December book signings

It’s not too late to give the gift of literate drinking. The Tipplers will be signing copies of The French Quarter Drinking Companion at the following venues before Christmas:

12/07: 12-2 p.m. Barnes and Noble, Lafayette, LA
12/12:  5-7 p.m. (happy hour) Bourbon House, French Quarter
12/23: 5-8 p.m.  Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans

What critics are saying about The French Quarter Drinking Companion:

“…what a fun little travelogue, with witty, detailed descriptions of visits to dozens of watering holes…I went through the whole book looking just at ‘Tattoo themes’ …”
Judy Walker, NOLA.com/ The Times-Picayune

-”..the authors recount their personal experiences at 100 watering holes to create a vibrant, story-based picture of the French Quarter…a quirky, quick-witted…hip writing style and smart anecdotes.”
-Laura McKnight, NOLA.com / The Times-Picayune

“A wonderful new book…part travelogue, part guide book and part expose, a hip and informative guide.”
-David Delegator, “Around Cincinnati,” WVXU

First Bartendro, Now Monsieur: Why Don’t You People Want To Mix Your Own Drinks?

A few months ago, we stumbled across Bartendro, which promised/threatened to end bartending as we know it. Though the device looked a little sketchy — like a trailer park meth lab fueled by booze — the concept was there. We knew it was just a matter of time before someone took the basic idea and spruced it up.

And behold, someone has:

On the upside, “Monsieur” is probably a better name than “Bartendro”, which is a little campy for most tastes.

On the downside…well, look, we understand that sometimes you just want a quick drink, without all the muss and fuss. We get it.  Really. But Monsieur is missing two key ingredients found in truly exceptional cocktails:

1. Freshness. There’s no telling how long some of Monsieur’s ingredients sit in its dark little confines. You know what a container of OJ looks like after a week in your fridge? You wanna make a cocktail with that?

2. Creativity. Sure, a by-the-book Pimm’s Cup can be refreshing. But sometimes, we have a hankering for something different, or we want to improve on a time-honored classic. What if we have a hankering for fresh ginger in that Pimm’s Cup? What if we want to send our Madras down South with apricot nectar instead of OJ? Monsieur can’t cut the mustard.

This gadget — or ones very much like it — will probably be a hit in places like Las Vegas, full of high-end hotels needing high-tech ways to serve thirsty guests and boost profit. But hopefully, there will remain a place for craft cocktails and creative bartenders for many years to come.

Or at least until our livers give out.

Come See Us: Launch Parties, Signings, Readings, And More For The French Quarter Drinking Companion

Remember how we said that The French Quarter Drinking Companion was almost here? Well, scratch the almost, because it’s on shelves now! As we see it, you’ve got three ways to grab a copy of your very own:

  1. Purchase one at your favorite independent bookseller or big-box shop.
  2. Visit Barnes & NobleAmazon, or any other online retailer to have one delivered right to your home.
  3. Come to one of our parties/readings/book-signings, and get one directly from us. Heck, we’ll even autograph it for you! (You know, if you’re into that kind of thing.)

Here’s a list of events we’ve planned so far:

Saturday, September 7
Book-signing

A Tisket A Tasket
Mandeville, Louisiana
1:30pm – 3:30pm

Sunday, September 29
Launch party

This is the big one! Join us for light refreshments and readings from The French Quarter Drinking Companion. Complimentary Sazerac with every book purchase!
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse Street
New Orleans, Louisiana
2:00pm – 5:00pm

Thursday, October 3
Reading and book-signing

Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania
New Orleans, Louisiana
6:00pm – 7:30pm

Saturday, October 12
Book-signing
Barnes & Noble, 3721 Veterans Boulevard
Metairie, Louisiana
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Wednesday, October 16
Party and book-signing
Maple Street Books, 7523 Maple Street
New Orleans, Louisiana
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday, December 7
Book-signing
Barnes & Noble, 5705 Johnston Street
Lafayette, Louisiana
Time TBA

Thursday, December 12
Book-signing
Bourbon House, 144 Bourbon Street
New Orleans
5:00pm – 7:00pm

We’ll update that list as new info becomes available and new events get put on the calendar. We hope to see you very soon!

Our Book Is Almost Here: Pre-Order Yours Now!

The French Quarter Drinking Companion

Holy samolians, The French Quarter Drinking Companion is on its way!

Technically speaking, the hard copies won’t be ready for another couple of weeks. (There’s a lot of ink to dry.) However, you — yes, you! — can pre-order your copy today at Barnes & NobleAmazon, or any other online retailer. Do so, and you’ll save a good bit off the retail price!

Stay tuned for more information about book launch parties (where we’ll have real books in hand, ready to sign), readings, and many other events — which will of course be boozy and fun. We hope you’ll join us.

The French Quarter Drinking Companion: Coming This September From Pelican Publishing!

The French Quarter Drinking Companion

It’s finally here! (Well, almost.) Our new book, The French Quarter Drinking Companion, will arrive in stores this September! Here’s a short description:

Pull up a stool and join three long-time New Orleanians as they sip their way through the best drinking neighborhood in America, the French Quarter. From sophisticated saloons to dilapidated dives, this essential guide reveals snapshot narratives of 100 Vieux Carré bars and why drinking remains an essential part of the city’s identity. Written by Allison Alsup, Elizabeth Pearce, and Richard Read, with full-color photographs by John d’Addario and Gavin Macarthur.

The book will arrive on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other websites very soon, and we’ll post links as soon as we get ‘em. If you just can’t wait — and of course you can’t, right? — you can pre-order a copy today by contacting Scott Campbell at scampbell@pelicanpub.com or 504-368-1175 ext. 335.

Stay tuned for more info, including details about our fabulous, festive launch party and a full schedule of readings!

Wait, Those Rumors About Tujague’s Are TRUE?

Tujague's (photo by Suzanne Johnson)Well, this ain’t good.

Not long after Tujague’s owner, Steven Latter, passed away in February, we began hearing rumors that the bar/restaurant might be closing.

Naturally, we dismissed such talk as complete nonsense. Tujague’s is ancient. It predates the Civil War (which is ancient in the U.S.). Heck, it opened in the 1850s: it predates much of America. In a city like New Orleans, so devoted to its iconic institutions, there’s no way Tujague’s is going to close.

But now we’re not so sure. When Gambit Weekly asked Latter’s son, Mark Latter, about those rumors, he dodged the question, complaining about the number of “variables” that go into making such a decision. Which does not sound promising AT ALL.

Look, we know that as a restaurant, Tujague’s has seen better days. If you want solid Creole fare, there are plenty of other options in New Orleans. (Although their brisket with horseradish is several bites of heaven.)

But as bars go, there’s nothing like Tujague’s. It’s in a great location, and it’s got a great look: there are no chairs at the bar itself, just a brass bar running along the bottom for tipplers to prop up a foot. It’s not the sort of place we long to spend hours in, like, say, Napoleon House or Cosimo’s — but it doesn’t have to be. Tujague’s is the place we can pop in for a quickie en route to a party, the place where we can seek refuge from inclement weather (or from hordes of frat boys and sorority girls) while sipping a smart cocktail. It’s unique to the city and its drinking landscape.

Yes, we understand the demands of business, and we appreciate the fact that businesses should never outlast their moment (cf. telegraph operators, bromide manufacturers, MySpace). But Tujague’s seems so timeless, it would be hard to let go.