O'Brien's was established during prohibition in a city that was not too keen on that concept. It converted from speakeasy to official bar after the 21st amendment, and a few years later moved from the 600 block of St. Peter Street to the current location in an 18th century building a block away. It is the birthplace of the Hurricane, purportedly during a competition to create the best rum drink to help sell extra rum that bar owners were forced to buy in order to obtain whiskey. It is raucous and touristy, featuring a flaming fountain and dueling piano bar, and also hosting locals for various birthdays, wedding receptions, and such. It is a must-stop for any but the most fussy of bar fans, and though they certainly do not make the best Hurricane in town, it is virtually required.
718 St Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116 - (504) 525-4823
Est. 1930, current location since 1942 - Building constructed: c.1791
web site: patobriens.com