HL Does NOLA from A to Z: B is for BOULIGNYPosted: April 2, 2016
B is for Bouligny Tavern, an Uptown Magazine Street establishment where my humans like to enjoy a tasty glass of wine (or two) with some creative small plates. And, thanks to a cozy side courtyard, I get to join them on pretty evenings. Inside the century-old former residence is a comfortable lounge area–complete with a couch, upholstered chairs, and wood paneling that make you feel like you’re in your best friend’s swanky living room. (Or so they tell me. I’m a dog, so I’ve never been inside Bouligny.) Best of all, the bartenders spin actual vinyl records. How long has it been since you’ve heard that sound? The tavern is run by the same fine people who operate Lilette, one of the top-rated restaurants in New Orleans, just next door.
Bouligny Tavern is named for the Uptown New Orleans neighborhood that it calls home. When Louis Bouligny purchased a large area of plantation land in 1829, he asked Charles Zimple, an engineer and cartographer, to transform that land into a neighborhood. After Zimple laid out the streets, Pierre-Benjamin Buisson, who had served in Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s army, named those streets. Buisson chose names that would honor the French emperor and his important battles. So, as you stroll through the neighborhood that surrounds Bouligny Tavern, you’ll see streets with names like Marengo, Jena, and Milan. Napoleon Avenue divides East Bouligny from West Bouligny.
I hope that one day soon you’ll get to enjoy a glass of wine (or two) at Bouligny Tavern while listening to a little Miles Davis on the turntable. And I just might see you in the courtyard or strolling down the beautiful Bouligny streets in Uptown New Orleans. Cheers!
This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Please click here for a link to the challenge homepage and a list of the bloggers who are participating. The A to Z Challenge takes a break on Sundays, but I’ll be back on Monday to introduce you to the C stop on our New Orleans tour. I wonder what it will be?