Bunch of friends headed down for a hot, sticky Jluy 4th.....My only other advice was to explore the city - get out of the quarter!
Court of 2 Sisters
Cafe Du Monde
Lunch - go to places that are more local/hole in the wall that you don't need a res for - coop's, central grocery for a muffalatta, liuzza's by the track, mandina's
Cochon (could also do for lunch)
Dick and Jenny's
Nightlife- the Rock-n-bowl, Club (Miss Mae's on Magazine Street) F & M PAtio Bar, Maple Leaf Bar, One Eyed Jack's, Cooter Brown's, dba, Spotted cat or Snake and Jake
For upscale cocktails, Bar Uncommon, CURE Nola, Columns Hotel, Carousel Bar, for atmosphere ONLY - one hurricane at Pat O Brien's!