The Bywater Neighborhood
Bordered by the Mississippi River at its foot and the Intercoastal Industrial Canal at its downriver (sort of eastern) flank, this water proximity explains how 'Bywater' got its name. Now a National Historic District about one mile from the Esplanade side of the French Quarter, the neighborhood is multi-class and multiracial. It is growing ever more popular with gays and lesbians, artists, musicians, crafts people, professionals, transplants from other regions, and others who appreciate the diversity and sense of community in the neighborhood. We are home to the exciting and beautiful campus of the New Orleans Center for Contemporary Arts; the pottery and sculpture at AB Jackson Designs; Fountainview Industries, which creates steel and cast iron for homes and gardens; and the work and sales space of outsider artist "Dr. Bob" Schaffer, famous for his "Be Nice or Leave" signs. Many additional galleries and studios have opened in Bywater since Hurricane Katrina, with our main street, St. Claude Avenue, hosting several new art and photography venues.
In addition, New Orleanians from all parts of the City frequent our Bywater restaurants. Right around the corner from us is The Junction (great burgers, 40+ beers on tap) and Red’s Chinese (weird, but good). Other restaurants close by are Elizabeth’s, Paladar 511, Mariza (Italian), and the Country Club. Further away are The Joint (best barbeque and especially brisket) and Bacchanal, known for its garden seating under fairy lights and live music. What is not "here" is close by because, along with the Marigny and the French Quarter, Bywater is a downtown neighborhood.