Social: a guide to Bywater’s best + beyond

Social: a guide to Bywater’s best + beyond


Welcome to Bywater Arts District.

The Bywater Arts District is just one of the many culturally rich and historic neighborhoods in the Crescent City. Home to some of the best artists and musicians, food and libations.

Here are some details to help you get around and live like a local during your stay

Traveling about town

Naturally you have taxis, Uber and Lyft as options but if you’re feeling adventurous there are a couple bike options near by: 

Bicycle Michael’s,622 Frenchmen St.  504-945-9505
They’re friendly and knowledgable staff will set you up with a great bike for your ride.

Blue Bikes NOLA, is a bike share program with multiple bike share stations throughout the city. The closest station for Blue Bike Rentals is across the street by the library.
You’ll need to download the app, enter your payment info, and you’ll be set to go.

Tours & Attractions 

With so many tours and attractions to see in the city, it’s hard to keep up!

We have everything from Ghost tours to riverboat rides on the Steamboat Natchez and Creole Queen, to airboat and swamp tours out on the bayou.
The link provided is to Trip Advisor’s top rated tours for the city.

If you’re looking to dive into the culture and history of the neighborhood and surrounding areas be sure to Check out the House of Dance and Feathers which is dedicated to history and culture of Mardi Gras Indians.

Be sure to check out the Music Box Village schedule of events during your stay.
The Music Box Village is an immersive experience that host a number of events, performance and musical, throughout the year.

NOLA Museums


Be sure to check out the New Orleans Museum of Art located in the city’s biggest park, City Park.
City Park is over a 1,000 acres big and is home not only to the Museum but there’s a fantastic (free) walk thru sculpture garden behind the museum.  Cafe du Monde has a location at the park and paddle boat and kayak rentals at Big Lake. Enjoy a stroll the the Botanical Gardens and a visit to StoryLand, a children’s theme park. Or for an immersive experience with the kids, be sure to visit the Louisiana Children’s Museum.

Be sure to check out the CAC (Contemporary Arts Center) & Odgen Museum of Southern Art.

One the most important art and historical museums in the city, Le Musee de F.P.C., and George and Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art is a must-stop.



Treme’s Petit Jazz Museum. This museum is dedicated to sharing the rich history of the Treme neighborhood which is home to some of the best known musicians of Jazz, Brass Bands and Mardi Gras Indians.

The ever popular Frenchman Street has a numerous of clubs and bars hosting a party just about any night of the week.

If you want to get off the beaten path of Frenchman Street’s crowds be sure to check out WWOZ’s Live Wire for nightly listings of music all over the New Orleans area.

Kermit’s Treme Mother in Law Lounge.
While not in the Bywater, it’s joint that you need to put on your hit list. Originally, Ernie K-Doe’s Mother-in-law lounge, local favorite trumpeter, Kermit Ruffins, has revived the space with music and eats just about every night of the week.


The BAR is open and so is my heart.

New Orleans is home to some of the Nation’s oldest, best, friendliest, laid back bars.
There are too many to list here but we’ll give you a few insider and not so insider highlights.

Bywater & Marginy Bars

The Allways Lounge2240 St. Claude Ave 
Another one of those only in NOLA experiences. Get ready for The Allways Lounge Cabaret bar with shows in front and a full theatre in the back.

Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits, 600 Poland Ave.
It’s NOLA’s backyard party. Enter into the wine shop, purchase your bottle, grab your plastic wine bucket and fill with ice your the way to backyard for a outdoor seating and live music. Small plates, cheese boards and overall tasty eats available at the walk up window.
If you’re looking for a little more relaxed, not as crowded option for Wine check out, Faubourg Wines on St Claude.

Beer? Love it?
Be sure to check out: Parleaux Beer Lab, 634 Lesseps St.
a small, local brewery with flavors that change seasonally, from lagers to saison to IPAs. There a delicious selection available for everyone

Bud Rips, 900 Piety St
Just down the street from Macarty House, you’ll find a great neighborhood bar with pool tables.

Hi-Ho Lounge2239 St. Claude Ave
Live music venue with stiff drinks open till 4 am.

J&J‘s Sports Lounge, 800 France St.
Want to catch a Saints game and get into the mix of local culture?  J&J’s Sports Lounge is good place to start. 

Saturn Bar, 3067 St. Claude Ave
If you’re looking to get down, Saturn Bar is a local dive that often has live music and or DJ’s hosting dance parties just about any day of the week.

Vaughan’s Lounge, 4226 Dauphine St.
If you love a good neighborhood dive bar, look no further than Vaughan’s. Frequented mostly by locals you’ll find funky music and good conversation.

Bywater Eats

Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch spots

Elizabeth’s, 601 Gallier St.
is known for their boozy brunches, praline bacon, duck hash and waffles. Music’s loud and the joint’s busy so expect a wait for weekend brunch but the staff is pretty good at sizing up if you need some biscuits before the main chow comes out.

Satsuma Cafe, 3218 Dauphine St
Breakfast and lunch spot just across the street from Frady’s.  Lighter fare, locally sourced food, delicious coffee, fresh juices, and totally satisfying for getting right after a night out.

Casual Eats

Frady’s, 3231 Dauphine St
Neighborhood corner store featuring hot plates and Po-Boys. A neighborhood staple for decades

Jack Dempsey’s, 738 Poland Ave 
Looking for seafood? They got it fresh. Boiled and fried.  

Pizza Delicious, 617  Piety St.
 Delivers to the immediate neighborhood area before 945 pm.  If you go, there’s inside/outside seating and select beer and wine selection available.

The Joint BBQ, 701 Mazant Ave
A fun and funky joint specializing in all things BBQ. The joint was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. 

St. Roch Market, 2381 St. Claude Ave
Marginy/Bywater Food Hall offering several eats and drinks from coffee to oysters and wine.

Not Quite so Casual but not fancy either. 

Bywater American Bistro, 2900 Chartres St. 
Chef Nina Compton’s Bywater spot, reservations are a must. Also has brunch on the weekends.
Excellent cocktail program and the small plates are the best. Order two or three from each and you’ll be more than satisfied. 

Paladar 511, 511 Marginy St.
Californina Italian, it’s lighter fare, small plates and wood fired pizza sourcing locally whenever possible. Reservations required. Brunch on weekends.