May 23, 2024 - Culture

10 ways to embrace your inner vampire in New Orleans

Illustration of an alligator dressed as a vampire in a high collar cape.

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

World Vampire Day is Sunday, and we've got several ways to have the most fangtastic time in the City of the Dead.

Why it matters: We live for the undead mythology in New Orleans.

The big picture: New Orleans has a long history with vampires, and recent pop culture fascination with the creatures of the night has Louisiana front and center in books, TV shows and movies.

  • Here are a few of our favorite bloodsucker-friendly activities in the city.

📚 Get to know Anne Rice

Anne Rice was a New Orleans novelist who created the vampire Lestat in her "Vampire Chronicles" series. She died in 2021.

🩸 Eat at Vampire Cafe

This French Quarter restaurant welcomes vampires and mortals.

  • The theme is "luxurious dining one might expect when a vampire is your host," the website says.
  • Red "Fangria" is served in blood bags, along with alcohol-free options.
  • And don't worry: There are no silver utensils here. Gold only.

👯 See a vampire burlesque show

Le Vampyre Cabaret is held monthly at The AllWays Lounge with "spooky, sexy and silly vampires."

🤑 Go shopping at Boutique du Vampyre

This vampire-themed gift shop has all the things a wannabe nightwalker needs, including custom fangs.

🧛🏻 Laugh at "Renfield"

Nicolas Cage plays Dracula in this 2023 dark comedy filmed in New Orleans. Watch the trailer.

👑 Hail the vampire court

A group of New Orleanians formed the vampire court a few years ago.

  • Maven Lore, the king of the court, told CNN that "everything felt right" when he was being fitted for his first set of fangs. Go deeper.

📺 Cheer on Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder is the actor best known for his portrayal of vampire Damon Salvatore on "The Vampire Diaries."

  • The charming bad boy of the night is from Covington.
  • And, he's married to Nikki Reed, who played vampire Rosalie Hale in The Twilight Saga movies. Think they have matching coffins?

🎬 Watch "The Originals"

This popular TV show, which is part of "The Vampire Diaries" universe, is set in New Orleans and has it all: vampires, witches and werewolves.

  • But it doesn't actually have much of New Orleans in it. Most of the episodes were shot in Georgia.
  • Despite the movie magic, it's a fun binge watch once you get past the vampires' pronunciation of "New Or-leenz."
  • "True Blood" is another vampire show that was set in Louisiana and only partially filmed here. It's based on the Sookie Stackhouse book series.

🪦 Visit a cemetery

Pay your respects and revel in the knowledge that you will not be joining the mere mortals in the city's above-ground cemeteries.

👻 Take a ghost tour

Guides are happy to tell you more about the city's long history with vampires, ghosts and other things that go bump in the night.

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