Recent weeks have seen New Orleans, along with the rest of the country, easing into a kind of reopening. We haven't so much seen the end of the quarantine as a new economic normal with quarantine characteristics. In the Crescent City, that means that we can go out, albeit to fewer places and only while following certain safety guidelines. With that in mind, here's a list of five fun and in-person things to do here in the coming days.
Jeremy Davenport at the Davenport Lounge
If you haven't seen live music since before the quarantine
and have a fire in your belly to witness some again, then now's the perfect
time to get back out there. The luxurious Ritz-Carlton Hotel in the French
Quarter offers plenty of opportunity to do so. Just visit their Davenport
Lounge, the hotel's restaurant and bar area that doubles as a music venue.
Named for one of New Orleans's most famed living jazz musicians, the eponymous
Jeremy Davenport, the man himself sometimes plays in the lounge. 921 Canal St., (504) 524-1331, ritzcarlton.com
COOLinary New Orleans
Parts of the city may remain shut down due to COVID-19, but no one says you can't still enjoy a delicious meal in the food mecca of America. Running through the month of August and encompassing the first couple months of September, COOLinary is a restaurant promotion. You'll be able to get mouthwatering, multiple-course meals at participating locations at discounted prices. Those restaurants include Andrea's, Café Degas, and more. August 1 through September 13, experienceneworleans.com/coolinary
Beignet Fest at Their Place
Unfortunately, the city's traditional beignet festival has been cancelled due to COVID-19. However, it's still possible to celebrate and experience the delicious treat and New Orleans staple in a socially distant way. Restaurants throughout the city and greater Louisiana will be offering specialty beignets between July 24 and July 26. All you have to do is show up at one of the participating locations, and you can get your sweet fix. beignetfest.com
Tribe Yard Yoga
Yoga classes are back, and they're in-person. At least, they are at Tribe Yard Yoga, located at the Tchoup Yard. Nestled a stone's throw from the Mississippi River in the Garden District, this yoga class is back to being once a week. You can get in for the low price of $5. 405 Third Street, Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., (504) 517-4689,nolatribeyoga.com
Go on a drinking tour through the French Quarter with the organization Pub Crawl NOLA. They have events regularly. There's one this Friday, July 24, starting at 8:00 p.m. They're calling it the French Quarter VIP Pub Crawl. Meet just off of Canal Street and begin a truly epic night out on the town, featuring some of NOLA's best bars and pubs, with extra-special drink specials. Tickets go for $22. pubcrawlneworleans.com