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Celebrate the joy of life
In 2005 Hurricane Katrina dealt the city a blow that called its very existence into question. In the midst of the agony of rebuilding the city there was a miracle – the New Orleans joie de vivre and genius for pleasure re-emerged intact. Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest were celebrated within months of the deluge. Backyard crawfish boils and second line parades resumed as restaurants and clubs reopened. For New Orleanians, the whole point of being here is to enjoy life. And they invite you to join them.
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.
718 St Peter Street, New Orleans
- 525 4823/ 1-800 597 4823
- Open 12noon-2am Mon-Thur, 10am-2am Fri-Sun