https://nola.eater.com/maps/best-banh-mi-vietnamese-poboys-new-orleans-nolaAfter the necessarily muted Halloween festivities of 2020, New Orleans bars and restaurants are getting back in the spirit this year — from spooky cocktails to ticketed hotel parties, Day of the Dead menus and special brunches, not to mention over-the-top decor and costumes everywhere you look. Below are top picks for celebrating Halloween and Dia de los Muertos around New Orleans in 2021, with good food and drinks in mind. And if you’re looking to get into the Halloween spirit with a haunted bar crawl, check out Eater’s guide to New Orleans’s most haunted bars and restaurants.
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Afternoon Tea at SoBou
As part of the French Quarter’s W Hotel’s ongoing Courtyard Fest, its restaurant SoBou is holding two afternoon Halloween teas, on October 28 and 29. The two-course tea services from 1 to 3p.m. include finger sandwiches, macarons and beignets, and of course, various teas. Guests can receive a tarot card reading from Bottom of the Cup (which has done readings in New Orleans since 1929). Local artist and author Lori Felix will be there on Thursday to sign her book Heart Space; on Friday, it’s Alys Arden signing her book Casquette Girls. Reservations can be made here.
Barbecue Bash at Bourree
Boucherie’s casual spinoff Bourree is putting its large patio to good use the day before Halloween, throwing a family-oriented BOO-ree BBQ Bash on Saturday, October 30. Catch music by Mr. Ed’s Music Box from 1 to 3 p.m., a kids costume contest, pumpkin crafts, and more (tickets for kids are $10 and include one pumpkin for decorating and balloons. A party kicks for the grownups kicks off at 6 p.m. and includes an adults-version costume party. off If you can contribute, the restaurant is collecting new and gently used items to be donated to the Louisiana community including infant/child/toddler jackets, coats, gloves, hats, socks, blankets, and baby wipes.
Boozy Brunch at Broussard’s
Broussard’s is kicking off Halloween weekend with a jazz brunch and costume contest on Friday, October 29, featuring themed food and drink specials and a contest with a $100 Broussard’s gift card at stake. Reservations can be made between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Burlesque Brunch at Commons Club
To celebrate Halloween, the brand new Virgin Hotels New Orleans first-floor restaurant is throwing a special brunch accompanied by vinyl tunes and burlesque entertainment. Reservations for the Sunday brunch on October 31 are available at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Day of the Dead Altar at Palm&Pine
New Orleans’s Krewe de Mayahuel (the city’s only krewe celebrating Mexican culture) has built a Day of the Dead Altar at French Quarter hotspot Palm&Pine. Visit the intricate display and try Halloween-inspired specials at the restaurant October 30 – November 1.
Dinner and a Show at Bar Marilou
Bar Marilou is hosting its own special celebration on Sunday, October 31: Flashers & Slashers with Scream Queens & Serial Killers. A $75 ticket gets you dinner, one drink and a a flaming Green Goblin shot, along with a show featuring themed drag and burlesque performances and sword swallowers, card readings, and more. It’s 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Bar Marilou in the Maison de la Luz, 544 Carondelet St.
Drinks at Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29
From October 22 through Halloween (October 31), New Orleans’s top tropical bar is offering a special menu of eight drinks, like the Sunken Treasure with rum, macadamia, blue curaçao, and a dollop of apple syrup, and a whole lot of Halloween cheer.
Halloween Boheme Brunch at SoFAB
SoFAB is honoring the birth of brunch, which was started in New Orleans by Madame Begue in the 1870’s, on the Saturday, October 30 with a festive Halloween Boheme Brunch featuring Colleen Allerton and Camille Staub of Luncheon. The three-course brunch (excluding alcohol) is priced at $60 per person and includes tax and gratuity.
Witches Luncheon at Tujague’s
There’s nothing like the New Orleans tradition of a leisurely Friday lunch — and Tujague’s is coming through with a festive, costume-encouraged version the Friday before Halloween. The three-course Witches Luncheon on Friday, October 29 is priced at $38 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, and offers a number of options per course.
Soul Sister’s Haunted B-Movie Marathon at the Ace
Three Keys, the performance venue at New Orleans’s Ace Hotel, is hosting a free Halloween movie marathon curated by the great DJ Soul Sister, on Sunday, October 31, starting at 2 p.m. Snacks and cocktails are available for purchase; rsvp for free by emailing here.