Maison Bourbon Jazz
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- 98%Nightlife Lovers
- 51%Adventure Travelers
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- Maison Bourbon JazzCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4First to ReviewSep 27, 2013
There's a New Orleans I've dreamed of visiting as a kid, full of good food, soulful music, romantic courtyards and flickering street lamps.
Then there's Bourbon St.
Comprised mostly of tacky bars, strip clubs and souvenir stores, this neon mess could make Las Vegas blush. It's a messy frat party—great, if that's your thing—but you can't escape the disgustingly sugary drinks, blaring country music and Coor's memorabilia.
But then I found the Maison Bourbon. In the heart of Bourbon St., it seemed the exact opposite of its neighbors: quality drinks, an approachable staff and a classy crowd.
Jazz. Not country. Not country-rock or country-folk or country-fried chicken... JAZZ. (This IS still New Orleans, isn't it?)
Ed, the bartender, goes over NOLA's current state of affairs as he serves up a well-made, perfectly sweetened mint julep. On stage, Jamil Sharif and his band rock out with multiple sets of great music. (You should've seen the Asian crew in the corner go nuts when they hit, "When the Saints Go Marching In...") It was an amazing place to be.
So, I sat there, smiling and even a little misty-eyed, because I found exactly what I was looking for: New Orleans. And Bourbon St. is redeemed of its surrounding sins. Thanks to Ed. Thanks to Jamil Sharif. Thanks to the Maison Bourbon.
"Dedicated to the preservation of jazz..." and my childhood vision of New Orleans.Recommended for:Nightlife Lovers