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NOLA Cheap: 8 Things Under $8.00 to Enjoy in New Orleans

The hurricane from Pat O'Brien's (Photo: Paul Broussard)

New Orleans is a place unlike any other and, whether your budget is unlimited or little bit tight, there is something for every person and every pocketbook. Here are eight things, unique to New Orleans, for $8.00 or less.

The hurricane from Pat O’Brien’s (Photo: Paul Broussard)

1. Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane. Sure, you can get one of these dangerously delicious red cocktails at any of the other Pat O’s locations, but it just wouldn’t be the same. Mosey up to the to-go bar, or grab a seat in the courtyard, and enjoy this tasty rum-based drink. (If a Hurricane isn’t for you, check out the rest of the Pat O’Brien’s Drink Menu.)$8.00

2. The Old US Mint. The US Mint in New Orleans is the only building in America to have served as both a US and Confederate Mint. Learn this, and many other amazing facts, during a tour of the US Mint. $6.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and seniors

3. Oysters on the Half Shell.  Oysters are a traditional New Orleans food, and on the half-shell is my favorite way to eat them. Grab a table at Felix’s, located at the corner of Iberville and Bourbon streets, and enjoy a half-dozen of these New Orleans delicacies. $6.75

4. Practice some Voodoo. Get your very own voodoo doll at Mystic Tea Leaves, located at 638 1/2 Royal Street, and practice some magic, or just keep it as a reminder of your good times in New Orleans. Dolls start at $8.00

5. The Pharmacy Museum. The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum is located at the site of the first licensed pharmacist in the United States and is home to everything from original voodoo recipes to historic items. You’ll learn about the practice of medicine in New Orleans as well as the history of pharmacy in the US. $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for students and seniors

6. Soul Rebels. Catch one of New Orleans’ most well-known brass bands, The Soul Rebels, every Thursday night at Le Bon Temps Roule. The show starts at 11:00, so get ready to dance the night away! $5.00 cover

There’s nothing like a New Orleans crawfish boil (Photo: Rebeccca Todd)

7. Boiled Crawfish. Crawfish are the favorite shell fish of many New Orleanians. The most common, and probably the most popular, way to eat these little guys is boiled. Grab a spot at Deanie’s Seafood, located at 841 Iberville Street, and order a hot batch of these boiled mud-bugs. $7.95/lb

8. Voodoo Daiquiri. Perhaps the most unique of all of the Bourbon Street daiquiris, the Voodoo Daiquiri is a house special at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop. Made with 190 and bourbon, this grape-flavored slushi is surprisingly tasty and surprisingly dangerous. Small, $6.00 or Medium, $8.00

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