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Pirates Alley Won't Have To Shutter; West Bank Beer Fest Debuts in July

Plus, grab a free iced tea on Friday and more

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QUARTER— Beloved absinthe hub Pirates Alley won't have to shut down by June 15 after all, Richard Webster reports this week. The city has allowed the bar—which was zoned as a restaurant and therefore operating illegally by selling more alcohol than food—to actually be considered a bar now. []

UPTOWN— Here are five things to know about Delachaise expansion Chais Delachaise, now open at 7708 Maple Street. []

ST. ROCH— Tomorrow, June 10, Coast Roast Coffee is giving away free iced tea and taking 25% off all retail iced tea (for those who like to brew at home) in honor of National Iced Tea Day. [Eaterwire]

WAREHOUSE DISTRICT— American Sector and the National WW II Museum celebrate the Eat Local Challenge with a Garden to Glass cocktail contest ($10-$15/person) and three-course dinner ($28/person) on June 16 at 6 p.m.  Master Gardeners will discuss how to cultivate a victory garden, Covey Rise Farms will talk local produce, and Local distillers will compete to create the best locally sourced cocktail.  More info here and here. [Eaterwire]

AVONDALE— Mark your calendar, brah... on Saturday July 16, NOLA Motorsports Park hosts the West Bank Beer Fest with shuttles available from downtown and Elmwood and performances from Bucktown Allstars, 610 Stompers and more. Plus, you can drive (or ride in) a Ferrari or Lambo on the track before the unlimited tastings begin in an air-conditioned events space. Tickets and info here. [EaterWire]