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NoDef Nods: Drinks

Trends from 2012, Plus 13 Predictions on the Direction of Drinking in NOLA

Drinking in New Orleans is a constant, but the culture that surrounds it is constantly evolving. Craft cocktails, local distilleries, and eco-friendly packaging are just a few of the past year's significant additions to the spirit scene.

Backspace Bar Thumbs the Pages of New Orleans' Literary History

by Emma Boyce

The creative - not to mention boozy - atmosphere of New Orleans has nurtured great writers for decades. From feminist Kate Chopin to flamboyant Truman Capote to the macho Errnest Hemingway, the vibe and jive of the Crescent City shaped some of America's important works.  Now, the man who brought you Rick’s Cabaret, Robert Watters, honors our literary past with the Backspace Bar & Kitchen (139 Chartres), which is holding a soft opening today (Friday, Nov. 9).

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