16 Lies the Guidebooks Are Telling You About New Orleans
1. First of all, it’s not “N’awlins” or “New OrLEENS.” It’s “New OAR-linz.”
2. We’re not all decked out in plastic beads all the time.
Especially when it’s not Mardi Gras. It’s perfectly acceptable to wear a costume whenever you feel like it though, and most of us have a closet full of supplies and wigs.
3. We’re not all hanging out on Bourbon Street drinking Hurricanes at Pat O’Brien’s either.
Our cocktail of choice is actually the Sazerac, and you can get a good one at the French 75 Bar or the Carousel Bar in the Hotel Monteleone. Locals avoid Bourbon Street at all costs, except when we have visitors who insist on being taken there.