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Salud, kanpai, saluti. If you like to drink, then you’ll love our Bar Guide issue. The Bar Guide profiles some of the hottest taverns and nightclubs all over town. We also salute local treasure Bill Goldring and marvel at his beautiful new Sazerac House. This issue is filled with fantastic articles about the local scene. Have a meeting scheduled? Cassandra DeMascus explores great bars in New Orleans to conduct business. Want to find a spot to take that special someone? Then don’t miss Joni Hess’s take on great date bars. The issue not only looks at where to imbibe, but how to imbibe. If you have an intolerance to gluten, you know that certain cocktails can ruin your night. Rebecca Fox does a fantastic job of sharing great spots for gluten free beverages. Man cannot live on alcohol alone, so Steven Melendez explores tasty locales for a latenight bite. Check out the participants in the Longbranch Bourbon Best Bartender of New Orleans Contest, and then go try one of their original cocktails. Join us for Finals in December 9. The location will be announced soon. Cheers! –Josh Danzig, Publisher
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A blend of Bruce Wayne and Peter Parker, Bill is a billionaire philanthropist who lives Spider-Man’s philosophy “with great power comes great responsibility.” Bill often makes direct contact through e-mail—not from an executive assistant but directly from him. He provides an office number and his cell phone number, and he answers the phone himself. This is not at all what you’d expect from the owner and chairman of Sazerac Company, which manages Buffalo Trace, Fireball, and Pappy Van Winkle—to name a few. Bill’s son Jeffrey works with him. But it’s clear that Bill, at 76 years old, isn’t passing the torch or retiring anytime soon. The Goldring family work ethic is genetic. Bill’s grandpa Newman Goldring founded Sazerac in 1898. His parents Stephen and Teal Goldring raised him in New Orleans. He went to Tulane. He got his undergrad degree in business in three years—not as a rich-kid super-senior. “If I have to graduate, I might as well do it in three years instead of four,” he said. Bill has sat on the board of Tulane for over 26 years. He also sits on the board of trustees for the National WWII Museum. His family established the Goldring Family Foundation in 1955—the foundation champions social justice—equality, diversity, community, education, healthcare, culture and the arts, Jewish causes, and economic development. When asked about the family values he inherited, Bill shares a letter his parents wrote him in celebration of his twenty-first birthday. He keeps the letter framed in his office. In summary: Health—You alone can give yourself this. Take care of yourself. Happiness—You alone can create this for yourself. Make good decisions. Wealth—Money is not for you alone. The more money you have, the more we expect you to help others.
Hard Work, Philanthropy, and Humility:
Bill Goldring By Andrew Marin
illiam Goldring—Bill—is complex character—being both easy and difficult to talk to. He’s easy to talk to because he’s laid back—as chill as a clear block of ice. He’s difficult because he’s the kind of person who doesn’t like the spotlight. Ask him a question about himself, and, if he feels the answer is self-serving, he redirects the conversation like a magician doing sleight of hand.
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Every child deserves a letter like this from their parents. When asked about causes that he supports and wishes that more people were aware of, Bill mentioned, “Tulane athletics. The tennis program is one of my passions.” He quickly listed the program’s many accomplishments. He then brought up “[o]besity. The dean of Tulane Medical and I developed a program to teach med students nutrition. Tulane has franchised the program to 60 universities, domestic and abroad. Proper nutrition prevents many medical issues.” Among Bill’s many other philanthropic efforts are Woldenberg Park on river, the New Orleans Museum of Art, NO/AIDS Task Force, Urban League of Greater New Orleans, Temple Sinai, Covenant House, the Contemporary Arts Center, Touro Infirmary, and, of course, Tulane. The Times-Picayune gave Goldring the Loving Cup in 2011. Since 1901, the award has been presented annually in recognition for outstanding contributions to the city of New Orleans. “Never buy a bourbon distillery,” he said with a laugh when he was asked about advice his father (and mentor) gave him. The purchase
of the Buffalo Trace Distillery went against said advice. When Bill acquired the distillery in 1991, bourbon had been on a 25-year backslide. “I purchased the inventory, and they gave me the distillery. It was always my favorite bourbon, but it was about to close. Bourbon sales in America were next to nothing. We brought it back from mothballs—forty employees, 113 acres.” As of right now, Buffalo Trace now employs 3000 employees on 450 acres. Bill replied, “I happen to like Fireball very much. I drink it with lemonade,” when asked about that brand—which was unexpected. “I was in a restaurant,” he continued, “and heard a middle-aged couple order Fireball old fashioneds. It’s the largest selling whiskey product in America, and our number one call brand. It’s for all ages.” If you’re wondering what the company’s best-selling brand worldwide is, it’s Southern Comfort. As far as Sazerac Rye and Buffalo Trace, Bill’s favorite ways to drink them are classic: the Sazerac and the old fashioned. He also mentioned the recently developed Handy & Schiller batched and bottled cocktails— Thomas Handy took over John Schiller’s Sazerac Coffee House in 1869; Handy developed the Sazerac cocktail as we know it now. “When you go into the Sazerac House museum, you can read about it. Sazerac de Forge was one of our original imports from France.” The Sazerac House property was renovated to erect a monument to the tradition of the New Orleans Sazerac. The historic building was purchased from the Sheraton, the proprietors of which didn’t want the building to be a souvenir store, apartments, or condos. Sheraton owned the building for 35 years before relinquishing it to a purpose they found worthy. Bill hopes it’ll be a destination stop. “[There’s] no better place to have the history of cocktail culture than New Orleans. New Orleans. The museum traces the incredible history of that culture. All the rum in America came through New Orleans, from the islands. We lucked out getting this piece of property. Nowhere else could we have this like we do in this building’s location.” Sazerac House, now at 101 Magazine Street, is a block away from the original Sazerac Coffee House on Royal Street. The grand opening was extremely New Orleans: black tie, even in September, food, live music, dancing, art, and culture. When asked about his favorite thing about New Orleans, Bill has an all-encompassing answer: “The culture: its roots, food, music, people. Words can’t describe or do justice to this great city. The important thing to me is preserving that culture, bringing people into it. That’s why we’re so involved in our foundation, in things that bring people together. Tulane University is of primary importance. Educated people who are educated at Tulane bring their kids here, send them to school here, come back here. They help sustain Audubon Park; they sustain City Park. Tulane is the leading driver and force in public education after Katrina.” Thank you, Mr. Goldring—for your time and for everything you’ve done for this great city.
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CBD Warehouse District Above the Grid (NOPSI Hotel) Above the Grid offers the perfect atmosphere for daytime relaxation with a pool, refreshing cocktails, and cabanas for rent. At night, the bar transforms into a dynamic and energetic venue to enjoy a drink or dine on healthy fare overlooking a view of the skyline. 317 Baronne St. | 844-439-1463 | nopsihotel.com/dining/ above-the-grid
Fulton Alley Fulton Alley is a special venue whose highlight is bowling, bites, and booze. This bar combines the fun of a bowling alley with the elegance of a prohibition-era speakeasy. It's a great place for groups, so make a reservation to host your next birthday party or office event at this funky Warehouse District bar. 600 Fulton Street |504-208-5569| fultonalley.com
Alto (Ace Hotel) Why endure the hassle of leaving the city when you can take a staycation at Alto, Ace Hotel’s scenic rooftop bar? The scenic views might just figuratively transport you somewhere else. Enjoy a seasonal cocktail or take a dip in the rooftop pool at one of the city’s coolest hidden gems. 600 Carondelet St. | 9001180 | acehotel.com/neworleans/foodand-drink/alto
Lucy's Sit on the massive lifeguard stand outside of this funky and sunny bar. Hang loose and enjoy some great food, best complemented with a frozen alcoholic beverage. You really can’t go wrong with ice, alcohol, and citrus: Try options such as “Mondo Margaritas” and “Tito’s Frozen Lemonade.” 701 Tchoupitoulas Street |504-523-8995| lucyssurf.com
Bar Marilou Located inside Maison de La Luz, Bar Marilou oozes French sophistication. Bedecked in ornate furniture and curiosities, this spot is perfect for a romantic date over a glass of top-rated French wine and burrata. Indulge in the finer things at this Warehouse District hot spot. 544 Carondelet Street |504-8147711| barmarilou.com
Vintage Rock Club Vintage Rock Club is a throwback club and video music experience that allows guests to rock out to the best of the decades and enjoy a drink at the same time. This high energy venue is a great place for large groups to get together and enjoy retro hits. 1007 Poydras Street |504-308-1305| vintagerockclub.com
Copper Vine Copper Vine is a great spot for a special date or a night out with friends. This restaurant has been praised by locals and tourists as well as by oenophiles. Make a reservation for Copper Vine’s dinner series and enjoy a meal with carefully selected wine pairings. 1001 Poydras Street |504-208-9535| coppervinewine.com
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French Quarter Backspace Bar Check out this literary-themed bar featuring a wide beer selection and a decor that will remind you of a U.K. pub. Backspace features a fantastic kitchen as well as a selection of historically inspired drinks. It is a must-see for any visitor. Sit back, relax, and order a Sazerac. 139 Chartres Street |504-322-2245| backspacenola.com
Bar Tonique The next time you’re in the French Quarter, stop by Bar Tonique to enjoy one of the always-changing daily specials. One of the city’s best cocktail bars, Bar Tonique offers $5 specials from noon to 5 p.m. for those who need a drink much stronger than tea to get their day going. 820 N. Rampart Street |504-324-6045| bartonique.com
Cosimo's Bar Nestled on a corner of Burgundy Street, Cosimo’s Bar creaks open the screen-door into the old-world charm New Orleans has to offer. This cozy neighborhood bar has been operating since 1934 and serves excellent cocktails and bar bites. Kick back and play some pool, shoot some darts, or watch the Saints on their flat-screen TVs. 1201 Burgundy Street |504-522-9428| facebook.com/cosimosbar
Black Penny This bar boasts a great selection of eclectic beers ranging from your typical White IPA to the odd, such as peanut butter beer. This rough-around-theedges bar features great service and recommendations, which, with its sizable selection, makes a great visit for a pub crawl or a night of contemplation. 700 N Rampart Street |504-304-4779| facebook.com/blackpennynola
Crossing Dubbed as the first “steampunkthemed gay bar in America,” Crossing offers specialty cocktails in an inclusive and unique atmosphere. The bar is finished with metallic golds and bronzes and lit with handmade Einstein lamps. Crossing’s most prominent features are the wraparound video screens—perfect for any time. 439 Dauphine Street |504-523-4517| crossingnola.com
Boot Scootin' Rodeo This bar brings the country to the city. If you’re looking for some Nashville country or the Bakersfield Sound in New Orleans, this might just be the place to find it. They will have a general store opening soon, but, for now, you can get your drink on while dancing. 522 Bourbon Street |504-552-2510| bootscootinnola.com
Chris Owens Club Chris Owens Bar is a Las Vegas-meetsBourbon street cabaret club and bar opened by “Queen of the Vieux Carre,'' burlesque icon Chris Owens. Guests can enjoy the Latin Rhythms Band every Monday-Saturday night, or make reservations to see Chris Owens take the stage at 10.p.m! 500 Bourbon Street | 504-523-6400 |
Bourbon Street Honky Tonk Honky Tonk Country Music and Booze will be sure to light up your night. A new venue to Bourbon Street, it will feature a bevy of country and blues. Tropical Isle’s latest venture, the bar plays host to traditional country Monday through Wednesday and traditional country and blues Thursday through Sunday. 727 Bourbon Street |504-523-1927| tropicalisle.com
Golden Lantern Since gaining notoriety as the bar that founded Southern Decadence, the Golden Lantern is one of the best 24/7 bars to catch a Friday night drag show and enjoy one of the Big Easy’s finest Bloody Marys. The Golden Lantern is a casual cash-only bar with an “all are welcome” attitude. 1239 Royal Street | 504-529-2860 | facebook.com/GoldenLanternBar
Buffa's Bar & Restaurant Buffa’s is the best place you’ve never been. This hidden gem offers live music seven nights a week and 24/7 food and libations. They also boast an all-you-caneat red beans and rice from 5 p.m. to close on Mondays. Ideal for a drink or a meal—you might just try both. 1001 Esplanade Avenue | 504-949-0038| buffasrestaurant.com
Hermes Bar at Antoine's Hermes Bar at Antoine’s distills the Crescent City culture into signature cocktails. Located in a converted dining room at Antoine’s, this genteel bar serves amazing drinks alongside such classic dishes as Oysters Rockefeller. Head down to Hermes Bar for a dose of the upscale NOLA lifestyle. 725 St. Louis Street |504581-4422| antoines.com/hermes-bar
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House of Blues The House of Blues isn’t just for live music―this venue also serves mouthwatering food and drinks. You can have just about any drink your mind can think of. Try the Crossroads Cadillac Margarita— made with Patron Reposado tequila, triple sec, and topped with a mini bottle of Grand Marnier. 225 Decatur Street | 504-310-4999 | houseofblues. com/neworleans
The Jimani Home of the Mysterious Mixer, the Jimani is the perfect place for a late night jaunt. Their signature cocktail, the Carnivore's Cocktail, is served with olives, greens, and loads of bacon. Enjoy a couple with some friendly ghosts at this classic slice of New Orleans. 141 Chartres Street | 504-524-0493 | thejimani.com
Kerry Irish Pub This tried-and-true neighborhood bar prides itself on serving the best Guinness in the French Quarter. Kerry Irish Pub’s laid-back atmosphere is the perfect place to relax and enjoy musical talent any night of the week. Celebrate Irish culture with some Guinness or Jameson at this eclectic bar. 331 Decatur Street | 504-527-5954 | facebook.com/kerry-irish-pub
Ole Saint Catch a game or a drink with friends at a bar that encapsulates the spirit of New Orleans at the Ole Saint. The Ole Saint features a taproom with over 50 national and local beers on draft and a kitchen operating under the hand of an executive chef’s specialized spin on bar food. 132 Royal Street | 504-309-4797 | olesaint.com
Penthouse Club Celebrate a special event or enjoy an unforgettable night of luxury at the Penthouse Club. This paragon of mature entertainment features three stages. Located across from Acme Oyster House, just off Bourbon Street, the Penthouse Club offers a VIP experience for each of its customers. 727 Iberville Street | 504-5244354 | penthouseclubneworleans.com
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Rick's Cabaret Located across from The Royal Sonesta Hotel is Rick’s Cabaret—Bourbon Street’s premiere adult entertainment club. The venue has three stages and nightly drink specials (including $5 margaritas on Fridays). Rick’s Cabaret is a hot spot for a night of indulgence. Remember to tip your servers. 315 Bourbon Street | 504-5244222 | rickscabaretnola.com
Tropical Isle After finishing New Orleans’ most powerful drink—the Hand Grenade— which originated at the Tropical Isle, you’ll be ready to welcome in the evening. You also get a complimentary lime-green plastic cup to accompany this signature cocktail that this tropical oasis is known for. Make sure to stop on by. Various locations | 504-529-4109 | tropicalisle.com
Gretna Gattuso's Located in the Gretna Historical District, this bar offers over 14 draft beers, daily cocktail specials, and tantalizing appetizers! Gattuso’s has live music every Friday and Saturday as well as ample patio space for furry friends, family, and get togethers. Customers praise the restaurant for their under-30-minute wait times and delicious fare. 435 Huey P. Long Avenue, Gretna | 504-368-1114 | gattusos.net
Jefferson Rivershack Tavern The Rivershack Tavern lives up to its name through the tacky ashtray tradition. The tavern has also been “a grocery store, a bar, a restaurant, and a pharmacy” at times. Grab a beer, some great food, and enjoy the eclectic artfulness of the bar while listening to live music or watching the big game. 3449 River Road |504834-4938 | rivershacktavern.com
Lakeview Parlay's Catch a game or trivia night at Parlay’s, one of the Lakeview neighborhood’s best bars to watch a Saints Game. And now, Parlay’s is featuring White Claw Wednesday. With drink specials, entertainment, and guaranteed local fun, you can be sure of a good time here. 870 Harrison Avenue | 504-304-6338 | facebook.com/parlays
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MarIgny Bywater Carnaval Lounge Carnaval Lounge is a colorful new live music club and restaurant offering creative takes on traditional Brazilian street food and beverages. Enjoy a caipirinha or choose from a selection of Brazilian beers while enjoying some of the best musical acts that the Big Easy has to offer. 2227 St. Claude Avenue | 504265-8855 | carnavallounge.com
The Country Club If you’re looking for one of the best bars in the city with a heated pool and hot tub for the Winter, look no further. Voted Best Bar in Marigny/Bywater by the Readers of Where Y’at, they have an impressive selection of wine and outstanding food! 634 Louisa St | 504-945-0742 | thecountryclubneworleans.com
Mimi's in the Marigny Mimi’s has been regarded as the Best Marigny Bar as well as Best Late Night Eats by critics and press alike. Head down to Mimi’s and see for yourself. The talented bartenders at Mimi’s have perfected their signature cocktails but also offer a variety of beers and wines if you prefer. 2601 Royal Street |504-8729868| mimismarigny.com
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Finals Party Dec. 9th Location TBA Metairie Babylon Bar The Babylon Bar in Metairie knows how to put on a great rock show. Stop by for their live drink specials, including twodollar PBRs and five-dollar Long Island Ice Teas. On Wednesdays, you become the performer from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. with karaoke. 2917 Harvard Avenue | 504-324-9961 | facebook.com/ BabylonSportsBarNola Martine's Lounge There’s always something to do at Martine’s. This Metairie bar offers darts, poker, and any musical selection of your choice from the jukebox. While the servers can craft any cocktail your mind can imagine, try some of their signature drinks like the Spicy Passion Fruit Margarita. 2347 Metairie Road | 504-831-8637 | facebook.com/ martineslounge
Shenanigans Shenanigan’s is a classic pub that is open until 3 a.m. They have exactly the beer-and-food combo you desire. Watch a game, play some pool, and enjoy a fun night out with friends at Shenanigan’s— Metairie’s upscale bar and music venue. Don’t miss their “Bird Bash” party on the 27th. 4612 Quincy Street, Metairie | 504-605-3299 | shenanigans504.com
Mid-City Royal Frenchmen Hotel Tucked away at the edge of the hustle and bustle of Frenchman Street is the Royal Frenchman Hotel & Bar. This bar is an excellent place for those looking to escape the crowds of the French Quarter while still enjoying $3 martinis during Happy Hour with great live music. 700 Frenchman Street |504-619-9660 | royalfrenchmenhotel.com
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Pal's Lounge Pal’s is the perfect place to enjoy a signature cocktail and a bite to eat from one of the city’s local pop-up kitchens. We recommend the Vivian Ward—a gin cocktail with wildberry, basil, lemon, and cava. This little joint will provide more than enough for your thirst. 949 N. Rendon Street | 504-488-7257 | palslounge.com
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Le Bon Temps Roule Le Bon Temps Roule has been serving true Uptown charm, featuring local musicians and stiff drinks, since 1979. With a new kitchen serving great food, live music on the weekends, and a Happy Hour Monday through Friday (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.), Le Bon Temps Roule has something for everybody. 4801 Magazine Street | 504-897-3448 | lbtrnola.com
St. Joe's Bar St. Joe’s Bar is also a hub on Magazine where you can enjoy an abundance of weekly specials at their main bar area or their open patio. Play pool and try amazing bourbons at this Uptown legend located across from Whole Foods. St. Joe’s signature blueberry mojito is a can’t miss. 5535 Magazine Street | 504-899-3744 | stjoesbar.com
Tipitina's Few bars have as rich a history as Tipitina’s. Having hosted an array of iconic New Orleans artists, such as Galactic and Trombone Shorty, Tipitinas has earned a name for itself as one of the most wellknown bars in the city, so check them out. 501 Napoleon Avenue |504-895-8477| tipitinas.com
Tracey's Located on Magazine Street, Tracey’s is the perfect place to take a quick break from shopping to grab an ice cold beer from an historical site—the actual bar where the frozen beer glass originated. Known for amazing roast beef po boys, this spot has been acclaimed as a muststop in the Garden District. 2604 Magazine Street | 504-897-5413 | traceysnola.com
The Vintage This locale combines the comfort and warmth of a cafe with the elegance of a high end bar. With an extensive and creative menu specializing in beignets, The Vintage makes it easy to do what New Orleanians do best—eat and drink. We recommend the Milk and Cookies—the milk is spiked with bourbon. 3121 Magazine Street | 504-324-7144 | thevintagenola.com
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The House that Sazerac Built By Farrah Ross
he Sazerac is as essential to New Orleans as butter is to toast. The official spirit of the Crescent City just got its own venue—the only one of its kind. The Sazerac House, the highly anticipated brainchild of locally owned liquor group Sazerac Company, has finally opened its doors, to much fanfare. “It’s unbelievable,” said one visitor who had a chance to tour the facility in advance.
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For over thirty years, the circa 1860s Italianate building at the corner of Canal and Magazine stood vacant and neglected. In 2016, the Sazerac Company purchased the building from the Sheraton Hotel and commissioned Trapolin-Peer, a firm that specializes in historic preservation, to design the project. Painstakingly brought back to life with much of the original features left intact, the completed site now houses an immersive three-story cocktail museum, a microdistillery, an event space and a new corporate offices. The location is especially significant, as it’s just a stone’s throw away from the original Sazerac Coffee House—the birthplace of the Sazerac cocktail and the Sazerac Company itself. The earliest iteration of the Sazerac is thought to have been prepared with Sazeracde-Forge et Fil—a cognac imported from France—with bitters from a local Creole apothecary, Antoine Amédée Peychau, who set up shop on Royal Street. In 1869, The Sazerac Coffee House was purchased by Thomas Hardy, who founded the Sazerac Company and eventually acquired the rights to Peychaud’s bitters. By the 1890’s, a phylloxera plague decimated the vineyards of France, drying up the European cognac supply. It was then that rye whiskey became the core component of the drink, with a hint of absinthe added for dimension. Thomas Hardy’s first recorded Sazerac recipe was officially published in 1908. As you enter Sazerac House, the most apparent feature is the multistoried wall of spirits illuminating the various brands
of liquor produced by the prolific Sazerac Company. Guests are invited to explore a 48,000 square foot space that features three floors of interactive exhibits with historical relics, state-of-the-art informational displays, virtual bartenders, and more. The microdistillery, a first for the Central Business District, is visible from Canal Street. A custom made still will produce about a barrel of Sazerac Rye per day. Visitors hoping to try the first New Orleans distilled batch will have to wait six years—that’s how long the rye whiskey is aged. In the meantime, there’s plenty of finished product to sample. Though the exact recipe remains a proprietary secret, visitors are welcome to observe the production of Peychaud’s bitters on site and interact with some of the core aromatics. The New Sazerac House is not the first restoration project for the Sazerac Company. In the 1990s, they purchased the ramshackle Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky and brought it back to life. But it’s the first time the company will have a home of its own in New Orleans—a welcome development for a local legacy. Tours are free and open to the public. Walk-ins are allowed but reservations are recommended, as Sazerac House expects to accommodate over 150,000 guests in its inaugural year. Special events, classes, and tastings are scheduled for October and November, with more to come. You can book your experience at sazerachouse.com.
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Taking It Light: Try A Mocktail
By Emily Hingle
hether it’s to regain some health or save some wealth, we all like to take it easy on the alcohol from time to time; however, living in a place where imbibing is nearly expected, cutting down on booze can be rather difficult. You may even feel pressured to explain to others why you just don’t want a cocktail, glass of wine, or frosty beer right now. Replacing your typical adult beverage with something more innocent can be a great solution to cutting out alcohol while indulging in the ritual of drinking. Some mocktails can be made so well, in fact, that you won’t miss that buzz at all.
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Several drinking establishments around town cater to those who are not imbibing booze, and these tasty treats will not disappoint. Bar Tonique has a long menu of temperance drinks for those who choose to go without booze, and they are free for designated drivers. The full menu includes classic sodas, such as ginger beer and Mexican Coca-Cola; phosphate sodas, including Angostura Soda and strawberry soda; and cream sodas like the Vanilla Lactart Soda and a strawberry shake. SoBou likes to cater to all kinds, including those who would rather keep their heads clear. SoBou’s Hold the Booze menu features the Naked Kombu made with Big Easy Jazz Juice kombucha, strawberries, seasonal herbs, and honey. They also offer Pomegranate Limeade, Housemade Ginger Fizz, and Chicory Cold Brew. The Jazz Playhouse, located within the Royal Sonesta hotel, is a sexy, sultry spot for tunes and spirits, but you don’t necessarily have to have those spirits to have fun. Try out the Faux-Tini offerings, which include the Ginger’s Island drink, made with pineapple juice, lemon, and ginger beer, and the Cucumber Fizz with cucumber, lime, and ginger ale. Seaworthy may specialize in oysters, but they also have an interesting non-alcoholic drink menu. For your next plate of ice-cold oysters, have the House Made Cucumber Soda or Stumptown Coffee served in a French Press. For those of you need something without alcohol for a house party, you can whip up one of these non-alcoholic recipes below to bring with you, so you won’t feel tempted to imbibe. Or you can make a batch at your own house party and allow the guests to add their own spirits if requested.
The Mango Mule, made by Danielle Walker of Against All Grain, is a refreshing take on the typical Moscow Mule. Muddle a handful of cucumber slices and one ounce of honey syrup in the bottom of a shaker. Add 1.5 ounces of mango puree, 1.5 ounces of lime juice and ice, close the shaker, and shake it vigorously for a few seconds. Strain the liquid and pour it into a copper mug. Top it off with 1.5 ounces of spicy ginger beer. One great way to add an edge to your beverage without adding booze is to include earthy herbs. The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico recommends their Strawberry Chamomile Martini for nondrinking occasions. Simply muddle one strawberry with half an ounce of simple syrup and half an ounce of ginger juice. Add in one ounce of non-alcoholic elderflower cordial, four ounces of chamomile, and five fresh mint leaves with ice in a shaker. Shake it vigorously, strain, then pour it into a glass. Garnish it with an orange and lemon wedge. For something more tropical, try out Jim Kearns’ Tahitian Coffee from Slowly Shirley. Mix two ounces lime juice, two ounces orange juice, one ounce simple syrup, one ounce passion fruit puree, two ounces guava puree, two ounces of cold brew coffee, and three ounces of honey syrup in a shaker with ice. Shake well and serve in two glasses. It will look just like the tiki drink of your dreams if you garnish it with pretty orchids and a touch of grated coffee. If you’re at a bar with no non-alcoholic drinks listed on the menu, you can always order a simple mocktail consisting of soda and juice. Add a small dash of bitters to give it the edge of alcohol without adding a shot of liquor to it. Many bartenders are happy to create something special for you if you ask nicely and tip well.
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Whatcha Drinkin’: Where Y’at Writers Reveal Their Homemade Drink Recipes
hen you’re in New Orleans, local or not, you have to drink—and not just water. What makes the drinks taste even better? When you make them yourself, of course (because nothing tastes quite as good as being satisfied with your own work). For this year’s Bar Guide Issue, our Where Y’at writers share their favorite drinks to mix for any occasion.
Andrew Alexander I’ve created a few drinks through the years—more out of necessity than anything else, but one stands above the rest. The Ragin’ Cajun was a happy accident. Originally concocted in an apartment near the LSU campus when cocktail ingredients were scarce, it’s equal parts Merlot and Crown Royal served over ice. Feel free to substitute your favorite whiskey or bourbon. The Ragin’ Cajun even spawned its own slogan: “It shouldn’t be your first drink, but it’ll definitely be your last.” I'll let you be the judge. Burke Bischoff As a proud Italian-American (a quarter Sicilian, but who’s really counting?), I like myself a glass of amaretto every now and then. I especially love mixing the stuff into different brews for special occasions. A Thanksgiving or Christmas party at my place isn’t quite as festive until my family breaks out our Amaretto Slush. Mix amaretto, Diet 7 UP, orange juice, pineapple juice, cherry juice, and Maraschino cherries into a large bowl together and freeze it overnight. Take the bowl out the day of the party to thaw out, and you’ve got yourself a drink that your loved ones will keep coming back to again and again. Alla vostra salute, y’all! Rebecca Fox Local Anthony Zucconi invented a drink he calls the NOLA Libre—it's one part Black Pearl Rum from 73 Distillery, three parts Barq's Red Cream Soda, and just a squeeze of lime.
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Phil LaMancusa A regular Manhattan comes on too strong, even suspiciously sapid. A Dry Manhattan comes at you a bit flaccid and not worthy of being served straight up. Thus, the Perfect Man(hattan), straight up, will certainly do the trick. Order it this way when you’re out. The advantage of enjoying a Perfect Man at a bar is that you get to finish the experience right there and go home alone. If you’re gonna do it at home, this is the way to enjoy that stiff drink. Take 1/2 ounce each of dry and sweet vermouth, put that in a shaker with 3-4 ounces of bourbon (such as Makers Mark). Fill the glass 2/3 of the way with small cubed ice and stir vigorously. As you know, all clear liquors are stirred. If you like to shake it, you can, but make sure that you abuse it madly, even to the point of having small pieces of ice remaining as you strain it into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a fresh cut lemon peel. Caipirinha (kai-peer-ain-ya), the national drink of Brazil, will put hair on a cue ball, make grown men shudder, and beautiful women (ain’t they all?) swoon. It starts with cane liquor called Cachaca (ka-sha-sa), and it’s both refreshing and delicious. Have your favorite merchant order it. From there, take two large limes, quartered (leave the peel on the limes), add three soup-spoons of sugar, place them in a cocktail glass and muddle the dickens out of them—really mash them up. Then add 2-3 ounces of Cachaca and 1/2 cup of crushed ice. Stir, strain, and enjoy. Oh, it is said by Brazilians that the cheaper the Cachaca, the better the Caipirinha, so don’t buy the ‘sipping stuff. Serve with Pao de Queijo or Tostones with Brie as an accompaniment.
Debbie Lindsey When asked what is my favorite libation to serve at home the answer is Pabst Blue Ribbon. In fact, this very magazine once chose me to participate in its Best Bartender contest/poll. When interviewed as to my favorite drink to mix, to serve, and personal favorite, I answered thrice, “PBR.” One person—a best friend—voted for me. Perhaps I was ahead of my time. Now, Pabst is hipster “cool.” Presentation, of course, is everything. Serve it ice cold in its lovely red, white, and blue can, accented with just a smidge of icy frost upon the gleaming aluminum— this is achieved by placing the already properly refrigerated beer in your freezer compartment for 10 minutes. Certainly, the bottled version is always a crowd pleaser, but I find the recyclability of canned PBR adds to the overall sense of well-being that this refreshing beer delivers so well. And, of course, a game of can-crushing after a few brews is sporting and far more civilized than wielding a broken bottle in a bar-room brawl. And let it be said that no beer is cool when drinking and driving are involved. Andrew Marin My favorite drink to make at home for parties is Sangria. Whether classic with rioja and brandy or updated to accommodate the weather or occasion, sangria is an easy-fix. Punches go with parties for a reason. When I lived abroad with 12 roommates—an entirely different story—we would make sangria for our parties. The best part of being part of an apartment of 13 is that whether guests arrive or not, you have a party. Sangria also brings me memories of Spain
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and of Happy Hour with my mother, so I have a lot of attachment to this beverage besides it being delicious. The key is balance: drier reds, sweeter fruits; or fruitier reds, more acidic or crisp fruits. Sometimes, I also like to sweeten it with port rather than simple syrup. Landon Murray For years now, whether it’s cold or hot outside, I’ve been sitting on my dad’s porch during family gatherings. Often times, the staples of these parties are Rum Runners. They’re a little bit difficult to make, but the rewards of flavor are endless. To start, you fill a glass generously with ice. Then, add light rum, followed by dark rum (all of these ingredients are one part). After that, add in pineapple juice and orange juice. Mix in some banana and blackberry liqueur and top it off with a few small drops of grenadine. It’s best to make this in a pitcher and pour when ready to serve. Although these are delicious, take it slowly, as they sneak up on you. Michelle Nicholson My mom’s first drink was whiskey in her bottle, and mine was the first of many Spiked Shirley Temples my paw paw would slip me during our annual Christmas party: a glassful of iced 7UP with a splash of Grenadine—or simply syrup from the jar of maraschino cherries he’d draw from to garnish my cup—and a splash of gin. Since then, I’ve pretty much followed this template for all my favorite adult drinks. Something bubbly mixed with some sort of fruity juice or syrup
serves well as a base for any liquor you have on hand, and you can adjust the sweetness to your desired level—or your intoxication level. Think vodka and tonic with a splash of cranberry before dinner, rum and seltzer with a generous portion of pineapple juice at game night, whiskey and Sprite with a wedge of lime at the club, or boxed wine and Sanpellegrino at the beach. These drinks are so good and so easy, not even a child could get them wrong—and experimenting with different versions certainly feels like play. Of course, you probably shouldn’t let your kids try this at home. Donald Rickert The cocktail that I like to make at home, Donald’s Devilishly Decadent Drink, is a relatively easy one, but it has flavor galore. In a rocks glass filled with ice, pour two fingers of bourbon. Then, shake in two to three dashes of orange bitters. After that, fill the remainder of the glass with ginger beer. To garnish this particular adult beverage, use a leaf or two of mint. If you want more of the mint flavor and aroma to be present, whip and slap the mint leaves against your open palm to release the oils in the leaves. You could always add or decrease the amount of bourbon, ginger beer, and/or bitters to suit your own personal tastes. Greg Roques In the early aughts, I loved ending a night in the Quarter with an absinthe nightcap at the Pirate’s Alley Cafe behind St. Louis Cathedral. Absinthe still had an esoteric
edginess to it then, having yet to be widely sold since its nearly century-long U.S. ban, as well as being heavily associated with ‘90s goth culture. Much has changed since then. Absinthe assortments are now available at most artisanal bars, liquor stores, and even some supermarkets. I, also, am more likely now to indulge my taste for this mysterious green libation over Sunday brunch mixed with my morning caffeine kick. Café Verde: Pour a half-shot each of absinthe and coffee liqueur into a mug. Place a sugar cube onto an absinthe spoon over the cup, and pour a chilled shot of espresso or cold brew coffee (Stumptown Cold Brew is my favorite) over it. Kimmie Tubré It’s true, people know me as the girl who mixes alcohol with water, but on occasion, I like to make a drink that I call “Mr. Magic.” The name comes from the title of the Grover Washington Jr. song. While I had grown up hearing this song, I didn’t start to love the song until Amy Winehouse covered it in the early aughts. For me, the name just fits the drink because it’s tasty with a dash of mystery. So what’s in the “Mr. Magic?” While I usually tell guests it’s a secret, the ingredients are pretty simple. I mix Crown Royal with fresh mango juice and a splash of fresh orange or citrus juice. The juices must be fresh, or it won’t taste the same. I then add a slice of whatever citrus I’ve used and—voila—you have my famous “Mr. Magic” cocktail.
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The Best Bars to Discuss Business By Cassandra DeMascuss
icture this—you’re a young professional, a rise and grinder, and after much persistence, you finally have the opportunity to “meet and grab a drink” with an individual who may have the golden ticket to your career advancement. Then they ask where you suggest you meet, and you have to think quickly. You don’t want the back-and-forth middle school approach of, “You hang up. No, you hang up,” but you also need to avoid the bars you frequent. You can’t give off the impression as a regular to someone who may be in town two days for a conference and who possibly holds the key to your future. On the other hand, it’s still New Orleans, and you need to show some personality. Here is your go-to list of bars to have a professional drink:
Piscobar: With a variety of (you guessed it) pisco-based cocktails, Piscobar is stationed downstairs in the Catahoula Hotel. Generally, the Catahoula Hotel is known for its rooftop bar, but a romantic sunset backdrop may not be the ideal location for a professional meeting. That’s what makes Piscobar the perfect medium— they have a courtyard patio complete with a mural. Plus, they feature free WiFi. 914 Union Street |️ 504-603-2442 catahoulahotel.com/ pisco-bar
Cellar Door: Dwelling in the Swoop-Duggins house, the “single oldest ‘house’ remaining in downtown New Orleans,” the cozy Cellar Door oozes history through its 19th century walls. Side note—they offer 25 percent off wine bottles on Wednesdays. 916 Lafayette Street |️ 504-265-8392 cellardoornola.com
The Mayhaw: The Mayhaw may be at the epicenter of Auction House Market, but the venue for post-work cocktails is not nearly as bustling as midday lunch—a good thing if you’re trying to connect. The cafe seating, combined with draping greenery and oyster bar, makes it ideal to talk business over a drink. 801 Magazine Street | 504-372-4321 auctionhousemarket.com/themayhaw
The Press Room: With a similar proximity to the Convention Center as Compere Lapin, the Press Room is the hotel bar at The Eliza Jane, a Hyatt Hotel. With a captivating lobby, the Press Room features living-room-style seating areas, complete with a library and fireplace. If that’s not enough, the Press Room also hosts an outdoor courtyard. 315 Magazine Street |️ 504-8821234 hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/louisiana/theeliza-jane/msyub/dining
SoBou: SoBou covers all the bases. It’s a Brennan restaurant featuring small plates and strong cocktails, it’s acceptable to grab a lunchtime drink (hello 25-cent martinis), and it’s located near the edge of the Quarter on Chartres (your visitor can catch a quick glimpse of the Quarter charm). 310 Chartres Street |️ 504-552-4095 sobounola.com
NOSH (New Orleans Social House): This convenient self-proclaimed bar (and restaurant) for a work meet-and-greet is indeed perfect for a professional meeting. NOSH only features bar, high-table, and lounge seating, which is perfect for a business discussion. It may not be as Instagrammable as the other options, but it’s definitely a safe bet. 752 Tchoupitoulas Street |️ 504-581-7101 noshneworleans.com
Compère Lapin: Nestled in the Old 77 Hotel, Compère Lapin is popular for their food and has a long bar with innovative cocktails and personable bartenders who care about what you’re sipping. As long as the music isn’t too loud, it’s a prime location to meet postconference. 535 Tchoupitoulas Street |️ 504599-2119 comperelapin.com
Public Service: Last but not least is Public Service, an elegant and modern, yet homey, bar and restaurant located in the NOPSI Hotel. It is a nicely lit space and opens up into the beautiful NOPSI lobby. They also have a large courtyard patio to enjoy. You can grab a seat at the bar or sit at a table and enjoy their amazing happy hour 3 to 6 p.m. on weekdays! 311 Baronne Street |️ 504-962-6527 publicservicenola.com
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NOLA's Great Gluten-Free Beverages By Rebecca Fox
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t’s no secret that New Orleans is one of the greatest cities in the world when it comes to a lot of things—especially eating and drinking. This can, unfortunately, not really be the case for people suffering from Celiac disease or those who are gluten intolerant. Gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye—you guessed it—is heavily present in beer. With lagers, IPAs, and stouts out of the question, that leaves the cocktail. But the other thing about gluten is that it can be hidden in flavorings or just dumped straight into mixes (Zing Zang is a prime example of this type of offender). With the typical Bloody Mary out of consideration, what are the best gluten-free alcoholic beverages in the New Orleans metro area?
Starting in Old Metairie, you’ll find a couple of gorgeous selections in a new stretch of cool craft cocktail choices: The Ultra Violet: Created by Anthony Vitrano, this drink is made up of Tito’s Vodka, Lychee syrup, lemon juice, and Butterfly Pea Flower tea. It’s a gorgeous purple-blue color and is garnished with a lemon. You’ll find it at Brasa Churrasqueria on Metairie Road.
Although I don’t have a specific recommendation, there are a ton of really nice gluten-free craft cocktails at Martine’s Lounge. Ask the bartender and feel free to use the cheat sheet provided if you need any base liquor advice.
Heading across town to Mid-City, we find the following options: Broad Street Cider (and Mead) Cocktail: I recently wrote an article about Broad Street Cider and Mead, the safe haven for gluten intolerants with ciders and meads comprising nearly 100 percent of their menu, but they also have some pretty delicious cocktail combinations of ciders and spirits from their next-door neighbor Roulaison Rum. The Shrub: It’s not on the menu, but recently I had a “shrub” at Bayou Wine Garden, which had me simultaneously asking questions and quoting Monty Python & the Holy Grail. Apparently, a shrub is a mixture of natural fruit juices, aromatics, sugar, and vinegar. Because malt vinegar can be lethal to celiacs, I confirmed that BWG uses apple cider vinegar. The mixture is then added to soda water and sprite for a mocktail, or soda water and your choice of liquor for a nice cocktail. Try it with Tito’s to be Celiac safe. The version I had was infused with apple and rosemary and was absolutely delicious. If you’re downtown, you’ll probably want to party without any restrictions—but the less time spent throwing up could be more time dancing it up. Try these: “One in a Melon”: Effervescence on N. Rampart offers the “One in a Melon,” a pretty little drink that contains St. Roch Vodka, Watermelon, Lillet Rose, basil, lime, and Follador Brut Nature Prosecco.
The Batucada: If you’re in the Warehouse District, be sure to check out this favorite submitted by Abby LeVere. It’s served up at Carmo, and it’s made from Batida of Cachaca rum, fresh passion fruit juice, and coconut milk. LeVere says, “If you haven’t tried it, go get it.” Lula Distillery is also a favorite among various New Orleans celiacs, as they offer almost an entire menu full of safe options, along with great choices for brunch drinking. If you’re in the Quarter, it’s sometimes best to not order from the menu but, instead, to request your own mixed drink with your favorite mixer and base alcohol. In general, if you’re unsure about what is gluten-free, be sure to avoid the following: • Anything produced with beer or on beer equipment (think shared taps or glassware) • Anything containing malt flavoring • Vodkas that have flavors added after the distillation process • Mixes that contain a lot of ingredients or ingredients you cannot pronounce • Mystery drinks where bartenders won’t tell you what they’re made of • Anything with the words “gluten removed.” This might be great for a regular person, but it would be the equivalent of putting ketchup on a burger and then wiping it off for someone allergic to tomatoes.
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Great Date Bars By Joni Hess
hether it’s a first date, the 50th, or a celebration for your spouse’s new promotion, these date night bars all have a few things in common that go beyond carefully crafted drink selections. They all have a great design to set the mood, delicious small plate options that won’t interfere with your ability to catch a buzz, and intimate seating options that allow you to hear each other without competing over loud music. Revel in the romantic beauty of some of these staples— both classic and new.
This department store turned prestigious performing arts venue by Irvin Mayfield hosts the perfect place for an evening cocktail. Contemporary aesthetics, live music from Thursday to Saturday, open mic nights, and plenty more give you much to talk about as you unwind over drinks, coffee, pineapple juice, or whatever else floats your boat. The Franklin 2600 Dauphine Street |️ 504-267-0640 thefranklinnola.com With drink ingredients like whole egg, chicory, and vodka, you can guess the kind of thought and presentation that goes into these menu items. Get there early though, because they’ve got relatively early closing hours: 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Bakery Bar 1179 Annunciation Street |️ 504-210-8519 bakery.bar Cake with specially paired cocktails, anyone? Because it's located right off the interstate, parking can be a little tricky for this ultra-cozy dessert bar. If you’re a whiskey and Diet Coke type of couple, try this place when you’re up for a little more experimentation. Items such as the Crawfish Boil Margarita deserve your full attention.
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Effervescence 1036 N. Rampart Street |️ 504-509-7644 nolabubbles.com Nearly everyone can appreciate a good bubbly bar, especially one complete with sleek columns, marble tables, and a candlelit courtyard. This gorgeous space offers small plates and champagne tasters of six sample selections. A visit here would be an allaround experience for a date night.
Hot Tin 2031 St. Charles Avenue |️ 504-323-1500 hottinbar.com Overlooking the city from St. Charles Avenue, atop of the Pontchartrain Hotel, is this indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge. The eclectic space is open till 2 a.m. on weekends, but it can get pretty crowded, too. Come with a buzz from another place on this list, and you’re sure not to mind the crowd at all—it may even be welcomed. Second Wine Vine 1027 Touro Street |️ 504-304-4453 A great staff, tons of wine bottles to sort through, a secluded bar ducked off in the back, TVs, and couches make this neighborhood gem a definite spot to check out. It’s easy to miss, as it’s labeled a wine store on Google, but that makes the bar all the more exclusive once you’re there. It’s one of the more laid-back places on this list and is located in the heart of the Marigny.
Bacchanal 600 Poland Ave |️ 504-948-9111 www.bacchanalwine.com Further down off St. Claude, right at the bend of the river, is the masterpiece that is Bacchanal. Enter through the small wine store with selections you’ve never heard of pouring out of the walls— but wait; there’s more. Walk through a little nook and grab a bucket of ice and some glasses for the wine you just bought. Grab a table out on the lush patio where there’s typically live music going on. There’s even a kitchen to order a small plate and a beautiful bar upstairs with a balcony overlooking the patio. Despite the crowd, this place is truly a romantic experience.
Whisky & Sticks 2513 Bayou Road |️ 504-444-8454 whiskeyandsticks.com Great whisky, chill vibe, and generous pours make this bar and lounge a great spot. There’s a large patio area where you may find people smoking premium cigars. If you’re not a smoker, the romantic atmosphere inside definitely takes the cake.
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Be sure to check out our new interactive concert calendar at WhereYat.com! Portside Lounge - The George Jones Town Massacre Preservation Hall - The Preservation All Stars Roosevelt Hotel - Leslie Martin, Ron Jones Royal Frenchmen - Jamie Lynn Vessels Sidneys Saloon - Blue Tang Peoeple Snug Harbor - Walter Washington & the Roadmasters The Spotted Cat - Sal Geloso Trio, Miss Sophie Lee, Jumbo Shrimp The Starlight - Shake Em Up Jazz Band, The Orpheum Theater - Louisiana Philharmonic Three Muses - Tom McDermott, Gal Holiday Tipitina’s - Halloween 2019 with Galactic feat. Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph + Motel Radio
TheSoulRebels The Soul Rebels are having a breakout year in 2019 and now are releasing their new album, Poetry in Motion at Tips. The New Orleans natives blend funk soul with elements of hip hop, jazz, and rock—all within the brass band context that locals love. Friday, November 8, 9:00 p.m., Tipitina's, tipitinas.com Wednesday October 30 21st Amendment - Dr. Sick & The Late Greats 30/90 - Justin Donovan, Colin Davis & The Night People Backroom at Buffa's - Open Mic Night with Nattie Sanchez Bayou Bar at the Pontchartrain - The Leroy Marshall Band BMC - R&R Smokin Foundation, Keva Holiday Soul Bombay Club - Jeff Spence Bourbon Street Drinkery - Gumbo Funk Cafe Negril - John Lisi & Delta Funk, Luscious Duchess Carnaval - Tiffany Pollack & Co, Hank West & the Rat Brain Reboot Celebration Hall - TBC Brass Band Chickie Wah Wah - Mark Carroll & Friends, Dave Jordan and John Foul Circle Bar - The Iguanas D.b.a. - Tin Men, Walter Wolfman Washington Dos Jefes - Miss Anna Q. Dragon’s Den - DJ FTK Favela Chic - The Afrodiziac’s Jazz High Ho Lounge - MainLine House of Blues Restaurant - Cary Hudson Howlin’ Wolf - Consider the Source + NuSpeak The Jazz Playhouse - Big Sam’s Crescent City Connection Le Bon Temps Roule - The Soul Rebels Mahogany Jazz Hall - Monty Banks, New Orleans Ragweeds The Maison-New Orleans Jazz Vipers, Jason Neville & The Funky Soul Band Marigny Brasserie - Grayson Brockamp & the New Orleans Wildlife Band Mid-City Lanes Rock ‘n’ Bowl - Band of Gold New Orleans Botanical Garden - Geovane Santos Trio NOPSI Hotel - Amanda Ducorbier Preservation Hall - The Preservation All Stars with Charlie Gabriel The Prime Example - Arthur Mitchell Quintet Royal Frenchmen - Amanda Walker Santos Bar - Ape Shifter + Jeremy Colsen, The Russell
Welch Quartet SideBar Nola - Phil Degruy and James Singleton, Sasha Masakowski and James Singleton Snug Harbor - Uptown Jazz Orchestra The Spotted Cat - Shotgun Jazz Band, Antoine Diel & the New Orleans Misfit Power The Starlight - Menage a Trois, Hot Jazz Jame Tipitina’s - The Califorinia Honeydrops + DJ Doug Funnie UNO Lakefront Arena - Widespread Panic Thursday October 31 21st Amendment - Jay Anderson & The Night Trippers 30/90 - Deltaphonic, DJ Torch, Big Easy Brawlers Buffa’s - Meryl Zimmerman, Tom McDermott and Antoine Diel Bayou Bar at the Pontchartrain - Simon Lott’s Blue Nile - Gravity A ft. John Paul Carmody BMC - Category 3, DK & the Jakes with Zena Moses, Jason Neville Funky Soul Band Bombay Club - John G. Autin Bourbon Street Drinkery - Big Mike and the R&B Kings, Steve Mignano Band Cafe Negril - Claude Bryant & The All-Stars, Sierra Green Carnaval - People Museum + New Thousand Carousel Lounge - Antoine Diel Quartet Chickie Wah Wah - Phil Degruy Circle Bar - Dracula’s Dark Lounge Ministries D.b.a - Alexis & the Samurai, Cha Wa + Sexual Thunder Dos Jefes - The Hanna Mignani Trio Dragon’s Den - DJ Jess Hi Ho Lounge - John Paul Carmody, Lil Jodeci & more House of Blues - Helmet The Jazz Playhouse - Brass-A-Holics Le Bon Temps Roule - The Soul Rebels The Maison - Good For Nothin’ Band Mid-City Lanes Rock ‘n’ Bowl - Rusty Metoyer Ogden Museum of Southern Art - Sleazeball Orchestra One Eyed Jacks - The Iceman Special Orpheum Theater - LPO: Ancient Spirits
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Friday November 1 30/90 - Matt O’Ree and Eryn Bamboula’s - June Victory & the Bayou Renegades, Sierra Green & the Soul Machine Blue Nile - Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers Boomtown Casino - Junior & Sumtin’ Sneaky Buffa’s - Davis Rogan, The Krewe Collective Cafe Negril - Dana Abbott Band, Higher Heights Carnaval - Secondhand Street Band Circle Bar - Natalie Mae & friends D.b.a. - New Orleans Swinging Gypsies, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Dos Jefes - Panorama Jazz Band Fillmore - Mavis Staples, Chris Robinson, Anders Osborne, and more Gasa Gasa - Hash Cabbage, The Tronegone Band House of Blues - Jack Landry and the Right Lane Bandits Le Bon Temps Roule - Slugger Le Bon Temps Roule - Tom Worrell Lazy Jack - Rock N Soul One Eyed Jacks - Like a Heartbeat Preservation Hall - The Preservation All-Stars with Shannon Powell Jazz Playhouse - Chucky C & clearly Blue The Spotted Cat - Cottonmouth Kings, Doro Wat Three Keys - Loby Cue’d Up: Ge-Cue B2B Kemistry Tipitina’s - Keller & Keels + Handmade Moments UNO Lakefront Arena - Widespread Panic Saturday November 2 Abita Springs Trailhead - Abita Fall Fest presents Marc Broussard + Chris Talley & the Rivers Cooperative + Flow Tribe and more Bamboula’s - Glamarama and DJ Mingo, Crawdaddy T’s Zydeco Review Blue Nile - Big Sam’s Funky Naiton Boomtown Casino - Nashville South Buffa’s - Loose Cattle, Saltwives Carnaval - Fraulein & the Sleazeball Orchestra Cafe Negril - Jamey St. Pierre & The Honeycreepers, Khris Royal & Dark Matter Casa Borrega - Amigos do Samba Circle Bar - Gram Parson’ 73rd Birthday Bash D.b.a. - Soul Rebels Dos Jefes - The Betty Shirley Band Fillmore- Drag Divas Present: Hocus Pocus Brunch Gasa Gasa - Starcrawler, The Tronegone Band House of Blues - Electric Feels: Indie Rock Jazz Playhouse - Nayo Jones Experience Lazy Jack - Tres Hombres Le Bon Temps Roule - Steve Kelly One Eyed Jacks - Stoop Kids + People Museum Preservation Hall - The Preservation All-Stars with Mark Braud The Spotted Cat - A2D2 Experience with Arsene DeLay The Old Point’s - Cardboard Cowboys Three Keys - NOJO 7 Tipitina’s - Dumpstaphunk Smoothie King Center - Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live UNO Lakefront Arena - Widespread Panic Sunday November 3 Bamboula’s - Carl LeBlanc, Ed Wills Blues 4 Sale Buffa’s - Jazz Brunch with Some Like it Hot Carnaval - Anne Elis Hastings
Circle Bar - Mica McKee & friends + Blind Texas Marlin D.b.a - The Palmetto Bug Stompers Fillmore - Drag Diva Brunch: Spice Girls Edition House of Blues: Gospel Brunch Jazz Playhouse - Germaine Bazzle Lazy Jack - Crescent City Soul Le Bon Temps Roule - Allen Clayton One Eyed Jacks - Anamanaguchi Preservation Hall - The Preservation All Stars with Wendell Brunious The Old Point’s - Tres Bien The Spotted Cat - The Songbird of New Orleans Robin Barnes + The Fiyabirds, Pat Casey & The New Sound Tipitina’s - Bishop Gunn + Magnolia Bayou Smoothie King Center - Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Monday November 4 Bamboula’s - G & the Swinging Gypsies, Les Getrex N Creole Cooking Buffa’s - Arsene DeLay with Charlie Wooton Circle Bar - James Rose Carnaval - Rebecca Leigh and Harry Marrone D.b.a - Funk Monkey Dos Jefes - John Fohl Gasa Gasa - Hand Out + My Epic + Mess & more Jazz Playhouse - Gerald French & The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band One Eyed Jacks - Russian Circles + Windhand Preservation Hall - The Preservation All Stars The Spotted Cat - Dominick Grillo & the Frenchmen St. All Stars, Hot Club of New Orleans Three Keys - Movement Mondays: WHIV 102.3 live broadcast Tuesday November 5 Buffa’s - Tacos, Tequila and Tiaras Carnaval - Carmela Rappazzo Circle Bar - The Swamp Blossoms Columns Hotel - Washboard Chaz Leary D.b.a - Dinosaurchestra, Treme Brass Band Dos Jefes - the Mark Coleman Trio Gasa Gasa - Cat Clyde House of Blues - Member Social Hour Preservation Hall - The Preservation Hall All Stars with Charlie Gabriel Jazz Playhouse - The James River Movement The Spotted Cat - The Little Big Horns, Smokin’ Time Jazz Club Three Keys - Hack Night Saenger Theatre - Dear Evan Hansen Wednesday November 6 Bamboula’s - Mem Shannon, Crawdaddy T’s Cajun Zydeco Review Buffa’s - World’s Most Open Mic w/ Nattie Sanchez Carnaval - David Roe Circle Bar - The Iguanas D.b.a - Tin Men, Walter Wolfman Washington Fillmore- Alt 92.3 Presents: THE NEOTHEATER WORLD Gasa Gasa - The KVB House of Blues - Jet Lounge Marigny Brasserie - Grayson Brockamp & the New Orleans Wildlife Band One Eyed Jacks - Jaye Jayle with Missing + Ex-Specter Preservation Hall - The Preservation All Stars with Charlie Gabriel Saenger Theatre - Dear Evan Hansen Smoothie King Center - Casting Crowns, Hillsong Worship, Elevation Worship The Spotted Cat - Shotgun Jazz Band, Antoine Diel & The New Orleans Misfit Power Three Keys - Sinking City Thursday November 7 Bamboula’s - Marty Peters & the Party Meters Buffa’s - Rebecca Leigh, Harry Mayronne and Chris Wecklein, Tom McDermott and Aurora Nealand Carnaval - Ivor Simpson-Kennedy Circle Bar - Dark Lounge feat. Rik Slave
One Eyed Jacks - Kikagayu Moyo + Minami Deutsch Preservation Hall - The Preservation All-Stars Saenger Theatre - Dear Evan Hansen The Old Point’s - Martha & the Goodtime-Gang The Spotted Cat - Panorama Jazz Band Three Keys - Big Easy Brawlers UNO Lakefront Arena - Kevin Gates
Dos Jefes - The Matt Lemmler Trio D.b.a - Alexis & the Samurai, Cole Williams Band Fillmore - The Raconteurs Gasa Gasa - Danny Burns House of Blues - The Tempted (Foundation Room) Jazz Playhouse - Big Sam’s Crescent City Connection Lazy Jack - ASAP Le Bon Temps Roule - SOUL REBELS One Eyed Jacks - Fast Times 80s Dance Night Orpheum Theater - Ru Paul’s Drag Race: Werq the World Preservation Hall - The Preservation All Stars Saenger Theatre - Dear Evan Hansen Snug Harbor - Robertico Carcasses Quartet featuring Bobby Carcasses The Old Point’s - Johnny Hayes Band The Spotted Cat - Miss Sophie Lee Band, Jumbo Shrimp Three Keys - NoFUN Meetup Tipitina’s - Black Joe Lewis Friday November 8 Bamboula’s - Smoky Greenwell, Sierra Green Boomtown Casino - The Strays Buffa’s - Lynn Drury, Tyler Millot Trio w/ Clint Pigg Carnaval - Arsene DeLay Circle Bar - Natalie Mae & Friends D.b.a. - The Russell Welch Hot Quartet Dos Jefes - Vivaz! (latin) Gasa Gasa - This Will Destroy You, The Dude Ranch Jazz Playhouse - Shannon Powell Jazz Quartet Lazy jack - Uptown Phunk Le Bon Temp Roule - Captain Green NOLA Brewing - The Two’s One Eyed Jacks - Sharks’ Teeth + Ex-Specter Preservation Hall - The Preservation All-Stars Saenger Theatre - Dear Evan Hansen The Old Point’s - Bogue Chitto The Spotted Cat - Washboard Chaz Trio, Dr. Brice Miller’s BukuNOLA Three Keys - The Living Room Experience Tipitina’s - The Soul Rebels Poetry in Motion Album Release Party
Sunday November 10 Bamboula’s - Carl LeBlanc, Ed Wills Blues 4 Sale Buffa’s - Jazz Brunch w/ Some LIke It Hot, Fr Ron and Friends, Steve Pistorious Jazz Quartet Carnaval - Real Rob Circle Bar - Dead Register Dos Jefes - Michael Liuzza & Co. D.b.a. - The Palmetto Bug Stompers Fillmore - Drag Diva Brunch: Golden Girls Edition House of Blues - Gospel Brunch, Requiem with DJ Raj Le Bon Temps Roule - SOUL REBELS One Eyed Jacks - Allah-Las + Maston Orpheum Theater - Bianca Del Rio - It’s Jester Joke Preservation Hall - The Preservation All-Stars with Wendell Brunious Saenger Theatre - Dear Evan Hansen The Tigermen Den - Bobby Michot & His Cajun Band Saints Screening: VS Falcons The Old Point’s - Anais St. John The Spotted Cat - The Songbird of New Orleans Robin Barnes + The FiyaBirds, Pat Casy & The New Sound
KevinGates Baton Rouge native Kevin Gates will make his way down to New Orleans to showcase his debut album I am Him. Gates blends deep rap beats with philosophical lyricism. You hear Gates and think Kendrick, though from Louisiana and thus, by default, with a little something extra. Come out to the UNO Arena and listen to find out "He Is." Saturday November 9, 8:00 p.m., UNO Arena, arena.uno.edu Saturday November 9 Bamboula’s - Johnny Mastro, Crawdaddy T’s Cajun Zydeco Review Boomtown - Foret Tradition Buffa’s - Freddie Blue & the Friendship Circle Band Carnaval - Cole Williams
Circle Bar - Strobobean + Dihyo D.b.a - Tuba Skinny, Little Freddie King Dos Jefes - Sunpie & the La sunspots (zyd) Gasa Gasa - Mike Doughty House of Blues - Inferno Burlesque Le Bon Temps Roule - Clark Gang
Monday November 11 Bamboula’s - G & the Swinging Gypsies, Les Getrex N Creole Cooking Buffa’s - Arsene Delay and Charlie Wooton, Antoine Diel Carnaval - Alison McConnel Circle Bar - Curse D.b.a - John Boutte’ Dos Jefes - John Fohl Gasa Gasa - Hide House of Blues - REIGNWOLF One Eyed Jacks - Monolord + Blackwater Holylight + Space Cadaver
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Jazz Playhouse - Sierra Green and the Soul Machine Lazy Jack - Dead End Blues Band Le Bon Temps Roule - Tom Worrell NOLA Brewing - Bob Gagnon and Chip Wilson One Eyed Jacks - Andrew Duhon and Kristin Diable Preservation Hall - The Preservation All Stars with Shannon Powell The Old Point’s - Amanda Walker, LYnn Drury, Carolone Broussard & Chris Henley The Spotted Cat - Cottonmouth Kings Three Keys - AfroXotica with Andrea Peoples and DJ OJay Tipitina’s - Jagged Little Pill: An Alanis Morissette Tribute + My So-called Band: A 90’s Tribute
Pennywise California punk-rock band Pennywise is back in New Orleans after three long years. Since 1988, the band has released 11 albums, a number of them making the Top Independent Albums list. Known for their raw and distinctive sound, Pennywise continues to inspire a keen following and demand a particular respect from fans and peers alike. Saturday, November 16, 8:00 p.m., The House of Blues, houseofblues.com/neworleans Preservation Hall - The Preservation All Stars with Charlie Gabriel The Spotted Cat - Dominick Grillo & The Frenchmen St. All Stars, The Rhythm Stompers Three Keys - To Trill Trivia with Eric & Terri Tuesday November 12 Bamboula’s - Chance Bushman Jazz Band, The Budz Buffa’s - “Talkin’ To New Orleans” w/ Debbie Davis Carnaval - Antoine Diel & Daniel Schroeder Circle Bar - The Swamp Blossoms D.b.a. - Dinosaurchestra, Treme Brass Band Dos Jefes - The mark Coleman Trio Gasa Gasa - Mac Ayres House of Blues - Alejandro Aranda is Scarypoolparty Preservation Hall - The Preservation All Stars with Charlie Gabriel Jazz Playhouse - James Rivers Movement The Spotted Cat - Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns, Smokin’ Time Jazz Club Three Keys - Hack Night Tipitina’s - Dinosaur Jr. + Easy Action Smoothie King Center - Jonas Brothers Wednesday November 13 Bamboula’s - Mem Shannon, Crawdaddy T’s Cajun Zydeco Review Buffa’s - World’s Most Open Mic w/ Nattie Sanchez
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Carnaval - Live Jazz Group Circle Bar - the Iguanas D.b.a - Tin Men, Walter Wolfman Washington & the Roadmasters Dos Jefes - The Gerald French Trio Gasa Gasa - Jacuzzi Boys + Tattered Rabit House of Blues - STATIC-X & DEVILDRIVER Marigny Brasserie - Grayson Brockamp & the New Orleans Wildlife Band Preservation Hall - The Preservation Hall All Stars with Charlie Gabriel Jazz Playhouse - big Sam’s Crescent City Connection Saenger Theatre - Just Trust EElivs Costello and The Imposters The Spotted Cat - Shotgun Jazz Band, Antoine Diel & The New Orleans Misfit Power Three Keys - Think Less Hear More Thursday November 14 Bamboula’s - Marty Peters & the Party Meters, City of Trees Brass Band Buffa’s - Andre’ Bohen, Tom McDermott and Aurora Nealand Carnaval - Geovane Santos’ Jazz Brasileiro Circle Bar - Dark Lounge ft. Rik Slave D.b.a - Deltaphonic Dos Jefes - The Bryce Eastwood Band Gasa Gasa - Grayson World + Zaharia Sims House of Blues - The Steel Woods Jazz Playhouse - Brass-A-Holics Lazy Jack - Gwen and the Old Man One Eyed Jacks - Fast Times 80s Dance Night Preservation Hall - The Preservation All Stars with lucien Barbarin Saenger Theatre - Tigerama The Old Point’s - Baby Boy Bartels The Spotted Cat - Miss Sophie Lee Band, Jumbo Shrimp Three Keys - The Finest Funk with AJ Hall Tipitina’s - Hep Cat Entertainment Presents: Cimafunk Friday November 15 Bamboula’s - Smoky Greenwell, Ace Brass Band Boomtown Casino - Junior & Sumtin’ Sneaky Buffa’s - B Side Beatniks w/ Larry Scala, Ortner, Singleton Carnaval - Lilli Lewis Project Circle Bar - Natalie Mae & friends D.b.a - The Russell Welch Hot Quartet Gasa Gasa - Lee McKinney and Felix Martin House of Blues - Or Shovaly (Foundation Room), John 5 & The Creatures
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Saturday November 16 Bamboula’s - Johnny Mastro, Crawdaddy T’s Cajun Zydeco Review Boomtown Casino - Back in the Day Party Buffa’s - Dave Ferrato and Irene Sage, Keith Burnstein Carnaval - Alex McMurray Circle Bar - The Peccadillos D.b.a - Tuba Skinny, Lost Bayou Ramblers House of Blues - Pennywise Jazz Playhouse - The Nayo Jones Experience Lazy Jack - Sidewalls Preservation Hall - The Preservation All Stars with Mark Braud Saenger Theatre - MJ Live The Old Point’s - Marshland The Spotted Cat - Panorama Jazz Band, Another Day in Paradise Three Keys - DJ Soul Sister and Dynamite Dave Soul Sunday November 17 Bamboula’s - Carl LeBlanc, Ed Wills Blues 4 Sale Boomtown Casino - Vietnamese Concert Buffa’s - Jazz Brunch with Some Like It Hot, Molly Reeves and Nahum Zdybel, Steve Pistorius Jazz Quartet Carnaval - The Two’s Circle Bar - Micah McKee & Friends + Blind Texas Marlin D.b.a. - The Palmetto Bug Stompers Gasa Gasa - Mikayla Braun, Eric Tessmer and Burris House of Blues - Gospel Brunch, The Coathangers Jazz Playhouse - Germaine Bazzle Lazy Jack - M.J. and the Redeemers One Eyed Jacks - Marina Orchestra Preservation Hall - The Preservation All Stars with Wendell Brunious The Old Point’s - Beauty & the Bob The Spotted Cat - The Songbird of New Orleans Robin Barnes + The FiyaBirds, Pat Casy & The New Sound Three Keys - Saints Screening: Buccaneers Monday November 18 Bamboula’s - G & the Swinging Gypsies, Les Getrex N Creole Cooking Buffa’s - Arsene DeLay and Charlie Wooton, Antoine Diel Carnaval - Dick Johnson Band D.b.a - John Boutte, Funk Monkey Dos Jefes - John Fohl Jazz Playhouse - Gerald French & The Original Tuxedo Preservation Hall - The Preservation All Stars with Charlie Gabriel Three Keys - Movement Mondays: WHIV The Spotted Cat - Dominick Grillo & The Frenchmen St. All Stars, Hot Club of New Orleans Tuesday November 19 AllWays Lounge - Nola Dukes Band Bamboula’s - Chance Brushman Jazz Band, The Budz Buffa’s - Treme Tuesday w/ Tom McDermott Carnaval - Meryl Zimmerman & Kris Tokarski Circle Bar - The Swamp Blossoms D.b.a - Dinosaurchestra, Treme Brass Band Dos Jefes - Tom Hook & Wendell Brunious (j) Gasa Gasa - Girlpool House of Blues - Immortal Technique Jazz Playhouse - The James Rivers Movement Preservation Hall - The Preservation All Stars with Charlie Gabriel Saenger Theatre - The Elf on the Shelf The Spotted Cat - Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns, Smokin’ Time Jazz Club Three Keys - GDG New Lrleans Meetup Wednesday November 20
Bamboula’s - Mem Shannon, Crawdaddy T’s Cajun Zydeco Review Buffa’s - World’s Most Open Mic w/ Nattie Sanchez Carnaval - KatieCat and Cain bossa Nova Love Circle Bar - the Iguanas Dos Jefes - Carl LeBlanc & Ellen Smith Gasa Gasa - Zach Smallman, Lana J. and Campbell Fields House of Blues - Jet Lounge Marigny Brasserie - Grayson Brockamp & the New Orleans Wildlife Band Jazz Playhouse - Big Sam’s Crescent City Connection Preservation Hall - The Preservation All Stars The Spotted Cat - Shotgun Jazz Band, Antoine Diel & The New Orleans Misfit Power Three Keys - SONO presnts Shape of Jazz to Come Thursday November 21 Bamboula’s - Marty Peters & the Party Meters, City of Trees Brass Band Buffa’s - Michael Burkhart’s Les Syncopators De Bayou Jazz Trio, Tom McDermott and Aurora Nealand Capulet - Or Shovaly Carnaval - Leslie Cooper Circle Bar - Dark Lounge ft. Rik Slaver D.b.a - Alexis & the Samurai, Little Freddy King Dos Jefes - the Loren Pickford Trio (j) Gasa Gasa - Slickback Jacques + Dusty Diets + Quarx House of Blues - Mike Doussan Trio Jazz Playhouse - Brass-A-Holics Lazy Jack - Two Scotts Le Bon Temps Roule - SOUL REBELS Preservation Hall - The Preservation All Stars The Old Point’s - Hanna Mignano Trio The Spotted Cat - Miss Sophie Lee Band, Jumbo Shrimp Three Keys - Tour of Five times Friday November 22 Bamboula’s - Smoky Greenwell, Sierra Green Boomtown Casino - Contraflow Buffa’s - Meryl Zimmerman, Hannah KB Band Carnaval - St. Roch Syncopators Circle Bar - shitdog record party D.b.a - Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers Dos Jefes - Tom Fitzpatrcik & Turning Point Gasa Gasa - Knowhere House of Blues - LOUMUZIK Jazz Playhouse - Shannon Powell Jazz Quartet Lazy Jacks - Wise Guys Le Bon Temps Roule - Joe Krown New Orleans Jazz Museum - CC Adcock Swamp Pop Nola Brewing - Luna Mora One Eyed Jacks - DJ Soul Sister Preservation Hall The Preservation All-Stars Saenger Theatre - Pilobolua in Shadowland The Old Point’s - Tin Star The Spotted Cat - Washboard Chaz Trio, Three Keys - Brass and Beats: King of Brass Tipitina’s - 4th Annual Harvest the Music: A Benefit Supporting the 2nd Harvest Food Bank Saturday November 23 Bamboula’s - Johnny Mastro, Crawdaddy T’s Cajun Zydeco Review Boomtown Casino - Aaron Foret Buffa’s - Walter “Wolfman” Washington Carnaval - Royal and Dumaine Hawaiians Circle Bar - the Geraniums unplugged D.b.a. - Tuba Skinny, Brass-a-holics Dos Jefes - The Joe Krown Trio (b) Gasa Gasa - Jank Setup House of Blues - Burris (Foundation Room), Inferno Burlesque Jazz Playhouse - Kermit Ruffins Lazy Jacks - Andy Breux and Hawaiian Dave One Eyed Jacks - Fleur De Tease Preservation Hall - The Preservation All-Stars The Old Point’s - Rebel Roadside The Spotted Cat - Panorama Jazz Band, Dominick Grillo & The Frenchmen St. All Stars Three Keys - Troy Sawyer Birthday Bash Sunday November 24 Bamboula’s- Carl LeBlanc, Ed Wills Blues 4 Sale Buffa’s- Jazz Brunch with Some Like It Hot, Little
Coquette Jazz Band, Steve Pistorius Jazz Quartet Carnaval - Muevelo Circle Bar - Mica McKee & friends + Blind Texas marlin D.b.a.- The Palmetto Bug Stompers Fillmore- The Real Housewives of Drag Brunch House of Blues- Gospel Brunch Jazz Playhouse - Germaine Bazzle Lazy Jack - Austin Sicard & The Medics Le Bon Temps Roule- Buddy Conway Band Marigny Opera House- Kathryn Rose Wood + Butte One Eyed Jacks- Robert Finley Preservation Hall-The Preservation All-Stars The Old Point’s - Gregg Martinez The Spotted Cat- The Songbird of New Orleans Robin Barnes + The FiyaBirds, Pat Casy & The New Sound Three Keys - Saints Screening: Panthers
Carnaval - Tiffany Pollack & Co Circle Bar - Dark Lounge ft. Rik Slave D.b.a. - Tin Men, Walter Wolfman Washington Dos Jefes - The Gerald French Quartet (j) Fillmore - K. Michelle House of Blues - DJ Doug Funnie (Foundation Room) Jazz Playhouse - Big Sam’s Crescent City Connection Marigny Brasserie - Grayson Brockamp & the New Orleans Wildlife Band One Eyed Jacks - Vixens & Vinyl Preservation Hall - The Preservation All-Stars The Spotted Cat - Shotgun Jazz Band, Antoine Diel & The New Orleans Misfit Power Three Keys - Psychedelic Society of New Orleans Tipitina’s - Tipitina’s Tribute to Dr. John with Musical Direct George Porter Jr.
Monday November 25 Bamboula’s - G & the Swinging Gypsies, Les Getrex Buffa’s - Arsene DeLay and Charlie Wooton Carnaval - Margie Perez Circle Bar - Zurich Cloud Motors D.b.a - John Boutte’ Dos Jefes - John Fohl House of Blues - Cattle Decapitation Plus Atheist & More Jazz Playhouse - Gerald French & The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band One Eyed Jacks - Blind Texas Marlin Preservation Hall - The Preservation All-Stars The Spotted Cat - Dominick Grillo & The Frenchmen St. All Stars, The Rhythm Stompers Three Keys - Lobby Simple Play Networking Happy Hour
Thursday November 28 Bamboula’s - John Lisi Band Boomtown Casino - Gatsby’s Party, Black & Gold Party Buffa’s - Saints on the Big Screen Carnaval - Thanksgiving and Football on the big screen Circle Bar - Dark Lounge ft. Rik Slave One Eyed Jacks - Fast Times 80s Dance Night Preservation Hall - The Preservation All-Stars The Spotted Cat - Miss Sophie Lee Band, Jumbo Shrimp Three Keys - Saints Screening: Falcons
Jimmy Herring and his new band, the 5 of 7, are sharing their notorious sound with New Orleans. Herring, a North Carolina native, has been playing guitar for over 40 years and shows no signs of stopping any time soon. He is revered in the jazz-rock-fusion and jam band communities. He is proud to introduce his new band to the world on the road. Saturday, November 16, 9:00 p.m., The Joy Theater, thejoytheater.com
Tuesday November 26 Bamboula’s - Chance Bushman Jazz Band, The Budz Buffa’s - “New Orleans” (1947 Movie) w/ Leslie Cooper and the Music Street Jazz Band Carnaval - Antoine Diel & Daniel Schroeder Circle Bar - Cave Paintings D.b.a. - Dinosaurchestra, Treme Brass Band Dos Jefes - Tom Hook & Wendell Brunious
Fillmore - Incubus House of Blues - Rich Collins (Foundation Room) Nola Brewing - Open Mic with Adam Crochet One Eyed Jacks - Mikal Cronin and Shannon Lay Jazz Playhouse - The James Rivers Movement Preservation Hall - The Preservation All-Stars The Spotted Cat - Meschiya Lake
Three Keys - Hack Night UNO Lakefront Arena - The 1975 Wednesday November 27 Bamboula’s - Mem Shannon, Crawdaddy T’s Cajun Zydeco Review Buffa’s - World’s Most Open Mic w/ Nattie Sanchez
Friday November 29 Bamboula’s - Smoky Greenwell, Ace Brass Band Boomtown Casino - Gregg Martinez, Delta Kings Buffa’s - Charlie Wooton Project featuring Heli, Song Swap w/ Patrick Smith and Friends Carnaval - Kool Moe Dee Appreciation Society Circle Bar - Natalie Mae & friends D.b.a. - Aurora Nealand & the Royal Roses Gasa Gasa - Dee White House of Blues - PJ Morton Le Bon Temps Roule - Jeff Snake Greenberg Nola Brewing - John Lisi and Jack Joshua One Eyed Jacks - Mark Normand Preservation Hall - The Preservation All-Stars
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Lakeside2Riverside U P C O M I N G F E S T I VA L S & E V E N T S
Big Easy Con Nov 1–3
Renaissance Festival Hammond Weekends, November 2–December 8 larf.com Come to the English “Village of Albright” this November. The festival is home to a number of events, wares, and food that will be sure to help you fill up for the holiday gift season. Better yet, come see one of their shows and experience an adventure unlike any other. Tickets are available for purchase, should you be so inclined Veterans’ Parade West Baton Rouge Saturday, November 16 Act.alz.org Join your fellow New Orleanians at Audubon Park for the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. You can register online or in person, but note that in-person registration is at 8 a.m. The two-mile walk will start at 9:30 a.m. Each registered participant will receive a Promise Garden Flower, and the color of the flower designates your connection to the disease. Join the cause and lift up those who have been affected by Alzheimer’s.
MUSIC Rock of Ages Vintage Rock Club Friday, November 15 Vintagerockclub.com A four-part event, Rock of Ages will grace the halls of Vintage Rock Club with a finale on Friday, November 15. A $20 ticket gets guests early entry with food and a Vintage Rock Club guitar pick—good for one free drink. The event’s ticket sales will benefit Wishes, Wonders, & Who Dats, a regional affiliate of the Make a Wish Foundation. Tickets are on sale now.
FESTIVALS Big Easy Con Ernest N. Morial Convention Center November 1–3 bigeasycon.com Geek out at the Big Easy Con. The three-day event features the biggest names in the comic industry, TV and movie stars, cosplay icons, and activities for the whole family. You’ll get a chance to see Marvel Superstar Anthony Mackie, Grammy Award winner “Weird Al” Yankovic, and many more. Whether you’re a cardboard-box knight or showcasing months of hard work in a princess gown, enter in the costume contest. Head down to the Convention Center November 1st-3rd for New Orleans' biggest pop culture convention.
Rock of Ages Nov. 15
Veterans' Parade Nov. 16
NOLA Stache Dash Central City BBQ Smokeyard Sunday, November 17 facebook.com/NOLAStacheDash Come celebrate your Irish heritage at Irish Fest. According to their website, the aim is to “emphasize Irish cultural traditions that enrich the lives of people in the region” and to “raise awareness of the Irish arts, such as music, dance, visual art, and literature.” The festival will feature two different stages of performers as well as food and other refreshments. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.
Renaissance Festival Nov. 2 - Dec. 8
NOLA Stache Dash Nov. 17
Boudin, Bourbon, and Beer Champions Square Friday, November 8 boudinbourbonbeer.com Get your grub on for a good cause at Boudin, Bourbon, and Beer fest. The one-day festival features food from over 70 local chefs, such as Nina Compton (Bywater American Bistro), Jimmy Bannos (Purple Pig), and many more. Enjoy live performances by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Grace Potter, and Fruition and Motel Radio. Don’t forget to check out the Buffalo Trace Bourbon Tent for a top shelf cocktail. Proceeds will go towards Emeril Lagasse’s foundation.
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Willie Mae's Scotch House has been serving up quality entrees from a New Orleans neighborhood since 1957. Their short menu has won them many accolades, including a James Beard Award and Travel Channel’s distinction for best fried chicken in America. 2401 St. Ann St., 822-9503 | williemaesnola.com
WOW Café Doubletree is a family-owned franchise with food with roots in southern Louisiana. Winner of best wings in NOLA for 8 consecutive years, the variety of signature sauces teases every palate—and has a full bar to boot. 300 Canal St., 212-3250 | wowamericaneats.com
Bennachin's West African flavors offer a welcome break from the food you’ve been eating for lunch. Be sure to try their Cope Ni Makondo. BYOB and your appetite for fresh food with exciting vegetarian options. 1212 Royal St. | 522-1230 | bennachinrestaurant.com
Bayou Hot Wings has some of the best spicy wings in the city. The Bayou Hot Boy wings definitely pack heat. It's variety of sauces and the effort put into each meal ensure that no meal is a repeat of the last. 6221 S. Claiborne Ave., 662-9933 | bayouhotwings.com Crescent City Steak House’s menu has focused on serving multiple versions of buttery steaks for over 80 years. Their local influences and unique style of cooking give this steakhouse a particular flare you can’t find anywhere—except in New Orleans. 1001 N Broad St., 821-3271 | crescentcitysteaks.com Gordon Biersch is well known for its German lagers and irresistible entrees. Their impressive variety of beers pair perfectly with any of their savory dishes. From buttery pastas to classic burgers, this renowned restaurant has something for all. 200 Poydras St., 522-2739 | gordonbiersch.com/locations/new-orleans/ Legacy Kitchen has crafted a menu that offers every type of American comfort food you can imagine. With a specific focus on New Orleans cuisine, this restaurant experience is everything a local food lover could want. 759 Veterans Blvd., 309-5231 | legacykitchen.com Legacy Kitchen Steak + Chop enhances the foodscape of the Westbank with refined cuisine in a casual setting. Check out their weekly chalkboard specials, such as half-priced wine, $1 charbroiled oysters, and weekend dinner and lunch combos. 91 Westbank Expy., 513-2606 | legacykitchen.com Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant is the place to kick back. Lucy’s offers everything from Jamacian jerk chicken to burgers. Grab a beer and menu item to verify that they’ve got the “coldest drinks and the hottest menus.” 701 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995 | lucyssurf. com
Bayou Hot Wings Pokeworks brought the vibrant taste of Hawiian poke to mainland America in 2015. This restaurant brings unique raw tuna, spicy salmon, scallops, and many different flavors to a city that loves its traditional crawfish, shrimp, and oyster seafood. 3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd. #119, 218-5352 | pokeworks.com The Steakhouse at Harrah's is a great way to eat between hands of blackjack. Get quality dishes influenced by the flavors of New Orleans, like the dangerously delicious Tournedos of Beef, at this fun and convenient restaurant. 8 Canal St., 533-6111 | caesars.com/harrahs-new-orleans/restaurants/thesteakhouse Stein's Market & Deli is a Philadelphia-style deli, located on Magazine Street. Their fresh ingredients and unique craftsmanship dressed every option with some Philly flair. Don’t miss their Tuesday cheesesteak special. 2207 Magazine St., 527-0771 | steinsdeli.com Voodoo BBQ, the New Orleans chain, plucks flavors from Hispanic, West African, French, and Caribbean cuisine to bring you some of the most flavorful dishes in the city. The multiple locations in New Orleans make it an easy choice. Multiple locations, 522-4647 | voodoobbq.com
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Aloha Sushi and Grill serves sushi, poke bowls, and more. Sushi veteran Tracey Davenport combines the flavors of the Pacific with Creole style to make excellent and unique dishes. 3151 Calhoun St., 309-2699 | AlohaLeiNola.com Bao and Noodle may label itself as an affordable casual Chinese restaurant, but its dishes are undeniably high-tier. With free delivery to the Marigny and Bywater, you can have a delicious meal delivered to you for less than $15. | 2266 St Claude Ave., 272-0004 BaoandNoodle.com Five Happiness serves all those signature Chinese dishes that you know and love. With such large portions that you have to take some home, it’s understandable why it’s one of the most well-known Chinese restaurants in the city. 3605 S Carrollton Ave., 482-3935 | FiveHappiness.com Kyoto 2 might be situated in a modest strip mall in Harahan, but their sushi is anything but modest. Known for their oversized sushi rolls and authentic Japanese fare, Kyoto 2 is great for both group and solo dining. 5608 Citrus Blvd., 818-0228 | facebook.com/kyoto2 Miyako is the definitive spot for hibachi, making it the perfect spot to catch a cooking show. With a menu with that boasts an array of seafood, cocktails, and a sushi bar, there’s something to please everyone. 1403 Saint Charles Ave., 410-9997 | JapaneseBistro.com Origami perfectly executes classic Japanese dining with a hint of New Orleans influence. Chef Mitsuko, a second generation female sushi chef, pairs fresh seafood with fresh, local seasonal ingredients. 5130 Freret St., 8996532 | SushiNola.com
Bars with Great Food Backspace Bar & Kitchen serves up cuisine and cocktails with style to savor among literary-themed decor and artfully exposed bricks. Find them in the heart of the Vieux Carré and try the Grown up Grilled Cheese Sandwich. 139 Chartres St., 322-2245 | backspacenola.com Buffa’s Bar & Restaurant is quintessential New Orleans at its best. This spot may be known for their daily live music, but their local fare is some of the best in town. 1001 Esplanade Ave., 949-0038 | buffasbar. com Copper Vine Winepub is the city’s first wine pub located in the CBD. An unparalleled selection of wines is available on tap and ready to pair with a thoughtful assortment of elevated comfort food. 1001 Poydras St., 208-9535 | coppervinewine.com The Jimani is among the best late-night haunts to grab a bite and beer. A reliably yummy array of bar food and a welcoming ambience make this a neighborhood gem. 141 Chartres St. | 524-0493 | thejimani.com The Library New Orleans is an Uptown gastropub with a decidedly modern feel. Upscale bar bites—wings and sandwiches and more—complement craft cocktails and 32 beers on tap. 3629 Prytania St., 510-2527 | LibraryNewOrleans.com Mimi's in the Marigny features gourmet tapas that are served late into the night. Get your drink on upstairs, but if you’re looking to party and play some pool, then stay downstairs. 2601 Royal St., 872-9868 | MimisMarigny.com Ole Saint will takes you down memory lane with Deuce McAllister’s football memorabilia on the walls. Watch your team play while having a local brew and good ol’ Creole meal. 132 Royal St. | 309-4797 | olesaint.com Orleans Grapevine, with over 375 bottled wines, is fine dining at its best. This is a super spot in the French Quarter to pair a glass with the Ahi Tuna dish. 720 Orleans Ave., 523-1930 | orleansgrapevine.com Rivershack Tavern is a cross between a classic tavern, a music club, a sports bar, and a small town restaurant. And it delivers on every front. 3449 River Rd., 834-4938 | therivershacktavern.com
Shamrock Bar and Grill is all about the games and the food. Challenge your friends to some minibowling, basketball, or darts at the city’s largest neighborhood bar. 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 301-0938 | shamrockparty.com
Jimmy J’s Café is a quaint diner on Chartres Street that will blow you away with mouthwatering breakfast items. You’ll walk out with a smile, feeling full for the next few hours after you’re done. 115 Chartres St., 3099360 | jimmyjscafe.com
Three Palms Bar and Grill takes le bon temps roulé to a new level. This venue has a large outdoor patio that features palm trees and allows you to enjoy a relaxed environment. 3813 Tulane Ave., 459-4474 | 3palmsnola.com
Petite Amelie specializes in “cuisine rapide,” so you can enjoy a light breakfast of gourmet items. As an extension of Café Amelie, you get the quality cooking that Amelie is known for while having a quicker dining experience. 900 Royal St., 412-8065 | petiteamelienola.wordpress.com
Red Gravy, a rustic Italian café, makes it okay to have cannoli, spaghetti, meatballs, and gnocchi for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Most of their recipes have been passed down from generation to generation. 125 Camp St., 561-8844 | RedGravyCafe.com
Café 615 Home of Da Wabbit knows how to serve homestyle meals that’ll make you wonder who’s cooking these classic dishes. With great service, food, and pricing, it’s no wonder they are voted one of the best restaurants on the Westbank. 615 Kepler St., 365-1225 | cafe615.com Café Amelie is only a hop, skip, and jump from the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum. Using local ingredients, they cook up some delicious dishes for lunch and dinner as well as for brunch on the weekends. 912 Royal St., 412-8965 | cafeamelie.com Café Navarre is a neighborhood café with a contemporary feel. Located around the corner from City Park, you can plan your day trip while eating a delicious breakfast. They also serve lunch and dinner. 800 Navarre Ave., 483-8828 | CafeNavarre.com Compère Lapin believes in the power of pure flavors, which you can certainly tell from their dishes. With each item on their menus having only a few ingredients, you can taste each pepper, spice, or vegetable. 535 Tchoupitoulas St., 599-2119 | comperelapin.com Cru by Chef Marlon Alexander is not afraid to be bold or passionate. Here, the staff excels at maximizing the guests’ experience. Don’t miss their great Happy Hour or popular Drag Brunch on Sundays. 535 Franklin Ave., 266- 2856 | crunola.com Haydel’s Bake Shop provides the baked goods and pastries you expect from the Haydel’s Bakery of legend—but from the convenience of a café. This shop is the place to snack on your favorite pastry and enjoy a coffee. 3117 Magazine St., 267-3165 | facebook.com/ haydelsbakeshop
Riccobono’s Panola Street Café is in the heart of Uptown, making it a great place for residents to grab breakfast without leaving the neighborhood. You’ll leave the table already planning your next trip back. 7801 Panola St., 314-1810 | PanolaStreetCafe.com Sala feels more like a lounge or restaurant than a café, but do not take that to mean it isn’t full of great dishes. The restaurant serves great eats at all times of day, from breakfast to dinner and anytime in between. 124 Lake Marina Ave. | 513-2670 | salanola.com
wine and the cappelletti, a delicious pasta dish served with seared pork. 600 Carondelet St., 930-3070 | josephineestelle.com Mellow Mushroom on Oak Street features fantastic pizza that keeps the place packed. But their wings, salads, and hoagies are great options, too. Mellow Mushroom is a favorite of Uptown students and locals alike. 8227 Oak St., 345- 8229 | mellowmushroom. com Mosca’s Restaurant promises to fill your belly with its large portions of hearty Italian offerings. This restaurant has been run by the Mosca family for generations. Each dish is served on family-style platters. 4137 U.S. Highway 90 West | Westwego | 436-8950 | moscasrestaurant.com Tavolino has a family-friendly atmosphere in the front, but a party in the back. You can enjoy pizza in the dining room or grab a drink in the lounge. You’ll want to make the trip for their thin-crust pies with gourmet toppings. 141 Delaronde St., Algiers | 605-3365 | facebook. com/TavolinoLounge PIZZA domenica is known for serving amazing pizza,
but don’t overlook their antipasti or salads. Plus, you can watch the cooks masterfully craft your gourmet pizza in the pizzeria’s custom-made oven, imported from Italy. Multiple locations | PizzaDomenica.com Venezia might catch your eye with the promise of a good pizza, but they’ve got much more to offer, including nearly every variety of pasta. The Veal Pontchartrain will be your new favorite dish. 134 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7991 | VeneziaNewOrleans.net
Mexican NOLA Cantina is part lounge and part taco bar. Relax with one of their specialty cocktails and one of their inventive Mexican dishes, set to the tune of live New Orleans jazz or bumpy electronic music, depending on when you visit. 437 Esplanade Ave., 266-2848 | NolaCantina.com
Middle Eastern Lebanon’s Café has a beautiful dining room, exceptional service, and great location on Carrollton
Surrey’s Cafe & Juice Bar is New Orleans’ oldest organic juice bar, and they serve some of the best breakfast in town. They put a twist on local food that’s so good you will be wondering why you haven’t eaten here before. 1418 & 4807 Magazine St. | surreysnola.com The Vintage is all about having a great dining experience with flair. They specialize in coffee, beignets, and wine—all great items to munch or sip on while socializing with the people who join you. 3121 Magazine St. | 324-7144 | thevintagenola.com
Italian Dab’s Bistro is a new Metairie, based restaurant created by Chef Duke Locicero. Enjoy familiar classics with a Southern twist, like Alligator Meatballs and Seafood Stuffed Avocado with Grilled Shrimp. 3401 N Hullen St. 70002 | dabsbistro.com/ Josephine Estelle, run by two James Beard nominees, knows good pasta. Relax with a glass a
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Avenue—all factors to their popularity. Most importantly, they serve some of the best Middle Eastern cuisine in the entire city. 1500 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-6200 | lebanonscafe.com
micro brewery, live music, and local art, this place is a one stop shop for anyone who wants to experience New Orleans culture. 527 Decatur St., 522-0571 | crescentcitybrewhouse.com
Pyramid’s Café takes their food seriously. They serve fantastic Middle Eastern food at affordable prices. Pyramids Cafe, across the street from Yulman Stadium, is a popular spot with Tulane students and Uptowners alike. 3149 Calhoun St., 861-9602 | pyramidscafeonline.com
House of Blues Restaurant and Bar is a destination at the “crossroads” between music, art, and great food—inspired by America’s southern half, especially New Orleans. The food alone is worth the stop—it’s even better if you’re catching a show. 225 Decatur St., 310-4999 | houseofblues.com/neworleans/menu
New Orleans Cuisine Antoine’s Restaurant, the nation’s oldest familyowned restaurant and the creator of the world-famous Oyster’s Rockefeller, continues to serve up quality French-Creole cuisine in the heart of the Big Easy. 713 St. Louis St. | 581-4422 | antoines.com Coterie NOLA Restaurant & Oyster Bar has got all of the expected New Orleans munchies. Here, you can enjoy some shrimp and grits without the fuss of ironing your Sunday best. If that isn’t quite enough, try the Happy Hour for oysters. 135 Decatur St., 529-8600 | CoterieNola.com Crescent City Brewhouse is a hotspot for both foodlovers and craft beer connoisseurs. With an in-house
Dick and Jenny's is the quintessential modern New Orleans restaurant. Classic Cajun Creole cuisine is combined with—and enhanced by—the visible undercurrents of Thai influence. Chef Merlin Chauvin serves a fresh, unique experience with a great meal on-the-side. 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-9880 | DickandJennys.com Legacy Kitchen’s Craft Tavern offers a refreshing take on New Orleans classics. Daily brunch lasts until 4 p.m., where diners can chose to indulge in beignets and café au lait. All dishes pair excellently with their signature cocktails. 700 Tchoupitoulas St., 613-2350 | LegacyKitchen.com Mandina's doesn’t make you choose between delectable Italian food and decadent New Orleans cuisine; you can have either—or both. If you want fish, but prefer it broiled, try the Gulf Fish Meuniere or Almandine. 3800 Canal St., 482-9179 | mandinasrestaurant.com
Legacy Kitchen Craft Tavern Short Stop PoBoys doesn’t play when it comes to making the city’s famed sandwich. They treat it like an art form. You can personalize your po-boy with meats and extras, creating the sandwich dreams are made of. 119 Transcontinental Dr., Metairie | 885-4572 | shortstoppoboysno.com
New Orleans Creole Cookery is perfect for a city outing. They’ve got an expansive list of boozy beverages like the Hurricane (drink the Category 5 at your own risk). You have options to dine at their bar, dining room, or courtyard. 508 Toulouse St. | 524-9632 | neworleanscreolecookery.com
Briquette offers contemporary coastal cuisine in a casual environment that was once a molasses refinery. The 18-foot seafood display features an assortment of fresh fish that will have you dreaming of grilled goodness. 701 S. Peters St. | 302-7496 | briquettenola.com
Parran's Po-Boys and Restaurant certainly lives up to its reputation. With both authentic Italian food and po-boys, they can satisfy any wish. With locations in Metairie, Kenner, and Uptown, Parran’s is always ready to serve you a classic. Multiple locations | parranspoboys.
Felix’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar is no stranger to variety within the mollusk world. A dozen of their fresh oysters are guaranteed to satisfy even the hungriest customer. Be sure to check out their newest location on the Lakefront. Multiple locations | felixs.com
Public Service truly serves the public with its New Southern-style dishes and wide range of drinks and cocktails. In this casual yet sophisticated eatery, you can sit down with friends and family at the beautiful NOPSI hotel. 311 Baronne St., 962-6527 | publicservicenola. com
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Landry’s Seafood doesn’t just offer your standard fried fish with a side of fries. If you’re looking for some more exotic options, their menu items will catch you by surprise. You can enjoy your meal with a gorgeous view of the Mississippi. Multiple Locations | landrysseafood.com
Poseidon is a delectable seafood restaurant and sushi bar. Open six days a week and serving until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, you might just find yourself a new regular at this Uptown spot. 2100 St. Charles Ave., 509-6675 | PoseidonNola.com Seaworthy features locally caught and sustainably harvested seafood with a global flair. It’s a culinary heaven for seafood aficionados and dabblers alike. Profits from their handcrafted cocktails help fund the Gulf Coast Restoration Initiative. 630 Carondelet St., 930-3071 | seaworthynola.com TackleBox is a seafood kitchen and oyster bar that excels. Simply bring an appetite, and the warm staff will be sure to take care of you. This restaurant is a great place to take visitors from out of town. 817 Common St. | 475-6910 | legacykitchen.com
Vegetarian Green Goddess located in the heart of the French Quarter, proudly crosses Thai cuisine with Cajun classics. But what sets Green Goddess apart are the unique and colorful vegan and vegetarian options on the menu. 307 Exchange Pl., 301-3374 | GreenGoddessRestaurant.com
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Food News By Kim Ranjbar
Preserving a classic … The beloved neighborhood spot Parasol's Restaurant & Bar has changed hands again after the previous owners were unable to renew the liquor license due to unpaid taxes. But now the Irish Channel shop has new owners, Mark Bruser and Kimberlee Banning, who are slowly bringing the almost 70-year-old bar back to life with much needed renovations and repairs. The bar is currently open on the weekends only, and the kitchen, along with their po-boys, should reopen any day now. 2533 Constance Street, (504) 302-1543, facebook.com/ParasolsNOLA Bayou baking … Local baker and U.S. Army veteran Kelly Mayhew has, at last, opened his own digs in the Bayou St. John. Appropriately named Mayhew Bakery, the new spot is located in the former Bibleway building on the corner of Orleans Avenue and N. Rendon Street. All of your favorite sweet and savory pastries are available at the corner bakery, from sourdough boules and multigrain loaves to Nutella cream danishes, almond
croissants, and Cajun meat pies. Mayhew Bakery is open Wednesday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 3201 Orleans Avenue, (504) 702-8078, facebook.com/mayhewbakery From global to local … A Creole-Italian joint has opened in the space formerly occupied by Susan Spicer’s Mondo in Lakeview. Dubbed Elle-J's, the new neighborhood restaurant is a collaboration between chef Ludovic Gerrets and Jason Serpas and features menu items such as wood-fired pizzas, char-grilled oysters topped with artichoke, garlic, and breadcrumbs, fried calamari, she-crab soup, and pappardelle bolognese. Elle-J's is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 900 Harrison Avenue, (504) 459-2262, ellejslakeview.com Keepin’ it green … Though it's been around for a long time, vegetable-based diets are becoming more popular in the Greater New Orleans Area, with vegan restaurants opening all around town—most recently, NOLA Vegan Cafe. Located in the Carrollton
Sazerac House neighborhood on Leonides Street, the new green eatery is the brainchild of “vegan-ista” and social worker Sonya Brown, whose pop-ups and catering enabled another step forward. Offering dishes such as chickpea tuna salad, banana waffles, and oyster
mushroom po-boys, this quaint little cafe is also a place where Brown can help other foster kids (like herself) get a leg-up and learn the value of hard work. 1923 Leonides Street, (504) 210-7106, geauxnolavegan.com
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Getting into the spirit … The Sazerac Company, based in New Orleans since 1850, recently opened the Sazerac House. Billed as “an immersive, spirited experience exploring the history of New Orleans through its cocktails,” the new space on the corner of Canal and Magazine Streets features cutting-edge technology that allows visitors to saturate themselves in the Vieux Carre during the 1800s, chat with virtual bartenders, and take a seat at a simulation of the original Sazerac House cafe tables. Not only an interactive museum, the Sazerac House also serves as a distillery, producing about a barrel of Sazerac Rye each day as part of the exhibit, and features special tastings and seminars. 101 Magazine Street, (504) 910-0100, sazerachouse.com He's back! … Chef Duke LoCicero, owner and chef of the French Quarter restaurant Cafe Giovanni that closed two years ago, is back and raring to go at his newly opened Dab's Bistro in Metairie. Taking over the space on Hullen Street that was formerly occupied by neighborhood restaurant Cello's, LoCicero's new spot has brought back some old favorites, such as his famous fried oyster appetizer, plus a bevy of cocktails and Southern Italian small plates for late night dining in the ‘burbs. 3401 N. Hullen Street, dabsbistro.com You'll have a ball! … The Link Stryjewski Foundation has announced the culinary lineup for its 5th annual Bal Masqué, scheduled for January 17 and 18, 2020. As in previous years, the event will kick off with a Chefs’ Dinner at Calcasieu, the Link Restaurant Group's private event space above Cochon, featuring chefs Donald Link, Stephen Stryjewski, Nancy Oakes (Boulevard, Prospect, and as of fall 2019, Tosca, San Francisco), and Nancy Silverton (Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza and chi SPACCA, Los Angeles). “I’ve always admired Nancy Oakes’ commitment to the San Francisco community, especially her involvement with Meals on Wheels, and Nancy Silverton’s inspiring philanthropic spirit has shined for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation events for the last ten years,” said Link. All proceeds from the Bal Masqué go to help nourish and educate New Orleans youth who face extreme poverty, trauma, and violence—empowering them to realize their potential and become active, positive members of the community. The following chefs will offer small plates alongside Chefs Link and Stryjewski at the Bal Masqué: Nina Compton (Compère Lapin, New Orleans), John Currence with Vishwesh Bhatt (City Grocery Restaurant Group, Oxford), Suzanne Goin (Lucques, Los Angeles), Paul Kahan (Big Star, Chicago), Mike Lata (FIG, Charleston), Richard Reddington (Redd Wood, Yountville), Andrea Reusing (Lantern, Chapel Hill), Maggie Scales (Link Restaurant Group, New Orleans), Chris Shepherd (Underbelly Hospitality, Houston), and Frank Stitt (Highlands Bar and Grill, Birmingham). Each chef will present a unique dish, while mixologist Neal Bodenheimer (Cure Co., New Orleans) will present Caribbean and classic cocktails, in addition to other libations offered throughout the evening—including
Chef Duke LoCicero Champagne Henriot, fine wine, and local beer. For more information about Bal Masqué and the Link Stryjewski Foundation and to purchase tickets to both the Chefs’ Dinner and Bal Masqué, visit balmasque. linkstryjewski.org. Honoring a legend … The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience has announced that the 2020 Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Award will be presented to Louisiana’s culinary ambassador to the world, Chef John Folse. The gala celebration will take place at Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans on January 29, 2020, at 7 p.m. “The breadth of Chef Folse’s contributions to the hospitality and culinary industry, as well as his support of so many non-profit organizations, cannot be understated,” said Ewell Smith, incoming NOWFE President. “It’s difficult to imagine a more deserving recipient of this honor.” For tickets and more information, visit nowfe.com. Movin’ on up! ... Tujague’s, the second oldest continuously running restaurant in New Orleans, is moving from 823 Decatur Street to 429 Decatur Street. The new, threestory space actually dates back to the 1840s and formerly housed the recently defunct Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. In an effort to preserve the history of Tujaque’s, there will be a replica of the original bar from the early 19th century, and the main dining room will include mirrors, wainscotting, famous photos, and 6,000 miniature liquor bottles—a wellknown collection of the late owner, Steven Latter. “Tujague’s is a slice of New Orleans history in America’s oldest neighborhood, the French Quarter—and that will not change,” says Mark Latter, owner of Tujague’s. “We will take great care in maintaining the storied history our guests have appreciated for nearly two centuries at our new home.” (504) 525-8676, tujaguesrestaurant.com
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20 and Under
And Now for Something a Little Different … By Kim Ranjbar
hen you think about the typical morning meal, what springs to mind? Is it bacon and sunny-side-up eggs with toast? Fruit-topped waffles drowning in maple syrup? A bagel and cream cheese or a bowl of hot oatmeal sprinkled with cinnamon and brown sugar? We all have a certain dish in mind when it comes to breakfast. In the United States, breakfast often means flocking to places like Waffle House or IHOP, making a drive-thru run for a Sausage McMuffin with a side of hash browns, or grabbing a croissant with your pumpkin spice latte at the nearest Starbucks. Realistically, breakfast can actually consist of pretty much anything, from last night's leftover pizza to a sweet Fuji apple, or a grilled medium-rare New York steak smeared with Southwestern butter. Like anything else in life, it’s always healthy to challenge your viewpoints about what should and shouldn’t be and selecting your next breakfast shouldn’t be any different. You just have to step outside your comfort zone. You’ll never know what incredible new dish you might discover until you try. For instance, though you may not consider the new Aloha Grill & Sushi on Calhoun Street as your next breakfast destination, you might want to consider it. Tracey Davenport and her husband Dave Kirtland, the pair behind Aloha Lei at Auction House Market, launched the grill only a few months ago in mid-
August, offering “Hawaiian comfort foods with a Southern flair.” Located in the Fontainebleau neighborhood in the space that briefly housed the Cuban restaurant El Libre, Aloha Grill features a larger menu with the same sushi, sashimi, and poke bowls found at Auction House Market, but they have added sandwiches like a “Burger Americana” with bacon/ pineapple jam and Hawaiian BBQ Shrimp stuffed inside a crusty baguette, along with several adventurous items for breakfast. Try their version of chicken and waffles with panko-fried chicken served atop green pandan (a tropical leaf with a sweet floral flavor) and roasted coconut waffles; the “808 Breakfast” with eggs, Portuguese sausage, bacon, and ham served with your choice of coffee or POG—a sweet mix of pineapple, orange, and guava juice; or the Aloha Breakfast Bowl with Kalua pork, fried eggs, and avocado served atop Spam and pineapple fried rice—drizzled with lava (sriracha and mayo) and Waikiki (pineapple, brown sugar, soy, and vinegar) sauces. Are your taste buds piqued? Are you ready for the next breakfast adventure? Then get yourself to Saba, the James Beard Award-winning Chef Alon Shaya's Israeli restaurant on Magazine Street. You'll have to get a reservation because brunch (as well as dinner and lunch) are immensely popular at this Uptown gem. Grab a booth inside or sit under an umbrella on their patio and enjoy Chef Shaya's hummus and labneh with freshout-of-the-wood-fired-oven pita bread.
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You should also dip into the interesting entrees on offer. Stay on the safe side with pancakes (but be wowed by the rose tahini topping) or enjoy the orange blossom granola with thick labneh, fresh sweet peaches, and local honey. But be encouraged to step outside the box for “Green” Shakshouka—eggs poached in tomato sauce, spiced with cumin, nutmeg, and cayenne, served with Shaya's additions of spinach, whipped feta, and pine nuts. For your next gastronomic undertaking, venture into the Warehouse District for a taste of “innovative Mexican cuisine” at Otra Vez. Famed New York chef Akhtar Nawab has ingeniously combined his native Indian cuisine with that of Mexico, and the resulting dishes are interesting, to say the least. Though they just opened this spring, Otra Vez has already jumped into the New Orleans brunch fray offering cocktails and “platos” that will alter what you thought you knew about the morning meal. Try chilaquiles with fideos, sunnyside-up eggs, avocado, and tomatillo salsa; leavened pancakes with coconut sugar and orange-honey syrup; or Mexican roti with chorizo verde, crema, and sunny-sideup eggs. Over in the Marigny, Paladar 511 is a California-esque Italian restaurant with a rotating seasonal menu of dishes like
fried arancini, wood-fired pizzas, and house-made pappardelle, but they change things up a bit from their usual fare at brunch. Though they still have a yellowfin crudo and a most excellent farm egg pizza with proscuitto, fingerling potatoes, and goat cheese, the menu also offers an incredible Korean steak and eggs with well-seasoned and braised short ribs, shiitake mushrooms and rice, all topped with a fried egg. It's a tough call to choose between the steak and eggs or their lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberry compote—but not if you go with a friend who's willing to share. Finally, one of the most affordable examples of an unusual breakfast would have to be the Deviled Egg Toastada at Molly's Rise and Shine—the new breakfast spot on Magazine Street by chef and owner Mason Hereford. In all honesty, there are quite a few unusual breakfast items at Molly’s, from Scotty’s Collard Greens and Grits with salsa matcha and roasted peanuts to the sweet potato burrito with scallion cream cheese, chow chow, raw honey, and jalapenos. But for a mere $5.50, you can enjoy their tostada, a small dish with a whole lot of flavor, with cotija-whipped egg mousse “stuff,” refried red beans, cilantro, pickled peppers, and Daniela's spicy peanut salsa. You'll never look at breakfast the same way again.
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Late-Night Eats By Steven Melendez
ew Orleans is famous for its bars that never close—serving drinks any time of the day or night. Many of them don’t offer any food options more substantial than limes and maraschino cherries, but there are still plenty of delicious bar food options available late at night to those who know where to look. Here are some of the best around the city:
Buffa’s 1001 Esplanade Avenue |️ 504-949-0038 buffasbar.com This unpretentious spot “on the border of the Quarter” and the Marigny offers great variations on standard pub grub like burgers and wings. It also delivers excellent versions of many New Orleans classics, such as red beans and rice, jambalaya, and shrimp creole. The main dining room has live music every night, and the bar area is open for both eating and drinking 24 hours a day.
Wit’s Inn 141 N. Carrollton Avenue |️ 504-486-1600 witsinn.com Wit’s Inn looks like a typical neighborhood sports bar, but it boasts an excellent assortment of food, including wings, sandwiches, and its celebrated pizzas and calzones. Food is typically served until at least 2 a.m. and includes an unusual assortment of vegetarian options, including salads, veggie pizza, and even a vegetarian muffuletta made with artichokes and mushrooms.
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Mimi’s in the Marigny 2601 Royal Street |️ 504-872-9868 mimismarigny.com On a strip of Franklin Avenue lined with bars and restaurants, Mimi’s draws a crowd at any time of the day and even late into the night. French-influenced small plates are available until the wee hours of the morning, either in the quieter upstairs section of the restaurant or the more pub-like downstairs. Order a “Trust Me” tapa or cocktail to get a custom creation from the chef. St. Charles Tavern 1433 St. Charles Avenue |️ 504 523-9823 Somewhere between a bar and a diner, this somewhat divey 24-hour spot is a good destination for late night food along the St. Charles streetcar line. Burgers and po-boys, along with some local specialties such as boudin balls, are the standard fare, and the location makes it a great stop after a Mardi Gras parade or, during any time of year for people watching. 13 Monaghan 517 Frenchmen Street |️ 504-942-1345 13monaghan.com While it’s directly on Frenchmen Street, surrounded by the street’s famed and often packed music venues, 13 Monaghan somehow stays surprisingly quiet and uncrowded, even as it serves excellent food until 4 a.m. each night. The banh mi sandwiches are excellent, as are the bar’s
signature tater tot nachos. Food and drink are also surprisingly inexpensive, making the bar a favorite spot for service industry workers and tourists alike. Cooter Brown’s 509 S. Carrollton Avenue |️ 504 866-9104 cooterbrowns.com Heading this far uptown puts you firmly in the territory of Tulane and Loyola universities, but sometimes it’s nice to get a late-night bite and a beer in a place that doesn’t just cater to college students, and Cooter Brown’s, with food until 1 a.m., is one good option. It offers tasty variations on po-boys, burgers, and muffalettas, as well as fried seafood options including shrimp, catfish, and oysters. Raw oysters are also an option, available at half price on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Jimani 141 Chartres Street | 504-524-0493 thejimani.com On a block in the French Quarter with a number of late night bars, Jimani is known for its wide assortment of food and friendly service. Order a burger, Chicago-style hot dog, pasta, or a pizza and grab a cheap bucket of beer. The bar is known as a service industry hangout, with drink specials for those working in hospitality. Oh, and it typically only closes from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
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Best BARTender of New Orleans Jay Nichols | Andy's Branch Blossom Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Ginger Liqueur, Peach Brandy, Peach Bitters, and a candied ginger garnish
Contest presented by
Kristie Chadwick | Antoine's Restaurant Heremes Bar Turkey & the Fizz Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Luxardo Liqueur, Mint Syrup, Lemon Juice, Dash Oleo Saccharum, Egg White, Fresh Mint Garnish
Craig Dupuy | Avenue Pub
Ralph Dickey | Bar 1908
Long Tail listener, First Time Caller
The Pecan Tree
Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Wild Turkey 101 Rye, Grand Marnier, Oregeat, Bitterman's Elemakule Tiki Bitters, Orange Flower Water, Peychaud's Bitters Floater and Mint Garnish
Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, House Made Pecan Liqueur, Hoodoo Chicory Liqueur, Pimento Dram, Chicory Pecan Bitters
Alyx Gauthier | Barrel Proof
Mark Hempe | Blue Oak
Alright Alright Alright
The Long Branch of the Law
Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Amaro Nonino, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, Bitter Queens Tobacco Bitters, Angostura Bitters
Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Lemon, Mint, Ginger Syrup, Cuban Bitters
Hunter Frerking | Boucherie
William Fox | Bourbon House
Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Blanc Vermouth, Sweet Vermouth, All Spice Dram, Islay Heavily Peted Scotch, Served Up with an Expressed Gruipfruite
Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Benedictine, Angostura Bitters, Regan's Orange Bitter and an Absinthe Spritz
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Andrew Guerin | Bourbon O
Toby Stewart | Briquette
Honey Bunches of Oh Yeah
Long Branch New Fashioned
Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Honey Bunches of Oats Syrup, Strawberry Jam, Almond Milk & Apple Bitters
Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Muddled Blackberries, Bordeaux Cherries, House Made Simple Syrup and Bitters
Brandon Gourgues | Cask
Ashley Loetzerich | Chateau Pub
The Strawberry Horn
Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Fernet Branca Menta, Mint Simple Syrup, Bitter Truth Spiced Chocolate Bitters, Garnished with a Chocolate Syrup Drizzle and Chiffonade of Mint
Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Strawberry Puree, Lemon Juice, Garnished with a Lemon Wedge and Strawberry
Evan Wolf | Company Burger
Scott Hicks | Compere Lapin
Party at the Moon Tower
Black Tea-Infused Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Averna, Mixed Citrus Cordial & Mint
Peanut Butter Washed Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Braulio, Banana Vanilla Syrup, Lemon Lime, Banana Marshmallow Cream, Egg White, Mole Bitters, Chocolate Rim, Garnished with Dehydrated Banana Chip
Richard Long | Coopervine
Lauren Peck | Cru
Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Tio Pepe Dry Fino, Dolin Genepy, Turbinado, Celery Bitters, Garnished with a Thyme Sprig
Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon,Mezcal, Blackberry Simple Syrup
Richard Long | Daiwa
Johnny Reff | Doris Metropolitan
Toasted-Pecan infused Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Hibiki Harmony Whisky, Blandy's Rainwater Madeira, Aperol, Yuzu Juice, Shinshu Miso Tincture, Japanese Chili - Lime Bitters, El Guapo Chicory Pecan Bitters, Shiso Leaf
Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Averna, Lemon Juice, Honey Syrup
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Best BARTender of New Orleans Brock Thibodaux | Fulton Alley Rosolino Sour
Contest presented by
Meredith Hammock | House of Blues
Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Tuaca, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Vanilla Extract, Saline Solution, Orange Peel
Bacon infused Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Blueberry Simple Syrup, Sea Salt & Black Pepper Tincture, Bittermans Jamaixan #1, Glass Rimmed with Smokehouse Maple Salt & Garnished with a Lemon Twist
Megan Parsons | Kingfish
Tabitha Foret | Le Pavillon
Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Strawberry Shrub, Angostura Di Amaro, Lemon, Angostura Bitters
Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Averna Amaro, Aperol, Orange Juice, Garnished with Gold Flakes
Ashley Solar | New Orleans Creole Cookery
Scott Brogan | Pearl Wine Co.
longbranch Manhattan Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Heering Cherry Liqueur and Sweet Vermouth
Kaci Carpenter | Queen & Crescent The Longbranch Lemonade Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, House Made Peach Syrup, Lemon Juice & a Splash of Water
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Ruby Spodeeodee Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Port, Luxardo Triplum, Peychaud's Bitters, Served in an Absinthe-rinsed Coupe with a Crushed Luxardo Cherry
April Hays | Rosedale Sage Advice Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Ginger Syrup, Pear Shrub, Lemon Juice, with a Toasted Sage Leaf
Jen Hussey | Santos
Jed Anderson | Sofia Nola
The Flower That Blooms Last
Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Lemon, Plum Wine, Creme De Violet
Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Baltimarro, Lavender Syrup, Bitters
Paul Gustings | St. Lawrence
Brandy Tardo | Streetcar Cafe
Black Porch Swing
Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Nocello, Dubonnet Red, Carpano Antica, Nux Alpina, Garnished with a Cherry
Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Black Berry Syrup, Basil
TourĂŠ Folks | The Domino
Victoria Palamone | The Library
Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Lemon, Orange Chamomile Syrup, Egg White
Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, All Spice Dram, Bacon & Brown Sugar Infused Syrup, Angostura Bitters, Garnished with Bruleed Orange Peel & Luxardo Cherry
Nathanael Sprague | The Rusty Nail
Bryson Downham | Toups Meatery
Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Pear Eau De Vie, Simple Syrup, Black Pepper Cardamon Bitters, Absinthe and a Lemon Twist
Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Celery Juice, Lime, Champagne, Saline, Simple Syrup
Megan Devine | Twelve Mint Limit
Craig Soniat | Wrong Iron
Right Place Wrong Time
Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Fresh Lemon Juice, Home Made Hibiscus Orange Honey Cordial, Bitter Queens Marie Laveau Tobacco Bitters
Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon, Frangelico, Guava Preserves, Honey, Lemon Juice, Orange Bitters
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Po-BoyViews By Phil LaMancusa
The Tour Guidance Or Herding Cats
’m into my third year as a tour guide— I lead New Orleans tours. I can’t sing, I ain’t pretty, and my legs are thin, but folks laugh at my jokes and listen to my information. I know my stuff and have a great sense of humor. I have a license, carry a sign, wear an orange shirt; I work for a company named Destination Kitchen/MustDoNola, owned and operated By Julie BarredaCavignac—a chef and seasoning alchemist who is top drawer. Monthly, I text Wanda my available working dates and, at month’s end, after emailing hours worked to Rachel, money magically appears in my mail box. Winner, winner—chicken dinner.
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There are half a dozen of us guides, and we do everything, including food, history, cocktail, walking, Garden district, and custom tours from two to two hundred people. Tours can be tailored, or we have pre-structured jaunts about town that cannot be beat. Tours range from two hours and up. The culinary tour lasts three hours and is a walk of about two miles around the French Quarter, with stops for eating, hydrating, and rest facility use—for folks that need to facilitate their bodily functions. This is my forte—the Food Tour, not bodily functions. It’s kind of like doing a stand-up performance that includes wit, history, education, facts, and idiosyncrasies. This being New Orleans’ 301st year in existence, guides have been quite active on the street. People are interested in learning more about our city, and my tour-guiding has turned into active employment. Each trip out, I am given a number of people to lead, and I never know who my people are until I see them. They are of all ages, from across the spectrum of the world’s societies—folks like you and me. I arrive fifteen minutes before the departure time and collect my flock. Meeting at various places around the Quarter, I start by introducing myself, size up my audience, and hit the pavement. I get all kinds: couples engaged in PDA (public displays of affection), kids giving attention to electronic devices, students, older folks, women in tight clothing, and men with powerful hangovers. There are also the eleven types of dietary restricted folks that we’re happy to accommodate. Just when you think you’ve heard every aversion, you’re surprised with yet another sensitivity (pretzels?). I warn them of treacherous walking conditions, explaining the alluvial soil that we’ll be traversing, ready to trip the unaware stroller. Having someone hit concrete is one of the scariest things that any tour guide can experience; losing people is another. Usually people are interesting and interested: the shy, the gregarious, BFFs, fast-walkers, slow-eaters, weak bladders, or those craving another cocktail. We accommodate them all. I have a set schedule of places I need to be and when I need to be there, but, by and large, hard as I might try, it rarely works out with precision. We go with the flow.
Occasionally there will be an overly impatient person, a couple who would rather talk to each other than listen to me, and/or the husband that can care less because it was his wife that made the reservation, and he’s just along for the ride. There is also that person that wants to make sure that they get their money’s worth, the ones who want to eat right away because they didn’t stop for breakfast, guys who need to sneak a smoke, or those lingering for selfies or photo ops. These are my children, and I love each and every one of them. “Are we there yet?” Our purveyors, the food and drink outlets where we stop, are gems of perfection and patience. We are blessed with being able to show off the best of our local foods and locations, and my tourists always leave the tour knowing more about the city than can be gleaned from just a map. I start by telling my group my name (and getting theirs), where I come from (and where they are visiting from), explain my credentials, and give a word about our company and Julie. I tell them that we will be on a three-hour tour, but I have thirty hours of information, and how I’ll be talking about food, culture, food, history, food, architecture, food, legends, and facts (and food). And we’re off! You can be sure that no one on the excursion knows where we’re going. I take them up streets, down alleys, around in circles, and back again. I could be kidnapping the whole bunch, and they’d never blink an eye. Once they start following you, they’ll go anywhere. I suspect that if we stopped for an espresso, I could walk them to Abita Springs, especially if there was beer on the other end. On any given tour, I walk about five miles, from parking to parking. I could go on forever. After I’ve exhausted our time together, I still have only let them glimpse the tip of the iceberg that is New Orleans. Probably, what will make me a great tour guide instead of just a very good one, is my love of this place that I have chosen to make and call my home. The addiction that I have for all things New Orleans—all of the stuff that makes living here so much more preferable to other places, as well as all the things that I love not to love about her. The funniest thing that I love about New Orleans is how we all know what’s dysfunctional about it, and, with each election, we pin our hopes on being able to change things. New Orleans laughs back at us. What fools we mortals be. Onward. “Let me tell you about our food and culcha! C’mon, ya gonna love it!”
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Zombieland: Double Tap By David Vicari There were no pressing questions at the end of the first Zombieland (2009), so the existence of a sequel - like most sequels - is to hopefully recapture the magic of the original and make some more money. In Zombieland: Double Tap, the returning characters are still quite fresh and amusing, and it was fun to visit with them again. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) are still surviving through the zombie apocalypse, but can they survive one another? Their dysfunctional substitute family must come together when the walking dead start evolving into faster, meaner, and smarter zombies. The filmmakers appear to understand that the zombie kills are getting stale, so they wisely concentrate on the characters and the funny quips they say during intense and/or awkward situations. It's funny when Tallahassee and Columbus meet their doppelgangers (Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch), but some of the biggest laughs come from new character Madison, a dumb valley girl played to the hilt by Zoey Deutch. She's a fun character, and that is why it's disappointing when she is moved into the background during the latter half of the movie. If only director Ruben Fleischer and his writers (Dave Callaham, Rhett Reese, and Paul Wernick) allowed Madison to participate more and actually have an arc instead of just being a gag. It also would have been nice to have Rosario Dawson's Elvis hotel manager character fleshed out a bit more, because she and Harrelson have great chemistry together. Nevertheless, Zombieland: Double Tap is fast and fun and does what it is supposed to do.
Ford v Ferari By Fritz Esker
With the help of stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale, director James Mangold (Logan) brings an old-fashioned sports epic to the screen with Ford v Ferrari. Based on a true story, the film follows Carroll Shelby (Damon), a once great race car driver who becomes a car designer after retiring due to heart issues. When Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) gets angry over his company’s declining profits and public image, a young executive named Lee Iacocca (Jon Bernthal) suggests Ford build race cars to challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Damon is enlisted to build the car, and he recruits the brilliant-but-temperamental driver Ken Miles (Bale) to go behind the wheel. Damon and Bale both have charisma to spare as the leads. Letts (The Post, Lady Bird) remains a strong character actor in support as the blustery Ford. Mangold stages the racing scenes effectively, and the film conveys a sense of how exhausting, difficult, and dangerous it would be to fly a car around a race track for 24 consecutive hours. It also understands that sports is about giving all you have, even though you don’t know where or how the journey will end. I know next to nothing about cars and have zero interest in racing, but the film held my attention. Ford v Ferrari, which played at the New Orleans Film Festival, will open nationwide on November 15th. It’s worth checking out.
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TalesFromTheQuarter By Debbie Lindsey
New Home Blues
efty here, just giving you an update on my transition to premature retirement. It sucks. Oh, there was no choice. The shop had to close, and my people made sure I could remain with them. This is great in that I have become quite attached to them and also just couldn’t imagine returning to life on the street and under houses. But damn, I had become a shop cat, and a damn good one at that. The shop was big—really big—and I had the complete run of it. Sure, I shared it with the little dog, Scout, but she was more than happy to let me take full control of the space. It was explained to me that I would now have feline roommates at the house—my new home. In fact, one of the cats is my long-lost sister Frankie (adopted from my feral family when she was three-weeks-old—weeks before they discovered me and the rest of the family). Heck, having a sister to live with might be just the ticket—someone with whom to share secrets, advice, grooming tips, etc. Perhaps it would be great to live once again within a clowder of like-minded felines. No matter how much my people and I love each other, a cat needs the camaraderie of fellow cats. Or so I thought. These three cats are a tough lot. Frankie, my own flesh, fur, and blood, looks at me like, “Who the f*#k are you?” She is the entitled one; they call her Princess. And then there is Opie, and I was assured he’s just a big, ol’ teddy bear. This big orange tabby is aptly called the “closer.” He will commandeer every bite of food from your plate if you let your guard down. There’s no leisurely dining here. Opie’s not aggressive but exhibits classic food-insecurity-syndrome; otherwise, he appears an affectionate sort, but, right now, I seem to scare the hell out of him, so he’s constantly hissing and puffing his fur all out and about, acting like some big brute— but really he’s a big sissy. My lady person (aka Cat Lady, Food Lady, Mom, or just Debbie) tries to make us all feel like family and constantly bribes us with treats. All the cats are hip to this behavioral technique and stage hostile actions which trigger her to step in and give out snacks in vain attempts to de-escalate. I do my part by crossing enemy lines frequently to garner more snacks. Food Guy (aka Cat Lady’s Squeeze, our Pop, or “just call me Phil”) is a sucker for over-feeding us all, and he’s our favorite. I do, however, see that Zack the Bastard has Debbie wrapped around his sharp clawed finger. She adds extra water to plump his food, shares her potato chips with him, and allows him to dictate what room and where in that room he deems suitable for his dining experience. And Lord, don’t get me started about how she spoils Scout, the
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finicky eater, by “seasoning” his bowl with a rub of cat food before adding dog kibble and topping it off with a watery broth (stanky canned cat food residue). Such pampered little things! Don’t get me wrong, I love that they fuss over us and are diligent about my “special needs” feline roommates. Apparently, they all are on prescription food, whatever that is. And for some reason, I am not allowed to eat their food, and they are really not allowed to eat mine. My food seems to have crack in it ‘cause all they want is to break into the larder and eat mine. Yes, meal time is utter chaos. Yet, it is everyone’s favorite time of the day. I already had a relationship with my people, but you do learn more about them when living together. And things are certainly different than at the shop. For one thing, there’s no more customers. I liked customers. They always praised me; kept things lively. And at my new home, rarely are there other people, except some really small ones that stay in this flat box thing, and they do all the talking while my people just sit and watch them—a lot. Weird. I have found that people do not sleep enough—my people only sleep eight hours, and at night, of all times, when they should be hunting. Another really strange thing is they take their clothes (fur in many different colors and textures) off periodically and submerge themselves into a tank of water. Sometimes it even rains inside this tank, and they seem okay with that. Of course, their eating habits still confound me, but I did have time to get familiar with it at work. They eat all the time, work, home, outside, and Scout says they even go other places to eat even more. Not that there’s anything wrong with this. I would eat throughout the day if a certain orange cat would let me; I understand the concept of leisurely grazing. What still strikes me as odd is that they cook their food, and the only thing they ingest from a can is something called beer. And why they don’t see roaches as a delicacy is beyond me. Yes, it is going to take some getting used to. My people tell me that the other cats will settle in with me—that, in time, I will find my niche here. For now, I have my very own bed in my very own room and maybe, one day, the other cats will want to visit me and even invite me to join them in the rest of the house. Like I said, it will take some time, but I think it will be worth it. Oops, here comes that damn orange cat. I better go and finish my lunch before I have to kick his butt.
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