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An Artist's Guide to New Orleans: Trey Bryan

The inside scoop on artsy things to do in New Orleans

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We asked our artists their favorite things about New Orleans, from food and music, to neighborhoods and traditions. This week, painter and illustrator Trey Bryan talks about his favorite cocktail spot, gallery, coffee, and more.

Trey Bryan is an artist and illustrator living in New Orleans where he paints large scale paintings for galleries and exhibitions. He has published several books of his drawings, including a collection of his work from his tenure as Artist-in-Residence at the historic Hotel Phillips in Kansas City, Mo. You can find more about his work here, follow him on Instagram @treybryan, and find him at Palace Market at 619 Frenchmen Street.

Favorite Cocktail Bar - I always like going to the Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel. I go in there and draw and meet the weirdest people, like, they’re really wealthy, they’re really weird, they’re going to New Orleans for some mischievous business. I’m there to draw it all for sure. It’s really good subject matter. I draw at the Carousel Bar too a lot, and I end up selling drawings on the spot. I kind of like the touristy spots because you never know who you’re going to meet.

Favorite Poboy- The beef brisket bahn mi at the Frenchmen Deli (602 Frenchmen St.). It’s the sh*t.

Favorite Museum - The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) is cool. Go on Wednesdays, it’s free. I like all the photographs. They had a great special exhibit of contemporary photos, right by the Degas.

Favorite Place to Go Dancing - I go dancing at Saturn Bar (3067 St. Claude Ave). It’s a good spot on Saturday nights. A lot of cats go there, it’s cheap, and right by my house.

Favorite Coffee - The Cortado at Spitfire Coffee on St Peter’s in the French Quarter.

Favorite Gallery - A Gallery for Fine Photography (241 Chartres St). They have Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton pictures, Ansel Adams. That’s a cool spot. I go in there all the time and look at these badass photographs. I’m not a photographer, but they’re really great. The Mapplethorpe is probably worth more than the building.