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Ace Ho­tel in New Or­leans fea­tures a French Deco-in­spired lobby bar dec­o­rated with art­works and trin­kets.

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You’ll find mod­ern Is­raeli cui­sine at chef Alon Shaya’s epony­mous restau­rant; Ace Ho­tel boasts a wide range of events spa­ces, in­clud­ing a live mu­sic venue called Three Keys; Sea­wor­thy restau­rant is known for its fresh seafood dishes (right) and stylish in­te­rior (bot­tom right); at Ace Ho­tel, guests can dine along­side the rooftop pool (be­low) or at Josephine Estelle restau­rant (left), which spe­cialises in Ital­ian-meets-South­ern cui­sine. With 234 spa­cious rooms de­signed by New York dec­o­ra­tors Ro­man and Wil­liams, Ace Ho­tel is a must-visit des­ti­na­tion for de­sign lovers.

In the cosy up­stairs din­ing room, ex­pect dis­tinctly Ca­jun dishes by chefs Kerry Hef­fer­nan and Daniel Caus­grove that make use of the city’s abun­dance of fresh seafood. sea­wor­thynola.com Shaya If you like mod­ern Is­raeli cui­sine, chef Alon Shaya’s restau­rant of­fers small plates such as fresh lab­neh and lamb ke­babs with tahini that will make you for­get about shrimp and grits. Pro­vided it’s not too hu­mid for out­door eat­ing, Shaya is home to a cute court­yard that is con­sid­ered one of the best din­ing des­ti­na­tions in the city. sha­yarestau­rant.com

DRINK & LIS­TEN

Bac­cha­nal Wine This is your hot ticket to the coolest back­yard party. Don’t be put off by the unas­sum­ing build­ing – walk through the wine shop and on the other side you’ll be met with a sprawl­ing back gar­den with ta­bles, string lights and folks bop­ping their heads to live mu­sic. Grab an empty ta­ble, buy your wine from the store, order se­ri­ously good Mediter­ranean dishes from the hatch, then kick back and lis­ten to some fine mu­sic. bac­cha­nal­wine.com The Spot­ted Cat Mu­sic Club Heard of Bour­bon Street? Skip it. It’s iconic, but to­day you’ll find more drunk stu­dents than au­then­tic mu­sic venues there. Rather head to French­man Street, the less touristy ver­sion, where lo­cals will tell you to visit The Spot­ted Cat Mu­sic Club. At first glance, it looks like a ’90s dive bar, and in­side you’ll find a host of ex­cel­lent mu­si­cians play­ing ev­ery­thing from blues to funk and mod­ern jazz. spot­ted­cat­mu­s­ic­club.com Preser­va­tion Hall Founded in 1961, Preser­va­tion Hall is a NOLA icon. It has a well­founded rep­u­ta­tion as one of the best jazz venues in the city, and it hasn’t lost its edge. The space re­mains small, host­ing in­ti­mate per­for­mances by some of the city’s best jazz mu­si­cians. To se­cure a seat, you can book tick­ets on­line, but if you’re will­ing to wait in line, en­trance is cheaper at the door. preser­va­tion­hall.com

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