Title: French Quarter Drinking Companion
Authors: Allison Alsup, Elizabeth Pearce, & Richard Read
Genre: Travel, New Orleans
Publication: Pelican, 2013
My Star Rating: 5 stars = I Love It
My Summary Statement: Entertaining Guide to NOLA Bars for Actual Use or Armchair Traveling
A trio of local New Orleans friends has written this fun guidebook to the bars of New Orleans. Besides the basics (location, typical drink cost, what people are drinking, wearing, and the type of music played) they tell a story of their visit to that bar.
I love this book because the stories of what happened at the bar, why they went there and other tidbits told with a witty writing style was so entertaining I read it through like a book instead of just using it for a reference to look up a bar for trip planning.
“New Orleans doesn’t engage in de facto ageism. In the Big Easy, the more mature demographics are never made to feel as though they don’t belong. It could be that with so many bars, patrons don’t need to feel territorial and hedgy.” (pg 55: My Bar)
“One of the Tipplers’ friends recently lamented that these kinds of establishments will be the only thing some tourists remember about New Orleans. First, we’re not so sure they WILL remember. But second, we’re not so convinced that Bourbon is such a bad representation.” (pg. 61: Old Opera House)
“Post-reception wedding parties arrive, tuxedos askew and bowties abandoned, the bridesmaids having eschewed pumps for flip-flops. Herds of bachelorettes crowd the area, sporting banners announcing their upcoming nuptials.” And “Though the piano players seem to be having a good time, we wonder how they stand playing the LSU fight son night after night.” (pg 27-28 Pat O’Briens)
How can you not enjoy this style of writing?
The one thing that I disliked was that the bar name is in the same sized font as the entire rest of the page’s writing. It is hard to pick out and makes it impossible to flip through the book to spot a name. The bar name is at the left side in a list with all of the other identifying information. It should be in larger font, bolded, centered, or something.
The categories are in royal purple text but there are only a few photographs. Ideally we’d have one photo per bar. If color ink is to be saved why bother with the purple categories and page numbers? Why bother with glossy paper if few photos will be printed on the pages?
I wish I could rate this 4.5 stars: 5 for the writing and a half star off for poor layout of the bar name. To be fair to the authors who wrote the book, since the content is really the most important, I’ll go with 5 stars = I Love it.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it on my blog. I was not paid to write this review.