New Orleans (June 12, 2018)

WHO/WHAT: Pythian Market, the recently-opened food collective located in the historic Pythian Temple in New Orleans’ Central Business District, is celebrating World Cup 2018 with an array of specials, contests, parties and more. 

It’s only fitting that the new multi-vendor dining destination will serve as a hub to watch the Russia-based soccer competition, as the market’s muralist and local New Orleanian Brandon ‘Bmike’ Odums was just tapped by national sports website Bleacher Report to turn the Lafitte Greenway into a painted mural of French phenomenon Paul Pogba of Manchester United.

With TVs throughout the space, guests can catch the action from morning til’ night.  From 7AM during morning games, Bar 1908 will begin serving beer and Frozen White Russians and vendors such as La Cocinita, Fete au Fete, Squeezed, Roustabout and Central City BBQ will offer breakfast treats. 

Themed cocktails, entertainment and contests will run the gamut throughout the month. Each game, guests will have a chance to win prizes by entering raffles and guessing the winning team.  Those wearing soccer team jerseys will enjoy Happy Hour prices all-game-long, and when each game ends – fans wearing the winning team jerseys will receive fabulous drink specials. 

The soccer competition will culminate with a Finale Brunch Party on Sunday, July 15th at 10AM, with giveaways, cocktail specials, prizes and more.

WHEN/WHERE: Pythian Market will host World Cup 2018 from June 14 – July 15, 2018.  During games,   Bar 1908 and some of the market’s vendors will begin serving at 7AM. Located at 234 Loyola Avenue in New Orleans, regular hours of operation will be Sunday – Thursday 7AM – 9PM; Friday and Saturday 7AM – 10PM.  For additional information, please visit

Stay up to date on World Cup festivities on social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @PythianMarket

About Pythian Market
Pythian Market is an urban food collective located on the ground floor of the historic Pythian Temple in downtown New Orleans. The market features 14 uniquely-curated artisan 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 authentic Southern BBQ to Vietnamese street food and Louisiana comfort fare, diners can expect soulful, fresh and creative cuisine served up in a convivial atmosphere. The market’s Bar 1908, under the direction of Beverage Director Lisa Nyugen (Cure & Seaworthy), 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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