The Arcade’s Guide: Food and drinks for free in the Big Easy

Cadence Neenan, Senior Staff Reporter

College students are characterized with plenty of stereotypes — we party too much, sleep too little and are always trying to stalk down our love interests. While these stereotypes are disputed by many a self-righteous academic, the one we can pretty much all agree on is that college students are in constant search for ways to spend the least money possible. So here comes a list of things you can do for — get this — free.


NOLA Brewery

Location: 3001 Tchoupitoulas St.

Free beer might be available in plenty of frat parties every weekend, but if you’re at all interested in expanding your palate past the delicate nuances of Pabst Blue Ribbon or Natty Light, try stopping by the NOLA Brewery between 2-3 p.m.  on a Friday afternoon for a free brewery tour and beer tasting. Bonus: no chugging required.

Royal Street Inn & R Bar

Location: 1431 Royal St.

Attending college in New Orleans surrounds Tulane students with some of the best food in the country. On the average collegiate budget, however, sustenance consists mainly of ramen, cereal and Bruff cookies. At the R Bar, though, patrons may enjoy free crawfish boils every Friday night during crawfish season around 6 p.m., providing an exciting opportunity to eat food that didn’t come out of a box.

Faubourg Wines

Location: 2805 St Claude Ave.

Fun and exciting update for college students everywhere: wine doesn’t come in a bag in the real world. I know what you’re thinking, wine that comes in a container you can’t “slap” is out of your price range. Think again, young, bargain-seeking padawan. Taste real, not-from-a-bag wines at Faubourg Wines for free at their weekly wine tastings every Wednesday night from 6-8 p.m.

Le Bon Temps Roule

Location: 4801 Magazine St.

While students living within the familiar microcosm of the “Tulane bubble” might convince themselves that New Orleans culture starts at The Boot and ends at The Palms, there is real culture out there somewhere. Get a taste of it on Friday evenings at Le Bon Temps Roule, and enjoy live music and free oysters.