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February 23rd

Knights of Babylon

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:45PM

This historic krewe takes its cues from ancient Mesopotamia and Carnival traditions from 75 years ago

 

Krewe of Chaos

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:45PM

Expect a satirical slant to this parade

 

Krewe of Muses

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 5:45PM

Step aside, gentlemen. This all female krewe is one of the Mardi Gras all-stars

 

Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets

Smoothie King Center, 7PM

The Birds go head to head with the Houston Rockets

 

Nicole Lynn Fox Variety Hour

The Allways Lounge & Theatre, 8PM 

Famed drag star hosts a drag and variety show

 

Better Than Ezra

The Civic Theatre, 9:30PM

New Orleans alt-rock trio perform on their home turf

 

Fast Times '80s Dance Night

One Eyed Jacks, 10PM

A Mardi Gras-themed version of this weekly dance party ($5)

 

Ball of Joy 

Joy Theater, 11PM

A happiness-enducing Mardi Gras ball

 

The Soul Rebels

Le Bon Temps Roule, 11PM

Weekly recurring engagement

 
Blue Nile, 11PM
Every Thursday night swing by for reggae-heavy dance beats

VENDREDI

February 24th

Divine Protectors of Endangered Pleasures or DIVA

French Quarter Route, 1:30PM

Watch this bustier-clad krewe as they traverse through the Vieux Carre 

 

Krewe of Hermes

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6PM

Celebrating its 80th year in Carnival

 

Le Krewe d'Etat

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 6:30PM 

An anarchic krewe that holds its own place in Mardi Gras lore

 

Krewe of Morpheus

Uptown-St. Charles Route, 7PM

A co-ed krewe known for elaborate floats and enviable throws

 

The Krewe of Debauche

Sanctuary Cultural Arts Center, 9PM

A Mardi Gras debauchery ball featuring gypsy balkan beats, bellydance and more ($15)

 

The Get Money Stop Hatin Tour

Cafe Istanbul, 9PM

8th annual tour showcasing the biggest independent talents in hip hop ($20)

 

Anglo a Go-Go

Bar Redux, 10PM

Dance to the swinging tunes of the UK underground 

 

A Queen and Bowie Tribute Show

Gasa Gasa, 10PM

Local talents come out to play the tunes of David Bowie and Queen

 

Grunge Night: NIRVANNA

House of Blues, 10PM

A Nirvana tribute concert featuring bands like The Kurt Loders

 

Burlesque Ballroom

Jazz Playhouse, 11PM

Burlesque pioneer Trixie Minx brings striptease to Bourbon 

 

Foundation of Funk

Tipitina's, 11PM

NOLA superground band is joined by special guests Anders Osborne & Jon Cleary

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Prytania Theatre, 11:59PM

A midnight showing of the penultimate movie about the boy wizard 

 


Bitter Sweet

Negroni Week Begins



In New Orleans, we really don’t need any excuses to drink, but that doesn’t stop us from finding new reasons all the same. For example, for the next five days, we will be celebrating Negroni Week. As part of a national charity campaign sponsored by Campari and Imbibe Magazine, bars across the United States will be serving this classic Italian aperitivo cocktail and donating $1 or more to charity. Here in the Crescent City, the United States Bartenders’ Guild and Tales of the Cocktail have partnered to support the New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation, a nonprofit providing medical assistance to local musicians.

 

The Negroni is one of the most popular classic cocktails enjoyed internationally. Cited by bartenders and imbibers as a revelatory experience, opening their minds and palates to flavors and ingredients never before considered.

 

Comprised of London Dry Gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, stirred, and served over ice with an orange twist, the cocktail is simultaneously bitter, refreshing, astringent, boozy, deep, rich, and aromatic. It can be enjoyed as a pre-dinner aperitivo or as a meal concluding nightcap, perfect as well in a hot New Orleans courtyard in the depths of a summer afternoon.

 

“It is very balanced, a cocktail bartender’s drink. I like mine with Beefeater Gin, Cocchi Tornio Vermouth, and Campari. Serve on the same rocks you stir it with” declares Braden LaGrone, bartender at Cafe Henri. “Put it in a glass and give it to me!”

 

It is one of few classic Italian cocktails. In a culture where beverage and food is enjoyed for its simplicity and natural beauty rather than masking with mixtures and spices, cocktails never achieved the status of wine or cordials. The integral ingredient in the Negroni, Campari, is an amaro. Amari (the plural for amaro) are popular digestivo meant to settle the stomach after a large meal. Made of bitter herbs, roots, and citrus peels, they are complex and delicious. Many are available in the New Orleans market and can found in great variety at Kiefe and Co. in the Warehouse District. Campari is the most popular in the United States, having struck American soldiers during World War II with it’s unique bitter deliciousness.

 

The origins of the Negroni begin with another cocktail, the Americano, named after the American soldiers who were ordering a drink called the Milano-Torino comprised of sweet (Torino) vermouth and Campari (made in Milano) and in their American way adding soda water to the mix. Garnished with an orange slice, the Americano is low proof and incredibly refreshing, a great drink to mix at a picnic or at a festival, no stirring or straining required. Legend has it that a certain Count Negroni, while tippling at Caffe Riviore in Florence, instructed his bartender Lucca Picci to substitute the soda with gin, and the Negroni was born.

 

In celebration of this legendary cocktail, bartenders across the city are serving up classic renditions as well as their own modern interpretations. Check out the recipe for the original and a list of participating bars below.

 

Classic Negroni

1oz London Dry Gin

1oz Sweet Vermouth

1oz Campari

Stir, serve on the rocks

Garnish with an orange peel

 

Get out and drink for a cause! The participating bars and restaurants:The Negroni is one of the most popular classic cocktails enjoyed internationally. Cited by bartenders and imbibers as a revelatory experience, opening their minds and palates to flavors and ingredients never before considered.

 

Comprised of London Dry Gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, stirred, and served over ice with an orange twist, the cocktail is simultaneously bitter, refreshing, astringent, boozy, deep, rich, and aromatic. It can be enjoyed as a pre-dinner aperitivo or as a meal concluding nightcap, perfect as well in a hot New Orleans courtyard in the depths of a summer afternoon.

 

  • 30/90
  • 45 Tchoup
  • Ancora
  • Angeline
  • Arabella
  • Arnaud’s French 75
  • AVO
  • Balise
  • Bar Tonique
  • Barrel Proof
  • Besh Steak
  • Bourbon O
  • The BullDog
  • Cafe Amelie
  • Cafe Henri
  • Capdeville
  • Cavan
  • Company Burger
  • Cure
  • d.b.a.
  • Dat Dog
  • The Davenport Lounge
  • El Libre
  • Felipe’s/Tiki Tolteca
  • Grand Isle Restaurant
  • The Irish House
  • Maison
  • Marigny Brasserie
  • Mid City Yacht Club
  • Pal’s Lounge
  • Pearl
  • The Phoenix
  • Revel
  • The Rusty Nail
  • St. Joe’s
  • Saint Lawrence
  • Saveur
  • Sukho Thai Uptown
  • Twelve Mile Limit
  • Treo
  • Victory NOLA
  • Wood Pizza Bistro

 

Portions of this article previously appeared in NoDef.

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Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

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