trip out with a really memorable night of food/drink/and music (i.e. a true NO experience) without having to spend time wandering around with no real plan.

We prefer fun non-pretentious spots that focus on the food more than the decor. Live music is always a plus - but we are happy to move to a music spot afterward. We love spicy food, seafood, burgers - no true dislikes except that we hate wasting time with average quality food or chain restaurants that are available across the US.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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