New Orleans : The Underground Guide

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Within its pages you will find access to New Orleans through a local lens. The things to do, see, eat, hear and experience outside of the tourist trappings of Bourbon Street. Here's the 4th edition of this great guide to our city!


Red beans and rice, traditional jazz, and second lines are the Big Easy's calling cards, but beyond where the carriage rides take you is a city brimming with genre-defying music, transnational cuisine, and pockets of wild, artistic locals that challenge preconceived notions of what it means to be New Orleans. 
With a respectful nod to the traditional and a full embrace of the obscure, New Orleans: The Underground Guide is a resource for discovering the city as it really is - as much brass bands and boas as it is bounce and bicycle tours. From a speakeasy in the Bywater neighborhood to the delightfully sketchy vibe of St. Roch Tavern, lead author Michael Patrick Welch uncovers an unexpected tableau of musicians, venues, and novel ways to pass the bon temps. 


Contents include but are not limited to: where to get naked, how to make the most of Mardi Gras according to banjo player Geoff Douville, where to find the New Orleans Giant Puppet Festival, where to rent a kayak, and how to get in on the "bed and beverage" experience at the Royal Street Inn.


By Michael Patrick Welch

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New Orleans: The Underground Guide is awesome

As a tourist who has visited New Orleans almost every year since 1996, my appreciation of this work ranges from "go me, I've done that" to "whoa, I've never heard of that." No glaring omissions, easy to read, and captures all the love, fun, spooky that keeps me coming back to NOLA.

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