Summer is officially here! New Orleans might be known for its Mardi Gras, festival and football seasons, but we love a good summer too! When sitting in our chairs, we’re very likely to strike up a conversation about what’s going on around town. So we thought we’d compile our stylists’ favorite things to this summer in New Orleans — ranging from events to the best drink spots.

Our Favorite Summer Restaurants & Bars:

Alaina recommends the Ace Hotel Roof Top Bar and Pool (called the Alto). Relax poolside and munch on small plates. Plus, it includes a pretty cool view!

Ally says Wrong Iron On The Greenway is the place to be! “It’s on the newer side. The outside is huge with great snack food and drinks. The service is always fast-paced. There are games you can play, TVs and fans are always on!”

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Nicole’s new favorite place for a drink with friends is Bar Marilou. It’s located inside the Maison de la Luz. “I especially recommend the cheese puffs and scallops!”

Another great place that’s a short walking distance from Hair Loft is Coppervine. It’s a “wine on tap” venue with tons of great food to choose from and an adorable courtyard setting in the heart of the CBD.

Our Favorite Things To Do:

Tour New Orleans On A Segway

One of Nicole’s most surprising favorites came in the way of a New Orleans Segway Tour! “For my son’s 14th birthday, we went on a two-hour City Segway Tour! It was novice friendly and turned out to be an absolute blast! We became addicted from our first tour! It was so fun and so easy. The tour guide shows you a lot of ‘outside of the box’ information about the world around you here in New Orleans.”

Photo Credit:  New Orleans Segway Tour

Spend A Day At The New Orleans Zoo & Aquarium

Brandi is a huge animal lover, so on a beautiful sunny day, she loves to get the family together and go to the Audubon Zoo & Aquarium of the Americas!

Visit the World War II Museum

“I have a huge love and respect for our military, especially since my husband was in the Marine Corps, and I have a lot of family who are in and have served in the Navy, so I love going to the World War II Museum,” Brandi says. “It’s also a great way to beat the summer heat!”

Try Out Yoga

On Wednesdays at 6:30PM, you can join a $5 yoga class at Tchoup Yard, brought to you by Nola Tribe Yoga. There is a short warmup run for any runners who wish starting at 5:30 as well.

On Saturdays, you can also do yoga ($5) in the sculpture garden at City Park. This is kid-friendly too!

Upcoming Summer Events:

Senior Stylist Nicole Meredith has us covered when it comes to New Orleans events this summer! Here are her top picks to last you through September!

San Fermin NOLA aka Running of the Bulls - (July 12 - 14)

Dressed as though we are in Pamplona, this early morning run through the Warehouse District features the Big Easy Roller Girls wielding wiffle ball bats, posing and acting as the bulls. The run ends at The Sugar Mill for music and libations and mechanical bull riding!

White Linen Night - (August 3)

An ode to New Orleans, locals and visitors dressed in white wander the streets, businesses and art galleries for an evening of socializing and sipping their favorite vino!

Dirty Linen Night - (August 10)

Think of White Linen Night, yet this is your garment out for a second chance as though you never left it.

Red Dress Run - (August 10)

Red Dress Run can be done officially through the race organizers or you can join revelers in the street, partying in red dresses — both ladies and gents alike! Proceeds for the run go to charity if you’re an official runner.

Southern Decadence - (September 1)

This is a weekend full of shenanigans and debauchery and will also include a parade through the French Quarter! This is a mature scene and open mindedness is suggested!

Nola On Tap - (September 21)

This is a pet-friendly beer festival with awards and games! It’s tons of fun. The proceeds help raise money for the SPCA and there are even tons of activities for non-beer drinkers too!

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