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Speakeasy Dinner at Arnaud's

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  There's a certain intrigue in the long history and the labyrinthine warren of dining rooms, service bars and corridors at Arnaud's Restaurant (813 Bienville St., 504-523-5433; www.arnaudsrestaurant.com).

  The French-Creole grande dame has been stoking that mystique lately with periodic "Speakeasy Dinners," which evoke the days of Prohibition when, according to restaurant lore, Arnaud's served bootleg liquor to guests in the know.

  The next dinner is 7 p.m. Thursday. The evening includes a four-course meal of Prohibition-era dishes with wine pairings and costs $100. Guests are encouraged to dress in period attire. Make reservations and learn the secret knock for entry at (504) 523-5433.

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