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NOLA Lore: French Quarter Haunts

Each week, J.A. Lloyd will take readers through the secret and unexamined legends, myths, and folklore of New Orleans past. This week, learn the stories behind three haunted Quarter destinations. 


Chasing the Green Fairy

NoDef's Absinthe Day Guide

Ten years ago, the nationwide ban on absinthe was lifted in the United States after almost a century. Given how quickly the anise-flavored herbal spirit has become a staple in cocktails, it's hard to believe that for over 96 years New Orleanians lived without green frappés, drips, and daiquiris. Today (3.5) is National Absinthe Day, so how better to celebrate the spirit's rise from madness-inducing elixir of the bohemian set to the superstar ingredient in cocktails nationwide than with a comprehensive guide to the city's best absinthe-minded offerings. From tours of distilleries and museums to cocktail crawls across the Vieux Carre, read on for NoDef's guide to absinthe in New Orleans. 

Hotel Muttleone: FQ Happy Hour for Furry Friends

By Lucy Leonard

Who let the dogs out? Tonight, the Hotel Monteleone is teaming up with the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (La-SPCA) for a pet-friendly happy hour. The event, which will benefit the La-SPCA, will take place at Hotel Monteleone’s Carosel Bar from 5p.m. to 7p.m.. 

Carousel Bar a Focal Point of TOTC

The slew of parties, talks and rotating drink menus give Tales of the Cocktail goes the feeling of being on a four-day merry-go-round. So it's perhaps fitting that the mixology industry event's central point is an actual Carousel. 


Opening Day at Tales of the Cocktail, in Photos

Tales of the Cocktail poured a full glass on Wednesday (7-17), officially kicking off the 2014 edition of the mixology industry melange. From a 70s themed party on Royal Street to a look at the drinking culture a few blocks over on Bourbon, the day provided much to imbibe. NoDef Photographer William Copen was onhand to capture the scenes:

Words & Music Lit Fest Kicks Off in Quarter

Starting today, the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society will launch its annual Words & Music festival. Billed as a “literary feast,” the festival’s events will run for five days around its headquarters, the Hotel Monteleone. This year’s theme is “God, Man, and Woman: Faith and the Search for Meaning as Inspiration for the Arts.”

Today in New Orleans 8.1.13

Tonight, Satchmo Summerfest kicks off with an address at the Hotel Monteleone. In Lee Circle, indie rockers of Twin Steps are in town from Oakland, California. On this day in 1684, LaSalle set out for the Louisiana Gulf Coast to establish a colony. Now, more to do this first day of August.

Today at Tales: 7.21.13

With no seminars to speak of, Tales of the Cocktail closes out on a relaxing note. Whether sitting by the pool, hanging out in the park on Frenchmen, or imbibing by the absinthe fountain, today's mixology menu is made to ease back into normal life, whatever that is. Details:

Today at Tales: 7.20.13

Tales of the Cocktail roars into full weekend mode on Saturday, with fresh looks at Scotch, superfruit and cocktails that won't get you that drunk. Tonight, calendars are cleared the annual awards gala at the Hyatt Regency. Imbibe:

Tonight at Tales: 7.19.13

Tales of the Cocktail moves into the weekend, testing the tolerance of even the most seasoned mixology mavens. On Fday, the dive tradition of shot and a beer moves to classier environs, and the gloves come off for a bare knuckle bar fight among New Orleans bars. Details:

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