What To Do On a Girls Trip in New Orleans

A travel guide to New Orleans with the girls
Wendy Diep

With Bourbon street being a craze of party people celebrating bachs and birthdays, New Orleans is well-known as a go to for parties and celebrations. But it’s not all bar hopping on bourbon street. The city has a rich history, southern charm, great live music, and amazing food scene that makes it an easy choice for any type of girls trip (even if you’re not looking to party 24/7).

Here are our favorite recommendations for eating, drinking, & live music, based on a handful of successful girls trips or bachelorette party over the years (and recommendations from a New Orleans native): 

"Off-the-beaten-path", Local Favorites

When you're tired of Bourbon street and the French Quarter, check out these favorites for food, drink, and live music as provided by a New Orleans local, and Jetty approved for group trips!

Bayou Beer & Wine Garden

Enjoy an outdoor garden setting while savoring an impressive selection of craft beers and exquisite wines. The inviting ambiance and rustic charm make it an ideal spot to escape from the busy street and tourists. With a diverse menu that caters to both beer enthusiasts and wine connoisseurs, Bayou Beer & Wine Garden is the perfect place for those seeking a tranquil retreat with a touch of Southern hospitality. You'll find tons of craft beers & wine on tap!

Why it’s great for a girls trip: Dozens of great wine on tap & great cheese & charcuterie plates for sharing! 

Where: Mid-City

Website: https://bayoubeergarden.com/

Address: 315 N Rendon, New Orleans, LA 70119

Phone Number: (504) 826-2925

Reservations: No Reservations Accepted

The Country Club

If you’re looking for a great brunch with great vibes that isn’t just another tourist trap, this is a popular spot for both locals and visitors due to its unique blend of amenities. The restaurant bar has it roots as a gay staycation spot, and still attracts a strong LGBTQ crowd to the gorgeous salt water pool out back. But it's a mixed crowd that frequents the excellent restaurant up front as well as the freewheeling pool scene.

Bar at the Country Club, New Orleans

This historic venue offers a diverse experience, featuring a restaurant bar up front, and a lush, vibrant courtyard with a backyard bar, pool, & hot tub out back with lounge chairs & amenities. The lush surroundings and vibrant atmosphere make it a favorite destination for those seeking a lively social scene, delicious cuisine, and a relaxed outdoor setting. 

Backyard of The Country Club, New Orleans
Why it’s great for a girls group: Brunch food & cocktails are amazing, vibes are super cute & will look great on Insta. Hanging out at the pool & hot tub is a great way to spend a day if you’re looking for something lively, but more chill in between partying! 

Cost: $20 for a Day Pass for pool access

Where: Bywater

Website: https://thecountryclubneworleans.com/

Address: 315 N Rendon, New Orleans, LA 70119

Reservations: Make a reservation on OpenTable

Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits (has live music daily!) 

Live Music Outdoors at Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits

Calling themselves "NOLA's Backyard Party", this place is a sensory delight, capturing the essence of a lively neighborhood gathering with a touch of bohemian charm. You’ll walk into a wine store where guests can pair their chosen wines with an impressive spread of artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, and other delectable treats. The knowledgeable staff is always ready to guide you through the perfect pairings to elevate your dining experience.

The best part? Outdoor seating & live music daily. Picture yourself in an enchanting courtyard adorned with fairy lights, where the air is filled with the soulful sounds of live jazz and the laughter of locals and visitors alike. 

Why it’s great for a girls group: Outside of the wine, food, & music, Bacchanal won’t break the bank with great affordable options of wine by the bottle. 

Where: Bywater

Website: https://www.bacchanalwine.com/

Address: 600 Poland Ave,New Orleans, LA 70117

Reservations: No Reservations Accepted

Do a Bourbon Street Bar Crawl: 

No New Orleans trip is complete without bar hopping on Bourbon street. Here’s a list of fun bars on the street (ordered by location/proximity to each other!)

Start off at Carousel bar & make your way down:

  • The Carousel Bar & Lounge (particularly for newbies) - circular bar rotates like a carousel, hard to get seats though; can skip if people who haven’t been don’t care about it. It’s just one of those “you should visit here” places if it’s your first time. 
  • 21st Amendment Bar at La Louisiane - prohibition style bar, craft cocktails 
  • Old Absinthe House (must do for absinthe, duh) 
  • Erin Rose - famous for frozen Irish coffees (they are so yummy!!) 
  • Pat O’Brien’s - known for hurricanes (should do for people who have never been to NOLA, have alligator bites), we’ll most likely end up there anyway just because there’s two of them on bourbon 
  • World Famous Cat’s Meow (MUST DO FOR KARAOKE!!!) - sign up list for karaoke is long. 
  • Tropical Isle: festive beads & “Hand Grenade” Cocktail 
  • Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar (oldest bar, since 1700s serving beers & frozen drinks) 
We recommend: Do a day bar crawl, you'll have more time to make your way through the street while stopping at different places& make improptu detours that catch your eye along the way. Karaoke on the girls trip is a must do!

Bougie Splurges

If you're looking to treat yourself, or keep the bougie friend(s) in the group happy, these recommendations may break the bank, but are definitely worth checking out.


Effervescence takes the art of champagne appreciation to new heights. With an extensive selection of bubbly delights, from classic Champagne to unique sparkling wines, this venue is a haven for those seeking effervescent perfection. And of course, they offer a selection of caviar and seafood on their menu. 

If you’re looking for bougie on a budget, Effervescence is also known for their Caviar Bagel Brunch, a gastronomic journey that combines the opulence of caviar with the comfort of a New Orleans brunch for $35/PP. 

Where: Effervescence

Website: http://www.nolabubbles.com/

Address: Effervescence1036 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Reservations: Make a reservation on Tok

Doris Metropolitan 

Doris Metropolitan, nestled in the heart of New Orleans, invites you to indulge in a culinary experience like no other. This sophisticated establishment seamlessly combines modern flair with the city's culinary traditions, offering prime cuts of meat, expertly crafted seafood dishes, and an exquisite selection of wines and cocktails. The chic ambiance and warm hospitality set the stage for a memorable dining adventure, making Doris Metropolitan a must-visit destination for those seeking a taste of culinary excellence in the vibrant heart of New Orleans.

Doris Metropolitan, New Orleans

Check out Cafe Du Monde

Cafe du Monde is synonymous with its irresistibly delicious beignets – golden-fried pastries generously dusted with powdered sugar. Served piping hot, these pillowy delights have become a symbol of the city's culinary charm. Pair them with a cup of their signature chicory coffee for the perfect New Orleans breakfast or anytime treat. 

Pro Tip: go either extremely early, or later in the day & you’ll avoid the line! 

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