So take it from this veteran of not only the Big Easy but NYE in the Big Easy. You CAN go big by following these five party tips.
1.) Stick to the Same Color of Drink. In New Orleans, there are cocktails in a kaleidoscope of colors: Red, various shades of blue, yellow, even green. Don’t worry what’s in them, just don’t mix them. If you start out red (Hurricane), then stick with red. If you have an itching for a Hand Grenade at the Tropical Itch, then keep at it. DO NOT MIX Hurricanes and Tropical Itches, or any other color combination. To do so otherwise risks not getting out of bed on New Year’s Day.
2.) Don’t Overdue It During Bourbon Street’s 3-for-1 Happy Hour. It would be easy to go overboard before it’s even dark. That’s because there is a 3-for-1 Happy Hour every day on Bourbon Street. And with Sugar Bowl fans, live bands and the general upbeat atmosphere of Bourbon Street, it’s pretty lively. Go and have a round, but stick around and you may not make it much past dark, let alone to midnight.
3.) Limit The Shots. In the festive atmosphere that is New Orleans, it’s easy to get carried away with the shots, Particularly when sexy girls are shoving tubes of various booze concoctions in your face from a tray. Be careful of overdoing these shots. Some are full of sugar which helps fuel a hangover but most importantly, you’re drinking so much and for so long that doing shots is like a piling on penalty in the Superdome.
4.) Don’t Overeat Krystal Burgers or Lucky Dogs at the End of the Night. It’s easy to walk up to the Lucky Dog cart or see those tiny little burgers at Krystal and think you need several of them. That’s until you wake up the next morning and see the little boxes from Krystal scattered everywhere in the room. That’s when you stomach starts to growl and you say, for the first of many times, “I should NOT have had that last drink!”
5.) Start The Next Morning With Coffee From Cafe du Monde. The coffee is strong and the doughnuts (actually, beignets) are too hot to touch. So says Jimmy Buffett, who has had his share of surviving to do in this town.