Storming of the Sazerac

August 30 2018 | City Events

On Sept. 26, 1949, the Roosevelt Hotel's Sazerac Bar opened. Seymour Weiss, the hotel's general manager, put out the word that the bar would be open to women, who previously had been allowed inside only on Mardi Gras. They showed up, becoming what is known as "the storming of the Sazerac."

Mark your calendars because Friday, September 28th from 1pm-3pm The Roosevelt will be celebrating the annual “storming of the Sazerac." The event will begin in The Blue Room at 1. There will be a three course ladies-only luncheon at 1:30pm, complimentary cocktails, a fashion show competition, and an appearance by this year’s Reigning of the Sazerac. Around 3pm there will be a second line from The Blue Room to The Sazerac Bar where the ladies will “storm” the bar and demand a stiff drink! Tickets are $59 and can be purchased by calling 504-335-3129.  

This one-of-a-kind celebration pays tribute to the women who stormed the Sazerac Bar in 1949 demanding equality and a stiff drink, rendering the Sazerac Bar to be the first bar in New Orleans to allow women on days other than Mardi Gras.

New Orleans isn't the only city to commemorate the Storming of the Sazerac. The occasion is observed with several days of events at The Parish, a Southern-fusion pub in Tucson, Arizona, partly owned by New Orleans native Steve Dunn and Bryce Zeagler, who grew up in Baton Rouge.

The Louisiana state legislature designated the Sazerac New Orleans' official cocktail with a bill written by Sen. Edwin Murray in 2008.


By: Kaylen A. Lee