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New Orleans for "tales" or Montreal ? opinions?

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here's the deal, some friends of mine in the liquor business are going down to New Orleans for a cocktail event in late July and they asked me if we wanted to come down. effectivly it's a working trip for them, but it's also possibly a chance to go someplace with soem friends which we don't do very often, and two of the group are from new orleans, and they are all pretty fun people. also, their wives won't be working, so if we wanted to we could hang out with the wives. and the meeting looks pretty cool with several events - http://www.talesofthecocktail.com/about/mission-vision-values/

all in all, we are thinking of two days, so its not alot, but it's in july, so it will be hot, and I'm not sure how much time I will spend with my friends, as they will be working. and, frankly, since I am not in the liquor business, do I really need to spend 100 bucks on a bourbon themed dinner, for instance?

I was able to get a baby sitter for those 2 days, so we could go down if we wanted to.


on second thought, we could use those days to go someplace else - say montreal, or vegas, just my wife and me. end of july in montreal is probably a little more comfortable than new orleans.


any thoughts?
 

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New Orleans is always New Orleans - and for that reason I much more enjoy going in December or January when it's 80 instead of 105. July in New Orleans is typically 3 shirt a day weather and crowded. Ditto Vegas... a November in Vegas is mild weather and less people. Though Vegas has some very good eating these days.

Now, I imagine Montreal in July would be beautiful- cannot say from experience.
 

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It's a toss up. But I would lean towards Montreal...Summer is a great time with all the events that happen...
Then again, NO could also be fun hanging with your friends part of the time....
My vote is Montreal...
 

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I would brave the New Orleans heat for Tales of the Cocktail, but I love cocktails. It sounds like you don't. Montreal would be much nicer that time of year. If you can, try to go to Montreal the last week of June or the first week of July for their Jazz Festival.
 

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I would brave the New Orleans heat for Tales of the Cocktail, but I love cocktails. It sounds like you don't. Montreal would be much nicer that time of year. If you can, [COLOR=FF00AA]try to go to Montreal the last week of June or the first week of July for their Jazz Festival[/COLOR].


+1. I have been several times and it is a great time.....
 

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thanks - any more thoughts please let me know.

I live cocktails, but since this is a trip with my wife, and we don't get a baby sitter for a few days often, I want to make sure we get the most out of it, and 2 days of drinking probably isn't her thing.
 

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Z, definitely Montreal. Much more fun and better food.
 

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I've been to NO several times, and agree that the dead of summer is the least appealing. My vote would therefore be Montreal, but have you considered Quebec City instead?
 

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thanks - any more thoughts please let me know.
I live cocktails, but since this is a trip with my wife, and we don't get a baby sitter for a few days often, I want to make sure we get the most out of it, and 2 days of drinking probably isn't her thing.


Montreal. The W is a nice hotel not far from the Old Port. Great time in the summer. Biodome is cool to check out. Food is also good.....Just walk around and imagine that you are in France.....
 

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Currently living in Montreal.

I expect our tastes are quite different, but I would recommend the city, at the least for a few days. Lots to do, culture and event wise, and the sites alone are worth the trip (Vieux Montreal and Mont Royal in particular). Avoid the over-priced, no-taste tourist traps, and you'll have a great time.
 

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Also: Cuban Cigars.
 

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