SHRM22: 15 Places to Eat and Drink While in New Orleans - Netchex

The SHRHM Annual Conference & Expo (SHRM22) is coming to New Orleans (June 12-15). As payroll & HR experts, we are excited to connect with our peers at the Convention Center. As the local experts, we are also excited to share a few of our favorite spots for visitors to enjoy outside of the event. 

It is no secret that New Orleans is known for its unique culture, food, and music. But with so many things to do, see, hear, and eat, the city can seem overwhelming. To help calm the chaos (just like we do every day with our award-winning HR software), we put together a local guide to the places to eat and drink in the Big Easy. 

Whether you are looking to wind down after SHRM22, squeeze in a bite to eat between sessions, or you decided to stay a few extra days, we have you covered with these amazing bar and restaurant recommendations. 

Most of these places are located in the Warehouse District/CBD/French Quarter areas of New Orleans to make it easier for SHRM22 attendees staying near the Convention Center.


This popular and stylish bar is well-known for their creative drinks, like Fan Mail, Two of Hearts, and Ghost Clothes. Curious about what these drinks taste like? Stop by Cure to get a taste of the fun! 

The Carousel Bar & Lounge 

Maybe you’ve seen the Carousel Bar in countless movies or have read that it’s one of the many places to visit while in New Orleans. Either way, its uniqueness and charm are what lures people in. Located in Hotel Monteleone, the classic bar offers live music at scheduled times as well.  

French 75 Bar 

Dedicated to making cocktails with fresh and local ingredients, the French 75 Bar is known for their handcrafted drinks that are inspired by France while still adding the New Orleans flair.  

The Sazerac Bar 

Not only does this bar carry a lot of history but flavor too. Located inside the Roosevelt Hotel, the Sazerac Bar is known for the classic Sazerac cocktail, as well as other classic New Orleans drinks. 


Located in the CBD (within walking distance from the Convention Center), Barcadia is a fun mix of adult arcade and dance venue with a full bar and great food. If you’re in town Sunday night, Netchex is hosting a happy hour for all SHRM22 attendees! RSVP now to reserve your spot. 


Filled with a unique flavor and charm, this stylish Creole cottage offers a variety of cocktails as well as oysters and seafood. 

Palm Court Jazz Club 

Cocktails? Check. Creole cuisine? Check. Live traditional jazz music? Check. Enjoy it all in one spot at the Palm Court Jazz Club. Not only do they offer an elegant and comforting atmosphere, but also quality food and music. 

Domenica Restaurant 

Craving Italian cuisine? Then Domenica is the perfect spot for you. From dishes like Grilled Octopus and Gulf Shrimp Risotto to Smoked Pork Pizza, Domenica has it all. There is something for everyone here. 

Annunciation Restaurant 

Head to the Warehouse District and enjoy Creole and Southern cuisine at one of the historic New Orleans restaurants. The Annunciation Restaurant is the ideal spot for unwinding after a busy day or meeting with clients. 


Authentic Creole cuisine with a modern twist. That is the perfect description for Brennan’s. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner with famous dishes such as Eggs St. Charles, New Orleans Cioppino, and Bananas Foster. 


One of NOLA’s premier chefs, Donald Link, combines Cajun and Southern cooking for one the city’s most acclaimed restaurants. Right next door is their Cochon Butcher offshoot, a more casual, but just as tasty sandwich shop and a wine bar.

St James Cheese Company 

With two locations (Uptown and Warehouse District by the Convention Center), offers a diverse assortment of perfectly ripe cheeses, charcuterie, and gourmet grocery items for shopping or dining in. 

Willa Jean 

Willa Jean is a contemporary restaurant and bakery in the CBD. A cute, retro-chic café with a modern, elegant touch that offers Southern-inspired food baked goods, coffee, and cocktails. 


Known as “The Original Cajun Restaurant,” Mulate’s is famous for celebrating the food, music, and culture found in the small towns and along the bayous of south Louisiana. Mulate’s features great food, live music, and local art—a true Louisiana experience. 

Café du Monde 

Okay, hear me out. I know this one is probably a no-brainer, considering that this is probably on every “What to eat in New Orleans” list, and you’ve probably heard about it a bunch of times. But no trip to New Orleans isn’t complete without beignets and chicory coffee. 

While at SHRM22, be sure to stop by the Netchex booth (#2322) to learn more about our award-winning Payroll and HR solution! Pick up some cool Netchex swag, get your own unique New Orleans art, and enter for a chance to win a special New Orleans giveaway!

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