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Global Liquor, Local Talent



It's business as usual at the Frenchmen Street music club and bar known as d.b.a. (618 Frenchmen St. 942-3731) or "doing business as." Live music and liquor sum up the popular nightspot's motto. Booths, dim lighting and dark wood throughout the two-room venue provide a rustic, intimate atmosphere reminiscent of an old French Quarter tavern.

  For almost 10 years, d.b.a. has maintained one of the largest collections of beer and spirits in the city. Known for its selection of Belgian beers, the Faubourg Marigny pub's chalkboard menu also features an assortment of domestic and international beers. From American lager and pale ale to German Weissbier (wheat beer), d.b.a. caters to the city's beer aficionados.

  A variety of high-end liquor and wine rounds out d.b.a.'s menu, including American, Irish and Canadian whiskeys, as well as tequilas, vodkas and gins.

  "It's the quality of what we carry as far as beer and spirits," says d.b.a. co-owner Tom Thayer, referring to the pub's high-quality beverages.

  Just a few feet away from the nightspot's global barroom offerings, a stage is set nightly for jazz, blues, alternative rock and swing musicians with one thing in common — they're all homegrown. Jazz vocalist John Boutte performs every Friday night to a packed house. Acoustic blues musician Washboard Chaz leads the Palmetto Bug Stompers, the Tin Men and the Washboard Chaz Blues Trio in weekly performances at the trendy tavern. Soulful guitarist and vocalist Walter Wolfman Washington & the Roadmasters are regular Tuesday night showcases.

  Thayer describes the bar's atmosphere as "fun, funky and casual." Housing an eclectic mix of beer and liquor enthusiasts, late-night partygoers and local music followers, the club remains open until 4 a.m. during the week and 5 a.m. on weekends.

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