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.”

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Chris Koentges

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.

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