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Rum Head


Tomorrow (8.16) is National Rum Day! Last month, we rounded up the best spots for rum-focused frozen brews for National Daiquiri Day, honoring one of the signature rum-focused drinks of New Orleans. Want some more boozy options to break up the hump day blues? Whether a mojito, a rum punch, a piña colada, or a simple rum & coke, celebrate this most hallowed of days with NoDef's round-up of the best spots in the Big Easy for this spirit. 


The Intoxicology Report

One Week of Tequila



Welcome to the Intoxicology Report, a drinking journey with a few recommendations and a few lessons. This column is dedicated to my experience consuming one variety of alcohol for seven days straight. Ahead of National Tequila Day on July 24th, we begin with the spirit from our southern neighbor, and a favorite of 20-somethings everywhere. Shots!

 


Bloody Good: Howlin Wolf’s Bloody Mary Festival


It seems a perfect union: Bloody Mary, the perfect hangover restorative brunch drink. Sunday, the day of rest... and for the heathens among us, the day of brunch. The team at Howlin Wolf has done the city a favor, teaming up with the Bloody Mary Liberation Party to scour New Orleans for the finest beverages to nurse our post-Saturday night fevers and shakes at their Bloody Mary Festival


The Professor and the Madmen


Jerry Thomas is virtually a sacred name to craft cocktail enthusiasts. The pioneering bar-tender and author set the foundation for cocktails as we know them. So, it’s only appropriate that drinking destination Bar Tonique (820 N. Rampart St.) will be honoring the patron saint’s December 15th birthday with a party.


Tory, Tequila Take Table


A few years ago, Commander’s Palace introduced a prix-fixe lunch (with 25 cent martinis!) allowing everyday y’ats to join the St. Charles set in the Garden Room. NoDef has been enjoying the impeccable service and turtle soup ever since, but we have always wondered, “What surprises does Chef Tory McPhail have have in store beyond that last swirl of Brandy?” Last week, the Commander's executive chef descended upon the backroom of a French Quarter antique shop to prepare a secret feast, and answered that very question.


N.O. Film Fest First Look: Brawler


The locally-shot feature-length drama, Brawler, is all decay and redemption, but there isn't any reference to flood or FEMA. Instead, director Chris Siverston trains his lens  on the New Orleans underbelly that might have been identified with New Orleans' past. The world of the film's backroom fighting club (Don't worry, there is no Jack) takes place in backrooms, on Mississippi River boats and in buildings with unglamorous facades.


NoDef Nods

Top 10 Bars in 2010, Top 11 Bars in 2011



No one appreciates a bar, drinkery, saloon, lounge, or gin-joint more than the people of New Orleans! In 2010, we saw some classics reemerge, one close, and a few great new bars open. In the world beyond High Life, cocktailing and wine really took off. This new star continues to rise into 2011.


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