I’m just going to take a guess here, but I’ll be there are more bars per capital in New Orleans than there are where you live. Call it a lucky guess. There are bars of all shapes and sizes and all sorts of specialties. There are whiskey bars, and gin bars. There are dive bars and there are craft cocktails bars. There are bars that have been around for a 100 years, there is a bar with a carousel in it. There is more than one bar with aquariums. There are 24-hour bars that never close, not even for Christmas. Wanna go to a champagne bar in New Orleans? I know just the place.
I haven’t been to every bar in New Orleans. I was talking to someone yesterday and he told me about a bar he had gone to the night before. It doesn’t have a sign. It’s in a house in an out-of-the-way part of the city. I had never heard of it, though I’ve been in that neighborhood. I asked Jimmy if he knew about it. “Sure, my middle brother is a bartender there,” Jimmy said.
There is more to New Orleans than any one person can figure out, no matter how long they live here.
WANNA GO TO A CHAMPAGNE BAR IN NEW ORLEANS?
Effervescence is a champagne bar on North Rampart Street, on the border of the French Quarter. It’s about twelve blocks from our inn. To you that translates to about 3/4 of a mile. It’s a picturesque stroll along a beautiful street, Esplanade Avenue, to get there. Frau Schmitt, who is the better half of this operation, and I went there last night. It was very nice.
They serve champagne, naturally, and also the champagne of beers, Miller High Life. High and low. I had a bottle of hard cider from France, a nice dry cider. We had some food. Effervescence specializes in small plates so we had some shrimp and some grilled brie. Then— we had desert.
Wanna go to a champagne bar in New Orleans and have a good desert? I’m not a big desert eater but this desert blew me away:
Tahitian Vanilla Roasted Pineapple: Dulcey whipped cream, kaffir lime meringue, roulaison herbed rum cake, roasted pineapple, and a vanilla bean. $15. Most of this stuff didn’t make any sense to me either when I read it on the menu. Trust me. It’s worth a visit. I didn’t take a picture. I ate it. Frau Schmitt and I shared it. We savored it. We enjoyed it. The chef came out to tell us how its made. Then, the owner came out to chitchat. That’s New Orleans for. Our is a city built on good food, good drink, and camaraderie.
If you are interested in exploring New Orleans off the usual tourist radar, I know a nice small artisanal hotel where you should stay.
Have a great New Orleans day today. When you are ready to visit this wonderful city, we’ll be happy to meet you and to share our part of New Orleans with you.
–La Belle Esplanade.
Thursday, December 13, 2018: There are plenty of places where you can stay in New Orleans. Over 18 million people will have visited New Orleans this year. La Belle Esplanade only has five suites. Only a lucky few can stay with us to explore The New Orleans State of Mind the way that people who live here enjoy their city. Be one of the lucky ones. Here is a link to our calendar. Plug in your dates and see what we have available. Plan ahead. We only have five suites. Cheers! -M&M.