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Hurricane of fun
Telling someone not to go to Pat O'Brien’s while they’re in New Orleans is sort of like telling someone not to go to Bourbon Street. Yes, it’s cheesy, but why not just go ahead and get it over with? You know you want to.
It may well be the most famous business in New Orleans, and we all know why: the fruity, syrupy, rum-laden concoction that is the Hurricane. (Drink at your own risk.) This vast bar is divided into three spaces. The main action is in the two adjoining courtyards, both with fountains, one topped by fire. Subtlety is absolutely dead here.
Make your visit a drive-by, though, as the piped-in recorded music ignores local culture, and the helpful-to-the-point-of-peskiness staff constantly pepper patrons with cheery: ‘Got a drink?! Need a drink?!’ Buy one, then break free.