Tuesdays are not to be ignored. Unlike other days of the workweek, the second day of the week is not associated with a moniker (“Hump Day”) or even a now cliché acronym (think TGIF), so Tuesdays have the potential to be overlooked. But don’t ever take your Tuesdays for granted, especially in New Orleans. Dreaded Monday has past, but the weekend is still some days away. For those reasons alone, Tuesdays are to be celebrated. Here are a number of ways to do just that here in NOLA.
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry
Taco Tuesdays at The Rum House — Head down Magazine Street to revel in the $2 beers (all draft and bottle with the exception of Abita Andygator and Sweetwater Blue) and $2 tacos (there’s no limit on how many you can order and you can pick from 15 different types!) at this Caribbean-influenced restaurant.
Happy Hour at Domenica — I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a better overall happy hour. Half off gourmet pizzas, wine by the glass, beers, Bellinis, and well liquor drinks at hometown hero John Besh’s restaurant in the Roosevelt Hotel. Take some time to look at the beautiful surroundings, which are also home to the Sazerac Bar and former hangout of Huey P. Long. Reservations are recommended.
Half-Off Pitchers at Slice — Make sure you get over to Slice for half off pitchers of beer and wine at this locally owned, thin-crust pizzeria located a few blocks past Lee Circle on St. Charles Avenue. Also, to make Tuesdays extra special, Slice offers half off any pitcher of beer all day.
Head to Mid-City for Finn McCool’s: As someone born in the British Commonwealth, I’m probably biased. Finn’s is a place where you can watch cricket on a Saturday night and the replays of a rugby match on a Sunday morning. But it’s also the most fun spot to be at on a Tuesday night in Mid-City. First, there are $3 Coronas, $2 Tecates, and, most important, $2 tacos. If you decide to make it a longer evening, trivia night begins at 9:00 PM, and along with it the subsequent opportunity to indulge in $7 Coronita buckets and $2 PBR (among other specials).
Yoga at the Cabildo — Located in the exceptionally lovely upstairs gallery with its wall of arched windows overlooking Jackson Square, this all-levels class for both locals and visitors is a favorite. Yoga at the Cabildo occurs Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 8:30-9:30 a.m. The cost per class is $12 ($8 for Friends of Cabildo members).
Rebirth Brass Band at Maple Leaf Bar — For 22 years, this three-decade, Grammy-award winning brass band has been blowing its horns every Tuesday night at this beloved night spot and dive bar in the Carrollton neighborhood. Shake your tail feathers and find out why for many, Rebirth defines New Orleans brass. The show starts at 11 p.m.
Trinity Artist Series — The longstanding “Organ and Labyrinth” show features an eclectic mix of classical and contemporary pieces performed on Trinity Episcopal’s 5,000 pipe organ, complete with candelabras. This dynamic Garden District church has won numerous awards for its dedication to music and the arts. The Trinity Artist series occurs from 6-7 p.m. and admission is free. (Note: the Sunday 5 p.m. shows, also free, offer a variety of musical styles — see their calendar for specifics.)
Chickie Wah Wah — Many people say it, and I’d be stupid to disagree: Chickie Wah Wah might just be the best music venue in the city. Of course, that’s a very bold statement to make in New Orleans, where music seeps out from all the cracks that this city offers, but there’s no doubt that a Tuesday night at Chickie Wah Wah sets a certain (excuse the pun) bar. Go there on Tuesday for their “Happy Hour” music, which begins at 6:00 p.m. and features a rotating assortment of artists.
Spotted Cat — On Tuesdays, it’s time to bear witness to the Smokin’ Time Jazz Club at the Spotted Cat. Moving to New Orleans, I didn’t know what to expect from the renowned NOLA live music experience. The Smokin’ Time Jazz Club set a benchmark for that particular New Orleans moment, when what you’d wanted to hear and see materializes on the stage. Because Smokin’ Time doesn’t begin until 11:00 p.m., you’ve got time to check out the other Frenchmen Street bars before heading back to the Spotted Cat.
Comedy Catastrophe at the Lost Love Lounge — A raffishly charming, old-school dive in the Marigny with Vietnamese food, $2 Tecate’s, drink specials, and a free entry that makes everything funnier. Show starts at 10 p.m.
Comedy Beast at Howlin’ Wolf Den — Open mic at this Warehouse District Hangout at 8:30 p.m. is free. The Den also boasts a great local beer selection on draft with excellent pub grub. (Note: the Den also hosts another free comedy night on Thursdays.)
Open Mic Night with Leon Blanda at House of Blues — Here’s another free comedy opportunity: this time in the French Quarter. The open mic show starts at 8 p.m. in the Voodoo Garden. Want to be in the show? Sign-up before 7:30 p.m. (and the earlier the better).
About the authors:
– A New Orleans resident, Christopher Garland is an assistant professor of professional writing and public discourse at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss.
– Allison Alsup is the co-author of The French Quarter Drinking Companion, a guide to 100 notable bars in America’s most eclectic neighborhood, just published by Pelican Press. Available in local bookstores. See ordering info and events.