800px-Flag of Ireland.svgSt. Patrick's Day is upon us and with it comes a seemingly never-ending supply of Irish themed drinks--Irish Car Bombs, green beer, shots of Jameson--green outfits and stumbling party goers. This made us wonder--why do we make our drinks green on St. Patrick's Day? Is it simply because of the festive color or is there some other tradition behind it?
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Leprechaun or ClurichaunGreen beer has become a staple of the increasingly popular St. Patrick's Day celebrations the world over. Just about any bar you walk into on Monday, March 17th will be serving the festive favorite. But where did the tradition come from, who invented it and how do you make it right.....we'll give you a hint, it isn't with green food coloring.
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“Night time would find me at Rosa’s Cantina…”

This wonderfully metered line comes from the Marty Robbins’ classic Country-Western song, El Paso. The song, about a love struck cowboy who guns down another in a jealous rage, quickly carried Robbins from talented singer to superstar almost overnight. In 1959, the year of the song’s release, the United States was watching Gunsmoke, the Duke was starring in Rio Bravo, and Walt Disney had just given us the El Fego Baca mini-series. Clearly, the Old West was on our collective minds.

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The Crescent City is awash with great bars, saloons and dives to visit, but we've compiled a list of what we think are the oldest. There are a couple of "maybe's" here but it depends on how you define bars. For example, Antoine's is not here though Arnaud's and Tujague's are. But Antoine's is almost completely known as a restaurant, in fact that's what they want to be known as.

Arnaud's, however, has some great history in it's bars and has had the Richelieu bar since the beginning.

Tujague's, as you'll read later, has real history at its bar. In any case we present what we think are the five oldest bars in New Orleans. Cheers!

Laffite’s Blacksmith Shop 1761 (?)

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941 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116 (504) 593-9761

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early tavern sceneWhat was the first bar in America? That’s a tough one because so many records weren’t kept or were lost over time. However, there are a few things we do know.

We know that there was a brewery set up at the Jamestown Settlement in 1609 and that it was likely the first establishment created for making and serving alcohol of any kind—in this case beer. Breweries of the time—or brew houses as they were sometimes called—could often resemble what we might think of as a pub or café. In fact many pubs of the time served as small breweries.

Was this the case for Jamestown? Since no records exist we have no idea and can only guess.

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