To-Go Drinks To Keep The Party Scene And Good Time Rolling For NYE
New Orleans and New Year’s Eve.
The words bring to mind visions of dancing in the streets, drinking from the balconies on Bourbon Street, full and fun bars and people staggering and celebrating throughout the French Quarter.
But not in 2020. It will be a different NYE scene this year as people close the (Famous) door on 2020 and open a new one to 2021.
But the doors to the Bourbon Street bars – as well as others in the French Quarter and throughout the city – may not be open, for a celebration
New Year’s Eve New Orleans COVID 2021 may ring in the New Year with the bars shut to indoor partying. If that is the case, then they will be serving to-go drinks only. This means people will be outside walking up and down Bourbon Street all night and into the morning.
Mayor LaToya Cantrell has issued a statement that if the city surpasses the 5.0% positive rate – it currently sits at 5.5% – then she will order the bars to be closed to indoor activities. Currently, bars are limited to 25% capacity.
One of the highlights of being in New Orleans for New Year’s Eve is to weave in and out of the bars – which serve drinks-t0-go, by the way – listen to live music at places like the Famous Door and wander up and down Bourbon Street.
In the COVID 2020 closing and beginning of 2021, you will be able to do only the wandering on Bourbon Street. Getting a drink won’t be a problem, for several bars have to-go windows anyway and there are pop-up places along the street; just look for the “Big Ass Beers” signs, for example.
Masks are not required – heck you’ll be eating and in particular drinking a lot – but highly recommended when you are in large groups of people and not downing whatever is inside your go-go cup or container, such as the tall green-shaped thing that holds your Hand Grenade drink from the Tropical Isle.
Elsewhere, on the edge of the French Quarter, Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve celebration is taking place in front of Jax Brewery on Decatur Street. Admission is free, tho attendance is limited and masks are required.
New Orleans consistency ranks at PubClub.com’s Top New Year’s Eve destination and it may still be the case this year. Tho no place will rock as in previous years. Or future years.
Still, if you are in New Orleans for NYE this year, laissez les bon temps rouler. Or “let the good times roll.”