We can all use a break from time to time, but this rings especially true for mothers. Balancing kids with work and other responsibilities can be overwhelming, and sometimes you just need a night away. If you’re living in New Orleans (or if you wish you lived in New Orleans), here is a guide to a mom’s night out on the town. Gather your best friends and get ready for a good time.
DTB: Short for Down the Bayou, DTB is a playful dining experience started by two Louisiana natives. Focused on modern twists on Cajun food and creative cocktails, both sourced from local ingredients, DTB is a lively restaurant in the middle of Uptown, perfect for a night of exploring the neighborhood. 8201 Oak St, 504-518-6889
Longway Tavern: For a more casual option, look to Longway Tavern. Located in the French Quarter, Longway specializes in modern American fare and specialty drinks. The relaxed setting features an open-air courtyard to enjoy the New Orleans twilight. Longway is open late, so you can start or end your evening there. 719 Toulouse St, 504-962-9696
Palace Café: This New Orleans classic is perfect for some kid-free fun. Owned by Dickie Brennan, this upscale Creole restaurant features delicious seafood and inventive drinks that remind us of New Orleans’s history. Try the shrimp remoulade and frozen bananas foster. 605 Canal St, 504-523-1661
Blue Oak BBQ: Enjoy a smoky happy hour. New Orleans’s own award-winning smokehouse hosts their happy hour every Tuesday-Friday with wine starting at $5 a glass and 8-pc smoked wings for $6. Tues-Fri. 3 pm- 6 pm; 900 N Carrollton Ave, 504-822-2583
Tableau: Looking to kick off an evening in the French Quarter? Start at Tableau, a refreshing Creole restaurant attached to Le Petit Theatre. All cocktails are $5 during happy hour, and you can enjoy them in their open-air courtyard. Daily 2 pm- 5 pm; 616 St. Peter St, 504-934-3463
Chais Delachaise: Off the beaten path, this wine bistro—an extension of The Delachaise wine bar—offers delicious small plates, such as their Oysters and Brie, to accompany their happy hour specials. Try the House Old Fashioned or the Frosé. Tues.- Sun. 3-6 pm; “Reverse” Happy Hour Fri.-Sat. 10 pm-12 am; 7708 Maple St, 504-510-4509
Thursdays at Twilight: A weekly concert series held at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in City Park, Thursdays at Twilight is perfect for those who love music. The concerts feature some of New Orleans’s best local musicians, including Benny Grunch and the Bunch and Lena Prima. Plus, there are drinks and food for sale (including mint juleps!) and space for dancing. $10/person, 6 pm Thursdays (ticket sales start at 5 pm); 504-483-9488
Tchoupitoulas Brewery Tour: For those who love beer (and a little adventure), we recommend touring the breweries on Tchoupitoulas Street. Port Orleans, Urban South, and NOLA Brewing Co. All have unique beers, as well as seasonal brews and beers only available in their tap rooms. Plus, each has a unique atmosphere and their own weekly events.
Movie Night at the Broad Theater: For those looking for a relaxed night out, a movie at the Broad Theater is perfect. One of the last remaining local theaters, the Broad screens select national films and offers alcoholic beverages. They also serve food from local Asian restaurant Milkfish Tuesday- Saturday. Grab a drink and enjoy a flick without worrying about squirming kids. 636 N. Broad St, 504-218-1008