Opened: Building 1791, bar 1930s
New Orleans has invented many celebrated cocktails, among them the Grasshopper (see above), the Ramos Fizz, the Brandy Crusta, the Sazerac, and the Vieux Carre. Also, there’s the Hurricane, which was dreamed up by Pat O’Brien at his eponymous French Quarter bar to feature rum during a period in which whiskey was being rationed. It’s still a fine cocktail, and the establishment, with its fire fountains and dueling piano bar, is always a fun experience.
One of the few places on this list not located in the Quarter, Henry’s has been pouring them up for thirsty locals for well over a hundred years, and that doesn’t look to change any time soon. Yes, it’s a total old-man dive. Yes, it has cheap drinks, and plenty of them. Yes, you should go there.
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