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Weekend Picks: Tales of the Cocktail and More

Raise a glass to the weekend!

The New Orleans Jazz Market. (Photo by Rebecca Todd)

If beer is really more your thing, check out the West Bank Beer Fest on Saturday, July 22 at the NOLA Motorsports Park. There will also be live music from DJ Brice Nice, Johnny Sketch, and The Roots of Music.Raise a glass to the weekend! Tales of the Cocktail shakes things up all over the city, and Friends & Flows at Dryades Market keeps you thoroughly hydrated. Hungry? Head to Dat Dog on Freret Street on Saturday for National Hot Dog Day celebrations. Plus, Paul Mooney at the New Orleans Jazz Market and more — all the details are below.

Tastings at Tales. (Photo courtesy of Tales of the Cocktail)

All Weekend

1. Tales of the Cocktail — Tales of the Cocktail centers around the art and glory of the cocktail. Though aimed largely at industry professionals, there are concurrent events (like the Freret Street Block Party below) where anyone can join in on the spirited fun. Tickets vary.

A Dat Dog hot dog and fries. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

Saturday

2. National Hot Dog Day at Dat Dog From 3-8 p.m., Dat Dog’s Freret Street location will be a hot spot with happy hour dogs ($5 select dogs), drink specials, live dog portraits, raffles, local artisans, face painting, and more. The annual “Hot Dog Dressing Contest” starts at 4 p.m.: contestants must create a unique combination of toppings to complement Dat Dog’s Vaucresson sausage. The winning dog will be named the Son of a Saint charity specialty dog for the following year. 

The deliciously appointed Dryades Public Market. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

3. Friends & Flows at Dryades Public Market From 6-10 p.m., Dryades Market is your place to mingle with free tastings of Cathead Vodka until 7:30 plus $5 vodka cocktails and $6 whisky cocktails all night. A live DJ and plenty of food will be on-site, as well as local vendors featuring photography, art, apparel, and more.

4. Paul Mooney at the New Orleans Jazz Market — Comedian and writer Paul Mooney performs at 8 p.m. with his “Comedy and Culture II” standup. Tickets from $20.

Gasa Gasa on Freret Street. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

Sunday

5. Freret Street Block Party and Bar Crawl Close out Tales of the Cocktail festivities at this block party and bar crawl running along Freret Street between Jena and Soniat streets. Starting at 5 p.m., participating bars like High Hat Cafe, Bar Frances, and Cure will serve up drinks from guest bartenders. Several venues will feature local, live music.

Lagniappe

West Bank Beer Fest — If beer is more up your alley than cocktails, check out the West Bank Beer Fest on Saturday at the NOLA Motorsports Park. There will also be live music from DJ Brice Nice, Johnny Sketch, and The Roots of Music.

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