Beyond Bourbon

IN NEW ORLEANS, LIFE'S A PARTY. DON'T FORGET TO TAKE IN THE ART, THE FOOD AND THE BEST JAZZ ANYWHERE

For the 1.7 million business travelers who have flocked to New Orleans for a convention or a trade show this year, Bourbon Street beckons like an out-of-work college pal, the one with the six-figure severance. Have a few hours to kill before the plastics panel? Come over and check out my toys: speakeasies blaring old-time jazz; cabarets straight out of Bob Fosse's filmography; and the local favorite, the Hurricane, a fruit cocktail that masks the rum you're downing like Kool-Aid.

But if you're speaking at a business round table, where slurred words don't win points, the Big Easy thankfully offers more...

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