Juban’s & Country Roads

DBG just wanted to thank Country Roads Magazine for letting her be a guest columnist for their Favorite Things
issue. See the rest of their Favorite Things at http://countryroadsmagazine.com/Favorite-Things-2012/. Without
further ado…here is a reprint of DBG’s take on Juban’s.

Juban’s has been an unlikely inhabitant of the Acadian Perkins Shopping Plaza since 1983. Dive Bar Girl has
always found it odd that a fine dining landmark is nestled into the corner of the aging strip mall. It even shares a
wall with a local hardware store.

While Juban’s and its signature “Hallelujah Crab” are familiar to Baton Rouge diners, the Courtyard Bar is a
hidden gem that deserves more attention than just for being a place to get a quick drink while waiting for a
dinner table to open up.

The bar recreates the ambience of a hidden French Quarter courtyard, but not in a cheesy Disneyland Pirates of
the Caribbean way. It is subtle and tasteful, and this courtyard has air conditioning in the steamy summer
months. Whenever Dive Bar Girl feels herself missing New Orleans, she puts on her patent leather Mary Janes
and her grown-up jewellery and heads to Juban’s. It is one of the few establishments in Red Stick that can make
a proper martini. The bartenders use the perfect amount of vermouth and shake it up until it is so cold small ice
crystals dance across the top and eventually fade into the sides of the glass.

Juban’s makes the type of grown-up cocktails Elizabeth Taylor could hurl at Richard Burton while spouting lines
from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? While other drinking establishments have seen their cocktail menus
become littered with sweet flavored martinis designed to be swilled by pretty amateurs wearing too much eye
makeup, Juban’s proudly serves Sazeracs and Pimm’s Cups. Dive Bar Girl feels these beverages are best
paired with seersucker suits, red bow ties and hot summer days.

And then there is the fireplace for those lonely winter months. Dive Bar Girl can easily envision some wayward
politician romancing a potential mistress while sitting fireside, sipping honey bourbon cocktails and talking about
his waning idealism and her vibrant energy and enthusiasm for life.

So stop in one night on your way home from work, or arrive a little early for your dinner reservation.