Cocktails

Out-Of-The-Box Happy Hours

  New Orleans is so full of bargain happy hours that you'd have to try really hard not to find one. You can check nearly every street corner, restaurant or your favorite watering hole and there is sure to be…

Compère Lapin Introduces New Cocktail Program & Head Bartender

  NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Compère Lapin’s cocktail program has received numerous awards and accolades since Chef Nina Compton’s flagship restaurant first opened in New Orleans’ Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery in June 2015. Not content to rest…

A Few Hot Dining Deals to Beat The Damned Heat

  An enthusiastic cook at heart, as August rolls around I want nothing to do with the heat boiling in my kitchen. These days I am prone to skipping meals altogether or I might just pick them up at Made…

Signature Cocktail Recipes

  In New Orleans, a party is not a party without two essential things: the food and the cocktails. Signature cocktails made a huge wave in the wedding scene, but have recently died down due to,what we believe to be…

Don’t Complicate the Cocktail

  Looks like the corner, finally, has been turned. And not a moment too soon. We went through a period of ego and self-congratulations in the Cocktail World of the early 1990’s and into the new century where crazy drink…

Creative Cocktails And Where To Find Them

  There is no question that we live in the best city in the world when it comes to the thrill of drinking great cocktails. This Memorial Day weekend get out and enjoy what bartenders have to offer, as we…

Mixing It Up

  The award-winning, New Orleans-based El Guapo Bitters entered the cocktail scene in 2014 with its line of bitters, syrups and mixers. The company says on its website that each product is made with locally-sourced ingredients traceable to the farm…

Crescent City Cocktail Classics

  Prior to the birth of the current cocktail era, which made a first appearance around 1985, no city on the planet could claim the birth of more styles of cocktails than New Orleans. Even now, those classic cocktails invented…

Sit And Sip On These Cocktail Specials

Finally, it’s festival season and time to pop into some of our favorite places for cocktails in between all of the activity in the city. We checked out some great happy hours and think you should too! Grab a friend…

Sip and Stroll Into Spring

  We are in the most beautiful time of the year in New Orleans. And it’s time to step into many bars and restaurants for fun springtime sipping. We recommend enjoying this time of year with a cocktail in hand…

Spirits & Sweets, Oh My

  Agave Week wraps up tonight, hopefully you enjoyed part of the 120 different spirits, 60 restaurants and bars and 48 celebrity judges for the second annual event. This year, Agave week took place at the Ace Hotel. And you can…

Check It Off

Timing is key when it comes to your wedding to-do checklist

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A look ahead to St. Patrick's Day

Mix Me Somethin’ Mister

  Attention Mardi Gras revelers! By now many of us are experts on how to get around town and maneuver through the Carnival road blocks and closures. It takes pre planning and a strategic mindset to get where we are…

It’s Complicated

Please indulge me for just a bit today. I want to stretch beyond my usual editorial boundaries for this effort. Then afterwards I will bring thoughts to bear that are about adult beverages. To note that New Orleans is not…

Love & Carnival Cocktails

  New Orleans is gearing up for Valentine's Day and Carnival, and what better way to celebrate than with a cocktail?  Flamingo A-Go-Go (869 Magazine St.) will host Galentine's Day on Friday, Feb. 15. They are celebrating women by showing chick flicks galore. You…

King Cake Cocktails

  If you are fortunate enough to live within a 100-mile radius of Jackson Square, you, no doubt, have multiple opportunities just about every day to enjoy a cherished and delicious Carnival custom, King Cake. The usual is still the…

Happy Hour Just Got Easier

  We are always looking for fun ways to imbibe in New Orleans. Many places have sent us invitations to their festive events. We want to share them with you, so you can get in on the action too. Here…

Yes, Try It!

  There are a lot of folks out there, and you may be among them, who claim not to like cognac. And there may be a lot of reasons for why these folks (again, maybe you) don’t care for the…

Party On, NOLA!

  Most places around the world have thrown in the towel. Christmas and New Year’s are now both in the rear-view mirror. But here, we did our best to give those two seasons their due, and now we go into…

Cocktail Culture in the City

  We know this is the time of year when we pledge to be kinder, warmer and gentler. It’s a time of renewed spirit and promises of a happy new year. With  that said, this is also the time to…

Hey, When’s (Holiday) Happy Hour?

  You don’t have to go to the North Pole to get really ‘cool’ holiday cocktails. Luckily we live in a city full of spirits, where imbibing is a past time. We love it especially during the holidays because so…

Ho-Ho Holiday Happy Hours

  Now is not the time to be in the "Bah, Humbug" state of mind, because in New Orleans we use the money we saved from bargain holiday shopping to enjoy many of the happy hours that are happening all…

Something New

  In a city like ours, celebrating 300 years of existence, “new” does not hold the allure for us like it does to citizens of, say, Dallas or Houston or Los Angeles. We tend to be more deliberate and not-so-quick…

Holiday Tastings, Wine Not?

  All across town there are establishments getting ready for the holiday season. The sound of clinking glasses is loud and clear. We are so excited because that means there are plenty of fun events, tastings and cheer to last…