If you find yourself in New Orleans, the French Quarter is almost unavoidable in its decadent display of culture and nightlife. But what most people don’t realize is that the Big Easy is bigger than the Quarter, and since Katrina hit the city, its many diverse neighborhoods have revived thier lively presence.
For a dose of artistic indulgence, follow the river to the city’s Warehouse District. Also known as the Arts District, this neighborhood is a cultural hub of local art as well as international exhibits. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is a perfect place to enjoy regional pieces of all styles. For frequent exhibitions of various disciplines and communities, visit the Contemporary Arts Center. Add one more spot to the night’s agenda and see the galleries on Julia Street where the first Saturday night of each month is a gallery hop.