Campaign of the Month: October 2017
Blood & Bourbon
Just across Esplanade Avenue from the French Quarter sits the city’s most unusually titled district. Faubourg Marigny gets its name from Bernard Xavier Philippe de Marigny de Mandeville, a Creole plantation owner whose personality was so colorful that it left an indelible impression on the residents of the city he loved with such passion. De Marigny’s primary claim to fame was having brought a dice game called “Hazard” to New Orleans. In the course of teaching it to the local Creoles, the game gradually became known in local parlance as “Craps.”
Unfortunately, de Marigny wasn’t quite as good at his own game as he would have liked, and financial troubles eventually forced him to subdivide his vast estate, thereby creating a public development known as Faubourg Marigny. In keeping with his colorful personality, he gave the district such street names as “Poets,” “Music,” “Love” and, of course, “Craps Street” (which was changed to “Burgundy” after the third church in a row was constructed on it; rumor has it that Vidal and company were unwilling to let such a pious road remain named “Rue de Craps”). After its colorful Creole origins, the district grew into a vibrant Bohemian scene. Tonight, it is known as the local entertainment (as well as LGBT) hub, and some of the hottest music and dancing clubs line Frenchmen Street.
One of the reasons for the area’s development is the Nosferatu entrepreneur known as Sundown, who has been pouring resources into the district for decades. Vidal appointed him regent during the 1980s. Nobody is allowed to feed on Frenchmen Street (or the surrounding blocks) without his say-so, and currying his favor has become a local pastime.
Lineage: 9th gen. childe of Clarice Barabet, e. early 20th century
Status: Bourbon Sanctified ••, Camarilla •••, Hardline Sanctified •••, Malkavian ••••
Lineage: 8th gen. childe of Barthélemy Lafon, e. early 20th century
Status: Anarch •••, Camarilla •, Toreador •
Lineage: 8th gen. childe of Accou Poincaré, e. early 20th century
Status: Anarch ••••, Camarilla •••, Toreador •••
A number of further Kindred are thought to make their havens in Faubourg Marigny. Even more have feeding rights in the area, which are highly desired thanks to its political neutrality and easy hunting. Sundown has grown quite wealthy in prestation doling out rights to Kindred who are not residents of the parish.
AllWays Lounge & Theater
(2240 St Claude Ave.)
An alternative theater and bar which offers a wide range of nightly performances. It hosts everything from performances by local bands to professional burlesque shows.
The Carnival Club (Elysium)
Frenchmen Art Market
(619 Frenchmen St.)
A weekly night-time art market located just behind The Spotted Cat jazz club. The market features stands of authentic art, dazzling jewelry and creative crafts produced by both local and regional artists. Lively music drapes the background while crowds of locals, tourists, and more than one Toreador browse the art, find gifts, and chat with local artisans.
(1943 N Rampart St.)
A small dive bar on the border of the Seventh Ward. Although it’s far enough away to be considered ‘safe’ by locals, it has also been the scene of more than one unsolved shooting.
The Midnight Bayou
Nightclub owned by Sundown.
Opa’s Nest Trading Post
(2317 Burgundy St.)
Located in a two-story building, the Opa Trading Post sells Native American jewelry, arrowheads and books to tourists. To other, more discerning customers, the owner sells artifacts with a more potent power—or at least used to. In recent months the establishment has gone out of business.
(941 Elysian Fields Ave.)
The Phoenix Bar is a 24/7 gay bar that caters to the bear, pup, leather, and kink communities. The bar has a large indoor space with a pool table, a dance floor, and a stage for live performances, which often include drag shows. There is also a large outdoor patio with seating and a bar. The menu offers a variety of drinks, including beer, wine, cocktails, and non-alcoholic options.
The Spotted Cat
(623 Frenchmen St.)
The Spotted Cat Music Club is a weathered bar and intimate jazz venue hosting live acts on a tiny stage for a standing-room crowd. It’s a local favorite for live New Orleans music ranging from traditional to modern jazz, blues, funk, klezmer, and more. The venue has a one drink minimum and only allows patrons age 21 years and older.
(700 Elysian Fields Ave.)
Located in the heart of the quarter, the park anchors the area of Frenchmen Street famous for its music venues. Originally developed as part of the tract of land owned by the Marigny and Mandeville families in the early 1800s, Washington Square Park has been a gathering and meeting place for generations of families. It now periodically hosts special events including annual festivals, art markets and concerts.