Tour Guide: Louis Bardel

Lou Bardel's Literary Pub Crawl of New Orleans


The Literary Pub Crawl of New Orleans is something I have worked on since 2002, when I first moved to the city and realized the rich literary history it possessed. Picking up books by the obvious greats like William Faulkner, Truman Capote, and Tennessee Williams, all writers that made their mark on the town, especially in the French Quarter, I soon discovered lesser known but no less great New Orleans writers like Zora Neale Hurston, Robert Tallant, and John Kennedy Toole. 



Fascinated by all that I was learning, I decided to put my City University of New York English degree to good use, and I created what came to be known as Lou Bardel's Literary Pub Crawl of New Orleans.

I no longer live in the city, but I do like to visit as often as possible and I'm available for informal tours and discussions whenever I am in the Big Easy.

What is so fascinating to me about the history of literature in the French Quarter is that all the great writers lived so close together in this one square mile district, and it makes for a natural tour. Starting in Pirates Alley, the tour -- or the pub crawl for those of you who like to drink -- winds its way through Jackson Square, Royal Street, Canal Street, and the infamous yet historically bountiful Bourbon Street.