It’s pretty much unanimous: New Orleans is at its best in the fall. The sweaty mess of the summer is over, and it’s not quite yet bitingly wet and cold, so it’s the perfect time of year to never stay in.
With an endlessly expanding cast of bars and restaurants, it’s never too hard to find a spot to go out in this city. But when you’re looking for more than just a drink or a snack, a few brand new spots in town have got you covered with perfect hangout vibes and a bit of quality cozy atmosphere. All of these locations were opened within the last year and we’re still considering them best kept secrets, but they’ll surely be counted among New Orleans’ staple destinations for years to come.
Saint Claude Social Club
1933 Sophie Wright Pl
A pretty expertly curated store, Saint Claude Social Club carries a variety of handpicked clothing, vintage and handmade jewelry, candles and fragrances, and home decor pieces. Owned and operated by three ladies with pretty impeccable taste, this is definitely one of those places you can get lost in for an hour or two. Lucky enough for all of us, Saint Claude Social Club also has a homey seating area with a fully stocked bar cart. The staff is amazing and will make you feel right at home with a cocktail and good conversation, which we think is kind of perfect because when we walk in, we never want to leave.
Arts & Culture
The Grand Maltese
3040 St Claude Ave
This brand new art gallery on St. Claude in the Bywater features a rotating collection of diverse artists. More than just a gallery, though, this place comes with a sister business in the back: Bywater Framing, a custom frame shop dedicated to quality and accessibility for the neighborhood. The Grand Maltese also hosts frequent happy hours, making this a great place to chat about gorgeous and thought-provoking pieces over a nice cocktail. Stop by during your “Second Saturdays” art stroll, and stay tuned for their planned backyard deck hangout area!
Rooftop Terrace at Catahoula Hotel
914 Union St.
The Catahoula Hotel is a new and adorable boutique hotel with quite a few spots to chill, but let’s talk about their rooftop situation right quick because it’s stunning. A gorgeous little pocket of paradise with a couple small gardens, games, and a tiki bar, this hidden hangout is crazy cute for a small group outing or even a private event. If the weather’s perfect and you’re down for a drink, this is place to be.
Turkey and the Wolf
739 Jackson Ave
So much more than just a sandwich shop, this super new addition to the uptown food scene offers sandwiches, snacks, entrees, and cocktails all set in a quirky throwback of a diner. We’re huge fans of their chicken fried steak sandwich, made with New York strip, and their spin on a crab roll. If you’re feeling the need for something sweet, the dessert menu is literally just a list of vanilla soft-serve and topping combination options such as tahini and date molasses, graham cracker and key lime chunks, and cut up fried hand pies, which we think is pretty rad.
Henry Howard Hotel
2041 Prytania St
The absolute cutest place in town to stay right now. The Henry Howard Hotel is masterfully decorated, combining modern and classic design elements seamlessly tucked within a gorgeous Lower Garden District mansion. With a small staff and not very many rooms, the Henry Howard has an intimate bed and breakfast feel to it, which is perfect for a traveler who isn’t looking to stay in the busier, more urban downtown options. There’s no restaurant or full bar here, but the parlor area offers wine and simple cocktails for a few hours each evening, perfect timing for a little happy hour before heading out on the town. Hang out in the parlor with a drink or two and meet other visitors to exchange travel tips and experiences.