Pat O'Brien's, New Orleans
My favourite bar in New Orleans ! . You get in through a huge door and walk through the bar before reaching the courtyard and its magical with its nice fountain and lights hanging from the trees. It’s usually very busy but you probably won’t have to wait too long before finding a table and order a nice little cocktail. This bar has probably the most colorful array of cocktails I have ever seen and you can go back with a glass as a souvenir! Don't forget to ask for the refund of your deposit if you don't want to bring your Hurricane glass home.
Dress Code: None really but it's always nice to dress trendy.
A trip to New Orleans is not complete without a visit to Pat O's off Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. This famous hot spot features their trademark drink the Hurricane. It looks like Kool-Aid and tastes like candy, but believe me it's potent. The club is very large and has several different rooms and bars. It is a tourist trap and it's always crowded but it's also a fun must see spot. The piano bar is a favorite of mine. Grab a drink, sit back and sing-a-long with the crowd. If that's not your style grab a bite to eat outside on the patio or peruse one of the many other bars located throughout. There's something for everyone here. If you feel so inclined you can even buy a souvenir glass to go with our Hurricane and they'll even wrap it up for you as you're heading out the door.
Dress Code: It's New Orleans. Anything Goes.
Pat O'Brien's is a New Orleans institution. Unlike its famous neighbor, Preservation Hall, there are tables and (more important) drinks. Not just any old drinks, but their Hurricanes are their claim to fame, and after a few, you never can tell what kind of scene you'll make at Pat O's!
There are two pianos onstage, and two players in a round-robin style. There might be male pianists, but I've never seen anyone else but women onstage playing and singing. Some are good, some are great- some are funny and some are just plain kitch, but it's all fun and all good.
Dress Code: Informal and anything goes. Being New Orleans, this place is hopping from late afternoon til whenever. The courtyard is a lot of fun too, but inside is where the show is the best. (Make sure someone sings 'Sara, Sara, swinging on the shedhouse door'.)
If you are looking for a place with live music, great drinks and an electric atmosphere, then the Pat O'Briens Piano Bar is the place for you. Two pianist are on the stage playing from a music playlist sent to them by guests on napkins...the music is loud and the patrons sing along as if they are at a concert.
Dress Code: A very casual place, so no need to get all dressed up. But the main reason people go here are for the famous Pat O'Briens Hurricane:
4 oz. Pat O'Briens Hurricane Cocktail Mix
4 oz. Pat O'Briens Hurricane Rum
Fill glass with crushed ice
Garnish with orange and cherry
Hurricanes, the Piano Bar, the Flaming Fountain, and green-jacketed waiters await behind the doors of 718 St. Peter in the French Quarter, New Orleans.
We didn't stop in to eat, just to listen to the music and have a hurricane. The Piano Bar (located across the carriageway from the main bar) is a large room offering green cushioned chairs poised around copper-topped tables.
The front stage boasts two copper-topped baby grand pianos and dueling entertainers perform your favorite sing-alongs from requests written upon napkins passed up from the audience (Green-coated waiters pass through the audience to take your drink orders).
Dress Code: Tourist casual is a nice way to say it.
On the night I went, this place was patronized by locals and tourists alike. Grab a table in the garden at the back, and have some yummy Hurricanes. New Orleans is famous for Hurricanes, and Pat O’Brien’s makes them the best. Who knew Kool-Aid spiked with Rum could be so good?!?!?!?
Dress Code: Cool casual
Pat O's lights dim down for the night to make way for candles, lit fountains and the large unique centerpiece of them all --- The Flaming Fountain! This fountain is a stone and copper design that illuminates a brilliant flame within streams of water. The trickling water serves as gentle background music to the sounds of laughter and chatter of customers.
The Pat O'Brien's Hurricane glass is one of the most sought-after souvenirs in New Orleans. I as well as many others have one or more in our possession (I have three!!!). As for what we do with those glasses once we get home? Reminisce and dump change in it!
How to Make an authentic Pat O'Brien's Hurricane:
In a 26 oz. Hurricane glass, mix
4 oz. of Pat O'Brien's Hurricane Rum or a good dark Rum and
4 oz. of Pat O'Brien's Hurricane Mix
Fill with crushed ice, and
Garnish with an orange and cherry.
Pretty well known actually.
Very lively year round, pretty loud too by the same token.
It's an unavoidable bar during Mardi Gras, if you can get in ;-)
Good beer, great Hurricane.
Dress Code: Try to keep your cloths on please.
Pat O Briens is one of the most famous bars in the area. Although its touristy, plenty of locals go there. Make sure to check out the piano bar and the flaming fountain outside. But don't try the Hurricanes.
Dress Code: casual
No trip to New Orleans is complete without a visit here.
The hurricane is Pat O's signature drink. This heady rum-based concoction is renowned for its potency and the large lamp-style glass it comes in (note you can ship yours home).
A brick-lined entranceway leads to a small, cozy meeting space. It's an intimate place for a quiet drink--if you manage to arrive before it becomes densely packed with college kids and tourists.
Dress Code: Casual
Throughout Pat O's you can still obtain a hurricane; this is very important! But, you also have the option of 3 very different "bars." There is the main patio with the flaming fountain, there are the two, mostly identical, bar rooms, and then the very different piano bar. The piano bar is great because it is inside, you can sit down, and you get to sing along! Believe me the singing gets better and better as the hurricanes go down... or is that just the way it seems??? Regardless, when you have a group of about 6-8 people, this place can be your one-stop shop for great drinks, atmosphere, and live music.
Dress Code: None
What a great place to hang out. Pat O's as the locals call it, has six different areas to have fun. They have two entrances (off Bourbon and St. Peter's) that lead to the courtyard, main bar, patio, piano bar, restaurant bar and the Briar's Suite. When you come in, it kind of feels like a bunch of different bars. They are world famous for their Hurricane drink, which is rum with a bunch of other tropical juices.
Dress Code: Come as you are.
Famous for their Hurricanes... a Hurricane (which is found EVERYWHERE in the French Quarter) is a really strong drink that is essentially a fruit punch (using their own mix) and 4 ounces of rum. Phew! A couple of these and things will start getting a little fuzzy. Anyway, people are always saying you HAVE to go here, but I say it's overrated. It's just another bar, albeit a little quieter and more classy, perhaps.
Dress Code: Anything.. it's the Quarter
Pat O'Brien's is very cool. A giant courtyard with a fountain in the center and southern Bayou ferns all around. When we were there, it was coooold but they had heatlamps all around the courtyard and at the top of the fountain was a fire: a very cool-looking thing (especially after a few Hurricanes). In the summer, I'm told, they have fans there.
Pat Obrien's (famous hurricanes) serves the most liquor in the United States.
This is a taste of true Southern Hospitality with a delicious twist of the Mississippi Delta.
Dress Code: Not for kids(or some adults). Dress to impress, because you never know who'll be here. (I ran into Steve Young from the S.F. 49'ers)