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A Girls Night Out Guide in New Orleans

Whether it’s for a bachelorette party, a birthday celebration of quality time with Mom, where to go and what to do in New Orleans for a Girls Night Out!

Let’s face it: our girlfriends are our backbone from time to time. It’s a relationship we can’t formulate an explanation for, and yet we find it necessary for our mental state to indulge in so-called “Girls Nights” at least once a month. Here in New Orleans, the idea of an estrogen-fueled day or night can mean many different things. Girls time can take on the role of a group mani pedi at the newest, chicest beauty salon (enter: Buff Beauty Bar), or cocktails at one of our many mixologist friendly bars to a full on bachelorette party complete with a visit to Bourbon Street for Chris Owens’ midnight show. There’s so much fun to be had in New Orleans, why not enjoy it with your music loving, good food-eating, dance-queen best friends? Here I’ve helped create a few different options for a ladies night out.

For the Bachelorette

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Start with dinner at Sylvain. This raucous restaurant is the great place to put a bunch of women who just want to have fun. Make a reservation ahead of time and be sure you sit in the restaurant (or on the dreamy back patio). This puts you right in the middle of the Quarter for the rest of your night. After dinner, move on to a cocktail at the bar in SoBou. It’s a stunning ambiance and full of good-looking people. Then you’re ready for some entertainment, head on to a show at Chris Owens’ Club & Balcony on Bourbon Street; you won’t be disappointed.

For the Birthday Girl

The Faubourg Tall Boy at Sobou is a delicious drink in a perfect Girls Night Out atmosphere! (Photo by Susan Whelan)

Birthdays are important to celebrate and making each one a bit different for your best friend can be tricky from year to year. I’ve always dreamed of a streetcar party and making this happen as adults is more fun than ever! Start with cocktails at Delachaise, it’s right on Saint Charles and it’s got an amazing vibe. Hop on the streetcar downtown get off at Lee Circle and have dinner at the new Tivoli & Lee in the Hotel Modern. From here, you can simply pop into Bellocq or head to Canal Street for a night cap at the Davenport Lounge at the Ritz. Jeremy Davenport’s set is from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

For quality time with Mom

Inside of the Buff Beauty Bar

Mothers are perhaps the most important women in our lives. Sharing quality time with them is extremely important. I find that a spa experience is always best for time with my mom because there’s no loud music or crowds that you’re trying to talk over. It’s relaxing, recharging and engaging. Buff Beauty just opened a location on Carondelet Street in the CBD and it promises to be the ultimate spa experience. Then head to NOMA for an art exhibit or to walk the grounds – the sculpture garden grows each time I visit! And while you’re in Mid-City, enjoy an early dinner at dreamy, French-inspired Café Degas.

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