The Voodoo Lounge occupies an unassuming corner on Rampart Street just feet from where the streetcar tracks will soon be laid. New owners Drew Allen and Cindi Richardson have already established a booming ghost tour business along with the laid-back ambiance that was a fixture of the late Flanagans Pub, where the two were partners in the past.
Cindi runs French Quarter Phantoms from the Voodoo Lounge where several tours depart daily exploring the French Quarter and surrounding areas. It isn’t unusual to witness a large group of tourists mingling with the locals while waiting for their tour to depart. With the news that only guided tours will have access to certain cemeteries, the popularity of these excursions continues to grow.
Locals can find an array of exciting monthly events at the Voodoo. Vinsantos Defonte, director of the New Orleans Drag Workshop hosts a monthly Rock and Roll Club For Queers and Queens (and everything in between) called Chain Male. Jennifer Jane also host a monthly party entitled “Glitter Tits” which features a theme, costumes, and dance music by DJ Rusty Lazer.
Bartenders Andy Overslaugh and Rickilane Banks have joined forces in an effort to offer customers a pleasing array of local beers and top-notch whiskeys & scotches. But you won’t find muddlers behind this bar because the Voodoo Lounge isn’t interested in creating craft cocktails. They’d prefer to pour you something that has the character to stand alone. And you will find a lot of that here, in booth the booze and the patrons.
Tip: Try the revolving whiskey/scotch selection that compares to fancy French Quarter hotel bars on a Rampart Street budget.
Prices: Beer, $3-$5; Wine $4; Cocktails, $4-$12
Crowd: A healthy mix of tourists and locals, with the underlying feeling that anyone is welcome.