Turtle Bay’s 4th annual Alzheimers fundraiser collects close to $4000.

The Saints had their bye Sunday but there was still plenty to cheer about at Turtle Bay‘s,Spirits sister bar on Decatur St). As part of  the Walk to End Alzheimers, fund raiser organizer Mardi Johnson held her 4th Annual Fund Raiser Raffle.

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Mardi teamed up with  Turtle Bay again,  to raise money and awareness for Alzheimers. The fund raiser consisted of  individual raffles every hour, on the hour. Great prizes were donated from friends and local business, as well as some national organizations. The big prize of the day was a signed Jimmy Buffet guitar which was awarded at the end of the day.

“Mardi does an incredible job getting donations and hustling the raffle tickets. She works at the fund raiser all year. It has grown and raised more money  each year we have done it. We are proud to work with her on this” said Turtle Bay owner  Brad Bohannan

The event has grown each of its four years. Sunday’s fund raiser was a great success raising nearly $4000 for the charity. It is not too late to donate to the Mardi/Turtle Bay team page. Please go to this link and add to the total here.

“Thanks to everyone who helped in any way with our Alzheimers event. I’m amazed at the outpouring of love! The day flew by because of the laughter and caring from all of the Turtle Bay community. It really does take a village and we have a great one. See ya next year!” added Johnson.

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“It’s such a great day for a great cause that is near to my heart” said Turtle Bay owner Steve Smith “I’m proud to be a part of it and we will do everything we can to help the fund raiser continue to grow every year! Not only is it for a great cause but the customers love it and thanks to the many donations from local businesses, very few people leave empty handed”.













Charles Grant and Spirits on Bourbon Team Up to Feed Hundreds in Need

Charles Grant is a Super Bowl hero and New Orleans Saints legend. Spirits on Bourbon is a French quarter hotspot with philanthropic owners. When the pair teamed up, they created a team that would rival the New Orleans Saints themselves!  


 The idea started when Charles Grant wanted to help his community. Founder of SACK Success Foundation, Grant is no stranger to giving back. Given the holidays, his goal was to pass out hundreds of turkeys to families in need. When he reached out to Brad Bohannan and Steve Smith, owners of Spirits on Bourbon, the idea grew into something much larger.

“I thought that Charles Grant was onto something wonderful! But the more we thought about it, I knew that the turkeys would only help someone who had the ability to cook them. Owning a restaurant, it may have been a lot easier to just cook the meal and drop it off at the mission or the homeless shelter.  

 Instead, I thought that I wanted to give them more than a meal. I wanted to give them an experience,” said Brad Bohannan. Steve Smith was on board from the beginning, “I thought it would be wonderful to open the doors to our restaurant, have live music, and make it an experience that they would remember.”

In no time at all, between the three of them had volunteers, donations, and lots of helping hands. Several Saints players put smiles on many faces when they surprised everyone by showing up at the event!  

 A local baseball team, the Château chargers, even volunteered to serve all the food!  

 Charles Grant started the day, with a bowed head blessing to help everyone remember those who are not so lucky during the holiday season. Every age, creed and story passed through the doors of Spirits on Bourbon and were greeted with open arms and a hot meal. 

Today’s efforts served over 200 people in need, and provided over 150 turkeys to families!

“This is just the beginning, giving back is what we should all do. We look forward to growing, and growing these types of opportunities for our local community in need,” vowed Charles grant. 


Spirits on Bourbon and Saints Great Charles Grant team up to help the needy

  Spirits on Bourbon is excited to team up with Charles Grant’s SACK Success foundation this Thanksgiving! “Thanksgiving is time of joyful celebration and to share our blessings with those who are less fortunate. We are thrilled that Charles invited us to to help out his foundation,” said  Brad Bohannan Spirits  on Bourbon and Charles Grant will be preparing 150 food baskets for needy families as well as feeding 200 homeless people from the New Orleans Mission. The event will take place on November 21st from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. “Its going to be a challenge to feed so many people in a short time, but we are up for the challenge!” says Steve Smith . If you would like to donate and bring holiday smiles to some family, please contact Soulan Johnson at or (305) 360-3732.

4th Annual End Alzheimer’s Event

We are looking forward to the fourth annual ‘End Alzheimer’s’ event. “The event has grown every year and we hope to beat Last Years total of over $1600 raised to fight Alzheimer’s,” said Brad Bohannan. “I have seen Alzheimer do its work devastating lives, and would like nothing more to see the end of Alzheimer’s,”  Steve Smith.  This  years event features the raffle of an Autographed Jimmy Buffett guitar.  

  You can pre-purchase raffle tickets at Turtle Bay and do not have to be present to win. On Sunday, November 22nd we will have hourly drawings between noon and 5pm with great raffle items such as autographed footballs, purses, gift certificates and many other great gifts! Turtle Bay will donate 15 percent of all sales during the event to Alzheimer’s. We are still looking for raffle items if you would like to donate a item for the raffle! To buy raffle tickets or make a donation, please Contact Mardi Johnson. Hope to see you at this Event


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.


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!!!


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.


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!


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 is September 12th. It’s a great time for an awesome charity, the Louisiana Children’s Museum 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!


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 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.  


felt honored to initiate his buddy Ej Snyder of Naked and Afraid into the bond of
Tau Kappa Epsilon.

 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!


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!