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New Orleans and it's surrounding areas have long been a haven for strange people, places and things. This list puts you in touch with all the weird, wonderful and wacky things to experience whilst visiting the crescent city and beyond
Bloody Mary is the BEST tour guide currently operating in New Orleans (in my honest, EXPERT opinion!). Besides being born and bred in New Orleans, Mary is also a ordained Voodoo Priestess who reguarly preforms ceremonies and psychic services. Her moonlight cemetary tours are one of a kind, and she often leads tour groups into Holt Cemetary where you're likely to find hundreds of bones (as it's one of the few below ground cemetaries) and take great spirit pictures. She will also do private tours tailored to whatever you wish. Want to make Voodoo dolls and learn of the religion in historic Congo Square? Want to be led through the french Quarter and introduced to it's legions of ghostly residents? Want to have an unforgettable night with a born storyteller? Look no further than Bloody Mary!
Though not in New Orleans, proper, the UCM in Abita Springs is a museum unlike any other. It's exactly like walking onto the set of a horror movie and then touring yourself around. Owner/Curator John Preble has set about to collect/invent hundreds of objects and exhibits and does so with great eccentricity and flourish. Where else will you find the Bassigator (a combination fish/gator),a house of shards? a UFO crashed into an airstream trailer? a comb collection? dioramas? Only at the most 'Eccentric Museum in Louisiana'-that's where!
Located on 738 Toulouse Street, the Original Dungeon is a bar/dance club open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:30 p.m. until ? This gothic club is an unsual place to get a libation as you'll need to spot the side entrance, cross a bridge, pass through a "torture chamber" and past a surly doorman (usually) to get to it's dark recesses. Yes, it's a "goth club" but it's more like having a cocktail in the Haunted Mansion Lite, and certainly alot less devious than they'd like you to believe. No photography is allowed in the bar/club and finding the bathroom can be somewhat of a hunt (hint: pull on the bookcases in the Library). Still, it's a pretty fun place to get a 'Witches Brew' a 'Dragons Blood' or a Bud Light.
a loooooong way from Bourbon Street, Snake and Jakes is a local haunt famous with the after AFTER hours crowd (so when the bars close elsewhere...THIS is where the staff go). Located on the corner of HIlary and Oak Street, Between Broadway and Carrollton-the only way to find this Christmassy dive (decorated year round) is by the lit wreath outside (no signs, no nothing). Definitely weird, but a great place to watch the sun rise.
Self proclaimed "emperor of the world' Ernie K-Doe was an award winning famous musician known for his talent as well as his eccentricities. Upon his death, his beloved wife, Antoinette erected a shrine to his memory, including a life sized mannequin effigy of Ernie which played a constant stream of his music over a taxi cab dispatch microphone. Antoinette herself died on Mardi Gras Day of this year, but the K-Doe lounge lives on
Definitely one of the more unusual dining establishments in the French Quarter, this 24 hour greasy spoon dispenses sass and signature hamburgers cooked under a real hubcap. If the menu and the staff can't make you laugh...it's time to see a therapist.
after the crazy raucous party in February known as Mardi Gras-all the floats and costumes need a place to be stored. Enter Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras world, year round storage and creation facility for many of those monstrous floats. Take the tour, try some 'King Cake' and maybe even try on some costumes.
Home of 'No Last Calls', New Orleans is an obvious choice for a cocktail museum...check out this new attraction(located Ithe Riverwalk Complex...full name is the Southern Food and Beverage Museum) celebrating the long history and lore of Libations.
peanut butter burger? need i say more? unusual (but tasty) flavor combinations is Yo-Mama's specialty.
Fun Rock'n is a MUST for anyone who wants a completely original souvenir from the Crescent City. Books filled with thousands of iron-on transfers let you customize the American Apparel shirt of your choice with whatever you'd like it to say. Get as weird and wacky as you want...you're the one wearing it home!
Ever had the desire to look exactly like June Cleaver, Marilyn Monroe or Jayne Mansfield? Well...this shop can help you do just that! With original designs by Candice Gwinn, this shop (both in the FQ and Magazine street) highlights vintage design without the musty odor or high price tag.
ever wish you were someone else? or maybe someone a little more....BLONDE? Well...Fifi Mahony's can help you achieve your goal of looking like someone else (if even just for the night!). This full service shop will kit you out in a fabulous wig, new make-up and accessories so you can paint the town Magenta. A MUST for all divas, glamazons or housewives looking to spice things up a bit (this means you!)