Since opening in May 2018, New Orleans’ downtown urban food collective Pythian Market has been wowing locals and visitors with creative cuisine from the market’s 13 vendors and fast-craft cocktails from Bar 1908. Recently appointed Head Bartender Victoria Abdelhady has just unveiled brand new libations perfect for the cooler climate and holiday season.

“Bar 1908 is the central gathering place at Pythian Market and all of the cocktails are meant to complement the vast food offerings from our vendors,” says owner Lisa Brefere. “Victoria’s creativity and expert technique make each of our beverages perfectly balanced and flavor forward; she’s a great addition to our team!”

Originally from the Bronx New York, Abdelhady has been in the service industry since she was a teenager. Prior to joining the 1908 and Pythian Market team, she served as General Manager of Alto, the rooftop bar at New Orleans’ Ace Hotel. During her tenure, Alto was selected as one of the “Top Hotel Bars in the United States” by Tales of the Cocktail. As Pythian’s lead mixologist, Abdelhady works closely with ownership and management on the operations and programming with the goal of creating memorable craft cocktails, as well an immersive environment for all.

Abdelhady has just unveiled a selection of seasonal libations, just in time for the cooler months. Creative neo-classics include Wake Me Up Before You Geaux Geaux - brandy, chicory liqueur and house made Edison’s espresso-cinnamon syrup served up in a coupe and topped with a dollop of cinnamon whipped cream; Summer Somewhere – jalapeño infused tequila, pineapple liqueur and lime served on the rocks with a chili-sugar-salt rim; and Harvest Moon – bourbon, aperol, ginger, lemon and bitters garnished with a rosemary sprig sourced from Pythian’s rooftop garden. New classics include the Last Word and Lion’s Tail, a warming concoction of bourbon, allspice dram, bitters and lime, garnished with star anise. Bar 1908 also features a selection of rotating frozen cocktails which are available in two sizes.

Bar 1908 is located at Pythian Market at 234 Loyola Avenue in New Orleans. Hours of operation are Sunday – Thursday 11AM – 9PM; Friday – Saturday 11AM – 10PM. Happy hour is daily 4PM – 7PM. For additional information, please visit

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Opened since May 2018, Pythian Market is New Orleans’ highly anticipated downtown food collective located on the ground floor of the historic Pythian Temple – a gathering place during the civil rights movement where members of the community congregated and celebrated with food, culture and spirit. Pythian Market features 14 uniquely-curated purveyors and retail vendors that showcase a mosaic of cuisines representing the many cultures that make up today’s culinary landscape in New Orleans.  From fresh Gulf seafood and Vietnamese street food to Louisiana comfort fare, diners can expect soulful, fresh and creative cuisine served up in a convivial atmosphere. The market’s Bar 1908 features fast craft cocktails, local beers and a variety of seasonal frozen concoctions. The 11,000-square foot space is both rustic and modern with exposed brick, polished concrete and pendant lighting. Local artisans Matthew Holdren, Ashlee Arceneaux Jones and Brandan ‘Bmike’ Odums have each crafted elements of the marketplace that pay tribute to the storied history of the building; from tables made from the original dance floors from 1909 to a mural which depicts civil rights activist couple A.P. Turead and Lucille Dejoie who first met at The Pythian.

About The Pythian Building

A collaborative effort by co-developers ERG Enterprises, Crescent City Community Land Trust and Green Coast Enterprises, The Pythian is a repurposed, renovated mixed-use development featuring 69 apartments, offices, event space and Pythian Market – a ground floor multi-vendor food collective.  From its construction by the Colored Knights of Pythias under the leadership of Smith W. Green in 1908, to its use as a headquarters during World War II by Andrew Jackson Higgins, whom President Eisenhower called “the man who won the war,” the Pythian building has been integral to civil and human rights for over 100 years. It was seminal in the development of Jazz and was likely the first place that a 12-year old Louis Armstrong ever performed publicly.

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