Tales of the Cocktail — the drinking world’s equivalent of the Davos Economic Summit — kicks off in the Crescent City in just over a week’s time.
If you’re headed south to tipple, sniff and swill, allow me recommend an iPhone/iPad app published earlier this month to help you get even more out of a visit. It’s called New Orleans Explorer’s Guide. I know a fair amount about it because I wrote it.
In a former life, before I discovered that drinking heavily could be a wise and excellent career move, I was a guidebook writer for Frommer’s. So writing this app was a bit like stepping back in time. I was pleased to learn that I still knew how to pedal the bicycle.
The app is designed to serve as a travel guide for those headed to New Orleans. It features about 150 entries, ranging from museums (including the Museum of the American Cocktail, of course) to great parks to the restaurants I like to frequent. I’ve also got about 25 of my favorite bars listed. (By the way, if your thirst is mightier than that, I can recommend another app — New Orleans’ Best Bars — by my friend Todd Price.)
The app was published in conjunction with Sutro Media, and has lots of handy features, including interactive maps showing you how to walk to where you want to be, or, to make life easier for TOTC attendees, how much the average cab fare would be. (Tap once more and the app will call the cab for you.)
The cost of New Orleans at your fingertips? A mere $2.99.
New Orleans Explorers Guide can be purchased directly through iTunes. Reviews and ratings are much appreciated — until I get at least five ratings, the app exists in the iTunes equivalent of a musty bar that sells only Bud Lite. Help usher me into the classier sort of neon-edged joint with aged rum where I belong!