If you are walking through Bourbon Street, head over to 711 Bourbon Heat, a swanky establishment. It's complete with quintessential New Orleans courtyard dining, dance floor with DJs and several bars throughout the establishment.
"It's a great venue and so much vibrancy that reflects Bourbon Street," said Huey Farrell, director of marketing of 711 Bourbon Heat, the brother in-law of owner and developer Angelo Farrell. "Every weekend shows a festive atmosphere."
Food and Drink
Everyone loves the Hurricane drinks. After ordering one, watch the bartender create the drink if you can keep up with the fluid movements of adding this and that.
Bartenders mixes your drink in front of you. Mixing rum, grenadine, fruit juices, cherries, lemon, lime, & who knows what else - the bartender's hands were grabbing stuff a mile a minute - there's absolutely no mix here & it's all made right in front of you.
Imagine loads of tourists and westbankers gyrating to hip hop music. Then add in smoke, lasers and stairs. Watch out for the stairs, it's steep for the ones who love to drink.
The second floor shows off the dance area. To avoid the dance floor, there are several bars located on the first floor with a beautiful courtyard for the establishment's dining.
If you can squeeze onto the balcony, it is accessible through the second floor. This area is ideal during the evening hours to people watch those walking through Bourbon Street, in the Bayou.
As most places on Bourbon Street, this establishment showcases history, as the site of the Tricou House. Before it became 711 Bourbon Heat, the site operated as a gay bar called Madrigal's since 2005. After Hurricane Katrina hit the area, the establishment closed its doors to renovation, opening as 711 Bourbon Heat in 2011.
Like most places inside the French Quarter, a ghost haunts the place. Penelope, the niece of Dr. Joseph A. Tricou, fell to her death when she tumbled down the steep stairs.
Built in 1832, the doctor was famous for not testifying against a duelist's wound injuries. However, after Penelope's death, the grief-stricken doctor sold the house in 1874.
The house is listed on the US Congressional Archives, possessing historical and architectural importance in the French Quarters. Built between 1832 and 1834 by architects Gurley and Guillot, it is an important Creole townhouses with a central carriageway.
Because it is located on Bourbon Street, there are no cheap eats unless you are hungry for $3.75 hot dog. Drinks range from $7.75 to $11.50, depending on your order and amount of alcohol poured into the mix. The bartenders are friendly and will provide samples if you don't want to commit to a large serving.
More than 40 bars sit on Bourbon Street. However, bouncers are friendly by asking those walking by to take peek into the establishment.
711 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70116
Tip #1: The to-go cups are huge and it's a great item to bring home to commemorate your visit to 711 Bourbon Heat.
Tip #2: Wander throughout the restaurant. It's an amazing site and location. You'll also find the hidden gems of the bars tucked away on the first floor in the back.
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