Pat O'Brien's is conveniently located in the hip French Quarter, and should be at the top of any tourist's ... More
Pat O'Brien's is conveniently located in the hip French Quarter, and should be at the top of any tourist's must-do list. This bar has been a genuine New Orleans institution for more than 73 years. Stop in for one of Pat O's famous “Hurricanes,” a cocktail heavy on the rum and light on the cherry. You can sip your drink inside the snazzy piano bar or outside in the beautiful courtyard next to the gorgeous flaming fountain. And to satisfy your appetite, the courtyard menu offers something for everyone, whether it is dining for lunch, dinner or a late night snack.
Love love love this place, it's the only thing that I really like about New Orleans. The hurricanes do cost 6.50, HOWEVER the glasses cost $3.00 and you can turn in your glasses after the fact for a refund. Don't let that other review worry you, she was probably too drunk to remember about the glass deposit.
Hurricane to stiff for you? Try a rainstorm! Love rum, but not the hurricane, get a Skylab. Want a fruitier hurricane, get the Cat 5 Margarita. So many great drinks, and the food is good too.
Spent many nights getting drunk here! Once, we got caught in a rainstorm. We never left the patio. We started singing "raindrops keep falling on my head." After the rain stopped, many people came back outside. We started asking people. "where were you when it was raining? These people were here!" We had a couple of other crazies that stayed in the rain with us. I've met people from London, Texas, Arizona, California and New York here. Everyone is in a good mood too!
You can't beat the bargain of a hurricane. $6 a drink and it only takes 2 to get you nice and drunk, unless you're an alcoholic :)
This is a lovely place to have courtyard drinks while enjoying live music- BUT WATCH OUT FOR THE MONEY-HUNGRY STAFF! When we went, we learned later that our server ripped us off!! We were initially standing up in the courtyard, and a drink waitress with gold teeth came to us and took our drink order; She came back to the bar and quoted us a price of $9.50 per hurricane! We later got a seat and finally got hold of a drink menu, only to see that the REAL price for Pat O'Brien's hurricanes is only $6.50. On top of what we (stupidly) tipped her, she pocketed $9 extra off of us! Maybe I'm just naive, but I'm not used to being swindled by WAIT STAFF! I think the owner needs to hire more honest workers - either that or pay them better so they don't have to STEAL from the CUSTOMERS! If you are going to Pat O'Briens, watch out for the greedy waitress with the GOLD TEETH!
This truly is a great place. Saturday nights are PACKED, be prepared to stand. Sunday nights are really low-key and nice to sit and watch the cool flame-fountain.
The hurricanes at Pat O's are very yummy. For the inexperienced drinker, one may be enough. They're definitely the best-priced hurricanes. There are three different bar areas - a regular bar, a piano bar, and the courtyard. The prices of the hurricanes differs in each bar (cheapest in the regular bar, most expensive in the piano bar).
When we were there (March 2005), you could get a hurricane in a hurricane glass for $9.50. If you returned the glass to the bar, you get $3 back. Or you could keep the glass (they have handy boxes & bags near the exits). Same goes for the other drinks, too. All different kinds of glasses.
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