Sunday, July 15, 2012

Cheers to Bouligny Tavern!


I can’t believe it took me this long to blog about one of my favorite New Orleans bars, Bouligny Tavern. Located on Magazine Street in Uptown, Bouligny is a favorite of J & I’s.

Hip. Cool. Classic.


Once you walk in, get ready to swoon.


Chef Mike Isolani and Mixologist Cary Palmer of Bouligny Tavern - New Orleans, LA



From Bouligny’s website:

“When a restaurant becomes as well-loved and popular as Chef John Harris' Lilette, naturally there is an expectation that another and perhaps another restaurant will follow. This expectation created some dissonance for Harris, however, mostly due to the hands-on approach he believes is necessary to create an authentic and personal dining experience. With Bouligny Tavern, Harris is literally able to be in two places at once.

Since opening Lilette, Harris had his eye on the building directly adjacent to the restaurant, and when it became available in 2010, he seized the opportunity to open a bar -- a wine bar with premium cocktails, fine dining quality small plates and table service. From the exterior, Bouligny Tavern appears to be a traditional, century-old New Orleans residence. Upon entry, you are transported to another era. Bouligny Tavern is your father's den with your grandparents furniture and your cool uncle's record collection -- a visually smooth environment bedecked with vintage chairs, classically modern light fixtures and vinyl playing Jack Jones, Lena Horne, Miles Davis, or Nat King Cole as well as more current artists like Herb Alpert, the Animals or the Rolling Stones.

The interior space is a product of a collaborative effort between Harris, GM Cary Palmer and designers Brian Bockman and Jack Forbes. The design features inset walnut paneling, stacked stone, upholstered walls and coffered ceilings. Guests can lounge inside on diamond tufted banquettes, Ol Waschner armchairs, Marcel Breuer barstools or relax outside on the porch - on Bertoia chairs - and on the heated patio with couches and table seating for up to 30 guests.”

Bouligny Tavern is definitely the type of establishment to see and to be seen. The crowd is always “pretty” and well dressed. I am in love with the gentlemen quarters style of decor. The decor reminds me of the style of Andy Cohen’s clubhouse on Bravo. If you have not been to Bouligny, try this “hip, cool” place out soon.


J & I stopped for a cocktail or three after dinner on Friday to celebrate with BFF Randy for his birthday (weekend) and BFF Marty who was in town. Taunte Gary “tagged” along. LOL!




Happy Birthdays to BFFs Joey & Randy today! Cheers!

joe randy

Thanks to BFF Brian for hosting a “fabulous” supper club last night to celebrate Randy’s #46. Great food. Great cocktails. Great gossip. We all had an awesome time.


Bouligny Tavern, y’all!


  1. This definitely looks like a cool place. I'm going to have to add it to my NOLA "bucket list," which keeps growing! Thanks for sharing. ;)

  2. Looks like everyone had a fabulous time. Hugs, Marty

  3. What a great looking bar.....Lilette has always been a favorite here!

  4. Looks like a good time! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)
    must love junk


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