First Saints Game for Spirits Hearse

The Saints played their first home game of the season in the Dome last night. Saturday was also the inaugural Tailgate Party for the Spirit’s on Bourbon Hearse. Tom Brady, and the  New England Patriots were in town to face the black and gold fresh off their Super Bowl victory and “Deflate Gate”. Saints fans of all ages were in full force ready to cheer on the home team.  The Who Dat Fans were also ready to  give the Pats, especially Brady, some good natured ribbing. “We couldn’t wait to get the hearse out here to the Dome for the fans to enjoy”, said owner Brad Bohannan.

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The Saints played much better this week even though they didn’t come out on top in the end. At least the starters gave the fans something to cheer about and great hope for the upcoming season.

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“One thing we learned for sure  is that people LOVE the Spirits on Bourbon Hearse,” owner Steve Smith added,” Keep an eye out for us at every Saints home game this season!!”  The hearse will also be making some trips to Baton Rouge for some LSU games and many more events in the coming weeks. Make sure to look out for us outside the Dome, and around town. Get your picture in the hearse with our skull man mascot, have a beer and do some pregame warm up with the gang from Spirits on Bourbon. Whether you just want a picture, a beer, shot of fireball, or ride in a parade; the Spirits on Bourbon Hearse is a traveling great time!!!

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Spirits on Bourbon Represents At the Texas Bar & Nightclub Alliance Convention and Trade Show

Spirits on Bourbon was asked to speak at the Texas Bar & Nightclub Alliance Convention & Trade Show.    

 Brad Bohannan was able to speak on Managing Millennials in Today’s Bars. Bohannan said, “Anytime we are able to speak to our peers it’s an honor.” 

   We enjoyed seeing all the new products and services that they had at the convention and look forward to coming back to Austin next year for the Trade Show.

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Health Agents for America and AGM second line down Bourbon Street to Celebrate at Spirits on Bourbon

Today Health Agents  Health Agents for America second-lined through the French Quarter with a brass band and the Spirits on Bourbon Hearse! 

  The second line started at the Monteleon Hotel with people taking pictures in the Spirits Hearse with Edward DeBoire.  

 Then we navigated our way through the streets throwing beads and waving handkerchiefs. 

  After, the party continued at Spirits on Bourbon with some great food prepared by Chef Rob Soper 

  Guests stayed for hours enjoying the courtyard and the dueling pianos.  

  We appreciate that Heath Agents for America has continuously booked their parties with us and we hope to see them all again real soon!

JOIN US FOR THE SAINTS 5K Kickoff Run

Football season is here and the Saints play tomorrow night. That also means we are exactly 1 month away from the Saints 5k. The Saints 5k http://nflrunseries.com/Saints/ is September 12th. It’s a great time for an awesome charity, the Louisiana Children’s Museum http://lcm.org/. Yes. 5k is 3.1 miles and we are looking for people to join the Spirits/Turtle Bay team. We joined the 5k last year for the first time with 2 members and we are looking for more to come out and have a great time with us. The run starts outside the Superdome and ends at midfield by crossing the  50 yardline. 5K veteran and Turtle Bay VIP Dave McIntosh convinced me to do the 5k last year as more of a dare after a few adult beverages. Maybe this year we will even get Brad Bohannan out for the run!

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We had a great time, finished the race, and lived to tell about it. There is only one month left so start training now. If you want to join the Spirits/Turtle Bay team, go to the Saints 5k registration page and click “join team”. Look for Spirits/Turtle Bay and our password is Resurrection.

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If you have any problems, let Steve know at spirits.steve@gmail.com. If you join our team you will get a Spirits or Turtle Bay Tshirt, whichever you choose and you’ll get to hang out with us for the day huffing, puffing, and panting for a great cause. Also, registration gets you an official Saints 5k shirt and a medal(if you finish). None of us are marathon runners so we are just out to have a great time. Run, walk, or crawl at your own pace.

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Tau Kappa Epsilon celebrates The 58th Conclave at Spirits on Bourbon

Spirits on Bourbon was honored to be a part of the 58th Tau Kappa Epsilon Conclave. Frater  Brad Bohannan hosted the staff’s Welcoming Dinner at his home in Kenner Louisiana.  

  We also thought we would do something special for the group so we surprised them with a special Spirits on Bourbon Conclave Cup that could only be purchased at the Spirits on Bourbon events.  

  


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 The audience had the pleasure of watching him ‘pump the fraters up’ before heading for a fun night at Spirits on Bourbon

   
Most exciting, we were able to drive the Spirits on Bourbon Hearse down the French Quarter… 

 leading 1000 men for a reception on the Mississippi River!  

  Later that night we held receptions at Turtle Bay and Spirits on Bourbon. We had a great weekend and have made some new friends and look forward to work with Tau Kappa Epsilon in the near future, including the 59th Conclave in New Orleans!

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Spirits on Bourbon will be featured on Spike Tvs, Bar Rescue, Back to the Bar August 2nd

Bar Rescue heads “Back To The Bar” to visit with Spirits on Bourbon owners Brad Bohannan and Steve Smith!     

  

Taffer is taking a look into the progress and failures of Spirits on Bourbon.  You will get to see some never before seen footage and some behind the scene actions of Spirits on Bourbon.   

    “We felt lucky and honored that Jon Taffer thought enough of us to ask us to be apart of this special episode,” said Brad Bohannan.  This episode touts to feature the most stubborn owners and we will get to see if Jon Taffer think Spirits has failed or succeeded.  “Me and Jon got off to a rough start in the first episode but I’m happy that he has been a continues supporter of us and our business,” said Steve Smith.  I think you will see some surprise guest and a honest look at Spirits on Bourbon after Bar Rescue.  

  Join us August 2nd in the Courtyard at 8:00 PM for a Watch Party!

Spirits Behind The Scenes

Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to own a bar? What about a bar in the famous French Quarter, New Orleans? Better yet, a Bourbon St bar that waIMG_2712.JPGs featured on SpikeTVs hit series Bar Rescue? We know you have. Here is your chance to get a behind the scenes look atimage imageIMG_2761-0.jpgthe daily operations of Spirits on Bourbon and its sister bar, Turtle Bay on Decatur St. Maybe you are thinking of buying a bar and want to see what it’s like. Maybe you already own, operate, or work at a bar/grill and need some tips, advice, or feedback. You’ve  come to the right place. We want this to be interactive.

We will do this for a little while as a trial run. We are open to all questions, suggestions, and  input you may have. Who knows? Maybe this blog will turn into a leading industry resource or maybe we will write it two more times and give up. At least, maybe we can make it a somewhat entertaining look behind the scenes of a Bourbon St bar.

I’ll get you up to speed real quick on the last week or so and we’ll start from there. Woodard Events put on a convention for Intuit Quickbooks professionals. Jon Taffer was one of the keynote speakers, along with “Catch me if you can” Frank Abignale. The convention had a corporate happy hour and rented out the bar on Monday Night. On Tuesday, Taffer spoke solo and Brad and I followed on stage with a panel discussion about small business and our experience on Bar Rescue. There were a couple thousand people in attendance. I never thought I’d be speaking in front of a couple thousand accountants so it  was a real thrill. Brad is always reaching for the stars so this may have been his plan for us all along, not really sure.

After our panel discussion we got to take pics and talk to some of the folks at the convention. It was a lot of fun. Meanwhile, Tuesday Night we had another party in the Spirits courtyard. This time it was for Edtrainingcenter, a teacher training website. The parties Monday and Tuesday went off without a hitch and we had a ton of great feedback from both.

With all the special events in New Orleans: Super Bowls, New Years, Sugar Bowls, Mardi Gras, etc, I hadn’t been as nervous about a party  as I was on Monday Night in a long time. I knew I’d be speaking in from of all the attendees the next day and with Jon Taffer there as well. Talk about pressure. Those few days went over great and I was real proud of our staff. I think they did a great job at the events. Trust me, if we continue this blog you won’t hear praise about the staff all the time but for these events they did great! Then, over the weekend, we had the Very Bad Santa Half Way to Christmas Pub Crawl.

 

This weekend coming up is of course the 4th of July. There will be fireworks on the river Saturday. Also, beginning Thursday Night and going through Sunday Night is the Essence Festival. Headlining this year’s Essence Fest is comedian Kevin Hart and singer, Usher. So we have to get geared up for the events this weekend.

We are in the process of really tightening up our inventory and ordering processes. Today we completely cleaned out our liquor room at Turtle Bay. Labeling every shelf and counting the bottles. Organization is just the first step to inventory control but it is very important. Everything must have a place to go.

We are trying to get everything as organized as possible since I’m going on vacation next week!!! Cruise with the family. But it usually does mean a few more things for me to do in order to get out of here for a while. It’s a lot easier with Brad staying in town. When we leave for an event together that is when it is most difficult.

Some employee issues for the weekend:

1. FIND OUT WHO IS STEALING  TSHIRTS! One of our employees is stealing tshirts and leaving dirty ones laying around the bar. We have it narrowed down but like to catch them red handed.

2. See what is the deal with one of our cooks! Our cook left the other night after closing with everything laying out. Kitchen wasn’t clean, things weren’t put away, etc. just ran out the door at closing time. Have to check and see if he was drunk or on drugs. He acted like he had no idea he did it when we say him the next morning but looked like he had been on an all night bender.

Ok. There you have it. This will be a little different than our regular events blog. We are open to any and all feedback you may have about this and we are here to answer any questions you may have.

 

 

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Very Bad Santa, Half Way to Christmas Pub Crawl.

No, you weren’t drinking too much Saturday when you saw all the Santa Claus’ and his bad Elves roaming Bourbon Street.  

  It was the Very Bad Santa…Halfway to Christmas Pub Crawl! In fact, every December you will see the French Quarter filled with very bad Santa’s and His very bad helpers. The event has grown so much that people couldn’t wait until December so now they do a Hal-Way to Christmas Pub Crawl to hold everyone over. They stopped at Spirits on Bourbon  and had some great drinks and took a few spins in the Barber chair. 

  “Watching the people’s faces and all the Santa’s coming rolling in always makes me smile!” says Brad Bohannan. After hitting the Quarter and enjoying many cocktails and being ‘very naughty,’ the group ended up at Turtle Bay and enjoyed some of the great food.  

  “We look forward to the Very Bad Pub Crawl and are happy to have them and are excited to have them in July now also,” said Steve Smith. So if you are lucky enough to get put on the naughty list this year, come join the Pub Crawl this December!n You will have so much fun you may never be good boy or girl again!

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Speaking at The Intuit Quickbooks Conference

Spirts On Bourbon was lucky enough to host the corporate function for Scaling New Heights Conference on Monday night! By all accounts it was with great success.  

 
  Spirits welcomed the capacity crowd with food, entertainment and drinks for all tastes.   

  On Tuesday night, we were were honored to be invited to speak at the Intuit Quickbooks conference along with Jon Taffer and Joe Woodward.  

  We advised the group of over over 1000 ProAdvisors on our thoughts as to what would help them better understand the struggles their clients face every day. We are also going to be working with Revel Systems to help test and modify a new POS system for Spirits on Bourbon.  

  We look forward to coming back next year to the Scaling New Heights conference and tell you all about our experience with this new POS System. Thanks for including us Intuit!

The GoldMan is Alive

Last week there were reports that the Gold Man, a French Quarter staple, was killed in a bicycle accident.    

  They even painted the trashcan he sits on Gold in tribute to him.   

 But to everyone’s surprise, the Gold Man showed up today to make a few bucks!  He said it was to pay for some medicine he needed due to an unrelated event.   

 So next time you are leaving Spirits on Bourbon, swing by the Gold Man and show him some love!