A LOCAL'S NEIGHBOURHOOD

–  guide to  

BYWATER, NEW ORLEANS

Move over French Quarter, there's a new cool kid in town, and it goes by the name of Bywater. Artistic without being pretentious, trendy without being try hard, Bywater's colourful houses, laid back cafes and cool gallery scene are what's good in NOLA.

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 – THE LOCAL –

Brandan Odums
Artist, activist & community mentor

A native New Orleans street artist and activist, Brandan 'BMike' Odums is a trailblazer who uses art to inspire and educate his local community. His guide to Bywater draws on his local inspirations, and is centered around art, live music, and local food. 

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– 12:00PM –
ROLLIN' FATTIES FOOD TRUCK

"I grew up with the guys who run Rollin' Fatties. Food trucks have become popular in the last few years - it's cool because it's another opportunity for local people to do something."

 

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Food trucks are slowly but surely becoming big business in NOLA, and the Rollin' Fatties crew are at the very heart of it.

So what do these guys do different? It's simple - straight up flavour. Rollin' Fatties are a strictly no red meat zone, but given the tastes their New Orleans inspired Tex Mex delights dish up, you won't miss it. 

Their core ingredients are  built around jerk seasoned tofu, caramelized tilapia, chipotle cream and Monterey jack cheese, with offerings including rice bowls, tacos, nachos and the legendary 'fattie' burritos.

 

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– 2:00PM –
STUDIO BE

"I've been in this gallery space for about a year. I like doing the tours with people from out of town because when you get people with fresh eyes and fresh tastes you really get a chance to have rich conversations because they’re seeing it from a different perspective. It’s always fun because I feed off of their energy."

 

2941 ROYAL ST 

Occupying a massive 30,000 square foot warehouse, Studio BE is like the extended version of your favourite track - you kind of never want it to end.

The first official gallery space for BMike, Studio BE opened a year ago and works to bridge the gap between traditional street artist and traditional gallery artist. It's a space where visitors can fully immerse themselves in street art, in a setting similar to that of a gallery...without being an art gallery. Just visit, and you'll see where we're going with this...

Part studio, part learning space, BMike's aim is to make Studio BE a place of collaboration and learning as much as an art exhibition, and so also regularly hosts lectures, workshops, programs and events alongside his own canvas creations.

 

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– 3:00PM –
EUCLID RECORDS

"I've got a few friends who are DJs and this is where they buy their records from. I remember having to help them cart around crates and crates of vinyl for their gigs - I don't miss that!"

 

3301 CHARTRES ST 

Where do the local musicians, DJ's and tastemakers get their tunes? Right here, at Euclid Records.

Selling both new and used vinyl, plus a whole heap of CDs and even old school cassette tapes (kids, google it), Euclid isn't just a place to buy music; it's a cultural hub with music at the heart of it, but that also offers a place for learning, story sharing, and mutual appreciation.

Did we mention Euclid has its own stage and regularly hosts in-store shows? Try and catch one whilst you're in town, or simply head here to find out what local gigs are going down that evening.

 

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– 7:00PM –
BOURBON STREET

BOURBON STREET 


10 bucks says that whilst you've probably never heard of Bywater before, you've most certainly heard of Bourbon Street...

The heart and soul of the French Quarter, this is undoubtedly NOLA's most popular tourist strip where anyone and everyone comes for a good time. Head here at dusk as the iconic neon signs are just switching on and the musicians are warming up, and make first for Pat O'Briens and its cute communal fire pit. 

What are we drinking? Easy - the local specialities, the Hurricane and the Hand Grenade. Most people get their drinks to go and just wander round from bar to bar, soaking up the carnival like atmosphere and live music.

 

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– 9.30PM –
FRENCHMAN STREET

"This is the best place to see live music. For locals Frenchman Street is what Bourbon Street was always supposed ot be - it's authentic New Orleans."

 

FRENCHMAN STREET 

Those Hand Grenades giving you an urge to explore? We know just where to go...

Just a short walk away from Bourbon Street, you'll find Frenchman Street, which offers yet more incredible live music. What's the difference? Bourbon is more about the infectious atmosphere, whilst Frenchman is more authentic and local, kind if like Bourbon 10 years ago.

Where to head? The Blue Nile is legendary for its jazz bands and solo performers, as is Maison. The Three Muses is great for a late-night snack.

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