Pat O'Brien's, New Orleans
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.
It's been a few years since I've been to the Pat O's shown in the photo, but it's a memorable place to visit and I recommend it to anyone. Pat O's is most famous for its marquis drink the Hurricane, which is a concoction of rum and fruit and fruit juices. Tourists often buy the Hurricane glasses as memoribilia...mine's on display in the dining room!
Dress Code: Casual
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.
Great bar with a beautiful open air courtyard and fountain in the middle. Restaurant and bar. Loacted in the heart of the french quarter. Lots of room, however very trendy and touristy, and often overcrowded. Fun to go with a group and get drinks. Took home some hurricane mix from here (their signature drink) and used it back in Baltimore when I went throught my first hurricane. Was the perfect drink for the hurricane party at my place!
Dress Code: Causal, or dress to impress
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
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)
Go to PAT O'BRIENS. Every visit to French Quarter must be started with a visit to Pat O'Briens. Their specialty is the Hurricane drink. It's a huge drink that will get you drunk very quickly!!
They had some great shrimp appetizers! Coconut with pineapple sauce.. Yumm...
right. It's a tourist haven, but even the locals recommend Pat O'Brien's as one of the most fun spots in the City. It is a French Quarter mainstay providing a touch of atmospheric class and fine glimpse of N.O. nightife. The 'Hurricane' is the Pat O's signature. It's a billboard announcing that you are a tourist, however. Not that being a tourist is bad. Not at all. Wish I were touring today, in fact. Their Bloody Mary is the best in New Orleans.
624 Bourbon St
tel: (504) 588-2744
Another good spot, in the Uptown district, is PARKWAY TAVERN: 5135 Canal Blvd., 488-2500 late-night social institution with no-frills atmosphere and a large enclosed patio. Mid-City professionals, theircollege-age counterparts, and a few working-stiffneighborhood regulars into a main bar area devoid of tables to accommodate
the late-night crush of social drinkers; wooden benches along the front wall are the only concession to comfort. Walk through two rooms to enter the expansive enclosed patio where the real action is.
When to Arrive
Late nights, especially Thursday through Saturday, are packed. The cocktail hour
(5pm-8pm, weekdays) is more relaxed.
The Hurricane:The true original, created at Pat O'Brien's over 50 years ago.
Cyclone: A windstorm of orange flavor that will whirl you off your feet, made with vodka and Pat O'Brien's Cyclone mix.
Squall: Light rum and green passion juice make this drink more than a small storm!
Breeze: A mini Hurricane, made with passion fruit and amber rum.
Typhoon: You'll be swept away by this mixture of vodka, peach schnapps, raspberry schnapps, cranberry and pineapple juice!
Lightning: An electrifying blend of vodka, orange juice, and pineapple juice topped with Burgundy wine to give it an extra charge.
Rainbow: colorful drink of grenadine, vodka, blue curacao, and Pat O'Brien's Sweet & Sour mix, layered to perfection!
Skylab: A fallout mixture of rum, vodka, apricot brandy, and blue curacao.
Mint Julep: A potent blend of bourbon and fresh mint, just like derby days in Kentucky.
TNT: An explosion of vodka, pineapple and cranberry juice served straight up in Pat O'Brien's TNT glass.
Fuzzy Leprechaun: Your Irish eyes will be smiling after one taste of this combination of peach schnapps, blue curacao, vodka, orange and pineapple juice!
Purple People Eater: Return to your childhood, adult style! Vodka and purple passion make this drink just like grape soda, with a kick!
Bloody Mary: Made with Pat O'Brien's original mix, this Bloody Mary is the best in town, perfect for those morning blues!
Whether you just want to have some of Pat O'Briens's famous drinks with friends or listen to the entertainment at the piano bar, this will be a night you will not forget. Of course, you can have somes drinks at the courtyard restaurant too.
Pat O'Brians was great, but it was packed when i was there every time. The Cat's Meow on Bourbon is great too.
Pat O'Brians has the traditional Hurricane as well as everyone else, but the fountains and the courtyard make it worth your while .
Dress Code: Is ther a dress code in New Orleans?
Pat O'Brien's ROCKS!!!!!!!!! Pretty much anywhere on Bourbon Street is the place to be. Men will especially enjoy most of the window displays.
Pat O'Briens is a piano bar with the most amazing piano man alive. The crowd goes crazy all night long. I recommend the Hurricanes, but be warned they are STRONG!!!!
My parents and brother and I went to Pat O'Briens because it's my understanding it is a must see. However, I was not impressed at all! There were too many crowds and after waiting for some time we finally were seated at a table in the piano bar area. There was a strange old man who stood and tapped his fingers on a tin plate much to the crowds' pleasure. I found him more annoying and a distraction from the music of the pianos personally. But to be honest with you the piano music left MUCH to be desired and I would probably never care to go back.
Dress Code: Does dress code really matter in New Orleans?
Pat O'briens is a great place to hang out day and night. Food is pretty good as well. Don't forget to try a Hurricane or another one of their fun drinks.
Dress Code: Seems anything goes. Then again, it was Halloween when I was there.
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