As the few of you reading this know... I base most decisions on whether or not 15 year old me would think what I was doing was taking full advantage of being an adult ooooor completely lame. So I am proud to say that last night, on the verge of calling it an early night and just going home to be in bed by 9 (on a Saturday, yeesh), Matt and I decided that we needed to go and find this new little hidden oasis we had been hearing about for the last few weeks- The Portside Lounge.
Tiki Bars: I fucking love tiki bars. I don't know if it's the kitschy decor, the little umbrellas in the drinks, the flavorful fruits and bright colors... or maybe it's just that no matter where the bar is and no matter how far away from the beach you are, tiki bars are just these little oases where one can shed away their worries and realities and find discussions on more important things like: "what tropical fruits work best with what liquors?" or "Do mermaids actually talk or just make 'clicking' noises?" You know, you need a place were one can sit down and ponder, debate, and answer all these little life mysteries.
And surprisingly, New Orleans doesn't have many of these types of bars. So you can only imagine my excitement (fellow lushers and lusherettes) when I heard rumor of the Portside Lounge- a bar to remind us New Orleanians, that we do live in the most northern city in the Caribbean. Owner, operator, bartender and sometimes griller Danny Nick was more than happy to talk to us about his dream and new home at Portside- as he mentioned to us, his dream is not necessarily to focus on the "tiki" aspect, but the Caribbean influence found in New Orleans. The first and probably most important question he asked us was:
Well it's not hard to convince me, as he stood behind the counter carefully mixing our drinks with a smile on his face, that Danny has put his heart and soul into making the Portside Lounge exactly what he wants it to be. You can see the passion and pride on his face- it literally adds to the glow of the colored lanterns that prismafy his bar.
A perfect dash of tiki chic mixed with an astoundingly passionate knowledge of tropical fruits, liquors, traditional daiquiris and a rainbow of lights, Portside Lounge is proud to serve up local distilleries from the New Orleans area. The drinks are sweet from the fruits that make up their core... no added sugars needed if you ask me. It's a perfect amalgamation of liquor mixed with tropical flavors leaving you with a pleasant beach vibe on your tongue (leave the sugar hangover behind kids.)
Danny's passionate display of genuine love and excitement is enough to leave you coming back for more- and come back we most certainly will. We cannot wait to see how this new found tropical flower is going to bloom.
Located in Central City at 3000 Dryades St, New Orleans and open 7 days a week from 5pm - 2am; add a little vacay to the week and enjoy a Satsuma Daiquiri for me!