With an extended winter season long behind us and the last breezes of spring quickly fading away, entertainment options for both residents and visitors to New Orleans are gradually shifting from outdoor festivals to any activity that takes place either poolside or in the cool comfort of air conditioning.
For the swimsuit conscious, one of the city’s many reputable purveyors of adult beverages is an obvious location to beat the heat. And when more than a quality jukebox and a pool table are required to pass the time between drinks, a new establishment in the Warehouse District aims to fill the void with strikes and spares.
Fulton Alley is the most recent addition to the eponymous pedestrian promenade anchored by the Harrah’s Hotel. Developed by local partners Shawn Barney and Kyle Brechtel, Fulton Alley combines a sophisticated cocktail program and updated comfort food in a sleek, modern space which also happens to include a dozen bowling lanes. The versatile space serves as destination for those in search of a well-mixed Manhattan, light appetizers to start the night, or a location to celebrate a special event with a healthy dose of competition.
Chef Mike Nirenberg, formerly of Tivoli and Lee, is at the helm of the kitchen where he puts his own spin on the Southern influenced menu comprised mostly of snacks and small plates. Deviled eggs are crowned with a wafer of crispy chicken skin, and flash-fried Brussels sprouts are glazed with pepper jelly. A trio of sliders features a classic burger with sweet pickle-onion relish, roasted pork belly with spicy apple-cabbage slaw, and a smoked chicken patty with white barbeque sauce. The most innovative and delicious menu offering is the andouille “tots”—a crossbreed of a Spanish croqueta and America’s favorite frozen potato nugget enhanced with bits of Louisiana’s favorite smoked sausage.
The bar program is curated by Neal Bodenheimer and Kirk Estopinal of Cure, who put their sophisticated stamp on a short list of original creations that are approachable yet refined. Bowlers can celebrate their victories with the Forbidden Fruit (a dialed-back version of La Paloma), a shot of Fernet Branca or a bottle of Miller High Life. Fans of The Big Lebowski should mark their calendars for next month’s Tails of the Cocktail, when Fulton Alley will host a Spirited Dinner focusing on The Dude’s cocktail of choice: the Caucasian.
Robes are optional.600 Fulton St., (504) 208-5569