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Irish Author's Neighborhood Bar Tour

New Orleans, United States

Experience hosted by Stephen

2 hoursHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 6 people
Includes drinks

What you'll do

Neighborhood bars are an important but often overlooked staple of New Orleans' fabric. Join me as we grab a drink in three local places which are steps away from the Mardi Gras route physically, but a million miles removed metaphorically from the French Quarter tourist traps.

We will discuss what it is about this intoxicating, vibrant city that has such a hold over non-natives, and I'll explain what it was like to go through Hurricane Katrina and why I wrote a book about the experience.

I'll tell you about the literary scene here and talk about life as a writer. Think you have a novel in you but you don't know where to start? Want advice about a short story you have been working on? Perhaps you are curious about what it takes to create a 90,000-word book.

Whether you just want to soak up the atmosphere of a traditional local bar over a beer away from the crowds, or if you have specific questions about how to move your story-telling forward, come spend a laid-back and flexible fun couple of hours with me.

I'll offer a unique perspective: for the international visitors, what it's like to live in the States, and for the Americans, what I love about my adopted home.
Other things to note
I will buy you a bottle of domestic beer in each stop, but if you want something else bring cash. There are plenty of good restaurants in the area and the neighborhood is very safe.
Neighborhood bars are an important but often overlooked staple of New Orleans' fabric. Join me as we grab a drink in three local places which are steps away from the Mardi Gras route physically, but a million miles removed metaphorically from the French Quarter tourist traps.

We will discuss what it is about this intoxicating, vibrant city that has such a hold over non-natives, and I'll explain what it was like to go through Hurricane…

What's included

  • Drinks
    A beer in each bar

Meet your host, Stephen

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 23 Reviews
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I'm originally from Northern Ireland but I've lived in New Orleans for 15 years, so I have the inside track on the ex-pat experience. I'm the author of two books, I teach fiction writing, and I've won a Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival writers’ award. I've been to more than 100 countries, all seven continents and all 50 States - and I worked on two world tours with one of the biggest rock stars on the planet.
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Where you'll be

We meet at Fat Harry's, an unassuming bar that has been a fixture for residents for decades. Then we move on to a pair of small, hidden little-known neighborhood dive bars well away from the beaten tourist path, the Milan Lounge and the Mayfair. However depending on the day or the time of year, we may mix it up with other surprise detours - there's a smorgasbord of local drinking establishments to choose from!

Rated 4.91 out of 5 from 23 reviews.

Matthew
April 2021
I had a great time with Stephan. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the city and gave a great rundown of its history. He also provided great recommendations for the rest of my trip.
Amanda
March 2021
Stephen had some great, personal stories about the area we toured. He also gave some excellent recommendations for exploring the city. Really fun to get some insights from a local!
Andrew
March 2021
Great experience! Nothing better than having a local show you around with deep knowledge and love for their city. Add booze and literature and you’ve got a great tour. :)
Elizabeth
December 2019
I really enjoyed my tour with Stephan. I was actually on a detox while I went so he was super flexible because I was the only guest for my tour and we just rode the streetcar instead of going to bars and I got a great tour of the homes in the area.
I really enjoyed my tour with Stephan. I was actually on a detox while I went so he was super flexible because I was the only guest for my tour and we just rode the streetcar inste…
Kristen
December 2019
We had a great experience with Stephen! After visiting a few local bars that we would have probably never gone to on our own, and having great conversations about some things we had in common, we felt like we were part of the local community even though we live far away. Stephen was also very accommodating to a time change request. I recommend this tour for anyone who wants something a little different from all the cookie cutter voodoo/ghost/pirate tours and want something more authentic.
We had a great experience with Stephen! After visiting a few local bars that we would have probably never gone to on our own, and having great conversations about some things we ha…
Stephanie
October 2019
My friend and I spent a lovely afternoon strolling the Touro neighborhood of New Orleans with our guide, Stephen. We chatted with Stephen at length about the city myself and my friend are so enamored with. He provided us with insights and personal experiences of the neighborhood he has come to call home. I would recommend this tour to anyone who is looking for another view of New Orleans, away from the touristy French Quarter. It was a pleasure to spend this time and tip a "cold one" with Stephen.
My friend and I spent a lovely afternoon strolling the Touro neighborhood of New Orleans with our guide, Stephen. We chatted with Stephen at length about the city myself and my fr…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

What to bring

Make sure you have your ID

Bring cash - it's the only payment accepted in many dive bars