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!  


Who Makes the best Pizza?  Vote for Turtle Bay in the pizza contest.

The Times Picayune is planning to settle who has the Best Pizza in New Orleans!   

 We sure are proud of the pizza at  Turtle Bay and  love for you to vote for us. So if you like Turtle Bays pizza, then give us a  Vote on your computer, iPhone or IPad…or all three!  Then come grab a pie at Turtle Bay!  


Mayweather Pacquiao Fight

It was billed as the fight of the century, as undefeated Floyd Mayweather took on top contender Manny Pacquiao Saturday night, May 2nd 

 Many will argue the fight didn’t live up to the hype, but one thing is for sure,  Spirits on Bourbon was the unanimous decision as best place to watch the fight.

Patrons gladly paid the $25 cover charge to watch the title bout at Spirits. The energy and excitement inside Spirits rivaled that of the MGM Grand as the fight approached. 

  Spirits was filled from the front door to the courtyard with a standing room only crowd  

 that included NFL stars Golden Tate and Fred McAfee. “The crowd has been great, and the addition of the NFL players makes Spirits the best place to watch the fight this side of Vegas”, said coowner Brad Bohannan 


As the fight grew closer, bar management was forced to deny entrance to any new patrons. Coowner Steve Smith explained, “We were at absolute full capacity. For the safety of our customers, staff, and per the fire marshal we couldn’t let anyone else through the doors. We must have turned away over 300 people.” That didn’t stop huge crowds from growing on Bourbon St. to peek through the doors and windows trying to get a glimpse of the action. The mob outside rivaled that of a Mardi Gras crowd. 


  management decided two weeks prior to the fight to delay its nightly Dueling Piano show and drop down the 10ft big screen to show the huge Pay Per View event.  “We were getting calls up to a month in advance, inquiring about the fight.  Mass appeal events like this don’t come around too often” said Bohannan. With its huge TV on stage, 8 high definition Tvsinside, and 3 more in the courtyard, Spirits can easily transform from live music venue to sports bar and back for such a special event. 

When the night was over, the judges awarded Mayweather the win. It was another great night at Spirits on Bourbon.


Spirits on Bourbons Barber Beer Recipe!

We have people ask us about the Barber Beer all the time and want to know where it came from and how it’s made. We thought we would share the recipe and the story with you!  
My wife has a love for Red Cream soda and a hate of strong alcohol. So I tried several combinations until I sound a recipe that would be a quality drink without the alcohol taste while still using red cream soda as the mixer (which is hardly ever used). This is not only what we came up with…but scored me major points with my wife!

Barber Beer Recipe:
16 oz glass
1.5 oz. Vanilla flavored vodka
1 oz. Root Beer Schnapps
Barqs Red Cream Soda
Heavy Cream 

 First, fill the 16oz glass half full with ice. Then add 1.5 oz of vanilla flavored vodka and 1 oz of Root Beer Schnapps. The fill the remainder of the glass with room temperature Barg’s Red Cream soda, stopping one inch from the top. Finally, add a generous amount of heavy cream. Of course, the best way to enjoy a Barber Beer is while watching the dueling pianos at Spirits on Bourbon

Vh1 was filming a new dating show at Spirits on Bourbon

VH1 was filming a new show called ‘She’s Got Game’ starring Jayceon Taylor (who is aptly nicknamed “The Game”) at Spirits on Bourbon.  

  The premise of the show is that the platinum selling artist sets out to find love with the help of his Celebrity friends.  

 The show is slated to air in the Summer of 2015. We will keep you posted for the air date that features Spirits on Bourbon. 

  We are always excited when we having filming at Sprits on Bourbon and love watching Spirits featured on TV! We hope we are fortunate enough that they keep using our location!  


Half Way 2 Halloween NOLA Horror Film Fest was held at Spirits On Bourbon.

  Spirits on Bourbon was honored to Host the 5th annual Half Way 2 Halloween NOLA Horror Fest.   

The group of filmmakers, actors, authors and fans  

 joined us at Spirits to screen three horror movies, including Timothy, Grave Shivers, and Blood Punch. Johnny Rock was the MC for the event with his Wolfman costume, keeping everything on track! 

  They had many local venders showing off some local goods. We also had some local authors signing books.  

  The costume contest was a big success with prizes from CD’s to a grand prize of a Mr. Binky’s shopping spree! Steve Smith said he thought about going home and getting his halloween costume on to win some of the prizes!
The event was a huge success and Spirits on Bourbon looks forward to making this a yearly event! Brad Bohannan.

NOLA Wenches Shore Leave weekend takes over Spirits on Bourbon and Turtle Bay

The Shore Leave Weekends theme was Neverland in NOLA! It was four day event that provided a vacation for pirates and like-minded folks. People came with a great attitude and a smile! The first night they held a Meet-and-Greet at Spirits on Bourbon.  

 the event included games, prizes, some great jokes…and some not so great jokes! This event brought pirates from everywhere together, sharing stories of the past year. 

 The next few days included hitting the streets of Bourbon and hitting the Mississippi on a river boat cruise on the Natchez. 

 On Sunday they had a farewell crawl at Turtle Bay on Decatur with plenty of libations flowing and some great crawfish.  

  We also got to see some fellow Pirates, Ernie Martelli and Lisa Gormal, tie the knot! 

 We can’t wait for next year to see our Pirate friends again at Spirits on Bourbon and Turtle Bay! Ahoy Me Matey! 



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.