Cabaret for Collette.
Pro: Named for a scandalous cabaret in Paris in the late 19th - early 20th Century, where Erick Satie played piano and tangos were performed. On St. Charles Avenue, actors, singers, and theatre goers used to mingle with stylish, sexy, tango dancers. Beautiful perfumed women in low cut corsets were dipped down to the mosaic tile floor by mysterious gentlemen in black silk, propelled by strange, angst-ladden, music.
Con: The bartender thought the dancers unsophisticated for becoming more intoxicated with each other, than with what he was selling, and so they stopped having tango night.
Con: The elegant lady in charge tried to persuade me that the pretty girl I met there would be better off with a woman.
Pro: Neither the girl, nor I were in the least deterred.
Redeeming pro: Still offers New Orleans, and your first date, a rare cultural treat.
Hip downtown epicenter of theater and live music.. The Scene Named for the original late-19th-century Parisian cabaret, this stylish nightclub offers two different but complementary entertainment options: the Cabaret Room, an elegant performance space with a 1940s feel and theatrical offerings, cabaret acts and jazz; and the Bar Noir, a cozy candle-lit piano bar with a casual atmosphere, a great view of St. Charles Avenue and an impressive menu of Scotches. Situated between the artsy Warehouse District and the CBD, Le Chat Noir is a trendy nighttime destination with broad appeal, attracting audiences of varying ages and interests.
The Productions From touring plays to local stage pieces, Le Chat Noir's Cabaret Room presents some of the most creative dramas, comedies and musicals in the city. The Bar Noir hosts tango, salsa and merengue lessons on Tuesdays and Fridays and a Wednesday night writers' gathering called "Cold Read."