There is no contest - Pat O'Brien's is, hands down, my all time favorite bar in New Orleans. With a dominance as one of the most popular bars in the city since it's opening in 1933, it's obvious that I'm not the only one that feels this way. Despite it's appeal to tourists, multiple chain locations and Bourbon Street entrance, the central truth to the New Orleans location of this bar is that is also powered by the deep love of a dedicated local crowd. In a city and culture that is designed around celebrating every day, it is the perfect pair.
The history of the 1791 building at 718 St. Peter's street is palpable, especially in the dark piano bar. Originally home to the first French Theater Company in New Orleans, it feels like you're part of one of the longest running parties in the country. Dying to be a part of the tradition, I was waiting at the gate with ID in hand at 12:00 am on my 21st birthday and It's been a whirlwind romance ever since.
The dueling piano bar is one of the most popular draws of Pat O'Briens (as it has been since it's start as a new idea in the 1940's). Spending so much time in the piano bar has taught me a lot about what makes a great song request. Here's my advice - when you put your dollars inside a napkin and pass it to the pianist, make it worthwhile.
Here's my hints for the best, high-quality requests you can make -
Average Requests you can make that someone else is probably already requesting:
(Note: You can do better.)
Do us all a favor and don't request any of this:
In the immortal guiding words of this establishment: HAVE FUN!
Also, don't forget to celebrate Mr. Alvin like the national treasure he is.
Did I miss your top request? Share in the Comments below.