Lauren Clark is the publisher of drinkboston.com (bars, bartenders and imbibing in Beantown), a freelance drinks journalist and a former bartender and brewer.
Ho-hum. Just another slow night in NOLA last night:
Cocktails by the best people in the bar biz amidst an exhibit of Mardi Gras art and artifacts, plus live jazz, at the Presbytere. Tequila cocktails played a big role here. Misty Kalkofen mixed Don Julio blanco, Fernet Branca, simple syrup infused with cocoa and Mexican smoked salt, and grated coffee bean; Jim Meehan mixed Cuervo Reserva, Benedictine, lime juice, fig jam and dry sack sherry; and John Myers offered up a tequila drink whose recipe completely escapes me but which was real tasty.
Fried chicken, jambalaya and Abita Restoration ale at Coop’s Place on Decatur.
More tequila cocktails (with St. Germain) at an impromptu fete on the steps of the New Orleans Court House on Royal St., accompanied by a traditional New Orleans jazz band.
And the capper: dancing and High Lifes at Vaughan’s in the Bywater with Kermit Ruffin’s R&B band doing their every-Thursday-night thing. They fittingly began their second set with a little Michael Jackson medley. A dozen or so of my fellow Boston folk turned up for the festivities. What fun!