The souvenirs are perfectly kitschy
Come on, everybody needs at least one Hurricane glass... and you might as well keep it, since you already paid the deposit.
Some of the ghosts are very real
Fine, maybe it’s a stop on every ghost tour in town because they’ve got booze and have been around forever, and instead of leaving with a ghost story, tourists leave with the makings of a hangover. But the truth is, Pat O’s has been the rite of passage for eight decades of Mardi Gras, 21st birthdays, bachelor parties, and post-divorce debauchery. Nearly 100 years of celebration and commiseration are trapped in these walls, along with the smell of old cigarettes. All that dark wood, piano music, and straight-up early-20th-century charm isn’t something you come by in a tourist bar in any other city. It’s worth letting ourselves remember the way we were when we first fell in love with New Orleans, and Pat O’s is a standing testament to the resilience, strength of tradition, and casual elegance of The City.