If you haven’t made it to the theaters to see “Girls Trip” yet, you’re missing out. The raunchy comedy, starring Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, and Jada Pinkett Smith, is a story of four best friends reunited in the Crescent City for ESSENCE Fest, the largest celebration of African-American culture and music in the country.
As their weekend begins, hilarity ensues. From dancing on stage with Diddy at the Superdome, to a dance off at Maison on Frenchmen Street, there’s endless entertainment. These women teach us the importance of humor, friendship, authenticity, and of course, a trip to New Orleans.
In honor of the movie’s success, we’ve compiled a list of places featured in the movie that you can visit on your trip to NOLA, whether it’s with your favorite girls or guys!
The Carousel Bar
This is one of the most elegant places embarked on by the characters in “Girls Trip” (despite the chaos that takes place). Come for a cocktail and take a spin on the revolving Merry-Go-Round bar, surrounded by golden and circus-inspired décor. The bar is located in the lavish Hotel Monteleone on Royal Street. Open 7 days a week, 11 a.m.
Ah, Bourbon Street. The glowing, neon lights. The world-famous, perhaps haunted restaurants, bars, and shops. A trip to New Orleans isn’t complete without a visit to this iconic strip – and we’ve already mapped out hotspots to visit on your Bourbon Street stroll. Sip fine wine at Galatoire’s, or sing karaoke at Cat’s Meow. Or do both! While there’s no zip-lining from bar to bar a la “Girls Trip,” Bourbon Street is a tried-and-true spot in the Crescent City that will leave you with countless stories to take home for yourself.
Home of the hand grenade! Tropical Isle offers French Quarter wanderers a sugary-sweet, green drink known as the “hand grenade.” As seen in “Girls Trip,” this beverage is often imbibed on the go, in typical NOLA fashion. Careful, though — hand grenades have their name for a reason. Open 7 days a week, 12 p.m.
The Maison (and all of Frenchmen Street)
Have a dance-off, “Girls Trip” style. Or, simply come for the enchanting live jazz. The Maison is one of those legendary NOLA finds that beckons you from miles away with its melodies. Local legends often jam here, and there’s a musical act every night of the week. Afterwards, follow your ears to the rest of the clubs and lounges on Frenchmen Street. Or just make your way out to the street and catch a street band. Other favorites include The Spotted Cat and Blue Nile. Maison is open 7 days a week, 4 p.m.
Located in downtown New Orleans, the Superdome is a famed spot. In “Girls Trip,” we see the ‘dome come to life and fill with vibrant energy during ESSENCE Fest. But lots of other events happen throughout the year at the Superdome. You can see everything from WWE’s WrestleMania to Saints’ NFL games, to Beyoncé concerts. Take your pick – the Superdome has it all. Open times vary based on events. See the Superdome’s website for events, tickets, and more.
ESSENCE is what brings the ladies of “Girls Trip” together, and for good reason. Every 4th of July, the Superdome transforms into a host of empowerment and inspiration, boasting incredible lineups of musicians and speakers throughout the festival’s four days. Headliners for ESSENCE have included the likes of John Legend, Diana Ross, Prince, and Chance the Rapper among many others. As evidenced in the movie, it’s the perfect excuse for a weekend getaway to NOLA with your best friends any summer. For official ESSENCE Festival info, visit ESSENCE’s website.
Lagniappe: A Second Line
In “Girls Trip,” moviegoers get a glimpse at a beloved New Orleans tradition: the second line. This old custom has a long, rooted history in the Crescent City. It’s a celebratory part of everyday life, and is seen during major occasions from weddings to parades, and more. The more the merrier is the general consensus for second lines here. So, if you see a second line band followed by a procession, feel free to join in. You can find them in the French Quarter, Treme, Central City, and beyond. Times are TBD.