What is New Orleans’ Irish Channel?
Bound by Jackson Avenue, Delachaise Street, Magazine Street and Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans’ Irish Channel is a quaint neighborhood named in honor of the wave of Irish immigrants who first made their way there in the 1830s. Then, it was known for its shotgun homes, working-class community, and the ports and breweries where many residents worked.
Today, the Irish Channel remains a mainly residential neighborhood with a thriving brewery scene and a number of local hangouts and restaurants. It’s best known and loved for its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade where the neighborhood is filled with good cheer and a lot of green!
What to do in New Orleans’ Irish Channel?
If you missed the iconic St. Patrick’s Day parade but you still want an Irish Channel experience, then browse below for ideas and inspiration during your next trip.
Start your day with a hearty breakfast from Molly’s Rise and Shine. Their unique menu puts a modern twist on classic breakfast fare. Try something savory and filling like Scotty’s Collard Greens and Grits or the Grand Slam McMuffin, or opt for a lighter option and try the roasted carrot yogurt. Whichever you choose, Molly’s is a great way to begin your day.
Ditching breakfast but down for brunch? Look no further than Atchafalaya. You can find sweet and savory New Orleanian brunch classics likes shrimp + grits or bananas foster waffles. Paired with their signature Bloody Mary bar and their local live music, you’ve got yourself the makings for a perfect mid-morning brunch.
The history of the Irish Channel is deep and rich, but to many it is unknown. The Friends of Cabildo’s Irish Channel Walking Tour goes beyond the St. Patrick’s parade cabbage throws and invites its participants to discover the true and hidden history of the Irish Channel and Irish immigration in New Orleans.
NOLA Brewery is a Tchoupitoulas Street staple. Using their extensive beer, ale and lager selection, guests can create custom tasting flights. Tempting bites from McClure’s BBQ are available during lunch and dinner, and outdoor patio and deck seating with views of the Mississippi make enjoying your brew easier than ever before. Check their event calendar for information on brewery tours, live music, yoga and more.
Whether you’re window shopping or planning to purchase, Antiques on Jackson is a fun stop to make. They specialize in extravagant and unique antiques and furnishings. Their collection is robust and awe-worthy. Stop by while strolling along Jackson Street.
Named one of the 12 best Restaurants in the country by Eater, and loved by locals - Turkey and the Wolf is a must-try Irish Channel stop. Using fresh and local ingredients, Turkey and the Wolf creates wacky signature sandwiches and small plates perfect for a midday pick-me-up.
Irish Channel Hangouts, Breweries and Bars
The Irish Channel is known for its local hangouts, breweries and pubs. Your trip isn’t complete without a stop by Parasol’s. Located in the heart of the Irish Channel, Parasol’s is a legendary dive with a roast beef po-boy that is adored by many far and wide. Their cheap drinks and beer draw crowds each year for their annual Block Party. They also make a great frozen Irish Coffee, which you can grab to go for a stroll around the neighborhood.
Frosés, margaritas, Moscow Mules and more. Tchoup Yard is a trendy Irish Channel bar filled with color and fun. With mostly outdoor seating it's the perfect place to go for a drink on a warm day. Outdoor games and bar snacks are available.
Miel is an independent microbrewery that prides itself on serving quality beer that is environmentally-friendly. Stop by this pet-friendly establishment with your favorite pup and enjoy a brew in their sleek outdoor patio.
Known as the “Original Irish Channel Bar,” Tracey’s has been serving locals and visitors since 1949. Their famous po-boys, meat pies and refreshing brews keep guests coming back for more. During football season, stop by for a drink and cheer on the New Orleans Saints!