Media Night at Molly’s Bar, New Orleans (VICE. Feb. 2014).

At first glance, Molly’s at the Market, an unassuming bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans, doesn’t look like a renowned media hub. But sit under the bar’s lights drinking long enough and you start to notice, beneath the layer of dust in the rafters, a wood carving of the local news station WWL4TV’s logo, along with a CBS News plaque from 1984, an autographed photo of Diane Sawyer, and a New Orleans TimesPicayune plaque promising, “We publish come hell or high water.”

Sometime in the mid 80s, Molly’s, which opened in 1974, began hosting a “Media Night” every Thursday, where journalists both local and national came to mingle, discuss everything under the sun, grouse to each other, and get their second drink for free. (Never underestimate the powerful appeal free alcohol has to journalists.) Media Night also features a monthly guest bartender, and in the past three decades nearly every notable reporter, editor, author, and politician who’s washed up in New Orleans has served drinks to the press. Marc Morial, who was mayor of the city from 1994 to 2002, was a guest bartender in the 90s, though a Times-Picayune article on Molly’s wall notes that slinging drinks was “not his cup of tea.” More recently, City Council member Stacy Head took her place behind the bar in the run-up to local elections.

“My favorite guest bartender was always [legendary corrupt Louisiana politician] Edwin Edwards,” said 32-year-old Jim “Trey” Monaghan III, heir to the superb chain of Monaghan family bars, of which Molly’s is a part. “Edwards is obviously a convicted felon, but also one of the most charismatic people I have ever met. Great bartender.” CLICK HERE to read the rest of this piece at…

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