How are those New Year’s Resolutions looking Fray Fam?
We know it can be tough as January rolls along, but we hope you’re still going strong in your new year, new you goals.
If your focus for 2019 is to save money, then you’re in luck because #FrayLife is here with the first ever edition of NOLA on a Nickel, our monthly guide to ball on a budget in the Crescent City.
For our first installment, we’re focusing on Quintessential New Orleans, so you can have a true Big Easy experience that’s Big Easy on the budget!
New Orleans is a foodie’s dream, but it’s not limited to fine dining. Some of the most beloved New Orleans staples are wallet friendly. For a cheap meal, grab a Po’Boy pretty much anywhere- after all, “poor” is right in the name, so they’re usually reasonably priced. Parkway Bakery is a local favorite that’s been around forever. Another great budget choice is the Muffuletta from Central Grocery– get the whole size and you’ll be eating it for days! For a sweet treat, it doesn’t get more essential NOLA than beignets and a Chicory coffee at Café Du Monde, which comes in just under $6.
The birthplace of the cocktail, NOLA lives up to her reputation as a city that knows what to do with alcohol. There seem to be as many bars as there are residents, and plenty of them serve up great drinks at great prices. For entertainment value, you can’t beat Frenchman Street. Every night of the week you’ll hear live music coming out of the bars and lounges that line the avenue. The cover for most is buying a drink at the bar, so it’s like a getting a free show. Try Bamboula’s and The Spotted Cat for some of the best music and deals. Looking for your new favorite neighborhood dive bar? Try Mimi’s in the Marigny, Ms. Mae’s The Club or Snake and Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge in Uptown, Mid-City Yacht Club, and Bar Redux in Bywater.
When it comes to cheap entertainment, New Orleans is home to the “greatest free show on earth”: Mardi Gras! From January 6th through Mardi Gras Day (March 5th this year) there are dozens of parades throughout the city, all of them free to attend. You’ll even see folks tailgating along parade routes, barbecue grills and all, so go ahead and make it a parade watching party. After all, what’s more quintessential New Orleans than Carnival? For the best throws and homemade contraptions, check out the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus parade in The Marigny. For the most impressive floats, go see Endymion in Mid-City or Orpheus in Uptown. For the cutest costumes, don’t miss The Mystic Krewe of Barkus, the only Mardi Gras dog parade!
#FrayLife Tip: Traffic during Carnival season can be a total nightmare. If you’re heading to a parade, take public transportation. The Streetcars will get you to most of the different routes and it’s only $3 for an all-day pass. You can also find Blue Bikes all over the city and rent them by the hour, or by the day. Both will cost a lot less than rideshare apps.
What are your favorite low-cost activities? Share with us in the comments and be sure to tag #FrayLife and #NOLAFray on social when you’re having wallet-friendly fun!
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