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New Orleans is a great place for drinking. With actual bike tours dedicated to the craft of cocktails, we take our alcohol pretty seriously. While there’s no shortage of high-brow bars around town, with their award-winning mixologists and vintage liquor cabinets, sometimes you just want simple. So for those craving an authentic local New Orleans experience with some cheap beer and great conversation with some real New Orleans characters, we’ve rounded up the top neighborhood dives, from Uptown to Downtown.

Brother’s III Lounge on Magazine Street  (Photo by Paul Broussard)

College Town, N.O. LA: Top College Bars in New Orleans

I live in a part of New Orleans that I lovingly refer to as “college town,” spitting distance from both Loyola University and Tulane University. The best part about living in this area, besides the people watching, is the plethora of bars within walking distance from each other and from my house.

While I admit that some of the bars I am about to list are ones that I don’t frequent on a regular basis (I do have a full-time job these days) I also know that they are some of the top college bars in the country and home to some of the best drink specials in the city of New Orleans.

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1. The Boot (1039 Broadway Street) was named the #1 College Bar in New Orleans by Gambit and is home to some of the best drink specials a college student could ask for. Besides their famous Friday Happy Hours, The Boot hosts “50 cent” night  every Tuesday. I’m sure you can guess what that means, for a $5.00 cover from 9:00 pm-1:00 am, single well drinks are just 50 cents and double wells are just $1.00. If the drink specials aren’t enough for you, The Boot is also rumored to be a regular hang out for both Darren Sharper and Roman Harper (among other players) of the New Orleans Saints, Jemmye and Knight from The Real World and it’s hosted cast members of MTV’s Jersey Shore.

2. Phillips (733 Cherokee Street) is swankier than any of these other college bars, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t good prices. Phillips, which is covered in plush and swanky seating, candles and hard-wood floors, has a different drink special for just about everyday of the week. Most notably (in my opinion) are the half-off wine and bubbly with free cheese plates on Tuesday and ladies night on Thursdays. They also host a late-night happy hour on Friday from 2:00 am – close as well as a gay happy hour from 4:00 pm- 8:00 pm on Fridays.

3. Bruno’s (7538 Maple Street) is, I will admit, one of my favorite bars in New Orleans. I like the food, the beer, the TV’s and the games. Bruno’s is undoubtedly preppier than any of the other bars on this list, but don’t discount it on that. Bruno’s is a great place for gathering with friends to play games (including shuffle board, darts and pool) as well as a great place for finding food and drink specials. Plus, their daily happy hour, M-F 5:00 pm – 6:00 offers half-priced appetizers and $2.00 drinks. Their late-night specials change and are, what they call, “innovative pricing after dark.”

4. The Palms (7130 Freret Street) is one of those quintessential college bars. Their most noteable drink special is “Flip for it Friday.” Every Friday, you can flip for your drink and, if you call the coin, drinks are on the house. You can flip for anything — drinks, shots, even bottles. They also host “80′s Night/80′s Prices” on Wednesday. As you can guess from the name, it’s an ode to the great 80′s decade complete with cheaper-than-normal booze.

So, those are my top four College Town, N.O. LA bars. Next time you and your frat buddies pile into a car for a road trip, be sure to add these to your list of spots to hit.

Originally posted on GoNOLA.com

Listen, you gotta listen to Ratboys. You just do. They’re so great. They’ve put together a pretty extensive US tour so pretty soon you can see them as well! Dates and info are below:

If you can help with any of the TBAs, please get in touch! Also, to keep up with new shows, there’s a Facebook event page you can follow for the whole tour.

Thanks!

Listen to Ratboys’ new album AOID

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I live for the times like these. I’m extremely grateful for the people in my life and being able to accomplish what I have so far at such a young age. I have a personal goal every year to make it better than the last. Last year, I got to travel quite a few times, and made some life changes I didn’t think I could top. However only 6 months into this year I’m being proved wrong. From going state to state, to just making memories with the most important people in my life, I’m really happy with where I’m at and o wouldn’t give up a single day of it for anything. Friends and family are more valuable than any dollar amount and the people who help you better yourself are irreplaceable and definitely the best to surround yourself with. Here’s to more good times and great memories!

SUITCASE OF DRONE TOUR 2015

Amulets is going on a week long tour of the south! Come get weird and drone out. Tell all your friends!

6/28 Austin, TX - Salvage Vanguard Theater

6/29 Denton, TX - J&J’s Pizza on the Square

6/30 New Orleans, LA - The Circle Bar

7/2 Birmingham, AL - Desert Island Supply Co

7/3 Atlanta, GA - The Mammal Gallery

7/4 Nashville, TN - Queen Ave Art Collective

7/5 Little Rock, AR - Gallery 360

oh fuck it’s five in the morning

this is what happens when a wedding party goes out to New Orleans bars

Man convicted of killing, dismembering Bourbon St. stripper

GRETNA, La. (AP) — A jury Friday night found a Louisiana man guilty of killing and dismembering a stripper he lured from a New Orleans French Quarter bar along with his ex-girlfriend, a crime only discovered when pieces of her body washed ashore.

Terry Speaks and his ex-girlfriend, Margaret Sanchez, were charged with the second-degree murder of 22-year-old Jaren Lockhart, a gruesome killing in which prosecutors say the couple lured her from the club where she was working, killed her, cut her up and then drove the body parts to Mississippi where they dumped the pieces.

Lockhart’s head, lower legs and left thigh washed up on Mississippi beaches in June 2012, triggering an investigation that eventually led authorities to Speaks and Sanchez. Sanchez’s trial has not yet been scheduled.

Both were also charged with obstruction of justice for trying to derail investigators by dismembering the body, cutting tattoos from her skin and scrubbing down their apartment and Sanchez’s vehicle.

Investigators were eventually able to identify Lockhart through a tattoo behind one ear and DNA.

The jury deliberated for two hours before finding Speaks guilty on the murder charge, which carries a mandatory life sentence, as well as obstruction and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Sentencing has been set for July 8.

Speaks showed little emotion as the verdict was read, just shaking his head a few times. He left the courtroom in handcuffs and carrying a thick sheaf of legal papers.

Lockhart’s family expressed satisfaction but didn’t make any remarks.

Defense lawyers declined to comment on the outcome.

Speaks initially tried to represent himself in the trial but after one day of cross-examining prosecution witnesses handed the case back to his attorneys. On the stand, he completely denied any role in her death.

“I never dismembered this woman,” Speaks told jurors after taking the witness stand Friday.

Speaks said he and Sanchez last saw the victim after arranging for her to go to a party with a stranger named Nick.

Prosecutors say Speaks and Sanchez asked several French Quarter dancers to go with them for a private party early June 6, 2012. They say Lockhart was the only one who accepted.

Speaks insisted that Lockhart went off with the man named Nick and that was the last time he saw her. He testified that he later did not tell investigators about Nick, or about another man he supposedly let borrow his car for $50 in cash on the night of the killing, because he was concerned that he would be looked at as “contributing” to Lockhart’s killing because he had arranged for her to go to the party with Nick.

“My thought is we talked this girl into doing this party,” Speaks testified. “I felt guilty about talking her into going to this party that she did not return from.”

Jefferson Parish Assistant District Attorney Doug Freese painted a portrait of Speaks as a serial liar who came up with stories to avoid conviction. Freese said Speaks made false statements to investigators when he was arrested six days after the slaying.

Evidence in the case includes security camera footage showing Speaks, Sanchez and the victim together. However, there was a lack of physical evidence linking the defendants to the crime.

“That’s why I wanted to testify to tell what actually happened,” Speaks said. “How can you have any evidence when we didn’t do it?”

He acknowledged using an alias while living in New Orleans because he was wanted for a probation violation and he admitted misleading investigators because he didn’t want to go back to prison. When authorities arrested him on June 12, he tried to flee because he had warrants for his arrest, he said, not because he had killed Lockhart.

Freese challenged Speaks on why he didn’t tell investigators about Nick and the other man he supposedly let use his car on the night of the killing. Speaks said investigators didn’t give him a chance to tell his side of the story and were determined that he was guilty.

The prosecution also relied on emails Speaks sent to Lockhart while he was in prison and testimony from an inmate who said Speaks told him he had done the killing.

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So when we first moved to NOLA there was a tiki bar occasionally open during the week above Felipe’s in the quarter. The drinks and food were awesome, and they were hoping to do well so they could turn the function room into a full time bar.

Tiki Tolteca succeeded, and not too ling ago Latitude 29 opened right around the corner.

Both have inventive drinks and good food, I like the atmosphere of Tiki Tolteca a little more (and the music). Needless to say, I’m lucky to have two great tiki spots near me!

Supreme Court temporarily blocks Texas abortion law

By Sandhya Somashekhar June 29 at 5:35 PM NOW members protesting in front of 5th Circuit Court of Appeals during 2015 NOW National Conference in New Orleans The Supreme Court barred Texas on Monday from implementing a law that would have forced more than half the state’s 19 abortion clinics to close their doors later this week. The law, which was to take effect Wednesday, would require clinics to…

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GRETNA, Louisiana - A jury Friday night found a Louisiana man guilty of killing and dismembering a stripper he lured from a New Orleans French Quarter bar along with his ex-girlfriend, a crime only discovered when pieces of her body washed ashore.

Terry Speaks and his ex-girlfriend, Margaret Sanchez, were charged with the second-degree murder of 22-year-old Jaren Lockhart (picture), a gruesome killing in which prosecutors say the couple lured her from the club where she was working, killed her, cut her up and then drove the body parts to Mississippi where they dumped the pieces.

Lockhart’s head, lower legs and left thigh washed up on Mississippi beaches in June 2012, triggering an investigation that eventually led authorities to Speaks and Sanchez. Sanchez’s trial has not yet been scheduled. (x)

Forty-Two Years Ago: The Worst Mass Murder Of Gay People In US History


32 Killed in Arson Fire At New Orleans Gay Bar: 1973.

The UpStairs Lounge fire was the deadliest in New Orleans’ history, and may very well have been the worst mass murder of gay people in American history. But aside from the first day’s coverage, New Orleans could barely muster a yawn. Newspaper photos of Rev. Larson’s charred body against the window frame came to symbolize the city’s apathy t0ward the tragedy. Talk radio hosts told jokes (“What will they bury the ashes of queers in? Fruit jars.”), and a cab driver callously quipped, “I hope the fire burned their dresses off.” Not only did the New Orleans Police Department barely investigate the crime, they could hardly be bothered to identify the victims. Major Henry Morris, chief detective of the New Orleans Police Department said, “We don’t even know these papers belonged to the people we found them on. Some thieves hung out there, and you know this was a queer bar.” Churches refused to allow families to hold funerals on their premises. Other families refused to claim their dead sons’ bodies. Four unidentified bodies ended up being dumped in a mass grave. Although there was a firm suspect in the case, no one was ever charged.


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