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Defender Picks



May 30th

Down on Their Luck Orchestra

Music at the Mint, 2PM

Jazz at the Old U.S. Mint


Craft Happy Hour

Ogden, 6PM

Learn to make paper magnolias with Suzonne Stirling


Vibrational Sound Therapy

Glitter Box, 6PM

Discover the energetic magic of Himalayan Singing Bowls with Faun Fenderson


Monty Banks

Mahogany Jazz Hall, 6PM

Trad Jazz, rat pack era swing and more



Peristyle in City Park, 6:30PM

High Intensity Interval Training



Champions Square, 7PM

Feat. O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield


Gender 101

LGBT Community Center, 7PM

Expand your understanding of gender


Thinkin' with Lincoln

Bayou Beer Garden, 7PM

Trivia on the patio


Spring Wrap-Up Show

Arts Estuary 1024, 8PM

Performances and screenings by the artist residents


High Profile

Hi-Ho Lounge, 10PM

NOLA drag stars host a variety talent show, The Stage


May 31st

Abe Thompson

Market Café, 3:30PM

Feat. The Doctors of Funk


Food Waste Collection

Children’s Resource Center, 5PM

Bring your frozen food scraps to be composted


Weird Wine Wednesdays

Spirit Wine, 6PM

Free wine tasting


Free Spirited Yoga

The Tchoup Yard, 6:30PM

Food, drinks, yoga


CeCe Winans

Orpheum Theater, 7PM

Part of the “Let Them Fall In Love” tour


Dance for Bathrooms

Three Keys, 8PM

Benefitting Music Box Village


Rooftop Cinema

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

A showing of But I’m A Cheerleader


Major Bacon

Banks St. Bar, 10PM

Sizzlin blues and free BLTs


Caleb Ryan Martin

Check Point Charlie, 11PM

Acoustic blues and roots


June 1st

Jazz in The Park

Armstrong Park, 4PM

Jon Clearly + the Absolute Monster Gentlemen


Book Signing

Garden District Book Shop, 6PM

Signing of My Love Looks Back by Jessica B. Harris


Mardi Gras Concert

Tipitina’s, 6PM

Benefitting Marty Hurley Endowment Center


Summer Of Sustainability

Aquarium Of The Americas, 630PM

Enjoy oysters in a unique setting


Magical Burlesque

The Willow, 7PM

Harry Potter themed burlesque show


Bonnie Bishop

One Eyed Jack’s, 9PM

Sweet country rock



14 Parishes, 9PM

Roasts, toasts and laughs


Una Walkonhorst

The Circle Bar, 930PM

Also feat. Patrick Sylvester


Lost Stars

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Support by Mighty Brother 



June 2nd

Symphony Book Fair

Lakefront Arena, 9AM

Benefitting the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra


Summer Kick Off Film Party

Second Line Stages, 5PM

Supporting BREASTS the film


Nateus Photography Opening

Cherry Espresso Bar, 6PM

Photos as a medium of self expression, snacks included


Dinner and a ZOOvie

Audubon Zoo, 6PM

Showing of the movie Moana


Self Absorbed


A peek inside fifteen artists


Lagniappe Performance Series

Loyola Univeristy @ Marquette Hall, 7PM

Performance by Mikhala W. Iversen


As One

Marigny Opera House, 8PM

A transgender musical odyssey


Joel Wilson

The Building, 9PM

Also featuring Simon Lott as Context Killer



Blue Nile, 11PM

GoGo Brass Funk band 



June 3rd

Grand Opening Party

Parleaux Beer Lab, 11AM

Pouring on all 12 taps


Water Words

New Orleans Public Library, 11AM

Exploring the special role of water in our city and in life


Basics of Beekeeping

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn how to start your own apiary


First Saturday Gallery Openings

Arts District, 6PM

Check out new and returning exhibitions


Harrison Avenue Stroll

Harrison Avenue, 5PM

Food, drinks, fun


Louisiana Wetlands

Carol Robinson Gallery, 5PM

Original art by Dave Ivey


Moonlit Paddle

Manchec Swamp, 545PM

Enjoy an evening of paddling close to home


Final Gala Concert

Jazz and Heritage Center, 8PM

Closing out the Birdfoot Festival


Canine Karaoke

Homedale Inn Bar, 9PM

Supporting the Love A Pit Foundation



Poor Boys Bar, 12AM

Resident DJs, along with special guest


June 4th

June Puppy Social

Louisiana SPCA, 10AM

Toys, treats, low impact agility


Jazz Brunch

Josephine Estelle, 11AM

Live sounds served sunny side up



The Drifter Hotel, 12PM

Presented by Techno Club


Book Discussion

Garden District Book Shop, 12PM

C.D. Colins discusses her memoir


Summer Reading Kick Off

NOPL Youth Services, 1PM

Feat. Roots music and books by Johnette Downing


Saving Abel

Southport Music Hall, 6PM

With support by Akadia and First Fracture


Open Mic and Slam

Ashé Cac, 7PM

Team SNO + Jahman Hill


Edge Film Festival

Zeitgeist Center, 730PM

Short film screenings + awards


Frontier Ruckus

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Enjoy some multi genre rock

Central City Oasis

Learn About New Tiki Bar, Portside Lounge

Stepping inside from the afternoon’s searing lime white sun, it took a moment of adjustment to fully take in the impressively subtle tiki decor and turquoise colors of Portside Lounge, Central City’s newest neighborhood spot nestled a few lakeside blocks from the St. Charles streetcar line. Yet after taking a seat at the bar with owner Danny Nick and head bartender Rachel Rose, everything came into full view.


A large, mellow, flowing two-room bar with uniquely intricate lighting fixtures, porcelain tiki statues adorning handmade bamboo shelves behind the bar, and local art along the walls all helped pull together the idea of Portside being a tiki dive bar. 


“We’re trying to find the middle ground right now,” Danny tells me while citing a spectrum of influences which brought the project into existence, most notably Jeff ‘Beachbum’ Berry of Latitude 29 in the French Quarter.


“People forget New Orleans is considered to be the northern most city in the Caribbean, and you have to think that a hundred years ago, people were enjoying these style drinks, so why wouldn’t they now?” 


And Danny’s right. The modern resurgence of tiki in the cocktail world can be seen on a national level, but Portside Lounge’s down home approach helps tie in that authentic, almost natural, New Orleans-Caribbean vibe.


Missing are the exotically expensive liquor lists, the pretentious cocktail presentations, a staff donning Hawaiian print shirts. Present instead are numerous locally produced liquors such as Rougaroux Rum, Euphrosyne Gin and St. Roch Vodka, accessible prices and perfectly tiki-tacky decorations acquired from the late English Craig of Freaky Tiki Tattoos. And tucked out of sight off the bar’s side room sits a kitchen where a full line of pop-ups from the likes of The Ball Brothers and Joie de Vie are slated to take over in the coming months.


Everything may be in it’s right place after a grueling three month renovation, but Portside Lounge remains a work in progress. There’s a palpable enthusiasm concerning plans for farther down the road. Danny, a member of the local metal band Suplecs, discusses ideas of live music from the modest stage in the main room, while Rachel plays with cocktail recipes like the Nani Pua, composed of kiwi cucumber gin & fresh squeezed citrus.


“We’ll always have the mainstays behind the bar,” she says, mentioning service industry favorites like Fernet Branca and Budweiser being served next to the Gin Moon Joe, a gin and basil based cocktail. Additionally, over a dozen beers will be offered on tap, for any patron afraid of getting freaky deaky with the tiki.


Daily punches, a punk rock happy hour, cocktail collaborations, and even more decor from Danny’s home tiki collection are all in order once the ball starts rolling after the grand opening party on Saturday, May 20th, when local chef Miso Hungry will be slinging tasty Korean food to pair with the offerings from over the bar.


Let your sight adjust to the Portside Lounge as they prove not to be your typical tiki bar, while still drawing from and paying homage to the vibrancy, pleasure and mystique we’ve come to know the aesthetic by —  a set of characteristics also engrained in the history of our fair city.


What Danny Nick and Rachel Rose have done is start a bar born of New Orleans by allowing it to grow naturally within New Orleans. Already home to Central City’s Red Flaming Mardi Gras Indians, Portside Lounge is dedicated to remaining receptive to the neighborhood through their undeniable laissez les bons temps rouler attitude. So why not roll up, kick back, take in the tiki flair, and get a little umbrella in that afternoon beer just for the hell of it? 


Portside Lounge

3000 Dryades St.

Open Daily: 4pm-ish - Till’ 

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Michael Weber, B.A.


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Linzi Falk

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B. E. Mintz

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