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Mar 2, 2009 12:22 PM

question for the locals

Wondering what the law is regarding buying alcohol (in a package store, not a bar or restaurant) on Sundays? Like if I wandered over to Verti Marte Sunday afternoon, would I leave empty handed, drink-wise?

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  1. You'd only leave empty-handed if you're out of money. Alcohol is sold 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in Orleans Parish. That's right: bars don't ever close, and you can buy 190-proof Everclear in a supermarket, even on a Sunday. Welcome to the land where drugstores often have the cheapest liquor, and even children's backyard birthday parties feature some sort of adult beverages (for the adults, of course).

    Apparently you haven't ever seen our drive-through daiquiri shops.....

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    1. re: Hungry Celeste

      I was about to reply and just say "what's a package store?" (just kidding). Who can forget the Shopper's Bar at Schwegmann's?

      1. re: Hungry Celeste

        Well, all I have to say is "Phew!" what a relief....
        HAd a sudden inkling to eat at EAT when we arrived...but was seized with fear that I would be buzzless at brunch due to the BYOB. I have about 18 places I want to go, but hate to have my choices narrowed even one iota before actually having to narrow it down...sigh.
        What a great eatin' (and drinkin' ) town!

        1. re: betheroo

          Vieux Carre Wine & Spirits has your best selection.
          I like to get a Champagne split from their cooler for shopping and walking the Qtr.; they have to go flutes.

          422 Chartres St
          (504) 568-9463

          1. re: edible complex

            to go flutes????? I love it already!~

        2. re: Hungry Celeste

          Now, unless things have changed, you can buy a hammer, but not nails on Sunday. However, that is not what you were asking about. HC sums it up nicely, with her "only way to leave empty-handed" comment. I may borrow that (with full attributions, of course) later on.

          We tried to explain the daiquari shops to good friends from Colorado once. They did not get it. That evening, as we returned from skiing, there was coverage of that year's Mardi Gras on the CO PBS station. We called them, just in time for them to see coverage of the daiquari shops! They got it.

          Do not fear. The clock and the calender will never find a time, or a day, when alcohol is not served, or sold in New Orleans. Just don't go looking for nails...

          Drink responsibly and enjoy,


          1. re: Bill Hunt

            Wow, Hunt, I am excited for your reply...I am a bigtime lurker on this board and you are my culinary hero!! ;-) Because of you I experienced Brightsen's on my last visit...thank you thank you thank you!

            I will do my best to avoid a need for nails, though I do find relief in knowing that any hammer needs I may have will not go unfulfilled.

            And as for drinking responsibly, it looks like I will have to as my travel buddy will be on crutches due to an unfortunate combo of sidewalk ice, high heels, and general clumsiness. So if anyone sees two middle aged women who look just alike wandelling about the FQ , and one is on crutches, please remind us of Hunt's good advice...not that we will heed it, mind you, but it is good to know someone cares! And beware, as we may have a hammer.

            1. re: betheroo

              Thanks to Home Depot, you can buy all the nails you want on Sunday, or any other day of the week. Corner of Clio and Earhart, sometimes a taco truck in the parking lot, too.

              1. re: Hungry Celeste


                That is a good thing, as far as I am concerned. I just recall the days of yore. Glad that much has changed.


              2. re: betheroo

                I am sorry about your friend.

                I am also blushing. I think that you might be attaching more weight to my replies, than I deserve. It is all about you having great food, great wines and whatever else. All want you to enjoy and to return.

                Still, beyond the blushes, thanks for the kind words. Unfortunately, I do not deserve them. It is the cuisine and the restaurants and bars of NOLA, that deserve all of the credit - plus the real "locals" on this board.


          2. EAT is a GREAT choice if you like to drink with brunch! My husband and I love to go in with our bottle of Sobieski (the best vodka ever) for bloody Mary's. For the New Year's Eve dinner there, we brought in a 1/2 gallon of vodka and cans of red fees! Can't beat that. We did call ahead of time and ask about the Red Bull and they said they didn't serve it so we were welcome to bring our own!

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            1. re: nikinik

              I have never had Sobieski..I am usually a Ketel One girl so I will have to branch out. I have been craving the blue cheese and fig creation I saw on the menu at EAT....goes with vodka, no? ;-)

              1. re: betheroo

                When you get the blue cheese fig torte, let it come closer to room temperature before digging in, if you can. They serve it so cold that it's practially tasteless at first.

                1. re: betheroo

                  I'm with the thought that ANYTHING goes with vodka. LOL I first encountered Sobieski while visiting Martin Wine Cellar (a wine and liquor store here). The clerk saw me looking at vodka and told me I had to try Sobieski. He poured me a shot and it was the smoothest vodka I have ever tried. What was phenomenal was the price. A 1/2 gallon for $16.99. I'm not kidding. The same size Grey Goose is over $60. The clerk told me that it's Polish and in taste ratings, it rates higher than Grey Goose and Kettle One...which I wasn't surprised to hear. We are huge fanatics now. We bring it to every party we go to and we have conducted at least 20 blind taste test with our friends and every single one has picked Sobieski as the better vodka. I just hope it stays cheap as it gains popularity. One local grocery store by my house has already seen it go from $16 to $24.99 in the past 2 months!

                  P.S. The Blue Cheese/fig is INCREDIBLE!!!!

              2. If you see Gallo or any other normally inexpensive wine for over $7.99 go to another store. Some of the stores (in the Warehouse District anyway) charge outrageous prices for liquor. There's a store on Decatur near where the road splits just before the French Market that has decent prices. I can't remember the name though.

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                1. re: mrsfury

                  Ooooh, thanks! I'll check it out.

                2. Just curious...what other places are on your list to try? I don't know if it's on your list...but you have to go to Lola! It's also BYOB and everything is soooo good!

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                  1. re: nikinik

                    I saw Lola...isn't that the Spanish place? Looks good! As far as other 'must try' spots on my list, I want to go to Galatoire's, Stanley, and see how Drago's chargrilled oysters are. I have been to NO several times, but these are spots I have never tried. I always have Mr. B's bbq shrimp, as well as some beignets and a CG muff. But as far as new spots, I am still contemplating. I will not have a car, so am somewhat limited.

                    1. re: betheroo

                      Yes, Lola is a spanish place. Very casual. It's no reservations so there is usually a wait, but not too bad....and you they give you a bottle opener and cups so you can sit on the porch of their house next door and have your wine while you wait. I HIGHLY recommend the lamb chops with gorgonzola sauce. Also the garlic shrimp appetizer is truly like heaven!

                      The char-grilled oysters at Dragos are fantastic...but that's the only thing there that is going there just for that is a great idea.

                      Also, if you've never been Jacques-Imo is a must do! The shrimp and alligator cheesecake is heaven!