The Bartender’s 24 Hours on US$24 in New Orleans
We challenged a panel of tight-fisted but high-living New Orleans locals to create a day’s worth of fun for (almost) free. In this installment, we challenged bartender Phil Greene to share his perfect day—on a budget of US$24.
A founding board member of The Museum of the American Cocktail, Phil Greene is related to Antoine Amedee Peychaud, the 19th-century pharmacist who created Peychaud’s Bitters and is credited with inventing one of the most classic cocktails of all time, the Sazerac.
“My perfect New Orleans day might start with a light breakfast of cafe au lait and beignets at either Café Du Monde or Cafe Beignet, for less than US$6.”
“Catch a streetcar toward Uptown with a VisiTour pass (US$5 for the day). When you cross Jackson Avenue into the Garden District, you’re entering another world of huge live oak trees, antebellum mansions, Spanish moss, sweet olive and night-blooming jasmine. The temperature and the pace drops just a bit.”
“Try Domilise’s for an oyster po-boy (US$12.50). You’re near Magazine Street, so do some shopping at the old bookstores, antique and curio/junk shops. Work your way down to Louisiana Avenue, take the bus over to St. Charles, and then make a left back to Uptown.”
Don’t miss Fritzel’s Jazz Pub on Bourbon Street. There’s no cover charge, but you’ll have to go a few bucks over $24 for the one-drink minimum—a small price to pay for great live jazz. At US$12, Preservation Hall [the venue founded 50 years ago to honour New Orleans jazz] would blow my budget and would have to wait for another day when I’m more flush.”
Chris Koentges has won multiple magazine awards as up!'s contributing editor. His work has appeared in many different publications, including Avenue Calgary, The Walrus, Maisonneuve and Reader's Digest.