If you are looking for the drink that defines Mardi Gras, most people would send you to Pat O'Briens.... also know as Patty O's or Pat O's or "That really good place to get a hurricane".
This location is right off of Bourbon street, and also has a shop associated with it, where you can purchase the hurricane mix for your own mardi gras parties!
Enjoy, but drink safely!
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.
Home of the world famous Hurricane drink - you have your choice of the garden patio, the juke box room (kind of cramped as the evening goes on), or the dueling piano bar (a classic favorite).
Be sure to look for the little old man who "tap dances" on the tray with thimbles on his fingers. He's been there for at least the 20 years I've been frequenting this place, and he's in his 80s. He loves it!
He's as much an institution as this place itself.
Caution: if you order the "Rainbow" drink, do NOT stir it up. It tastes great just as they pour it out, but if you stir it, it somehow becomes diluted and the mix of alcohols is lethal!
Note: If you're more than 3 people, it's worth it to order the "MAGNUM" -which is a gigantic glass filled with Hurricane -you'll see a lot of people with Magnums out on the patio.
Pat O's stays open until 5:00 am...and you won't leave that place without a friendly bouncer handing you a "to go cup" - you get to keep your Pat O's glass, too!
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