Monthly Archives: August 2014

Check Out Our New Menu at Turtle Bay

Turtle-Bay-David-Minsky-560pxAll eyes may be on Spirits on Bourbon, but things are happening at our other bar. Some of you may have noticed that we have made some changes to the menu at Turtle Bay, our sister bar on Decatur Street.

It’s been nearly three years since we made the last change, adding a few items to the menu but otherwise kept it the same. This time we added a lot more items to the grub selection to the menu. Don’t worry, though, everything else we have had on the old menu is still there.

Here is a basic run-down of what’s new. We added two more types of cheese (Swiss and American) and added a Signature Specialty Burger selection. We even added a vegetarian option:

  • Swishroom Burger with Swiss cheese and sauteed mushrooms
  • Three Cheese topped with American, Swiss and cheddar
  • Jalapeño and Cheddar Burger
  • Sweet Bacon and BBQ Burger with cheddar, bacon and BBQ sauce
  • Bacon Bleu Burger
  • Chili Cheeseburger Classic with chili and cheddar cheese
  • Buffalo Wing Burger topped with hot wing sauce and blue cheese dressing
  • Veggie Burger

We also expanded our wing flavors, adding Honey BBQ and Thai sesame seed sauces. And salads? Yeah, we have more salad options, adding Caesar salad and buffalo chicken salads to the menu.

One more thing: we added beignet bites to our dessert options. For only $3.95, one order comes with three beignets topped with powdered sugar.

We didn’t make any changes to our pizza menu, but then again we didn’t need to! It’s just fine the way it is, for now.

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T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle Films an Episode at Spirits on Bourbon

Spirits on Bourbon owners Steve Smith and Brad Bohannan get a visit from the cast of T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle earlier this week.

Spirits on Bourbon owners Steve Smith and Brad Bohannan get a visit from the cast of T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle earlier this week.

Last week we told you how busy we’ve been at Spirits on Bourbon over the summer with show business and all. Earlier this week we received a visit from the cast from <i>T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle</i> when they came to Spirits to film a portion of a new episode.

We can’t say much about what was filmed–as is par for the course with upcoming film projects–but it’s always humbling to know that TV shows want to film here. After all, who could resist our crazy shot chair?!

See Also: Spirits on Bourbon Summer Update

T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle is a reality TV show that follows the personal lives of rapper T.I., his wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle-Harris and their six children since T.I.’s release from federal incarceration in 2010. First airing on December 5, 2011, the show is already filming its fourth season.

Both T.I. and Tameka are singer-songwriters the entertainment industry. Both hailing from the state of Georgia, T.I. made his breakthrough with his second rap album <em>Trap Musik</em>–widely considered to be a heavy improvement over his first album, <em>I’m Serious</em>–release on August 19, 2003. Tameka herself is best known as one of the members of the multi-platinum R&B female group, Xscape. Both T.I. and Tiny have won several Grammy Awards throughout their careers.

Check out some more photos from T.I. and Tiny’s visit to Spirits.





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Watch a Saints Game at Turtle Bay, Get Free Beer–Until Points Are Scored

Free Bud Lights during any Saints games at Turtle Bay until either team scores first.

It’s time for another season of the New Orleans Saints at Turtle Bay.

There is nothing that makes you feel more incomplete than not having a cold beer in your hand while watching the New Orleans Saints. We have a solution: free Bud Light drafts during every Saints game at Turtle Bay until either team first puts points on the board.

The deal applies to only Bud Light and only during regulation play–beginning at kick-off–until either team scores the first touchdown, a field goal or safety.

Why are we doing this? Well our theory is the more beer you drink in the beginning before a point is scored, the more you will enjoy watching the game. But take heed: the deal could last a few only a few plays, the entire quarter or maybe until half-time or beyond. It happens.

This deal applies during the entire pre-season, regular season and (hopefully) post-season. We haven’t even finished celebrating the Saints’ win over the St. Louis Rams on August 8 and already we have another game this Friday with the Saints v. Titans. Check out the Saints official website for more information on their schedule. The pre-season has barely started; you have a long road ahead of you.

Whether you’re chilling out in the front bar, or kicking back in the courtyard, there will be free beer. And the brews are unlimited, in case if you’re wondering. But there is one catch: you have to finish the one you’re drinking to get the next beer. We’re not telling you how fast or how slow to drink, but proceed with caution and please drink responsibly. Bring a friend, bring all of your friends and have them bring their friend’s friends. Can we get a Who Dat?!

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Spirits on Bourbon Summer Update

Photo by David Minsky

Photo by David Minsky

Bourbon Street is a wild and crazy place. Equally as crazy is show business and that’s what has been keeping us on our toes for the entire summer here at Spirits on Bourbon. Here is a quick recap on what the summer has brought us so far.

It began in April with the return of Bar Rescue host and our friend Jon Taffer. It was just over a year since the debut of Spirits, so he came to check on us and see how we were doing. Taffer just released his new book titled Raise the Bar: An Action-Based Method For Maximum Customer Reactions. Of all places, he chose to do a book signing at Spirits on April 18. There is a reason why: because Spirits has been one of his most successful “bar rescues” since the show began.

Taffer’s return did not go unnoticed, but then again it wasn’t like he was trying to be incognito. During the book signing, almost the entire 600 block of Bourbon Street was swarmed with fans and passersby who wanted to catch a glimpse of the man himself. The media took notice and the news was widely circulated. From that event alone, we made the Broward Palm Beach New Times, The Gambit, The Times-Picayune and WGNO. It was a blow-out night and Taffer was pleased to see how far we have come in one year.

See Also: Jon Taffer’s Book Signing Last Friday Was a Huge Success

Shortly after Taffer’s return, Wrestlemania 30 came to town and we hosted a live podcast of the Chair Shot Reality Show with special guest and WWE star Matt Striker on April 24. We were honored to have both CSR and Striker choose us to host their show.

See Also: An Interview With WWE Wrestler Matt Striker: “If you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans.”

Things got a little weird for a minute when WGSO AM radio hosts David and Mark Laville did a live broadcast of their show, The Paranormal Talk Show, from the Spirits courtyard on May 10. In a surveillance video recording an incident in the kitchen during the broadcast, some unseen force can be seen knocking a bottle of soda off the counter. Needless to say Ryan, our kitchen manager who is seen in the video, was a bit spooked.

Later that month, we had a brief visit from TLC’s Gypsy Sisters who wanted to film an episode at Turtle Bay, our sister bar on Decatur Street. They got word of our delicious crawfish boil and decided to pay us a visit. We can’t say much about what happened while they were here, but take it from us that things got a little crazy.

And speaking of crawfish, we are just about done with them. The season has been over for awhile but because we’re such ballers, we’ve had been able to extend the season–at least here at our bar–for an additional month and then some. Check out the mention we got from Vanessa Bolano’s piece she produced for WGNO.

We are also honored have a group from Entrepreneur’s Organization who were in town and decided to visit the bar in late May. The organization is composed of members across the globe who earn more than one million dollars in annual revenue. Members are not easily accepted. To become a member of such a prestigious group, one must be voted in. But we were nonetheless humbled when they came to see us. We want to thank John Macdonald, who runs a digital marketing firm; Robb Crocker from Funnelbox Production Studios; Kevin Keljo from Security Signs; John Watt from Stout Tanks and Kettles; and Augusto Carneiro from Nossa Familia Coffee for dropping us a line.

Taffer dropped us a line incognito in mid-June. A couple of weeks later, we made number four in his “Taffer’s Top 10: Toughest Rescues” episode. “Turtle Bay was transformed into Spirits on Bourbon and is one of Bar Rescues greatest success stories with sales $1 million ahead of last year,” writes Kristen Santoro in her article for Bar and Nightclub Magazine.

Gambit listed us as one of their top 100 bars in New Orleans. “There are dueling pianos, motorboating shot girls, Cajun eats and a signature drink, Resurrection, served in a flashing, skull-shaped goblet at this rowdy hotspot of Bar Rescue fame. It bears traces of its former life as a barbershop: a light-up barber’s pole and chair.”

In late July, we received a visit from the Discovery Channel, which sent producers to film an episode of Next Round at Spirits. Check out some slow-motion footage of the show posted by Robbie Flair on Facebook.

And most recently, Taffer named us as his top achievement in his business of rescuing bars in an interview published in DList Magazine. We could not be more humbled, but the thanks goes to Jon for giving us this opportunity.

To top it all off, we were featured in Wynn Varbles’ music video for his song “Freakshow“.

The summer has been good to us in 2014 and so far there is no end in sight. Thanks to everyone who makes Spirits on Bourbon an amazing experience. Let the good times roll.

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Paranormal Talk Show on WGSO 990AM Did A Live Broadcast from Spirits, Then This Happened… – See more at:
David and Mark Laville
An Interview With WWE Wrestler Matt Striker: “If you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans.” – See more at:
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