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Pat O'Brien's Courtyard Restaurant

624 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130
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  • Pat O'Brien's Courtyard Restaurant
    Gabriela Vieira
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    4 Apr 17, 2014

    Waiting time for a table was between 40 and 45 min for both days we went there. First day, food (we had a Trio and Shrimps & Grits, plus awesome desserts) and service were amazing, totally 5 stars (I believe our waiter was called Jeff, very nice guy! He wore a nametag saying "Randy Savage", due to the Wrestlemania weekend. Pretty cool!).
    Second day, not that great, for both things, no more than 3 stars. No water, super late drinks, unfriendly waitress never even greeted us, fries looked old, mashed potatoes were totally bland. Burgers were alright.

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    JR Cajigas
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    4 Feb 11, 2014

    Pat O'Brien's has something for everyone. It was the largest set up in all of Bourbon. Aside from the spacious outdoor fountain area, there was an indoor bar and a piano bar all within. By 9pm, there was a long line to get in so if you plan on passing by to check out the scene, do it early. The crowd gathered in here tended to be older like the 40's and 50's so if that's your mark, go get'em cowboy. Of course there was a sprinkling of younger tourists scattered about having equally as much fun standing around the glowing fountain.

    The hidden gem here is to look up at the ceiling decor. From cups to guns, it was certainly interesting to look at. Come here if you are looking for a good time or are looking to cool down from that awesome jazz performance at Preservation Hall, which is right next door.

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    Frances Nguyen
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    4 Aug 28, 2013

    Pat O' Brien's is a spacious bar covering a vast outdoor patio. They are known for their bloody marys. It's a real steal - only $5! It's worthwhile to go for drinks and to watch the locals saunter by.

    Recommended for:Nightlife Lovers
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  • Pat O'Brien's Courtyard Restaurant
    Yvonne Brett
    5 Jul 12, 2013

    So much fun! Go with friends and you'll be laughing and singing all night in the piano bar. It is the best place to try a hurricane. If you don't want to carry around your glass, you can return it to the bar and they will give you back $4.

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  • Pat O'Brien's Courtyard Restaurant Pro 2014
    Eric Brink
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    4 Jun 24, 2013

    As a Tourist in an exotic new City, sometimes you need to "check the box". Bourbon Street and Pat O'Brien's is one of those situations, especially if you like large, strong, and fruity drinks that catch up to you quickly.

    A work colleague and I stopped by on an early Friday evening after a busy week near Baton Rouge and a local suggestion that we finish up our trip in NOLA. We sat outside within Pat O'Brien's large patio and relaxed with our Hurricanes. The price includes the glass, of which a $3 refund is available if you return it to the Bar.

    We used our time to reflect on the week, engage in some serious people watching (and speculation on their "story"), catch recommendations from friends after we "checked in", and to plan where to go for dinner. The Gulf Coast was it's usual summer hot and humid self, yet the patio (and associated fans) provided a comfortable respite and a good place to start.

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  • Pat O'Brien's Courtyard Restaurant
    Morgan Lesli
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    5 May 05, 2013

    Drinks were absolutely amazing at this bourbon street restaurant. The courtyard is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the warm New Orleans weather. For the real New Orleans experience, try the seasonal etoufee. If you've still got room after eating, try the pecan pie. It's huge, quite beautiful to look at and tastes divine. Also, make sure to grab at least of those drinks Pat O's is known for, the hurricane!

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  • Pat O'Brien's Courtyard Restaurant
    Yulree Chun "@GogobotLA"
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    5 Apr 12, 2013

    This place seem like a tourist trap (and maybe it is), but I love it!! The reason why I love it is the dueling piano bar area. To sit in this area, it's etiquette to buy a drink or two. Unfortunately, there's no food allowed. There are many other areas in this place that serve food though.

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  • Pat O'Brien's Courtyard Restaurant
    Cynthia
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    5 Mar 10, 2013

    The true home of the Hurricane, and the only place in New Orleans where you can get a 3 foot high version topped with orange slices and cherries that'll set you back a cool $1K. (Don't forget to bring twenty of your closes friends with you to drink it, unless you want your next stop to be Charity Hospital.)

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  • Pat O'Brien's Courtyard Restaurant
    Nicole Zelingher
    4 Aug 28, 2012

    One word- hurricane. The best and most authentic you'll ever have. And the piano bar is a riot. Don't leave nola without spending a good part of an evening here.

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  • Pat O'Brien's Courtyard Restaurant
    Dawn Barnes
    5 Aug 16, 2012

    fun place. the only place to get a hurricane. indoor and outdoor seating and three different bars.

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    Nally
    4 Jul 15, 2012

    A former speakeasy during Prohibition, Pat O'Brien's is now one of the most popular bars on Bourbon Street. They invented the Hurricane, so order one of these large, potent cocktails are relax in the open courtyard.

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  • Pat O'Brien's Courtyard Restaurant
    Jeremy Clos
    3 Jul 05, 2012

    As the slogan says, "Have Fun!" Pat O'Brien's has been serving up cocktails in the French Quarter for nearly a century, and several famous New Orleans concoctions were invented here, such as the Hurricane. Pat O'Brien's no longer serves the best Hurricane in New Orleans, as they've switched from fresh ingredients to a mix which tastes rather like heavily alcoholic cough syrup. Skip the Hurricane here, and try one of the other specialty drinks like the Purple People Eater, the Rainstorm, the Rainbow, or the Cyclone.

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    Arlo Hemphill
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    3 Jul 04, 2012

    Another New Orleans classic standby. Home of the Hurricane cocktail, a Kool-Aid red concoction that can knock you on your ass if your not careful. The fountain-graced courtyard is lovely and popular with the tourists, but I prefer the smaller inner bar area that feels like a classy pub. Drinking Kool Aid in an Irish pub? Heck, it's New Orleans. Do it.

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  • Pat O'Brien's Courtyard Restaurant
    Aloura Charles
    2 Jul 04, 2012

    Overrated, crowded with people just trying to get drunk, and usually belonging to some fraternity. Skip it.

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  • Pat O'Brien's Courtyard Restaurant
    Deb Carter
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Stopped in for a Famous Pat O'Briens Hurricane drink (didn't have a meal, so can't comment on that).... Rum and Hawaiian Punch is what it tastes like. Drink is automatically served (and charged for) in the Souvenir Glass.... though you can return the glass to bar for a refund. Was a nice spot in the middle of the French Quarter... would plan for a meal there the next time, instead of just drinks.

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  • Pat O'Brien's Courtyard Restaurant
    A.J. Cuervo
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    5 May 14, 2014

    Best Hurricane drink I've ever had. This IS the place to try it!

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  • Pat O'Brien's Courtyard Restaurant
    Edith S
    5 Sep 05, 2013

    Stop by and grab a hurricane.

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    5 Sep 03, 2013
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  • Pat O'Brien's Courtyard Restaurant
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    3 Apr 13, 2013
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    Claire Rudyj
    5 Feb 24, 2013

    Great Cocktails!!

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Pat O'Brien was a purveyor of fun. The speakeasy he maintained during Prohibition would eventually become his namesake pub in New Orleans’ French Quarter. It was here that the infamous Hurricane cocktail was invented, changing the lives of college students for the rest of human history. Its creation was due to the short supplies of whiskey, bourbon and scotch. Luckily for future patrons, rum was ... read more
literally coming in by the boatful. The pub is now one of the French Quarter’s most popular institutions, expanding via franchising to other rambunctious locations.

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Aliases: Pat O'Brien's Bourbon Street