Dark, intimate and more inviting than its brassy big sibling.. The Parlor Next door to the New Orleans House of Blues, the Parish is entered through a cozy brick alleyway with a large fountain depicting Atlas shouldering the globe. A stairway straight out of a Garden District home leads up to the second-floor club-within-a-club, emphasizing New Orleans music and mid-level touring acts not yet big enough for the main room.
The Look The long, narrow space affects the feel of a Southern Gothic Creole shotgun shack. The walls are wood paneling interspersed with exposed brick and stained glass windows. Hardwood floors, curving arches and romantic light fixtures suggest the city's legendary Storyville District by gaslight, while the religious folk-art underscores the city's deep Catholic roots. Religious imagery abounds; the stalls in the men's bathroom resemble confessional booths. The effect is as if a 19th-century church had been converted into a freewheeling speakeasy and bordello.