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A Look Back at 40 Years of The Country Club

This month, the famed Country Club celebrates 40 years of wet, weird, and wild fun in the Bywater. Read on for the story how this neighborhood gem evolved from a hidden backyard hideaway to become the pool of choice for celebs like Beyoncé and one of the top culinary experiences in town. 

The Drifter

Dip Into New Orleans’ Hottest Pool Party

The Drifter Hotel is not an easy place to find if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Tucked away on a confusing portion of Tulane Avenue not far from the Courthouse, it’s very close to the Brown Derby gas station that used to be stomping grounds for patrons of New Orleans' seedy underbelly. The once desolate area is slowly morphing into an up-and-coming corridor. In the last six months, several of the dilapidated, flea-ridden, pimp-frequented hotels that locals have long been accustomed to driving quickly by on Tulane have been purchased by investors who plan to bring back a 70’s feel, under the guise of trendy boutique hotels that hope to lure the sort of young, hip, bohemian transplants who previously would have only found themselves on the Avenue to make a court date, if then. 

Cover-Up: Clothes No Longer Optional at The Country Club

By Ashley Rouen

NOLA’s favorite (and only) clothing optional pool will require its patrons to wear proper swim attire. Carefree, nudie days and nights swimming at the Bywater’s Country Club are over after complaints from neighbors and a rape allegation. Though local customers have expressed their continued support of the venue via Facebook the new rules were effective Tuesday (10.21). 

Today in New Orleans 10.09.13

Hump day is bringing music from local funk, to indie rock from near and far. Locals can take advantage of this weather, perhaps with a show at Lafayette Square or some late-season sunbathing at the Country Club. On today’s date in 1930, Louis Armstrong and His Sebastian New Cotton Club Orchestra recorded “Body and Soul” for the Okeh label in Los Angeles. Now, more to do this Wednesday:

Today in Decadence 9.1.13

It's the 39th annual Decadence Parade, today at 2p.m. Start your day off in the Bywater with brunch, clothing optional swimming, bottomless mimosas, and a Tea Dance Pool Party. Then, head to the Fruit Loop and see Grand Marshals Venus Santiago & Tami Tarmac steal the show.  

Today in Decadence 8.30.13

Decadence Friday is offering celebrants a chance to sip and dip at the Bywater, a Paul Deen Redemption Bake Sale, and more. Tonight, the Grand Marshals Drag Show struts down the runway of the Golden Lantern. 

Today in New Orleans 11.14.12

Kick off your hump day with a huge theatre festival happening all over the city! It’s opening night of Fringe Fest, and there’s a little something for everybody in the dozens of shows being performed this year. Happy Birthday to Lil’ Boose (birth name Torrence Hatch) born on November 14, 1983 in Baton Rouge. Read on for more to do this Big Easy Wednesday. 

Today's Events 8.15.12

Today in Louisiana history, hurricane Danny hit Vermillion Parish in 1985, and the Republican National Convention began meeting in New Orleans in 1988. This afternoon, check out the CBD’s newest gastro lounge for their grand opening, and bring your appetite for the free samples. The Country Club is honoring the service industry with Wednesday’s SIN Night, and the Healing Center is hosting Kiini Ibura Salaam and Moira Crane.

The Country Club Gets a New Bar, Champagne Room

by Shay Sokol

BYWATER - Neighborhood favorite The Country Club finished renovating its bar last week into a spacious, 4-sided square walkaround. The changes add breathing room for drinking to its other amenities: a big Sunday brunch, and a saline pool mostly occupied by men whose state of dress tends to vary. Three large televisions are hung over the bar for watching the Saints, or whatever else is on during those terrible months of the year when it's not football season. A larger bar also means more options, including draft beer. 

Decadence Daily: Sept. 5, 2011

The gay Mardi Gras' Ash Wednesday doesn't come until the Tuesday after. But, with Labor Day on a Monday, many Southern Decadence-goers leave town, making this a day for the most robust roysterers among us. It's the day of "survivors." The calendar might be a little thinner, but the events go on nonetheless. Click through to see the lineup.

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