In a town of known for its long, proud history of cocktails, the Hurricane is truly special. Pat O’Brien invented the drink in the 1940s, and it’s been delighting sailors and visitors since. It’s the go-to to-go drink, a powerful sucker-punch of sweet and strong, of tropical fruit juice and rum. The Hurricane, like its namesake, will mess you up. And sure, you can find these monsters in plenty of bars and daiquiri shacks around town. But for the original and best, go to Pat O’Brien’s, the Bourbon Street bar that turned a curvaceous glass into both a souvenir to remember New Orleans and the source of many forgotten nights on Bourbon Street.
Pat O’Brien’s is a big and flashy joint that caters to devoted partiers. Sit on the patio and marvel at the flaming fountain while chowing down on catfish strips and alligator bites. Or wheedle your way into the popular Piano Bar for some tunes played on the twin copper-plated pianos.
Pat O’Brien’s, arguably the most famous Bourbon Street bar, is the birthplace of the Hurricane, New Orleans’ most famous party drink.