"You know, it's a 6-year-old's birthday party, and it has all this beer and giant gallons of daiquiris. And at the christening and of course, the funeral. ... You can't really understand New Orleans without understanding how we drink and our tolerance for the inclusion of drinking in everything — and our puzzlement at the fact that you can't, in other places. And by other places I mean Baton Rouge."
— Elizabeth Pearce, drinks curator at the newly reopened Southern Food and Beverage Museum, explaining New Orleans' unique drinking culture to The Washington Post's M. Carrie Allan. Allan noted, "There seem to be far fewer people here on their smartphones at dinner, at drinks, projecting themselves electronically into someplace else. The city seems determined to root you where you are."