November 9, 2017Posted by Bethany Larson Bloch
Those of a certain mindset in search of a fresh vibe and an alternative to crowded Frenchmen Street have the artsy Saint Claude Corridor in their sights. Rooted in the city’s post-Katrina influx of artists and new residents, this gritty stretch along the “New Marigny” and Bywater includes a growing number of pubs, theaters and restaurants joining longstanding venues like Saturn Bar to create nuevo New Orleans late-night destinations.
For dinner in Bywater, there’s Arabella Casa di Pasta, a build-your-own emporium with house-made noodles and a handful of better-than-mama’s sauces. Kebab, a Middle Eastern storefront eatery, has grilled marinated meats piled onto crusty rolls baked in-house and dressed with tzatziki, aioli or tskhug, their special herbaceous garlic sauce. Junction is all about local and craft beer, as well as satisfying bar food faves including burgers, fries and wings.
For music and a show, the AllWays Lounge & Theatre is a great little avant-garde bar spotlighting performance art and burlesque. You can take a swing dance lesson most Sundays and drag shows are often an option. Siberia is hard to categorize, but I’ll try — it’s a nice and dark live rock/Goth/heavy metal/ Balkans folk/comedy venue with a pool table, creepy taxidermy and beat up tables and chairs. The Valiant Theatre stages burlesque, drama and comedy shows every night of the week. Best known for its rockin’ karaoke, the sprightly horseshoe shaped bar of Kajun’s Pub is also a great place to hang during a game or the random spoken word performance on a Sunday afternoon.
About The HUNT New Orleans Writer: Beth D’Addono is a food and travel writer who fell head over heels in love with New Orleans more than 20 years ago. Unable to resist the city’s magnetic pull, Beth moved from Philadelphia to New Orleans’s Marigny in 2012. A passionate supporter of the city’s vibrant food, music and arts culture, she spends her non-working hours riding her bike, listening to live music, walking her dog Ruby along the river and connected with the particular New Orleans brand of magical realism that greets her everytime she walks out of her front door. Nothing makes her happier than discovering and sharing all things Nola beyond the limited and overrated Bourbon Street, and working on assembling a respectable costume closet.