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July 22nd

Ice Cream Social

Longue Vue, 10AM

Plus adoptable pets from the SPCA


Veggie Growing Basics

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Grow your own food


National Hot Dog Day

Dat Dog, 3PM

Raffles, ice cream and more


Cocktails and Queens

Piscobar, 6PM

A queer industry dance party


Immersive Sound Bath

Nola Yoga Loft, 7PM

Soothing 3D Soundscapes


Paul Mooney

Jazz Market, 8PM

Also ft. music by Caren Green


New Orleans Beatles Festival

House of Blues, 8PM

Come together, right now


Christmas in July

The Willow, 8PM

Ugly sweaters and peppermint shots



Three Keys, 9PM

With Coolasty ft. Jack Freeman and more


Particle Devotion

Banks St Bar, 9PM

Ft. Paper Bison +  Tranche


Cesar Comanche

Art Klub, 9:30PM

Ft. Ghost Dog, Knox Ketchum and more


Gimme A Reason

Poor Boy’s Bar, 10PM

Ft. Savile and local support


Techno Club

Techno Club, 10PM

Ft. Javier Drada, Eria Lauren, Otto



July 23rd

From Here to Eternity

Prytania Theatre, 10AM

The 1953 classic


Eight Flavors

Longue Vue, 12PM

Sarah Lohman will discuss her new book


Book Swap

Church Alley Coffee Bar, 12PM

Bring books, get books


Urban Composting

Hollygrove Market, 1PM

Learn about easy composting


Brave New World Book Club

Tubby & Coo’s, 2PM

Open to all


Gentleman Loser

The Drifter Hotel, 3PM

A classic poolside rager


Mixology 101

Carrolton Market

With Dusty Mars


Freret Street Block Party

Freret St, 5PM

A celebratory bar crawl


Mushroom Head

Southport Music Hall, 6PM

+ Hail Sagan and American Grim


Glen David Andrews

Little Gem Saloon, 8PM

Get trombone’d by the greatest


Hot 8 Brass Band

The Howlin Wolf, 10PM

Brass music for a new era



The Dragon’s Den, 10PM

Ft. KTRL, Unicorn Fukr, RMonic

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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