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Where to Go: Bywater

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This upper 9th ward neighborhood is a pastiche of bargeboard shotgun houses, double-galleried structures and graffitied warehouses, hemmed by the Press Street train tracks and the Mississippi River. Ground zero for heated gentrification debates, in recent years it's seen an uptick in bars, restaurants and public parks, with Crescent Park opening in 2014 and Mickey Markey Park getting a makeover. Bywater has become a trendy spot, but with roots that go back to 1806, it's one of the Vieux Carre's oldest suburbs.

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Pigskin dreams
J&J's Sports Lounge is the spot to watch the New Orleans Saints if you don't want to be the only belligerent drunk yelling at officials.

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Vintage Bywater
Wild Mountain Vintage sells women's clothing and accessories, some by local designers, in a colorful, muraled space.

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Bar Code
The Christmas-light strung bar Vaughan's Lounge features live music, friendly bartenders and

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free food on New Orleans Saints game days.

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Fruits de mer
Jack Dempsey's seafood platters, gumbo and boiled crawfish satisfy seafood cravings.

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See your world
Crescent Park, a 1.4-mile linear park that connects the French Quarter, Marigny and Bywater, offers sweeping views of the Mississippi River and downtown.

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Food & Music
Satisfyingly greasy pub grub, a pocket-sized patio and rotating local acts ranging from goth DJs to burlesque are on schedule at Bar Redux.


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