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Greasing of The Poles To Kick Off Mardi Gras

The stage was set, the ladders were dressed, and the Greasers have all been selected. On this Friday before Mardi Gras,  

 the Royal Sonesta Hotel officially kicks off carnival in the French Quarter with the “Greasing of the Poles.” 
The Greasing of the Poles ceremony embraces the true spirit of Mardi Gras.  

 The event is a spectacle to be experienced on one of the world’s most famous entertainment corridors, Great bars like Spirits on Bourbon and Turtle Bay The Royal Sonesta Hotel originated this long-standing tradition of greasing the support poles as a means to deter over-zealous revelers from shimmying up to coveted balcony space above. “This popular Mardi Gras event has evolved into one of the most unique carnival displays of the season and is a popular must-see for locals and visitors,”  

  explains Alfred Groos, President and General Manager of the Royal Sonesta. Where else in the world can you take part in a ceremony centered around petroleum jelly!”  

 

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Crawfish every weekend at Turtle Bay

Crawfish, crawdads, freshwater,m mudbugs….Whatever you call ’em, we got ’em at  Turtle Bay! 
 

We will boil Crawfish every Saturday and Sunday throughout the season.  

 While in the past we only boiled three sacks a day, but as we have become a crawfish hot spot over the last few years, we are preparing for our biggest boils to date!  

 With a huge 24 varieties of beers on tap, including lots of regional craft brews from Louisiana and Mississippi, you are sure to find the perfect beer to pair with your crawfish!  
The warm weather means these suckers are going to be big and juicy! The boils start at around 3:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday…but them crawdads tend to go quick so you might want to get here early! And don’t forget to suck the heads!

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Spirit’s list of The Ten Things You Will See on Bourbon St. During Mardi Gras Season

Spirit’s ListIt’s that time of year again! The Carnival season has descended upon New Orleans and the French Quarter is alive with music and parties. Colorful gem colored masks and glitter painted faces turn the corners in search of the best places to enjoy a drink. Artwork, history, beautiful architecture and jazz infused music all overwhelm the senses of the incoming tourists. So with so much beauty and art, what else can our visitors expect to see this Carnival season? Well, the locals here know what is coming. There are some…uhum…interesting things….one will see and experience any time Mardi Gras comes around. Time to kick off Spirit’s list of The Ten Things You Will See on Bourbon St. During Mardi Gras Season, and Why You Should Hide Away with Us at Spirits!

1: Pirates- Lafitte apparently left a few of his ancestors here, and during events they come out on Bourbon St. in hopes their stylish attire will earn money. So much better than the whole pirating for money, i’d say. 

 2: The Devil and his minions- Religions seem to favor Bourbon St., the devil frequently visits and drinks around here. My favorite version of him is the Red Devil, he looks kind of like a rockstar with a trendy hat. Have a drink with the devil around here, it may be fun. 

 3: The giant cross people- “Who will save your soul?” (Jewel singing, course). So we have people who come to Bourbon St. that try to save your evil party loving little souls, and they bring a giant white cross and spout verses at passersby tourists. 

 4: Mardi Gras Trees:- and here we have species beedus trees, or locally known as bead trees… trees so covered by parade throws it actually looks like the tree opted for the bright shiny strands instead of leaves. They are rare and only found here in our beloved state. 

 5: Naked people- All of you people knew this one was coming. I said people, take notice, because you see more than nice boobs whether you like it or not. Shirtless beer bellies, butts, etc. Exhibitionism is a common theme during Mardi Gras, poor poor locals… 

 6: Cougars(as in the older women) hunting Channing Tatum- So my coworker who once worked at a certain restaurant around here you could all guess at once told me that during Carnival there are a lot of middle aged women who seem to think they have a chance of meeting Tatum and um…being a part of his agenda? How can I even say that without laughing? I can’t, it’s hilarious. Here is some advice for the Cougars coming to the Quarter in hopes of meeting him, get drunk, really really drunk, and find a guy and pretend it’s him. It probably won’t happen for you otherwise lol. 

 7: Statue People- These are the people painted head to toe and pose for long extended periods long enough to frighten and impress you. Then they move and scare unsuspecting children that don’t realize it’s not a living statue. My son once screamed bloody murder at a silver painted one around Jackson Square. 

 8: Ghosts and Vampires- We are haunted, duh! This is a very old city with a colorful history. I like to think that the parties are so great here the dead just stick around and wait to attend the next. I don’t know why we have Vampires, I suspect Anne Rice brought them, though… 

 9: Clever homeless people: It’s weird, i’m a bleeding heart and want to help everyone so I at least give two dollars away every time i’m in the Quarter to someone in need. Around here though, creativity can mean money for those unfortunates. You can’t help but smile when you see a sign saying, “Rent a Bum” and the man is grinning at you. A constant reminder to smile even in the worst of times. 

 10: Psychics- The force is strong here, and the local psychics absorb it all and use it to look into your futures and tell you things you desire to know. Everytime I think of local psychics I think of Dr. Facilier from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog singing his song “Friends on the Other Side.” 

 So there is the list, and when you need a drink from seeing it all, well, you know, we have really good ones here at Spirits!  

Posted by Dawn Lodrique

 
 

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Storm Troopers Needed for Star Wars Themed Pub Crawl

The Force will be with you as Spirits on Bourbon joins the newest Star Wars themed pub crawl! We are looking for Storm Troopers to join us in invading the French Quarter on February 20th.  
We are trying to organize over 250 Storm Troopers for this exciting and unique pub crawl. Characters that will also be portrayed in the event include Darth Vader, Obi Wan Kenobi, Boba Fett, Kylo Ren, and Luke Skywalker. The “rebels” will be chased from bar to bar by the “evil empire”!  
For $70 bucks, Star Wars fans will receive a Storm Trooper costume, a blaster, and a credential to join the pub crawl as we drink through the Galaxy known as the French Quarter. We hope you all join us in this great event…but hurry up and Sign up before it’s too late!  
Anyone interested in joining the group, or being a part of it via sponsorship, or in other ways can join the Facebook group “THE 504th DIVISION” to be included in all relevant information and planning. There, members can discuss events, acquire costumes, and post to the group or call Joe Rohaley 504-515-7104 or email gaffer_grip@post.com

As Obi Wan Kenobi said in ‘A New Hope,’ “The force will be with you, always.” 

 

Spirits On Bourbon Your New Home Bar

This is your home bar, even if you’ve never been here before.With the energy buzzing in the Quarter and the chaos of Bourbon Street, this is where you come to relax. There is something about good beer and dueling pianos playing your favorite old sing alongs that can bring out the relaxed side of anyone. So come and let your heartbeat slow; come and have a drink with us.Tell us your favorite classic rock song, we may know the chords. Hungry? We can help with that. The rule of the  menu is: if it doesn’t taste great we won’t make it. Every single thing about Spirits represents nostalgia and good times. 

 New Orleans is a loud and proud city, one that exudes romance and excitement. Sometimes all the atmosphere the city is known for can get tiring, though. Come to Spirits sing along with the piano players, let time slow down. 

 Meet an attractive stranger, any who chooses to hang out here is a kind, laid back soul. Flirt with the hot bartenders, fall for the city for a night. Welcome to the bar where you can relax and be yourself. Welcome to Spirits, your home away from home!

Posted by Dawn Lodrique

2016 Jazz Fest lineup is out

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has revealed its 2016 lineup. Now in its 46th year, the mammoth two-weekend event takes place April 22nd – 24th and April 28th – May 1st at New Orleans’ City Park.  

Headliners include Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Van Morrison, Beck, Steely Dan, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, and My Morning Jacket. 

 Other notable acts include Ms. Lauryn Hill, Janelle Monáe, Snoop Dogg, Dr. John & the Nite Trippers, Gary Clark Jr., Mavis Staples, Bonnie Raitt, Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter, J. Cole, Gov’t Mule, Bozz Scaggs, Michael McDonald, The Isley Brothers, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Grace Potter, Johnny Lang, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Aaron Neville, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Rhiannon Giddens, The Lone Bellow, and Buffy Sainte-Marie, among others.

The full day-by-day breakdown and ticketing information can be found via the festival’s website.

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Chef Rob Soper adds his flair to Spirits on Bourbon’s Kitchen

Nothing in Spirits lacks magic and the food is no different. Chef Rob Soper infuses his brand of comfort food magic into the menu offering treats that balance well with the bar’s famous specialty drinks.         Hard work and love of food are part of the menu. Starting in 1980 as a dishwasher of a local restaurant, and acquired the skills that eventually made him a standout chef. Spirit’s menu has been reinvented by Chef Rob with a vision of comfort food meets wild nights of Bourbon.

 Today’s  Menu of comfort foods offer signatures such as are Fried Mac and Cheese with Crawfish Cream Sauce,  

 Alligator Poppers and Cheesy Bacon Bombs along with American favorites such as a Half Pound Hamburger and a Grilled Chicken Sandwich. As any good local restaurant in NOLA we are rather proud of our gumbo here as well. To end on a sweeter note try Chef Rob’s Bread Pudding! 

 Chef Rob has a soft spot for Italian food so personal favorites for him are dishes like baked ziti or lasagna. As for me I have requested a southern favorite, I wish for a Spirit’s Banana Foster. I can dream, right? Either way you have to visit Spirits to see what Chef Rob has in store for us!

Posted by Dawn Lodrique

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New Orleans Saints 2016 opponents Released

The New Orleans Saints’ placed third in the NFC South and helped finalize their 2016 home and away opponents. The dates of each game will be determined in April when the full regular-season schedule is released.

2016 Mardi Gras Parade schedule

Home opponents (*playoff team): Carolina Panthers*, Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks*, St. Louis Rams, Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos*, Oakland Raiders  

 Away opponents (*playoff team): Carolina Panthers*, Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals*, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs*, San Diego Chargers

We look forward to seeing you all next season.

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$11.75 Ribeye Steak every Monday at Spirits on Bourbon

All day Monday, every Monday, bite into our huge, hand-cut 20 oz. Ribeye Steak served with our creamy stuffed potato skin and garlic bread only $11.75!  

  Come try the world famous Resurrection and listen to the dueling pianos play your request.  

  Mondays Steak deal has people coming back to on Spirits on Bourbon for the perfectly seasoned ribeye! Monday means incredible savings on steak at Spirits on Bourbon, so come get yours!

The Very Bad Santa Festivities Take Over The French Quarter

If you were wandering the French quarter this weekend, you might’ve seen some Santa’s that looked like they should be on the naughty list! Turtle Bay and Spirits on Bourbon were honored to be included in the very bad Santa Festivities. “Knowing it’s the oldest Santa pub crawl in the French quarter, we feel honored to be included. I have enjoyed watching it grow every year,” said Brad Bohannan. The Bad Santa’s enjoyed a stop at Turtle Bay with shot specials such as the Pineapple Upside Down shot for only a dollar, two dollar fireball, and two dollar domestic beers. The crowd overflowed Decatur Street with a sea of red!! 
The party eventually made its way to Spirits on Bourbon where they enjoyed dollar Apple Pie shots. “I thought I was prepared for all the Santa’s but the Santa’s were taking the shots as fast as I could put them out,” Steve Smith laughed!  
The Shot Chair was loaded up as they were giving out two dollar fireball shots! If the Santa’s were not on the naughty list, then they were after the Shot Chair!  
Turtle Bay and Spirits on Bourbon are already looking forward to the very bad Santa crawl next year!