For the past few years, New Orleans has made it to the top of multiple lists that have celebrated the city and its place among the world’s hottest locales.

Today, Condé Nast Traveler published its Reader’s Choice 2019 award lists, which includes best hotels, best international cities and the top 10 cities in the United States, among other categories, all voted on by their readers. This year, they claim, was a record year with 600,000 readers registering to vote for their favorites – with the Crescent City being among the top picks.

New Orleans was named No. 4 on the top 10 “Best Big Cities.”

“It’s easy to experience New Orleans through its most popular attractions: Mardi Gras and Bourbon Street, Cafe du Monde (which is great, don’t get us wrong) and Preservation Hall jazz (also fantastic),” said the writer Valerie Marino. “But there’s so much more to this soulful city.”

Marino also gives the Bywater neighborhood a spotlight in the small writeup. To celebrate the city and highlight the Bywater, below are a few Bywater locations perfect for you and your fiancé, a celebration with your bridesmaids or maybe a night out for a bachelor/ette staycation.

So, take advantage of being in one of the best cities in the country and celebrate.



3054 St. Claude Ave.

This French wine bar and bistro highlights one of the city’s cultural backgrounds, while giving guests a French wine and food experience that is typically found in a larger, more formal setting.


The Franklin

2600 Dauphine St.

The Franklin is a small, but mighty addition to the Bywater. Their bar is operated by talented mixologists and the food and eclectic artistic atmosphere can’t be beat.


The Country Club

634 Louisa St.

The Country Club is a favorite for many. Not only has the bar and restaurant been recently renovated, but also the pool area has a poolside bar and outdoor kitchen. The drag brunch events are a popular must for bachelorette parties, or just a random weekend with friends.


Bacchanal Wine

600 Poland Ave.

This outdoor hideaway offers a casual, live-music venue with a selection of wine and cheese that is hard to beat.