Spirits on Bourbon attended Reality Rally for the second year growing the total raised for Breast Cancer to over $15,000

Reality Rally was a huge success, with over 100 Reality TV Stars representing over 30 shows!  Spirits on Bourbon owners Steve Smith and Brad Bohannan attended and raised over $9000 this year and over $15,000 for a two year total for Michelle’s Place.  Michelle’s Place is a Temecula based non-profit that provides support for breast cancer survivors and their families.

The weekend started with a red carpet event and casino night with reality stars vying to win prizes and all proceeds going Michelle’s Place. The second day included an Amazing Race Style Competition in which The Stars paired up with fans.  Brad Bohannan’s team TaTa Sister Hood finished 3rd   place while Steve’s team, Blame it on the Bankers, was 1st to the bar after some strategic pictures of staged activity!  Brad Bohannan said, “The team took a chance with me with all the young and in shape stars to choose from!  I wanted to improve from a 16th place finish last year and I’m pretty happy with finishing 3rd!  Still, I feel like we learned some thing’s to get us in the 1st place finish next year.”   Steve Smith said, “I think my team had a blast and couldn’t of ask for a better team.   We may not of finished but I think we finished first in having fun.”    Later on in the day they had an Autograph session where fans could meet and mingle with their favorites Reality Stars.

Spirits On Bourbon was honored to Participate in Reality Rally 2015, and hope to come back next year raising even more money for Michelle’s Place.

WGNO on The Spirit’s Shot Hearse

Our friends at WGNO came down to Bourbon St. during the Mardi Gras extravaganza to visit Spirit’s owners, Brad Bohannan and Steve Smith and do a report on the new Spirit’s Shot Hearse. The Spirit’s Hearse drove around the French Quarter all Mardi Gras handing out shots of Fireball to all of age carnival patrons. The footage will go un-aired on WGNO however due to inappropriate content, enjoy.

Salem Star Shane West at Spirits on Bourbon

Brad Bohannan (left) with Salem Star Shane West (right)

Brad Bohannan (left) with Salem Star Shane West (right)

The star of hit supernatural TV show Salem Shane West stopped by Spirit’s on Bourbon to celebrate his first Mardi Gras with a Resurrection and Spirit’s owner Brad Bohannan. West is a Louisiana native born in Baton Rouge but this is his first Mardi Gras experience.

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Season 2 premiere of Salem will be Sunday, April 5th at 10:00 p.m. ET/ 9:00 p.m. CT on WGN America and is currently in production in Shreveport, LA.

Spirit’s on Bourbon Joins The Reality Rally for Breast Cancer Awareness 2015

On April 10th and 11th over 100 Reality TV Stars will gather in Temecula, California for The Reality Rally games to help raise funds for breast cancer awareness. Spirit’s owners Brad Bohannan and Steve Smith are joining fellow Reality Stars from 39 other TV shows including Survivor, Bar Rescue, Amazing Race, Big Brother, Hell’s Kitchen and The Biggest Loser.

Brad Bohannon with wife Arita (left) Steve Smith with wife Sharon (right)

Brad Bohannon with wife Arita (left) Steve Smith with wife Sharon (right)

Bohannan and Smith will be teaming their fund raising efforts with Survivor: Gabon star Gillian Larson, the Creator and Event Director of The Reality Rally. The event raises tens of thousands of dollars for Michelle’s Place for Breast Cancer Resource Center.

“Like so many women, I feel that my hair is a large part of my identity as it has become my TV Survivor Star identity,” Larson said. “The loss of hair as a side effect of cancer treatment can be so traumatic. In a demonstration of solidarity for the millions of people battling cancer, I will shave my head when we reach $25,000. This will be a life changing moment for me and the funds I raise will be a life prolonging moment for many.”

Gillian Larson

Gillian Larson

Reality Rally will be an action-packed four hour “Amazing Race” style game through the city of Temecula, California where participants will compete in multiple different types of challenges. Reality Rally is open to the public which means anybody can compete, Teams consist of three people each team, participants must be 16 years of age or older, participants under 18 must compete on the same team as a parent/legal guardian. more info at 

Mystic Krewe of Barkus: Top Ten Costumes

The Mystic Krewe of Barkus pawed and sniffed through the French Quarter streets showing off an eclectic assortment of different costumed canines and this is Spirit’s Blog picks for top ten best costumes.

10: Gizmo, Yorkie

IMG_03239: Murphy, Irish Wolfhound


8: Lady Chara, Chihuahua


7: Mojo, Rescue DogIMG950358

6: Roxie, Pomeranian IMG950320

5: House, Lab Mix IMG950324


4: Moonbeam, PomeranianIMG950332

3: Odin, Shih TzuIMG950329

2: Nola, Toy SchnauzerIMG950319

1: Gumbo Austin, Cavachon (left) and Beignet, Shih Tzu (right)


Hit Me America: Search for Songwriting Talent

Spirits promo card
Would you like the opportunity to showcase your songwriting talent in a one of a kind television experience? Are you sitting on the next big hit? We’re looking for the best songwriting talent in the city so if you think you’ve got what it takes come down to Spirits on Bourbon on February 11th at 6pm for Hit Me America brought to you by Ghost Rider Pictures.

“People always say they are able to write a great song. Now is the time for them to step up and prove it. It’s hard enough to write a great song with all the time in the world, but to do it with cameras in your face and only one hour, this is going to be interesting.” -Brad Bohannan

Click the link to register for the Artist Challenge and a chance to audition for Hit Me America.

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Krewe du Vieux

Krewe du Vieux, the outrageous political satire of a parade accompanied by a lot of sexual innuendo, kicked off Mardi Gras and made its way from the Faubourg Marigny through the French Quarter last night.
The parade had floats addressing and ridiculing numerous issues, local and global, like fracking, Russian aggression in Ukraine, climate change and CIA torture tactics as well as slandering local politicians like Senator David Vitter and Governor Bobby Jindal.
The parade route passes directly in front of Turtle Bay so stop by and grab a slice of pizza and a cold brew. And don’t forget to stop by Spirits on Bourbon for a Ressurection.
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Spirit’s New Shot Hearse

Spirit's hearse

Fireball shot girl in Spirit’s new refurbished hearse

Only in New Orleans! Brad Bohannan and Steve Smith, owner’s of Spirit’s on Bourbon, have breathed new life into an old hearse with the help of Anything Car Audio and Upholstery. Anything Car Audio has wrapped the black hearse with Spirit’s logos, added Brazilian hardwood flooring and installed an antique barber chair straight from the attic of the haunted Spirit’s on Bourbon. With six ten inch Rockford Fosgate Speakers and an eight hundred watt amplifier this hearse could wake the dead.

Spirit's Shot Hearse

Spirit’s Shot Hearse

Brad and Steve plan to have the shot machine at tailgate parties in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas for both Tulane and LSU football games. The shot hearse will be serving Fireball. Be sure to look for the shot machine at Mardi Gras parades across the city.

Brad and Steve in the Shot Hearse

Brad and Steve in the Shot Hearse

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Third Annual Alzheimer’s Research Raffle at Turtle Bay Raises $1650

Turtle Baybes Didi Stovall and Mardi Johnson.

Turtle Baybes Didi Stovall and Mardi Johnson.

The fundraiser raffle at Turtle Bay on Sunday netted $1650 for Alzheimer’s research.

This year was the third annual raffle to raise money for  the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Association, which was organized by “Turtle Baybe” Mardi Johnson. For those who do not know, Turtle Bay is the sister bar to Spirits on Bourbon.

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Mardi is a long-time patron to Turtle Bay. She along with several of her friends have named themselves as the “official” Turtle Baybes krewe here at the bar.

Numerous prizes were awarded to raffle winners. Several prizes were to be won, including Turtle Bay merchandise and gift certificates. Several people came to show their support for Alzheimer’s research and gratuitously donated their hard-earned money for a good cause.

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease and there is no known cure. The disease is not very well understood, but the disease eventually leads to death, although it can take years. Researcher’s estimate that one in 85 people globally will be afflicted with Alzheimer’s by the year 2050. One of the most common symptoms of Alzheimer’s is long-term memory loss.

Mardi was extremely grateful. “It is because of people like yourselves that an answer to the riddle called Alzheimer’s will be solved much sooner than later,” she said.

Turtle Bay owners Steve Smith and Brad Bohannan were equally as grateful for the turnout, which included several dozen patrons. Smith and Bohannan–who matched 20 percent of the raffle earnings–both champion causes such as this.

A grand total of $1,200 was raised from the raffle itself, plus $150 from her donation page, and then add another $300 contributed by the Turtle Bay owners.

“Thanks to Mardi Johnson and her Krewe of Turtle Baybes, everyone had a great time for a very worthy cause,” Smith said. “This is the third year Mardi chose Turtle Bay to hose her fundraiser and we are proud to help in raising money for Alzheimer’s. Mardi works hard all year long and collects prizes from area businesses to support her efforts. Thanks to Mardi, and our generous neighbors and patrons, this was another very successful charity event. We are just proud to be a part of it.”

Brad weighs in. “We have been blessed with the ability to help raise money for some great charities,” he said. “Not a day goes by with me not realizing how fortunate I am. I feel it’s an obligation to give back.” The money raised–$1,650-may seem like a drop in the bucket compared to the grand scheme of things. However, this is one of many charity events that raise money for Alzheimer’s research. Because the disease is still much of a mystery, every penny sent to research helps.

More work needs to be done. And even though the raffle has ended, you could still donate towards Alzheimer’s research by going to Mardi Johnson’s donation page.

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