Looking for a getaway? New show from Esquire spotlights the best food, drink and live music in New Orleans.

Esquire editor-at-large Dave Holmes catches up with Skylar Astin from “Pitch Perfect” to talk about the best spots in New Orleans


Tune in to Very Local on Oct. 14 for In Transit by Esquire’s look at New Orleans. Esquire’s editor-at-large Dave Holmes (you might remember him from MTV) catches up with Skylar Astin (best known for his role in “Pitch Perfect”) who is traveling back to Los Angeles after a visit to New Orleans.

Astin spent plenty of time in New Orleans while he was in Baton Rouge filming “Pitch Perfect.” Over cocktails and bites at an airport bar, Holmes asks Astin about his favorite/crazy New Orleans stories and travel mishaps.

🍸 New Orleans-inspired cocktails

Pimm’s Cup

A Pimm's Cup is typically a gin-based cocktail, but some like to add just a splash of tequila. Combine the booze with agave and lemon juice, and add ice and give it a good shake. Top it off with a splash of club soda and garnish it with cucumbers, berries and mint.


A Paloma is made with tequila plus grapefruit and lime juice, and then just a little bit of agave. Shake that all over rice, add a splash of soda and garnish with the grapefruit slice and hibiscus salt.

Juan Collins

A Juan Collins is a tequila-based cocktail. Combine tequila and a chili-based liquor and mix that with lime juice and agave over ice. then top it with club soda and garnish with the lime wheel and jalapeno salt.

Cajun food @ Cochon

Located near the French Quarter, Cochon offers a unique take on cajun and Southern classics. Cochon uses locally sourced ingredients and is known for its seasonal cocktail menu.

Try: fried alligator and boudin

Live jazz @ Bacchanal

It started as a sleepy little wine shop on the outskirts of town. Bacchanal opened on Valentine's Day, 22 years ago. After Hurricane Katrina, Bacchanal became an important part of this city's recovery. Every Sunday, local chefs would cook for the crowds, turning it into the backyard speakeasy that it is today. Bacchanal is a go-to spot for jazz and highlights local New Orleans artists. At Bacchanal, you will find New Orleans people playing New Orleans music.

Know before you go: Bacchanal does not take reservations

Esquire-approved itinerary: New Orleans

STAY: Chloe Hotel

The Chloe Hotel is a 19th century uptown mansion. This 14 room property is known for its southern hospitality. The Chloe Hotel has a restaurant, bar and poolside bar.

EAT: Turkey in the Wolf

If you want one of the best sandwiches you have ever had in your life, check out turkey in the wolf. Turkey in the Wolf was named a best new restaurant by Bon Appetite in 2017.

LIVE MUSIC: The Spotted Cat

Located on Frenchmen Street, The Spotted Cat, mostly known as The Cat, features exclusively local musicians.

DRINK: The Carousel Bar

Located inside Hotel Monteleone, The Carousel Bar, true to its name, revolves around the room.

VISIT: City Park

Grab a boozy slushy beforehand and explore this 1,300-acre park in the heart of New Orleans. From gondola rides to the New Orleans Museum of Art, this park offers something for everyone.

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