In an effort to give back, Spirits on Bourbon hosted a raffle at Turtle Bay’s , Spirits sister bar on Decatur Street. This is the 5th Annual Turtle Bay Raffle organized by Mardi Johnson as part of the Walk to End 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.
“Mardi does an incredible job getting donations and selling the raffle tickets. She outdoes herself each year! We feel lucky to work with her on this,” said Turtle Bays Brad Bohannan
The event continues to grow and it’s 5th year was no exception. This year the event raised $3,700 for the charity bringing a five year total to over $13,000.
“Alzheimer’s has effected me personally and I look forward to one day ending Alzheimer’s. I will continue to do my part,” Steve Smith.
“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.
Spirits on Bourbon and Turtle Bay is looking forward to the fifth annual ‘End Alzheimer’s’ event planned for October 9th from noon until five at Turtle Bay 1119 Decatur.
“The event has grown every year and we are hoping to beat Last years total of over $3800 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,” added Steve Smith. This years event will feature many raffle items with 100% of every dollar going to Alzheimer’s research. We hope you can help us to beat last years total and continue to grow this annual event!
Not only does Spirits on Bourbon provide great entertainment with its dueling pianos, but with original New Orleans cuisine it is a great place to watch sporting events.
The visitors where excited to watch the UFC premier event UFC 200 as it featured stacked card. Spirits on Bourbon also raffled a Spirits on Bourbon Guitar raising over $400 for its annual Alzheimer event held at Turtle Bay.
We look forward to seeing you for Sunday football games and future sporting events!
Spirits on Bourbon is known for its World Famous Resurrection drink, great food, Dueling Pianos and a notorious barber chair which has become a must-do for anyone visting the French Quarter! It’s also known as a great place to watch sports. With a beautiful courtyard in the rear, one can host a party, get away talk or have your own private crawfish boil! In fact, you may have seen the Spirits Courtyard many times on television without even knowing it! Spirits has been feature numerous times on television on networks such as E, Esquire, Spike, and VH1 not to mention several local and National news spots!
Turtle Bay on Decatur Street is known for its great pizza and quaint atmosphere! In fact, PMQ magazine named Turtle Bay and Brad Bohannan as the king of New Orleans Pizza . Turtle Bay is visited nightly by the haunted history tour which highlights it’s interesting and checkered past! Touted as one of the Quarters best local hangouts, it’s probably most popular for its full late-night menu! So come on down to Turtle Bay which USA today voted best late night eats in New Orleans and grab a Beer and Pizza and see if you can have your own Turtle Bay ghost Story!
Both locations are owned by Chateau resident, Brad Bohannan, who is a true entrepreneur! He is a self employed Restaurateur, owner of a music publishing company, real estate developer and motivational speaker!
It was the Very Bad Santa…Halfway to Christmas Pub Crawl! Every December you will see the French Quarter filled with Very Bad Santa’s and his very naughty helpers!
The event has grown so much, in fact, that droves of people who couldn’t wait until December for the annual event, decided to create the Half Way to Christmas Pub Crawl! The lively group stopped at Turtle Bay and had some great drinks shots of fireball along some great food.
We look forward to the Very Bad Santa Pub Crawl in December and are excited to have them in June now also,” said Steve Smith. So we hope you stay on the naughty list this year and come join the Pub Crawl this December! You will have so much fun you may never be good boy or girl again!
Turtle Bay on Decatur Street is known for its nightly visits in the haunted history tour. Here is one of the stories in New Orleans Ghost Voodoo and Vampires Journey into Darkness Book. . So come on down to Turtle Bay and grab a Beer and Pizza and see if you can have your own Ghost Story.
By Kalila Katherina
Turtle Bay is a newly renovated bar and restaurant that had a number of ghostly inhabitants. Once a favorite hang out with the vampire culture of the 1990s is now a mainstream hotspot for food, libations and lively New Orleans music.
The building is situated directly behind but Ursuline Convent, The oldest building in New Orleans. In the 1700s the lamb a part of the convent ground, and today only a small brick wall in the courtyard separate the two properties.
The Ursuline nuns originally came to New Orleans as nurses to care for the victims of yellow fever and Indian attacks. The nuns also use this land including that were Turtlebay is now situated to bury the dead. The courtyard is charged with energy typically found in burial ground. In a recent investigation of a residential outing we felt the situation I’m being pulled down words in this area.
There is an active hunting here as well. During our investigation, we discovered the presence
of a female entity. Emily once oa servant here are the petite young woman with a little education. She died of yellow fever on the property and continues to reside in the upper apartment of the building and in the kitchen.
We were the first calleded in to do this investigation when the owner of the building noticed that his clothes were soaked with water after placing them on a chair when he undressed. There was neither a leak in the ceiling nor any other explanation for the sudden water. One employees reported that kitchen appliances often turned on spontaneously. A knife flew across the room on its own and Broke. The tip of the knife was never found. Recently a family on the tour captured a thick Fogg of ectoplasm in the seating area at the bar. The ghost seems to enjoy the music and visit from tourist, but is a bit picky as to whom is in her kitchen.
I’m tying my shoe in the kitchen of the Turtle Bay bar and restaurant on Decatur Street when I’m suddenly aware that I may be about to die in a horrible and grisly manner. It’s a sunny late-summer afternoon, and I’ve stopped by to try and snap some digital pictures of the three knives that allegedly were thrown at Turtle Bay’s cook, Chisesi Simpson, by a cranky ghost or a sneaky, malevolent, unseen force. Simpson leads me back into the kitchen where the first two knives are lying on the stainless steel countop.
“I don’t know where that other one’s at,” says Simpson. “Oh, there it is.” He strides down the length of the small, airy courtyard kitchen, toward the capped sewer drain where the ghost, which the bar has named “Boudreaux,” lives. It’s then that I notice that the lace of my left Converse All-Star has come undone. As I bend down to tie it, Simpson says, “Man, Boudreaux was pissed after you were here yesterday. He was really acting up, throwing stuff around. He threw this pan here all the way out there.”
I look up briefly to see the cook holding up a steel pan and gesturing with it to a spot at least 10 feet away. I flash on how this would all play out in a predictable horror movie. Nosy reporter girl angers ghost … returns to bar on innocent errand … knife mysteriously missing. While everyone in the theater is silently yelling Get out of there! Don’t tie your shoe! Run, girl! the cook is possessed and murders me while the audience grumbles how they saw it coming a mile away.
I straighten up quickly and realize Simpson is standing over me, brandishing a large knife. “Found it,” he says.
The Turtle Bay ghost is only the most recent bar haunting investigated by Kalila Katherina Smith, a tour guide for the Haunted History Tours who both founded the New Orleans Paranormal and Occult Research Society and is the Louisiana state head of the National Ghost Research Society. Her book New Orleans Ghosts and Vampires notes several haunted bars in the French Quarter including Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, Cosimo’s, Yo Mama’s and O’Flaherty’s. She believes that the violent atmosphere of the locales, many of which have been saloons of one kind or another over hundreds of years, predisposes them to the kind of tragic or gruesome on-premises deaths that cause spirits to linger. The 1100 block of Decatur Street where Turtle Bay is located is a particularly fertile area for haunting. Most of that land once belonged to the Ursulines Convent on Chartres Street and served as a potter’s field for yellow fever victims in the 18th century.
“There are probably more haunted bars in the French Quarter than we could ever put on a tour,” she says. “We pick the ones with the most activity and that are the best documented historically. But you’ve got death on top of death on top of death, from yellow fever, fires, hurricanes, violence — a high concentration of death in such a small area. Plus voodoo activity calling up spirits. And people who are drinking are more open to spirits, more open to those experiences.”
Smith recently participated in an investigation of the Turtle Bay ghost in conjunction with the Sci-Fi Channel show Ghost Hunters. She still isn’t ready to explain the ghost’s behavior, although she’s clearly intrigued. “It’s been turning equipment on and off in the middle of the night, throwing hot water,” she says. “And it’s usually pretty rare for a ghost to attack.”
Turtle Bay was honored to be featured #1 for New Orleans Top Late Night Spot for Food in the USA Today’s Top 10 Spots. With all the great fine dinning in New Orleans, oftentimes we get overlooked when it comes to food. We have worked really hard to not just provide great food, but to provide great food 24 hours a day. “To have respectable publications like PMQ and USA TODAY show us so much love we feel like the hard work is paying off,” said Brad Bohannan.
Turtle Bay is a hidden gem in the French Quarter. Popular with locals and tourists alike, TB boasts 25 beers on tap along with a belly-busting menu of American favorites like burgers, pizza and chicken wings. Whether cheering on your favorite team, kicking back with some friends, or just taking in the French Quarter atmosphere, Turtle Bay fits the bill. Located on busy Decatur Street, Turtle Bay stays open – and serves food until 3am Sunday through Wednesday and 24 hours Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Turtle Bay has all the major sports packages, so you can get your fill of all kinds of sports action while you chow!
“We feel like we provide reasonably priced quality food to locals and tourist in New Orleans. We even deliver in the French Quarter,” Steve Smith.
Crawfish, crawdads, freshwater,m mudbugs….Whatever you call ’em, we got ’em at Turtle Bay!
We will boil Crawfish every Saturday and Sunday throughout the season.
While in the past we only boiled three sacks a day, but as we have become a crawfish hot spot over the last few years, we are preparing for our biggest boils to date!
With a huge 24 varieties of beers on tap, including lots of regional craft brews from Louisiana and Mississippi, you are sure to find the perfect beer to pair with your crawfish!
The warm weather means these suckers are going to be big and juicy! The boils start at around 3:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday…but them crawdads tend to go quick so you might want to get here early! And don’t forget to suck the heads!
If you were wandering the French quarter this weekend, you might’ve seen some Santa’s that looked like they should be on the naughty list! Turtle Bay and Spirits on Bourbon were honored to be included in the very bad Santa Festivities. “Knowing it’s the oldest Santa pub crawl in the French quarter, we feel honored to be included. I have enjoyed watching it grow every year,” said Brad Bohannan. The Bad Santa’s enjoyed a stop at Turtle Bay with shot specials such as the Pineapple Upside Down shot for only a dollar, two dollar fireball, and two dollar domestic beers. The crowd overflowed Decatur Street with a sea of red!!
The party eventually made its way to Spirits on Bourbon where they enjoyed dollar Apple Pie shots. “I thought I was prepared for all the Santa’s but the Santa’s were taking the shots as fast as I could put them out,” Steve Smith laughed!
The Shot Chair was loaded up as they were giving out two dollar fireball shots! If the Santa’s were not on the naughty list, then they were after the Shot Chair! Turtle Bay and Spirits on Bourbon are already looking forward to the very bad Santa crawl next year!