365 New Orleans: The Quisby


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The Quisby was once the Audubon Hotel that catered to boat captains and deckhands that worked on the river. At different times, the downstairs area served as the site for two, well-known New Orleans establishments – the original Bamboo Dance club and, more recently, the raucous Audubon Club.

Now that it’s an affordable, but stunning, hostel on the edge of the Lower Garden District and Central City. They offer free breakfast, a 24 hour front desk, free wifi, free luggage storage, all ensuite bathrooms, guest laundry, and a fully stocked bar.

One of the owners and the general manager David Gindin gives us a deeper look inside The Quisby. 



1. What products and services do you offer? 

The Quisby is a hostel and bar on Saint Charles Ave. The inspiration for the business was all the great hostels around the world where you can be surrounded by good design and meet interesting people while also saving money. If you’re visiting New Orleans, you can have a couple of tasty cocktails and lay your head on a comfy bed for the night and be out of pocket less than fifty bucks. If you’re local, you can come in and enjoy a drink surrounded by friendly people from all over the world. 


2. How long have you been in business? 

We opened in January 2017. The idea for the business came to me in 2013 when I realized New Orleans didn’t have any good hostels which I thought was weird because it’s very international and young. That’s when I moved down here and started working on the concept. I tried to incorporate all the things I appreciate about New Orleans into the business. The building itself is a combination of old and new elements. For furniture, we got as much of it made locally as possible. Our service is friendly and accommodating but we won’t follow you around like a puppy dog. Our bar, of course, is 24 hours and the drinks are far from expensive. I sometimes think of it as my love letter to a city that already gets a lot of love letters. 


3. How do people find you online? 

thequisby.com, Facebook, and Instagram @thequisby

4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew? 

That we have a really fun bar downstairs and it’s open to the public. The bar is 24 hours with a happy hour from 7 to 8 everyday. Happy hour is $2 well drinks and PBR so pretty great deal. Also we have events throughout the week. Tuesday is Trivia Night. Every Friday night we have a live set by DJ xcarlisax of Pink Room Project from 11pm till.


5. Lagniappe Info. 

A Quisby means either an odd or eccentric person or a shady character depending on the source. It was common in 19th Century Victorian English but later fell out of usage.
The bar is made of poured white concrete and is basically indestructible (but we’ll still ask you to leave if you try).
The large mural in the lobby was made by Milagros, a traveling art collective originally from Miami and now traveling the country in a van and making beautiful art everywhere they go.
Our bunk beds were all made locally out of heavy duty German Beech Wood by Heinz Gautschi at his shop on Chippewa Street. The mattresses are all memory foam.
Our rates start at $25 most nights.
Stop by The Quisby for a drink located at 1225 St. Charles Ave. 

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