Our first night here was somehow not our last.Same goes for Razzoo's. It saw was us through many beers, dance parties, late nights and fun on their spacious patio. Be the nightlife as it is, Bourbon Street has just as much fun and fanfare to offer in the daylight, too! The next three bars came highly recommended to us and after the experience, I'd agree they are all must visits. Easily interchangeable as day or night spots, however I think we got a better feel for them being there in the daytime. They were generally less crowded and it was easier to score seats and take in the unique atmosphere. First up is Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar where we drank Voodoo Daiquiries, a vodka based icy grape slush concoction. Located further down from the bright lights and beaded madness it sits tucked away at 941 Bourbon Street. This bar has been around since the early 1700's, and is something of a legend around here. With a slate roof and old wood rafters, uneven floors and partially exposed brick walls, flickering candles and a small copper bar, it exudes a mysterious and deeply rooted old world feel. And the drinks are strong! Cheers, to always ordering the same thing and to being together in such a fun place! So if you visit, whatever you do, don't miss Lafitte's.
Later on we hit up Tropical Isle for live music and Hand Grenades. The Hand Grenade is another infamous drink of the Big Easy not to be missed. You can enjoy this melon liqueur based cocktail made with rum, vodka, gin and a whole lot of sugar on the rocks or frozen.
I preferred mine on the rocks.The band played away as we sipped our sugary sweet grenades and put up with the ice and grenade throwing antics of the bartender. Apparently beads aren't the only thing appropriate to throw at people down here. Another must-do while in N'awlins is Pat O'Brien's. This is the bar that invented The Hurricane drink, so of course they make them better than any one else in town. We spent a few minutes drinking in the bar with the stein covered ceilings before making our way to the patio. The open courtyard scattered with lush green plants and fancy fountains was the perfect place to spend a few late afternoon hours. There are little bars tucked all about the courtyard so we settled right in.
They also advertise a Mint Julep and I couldn't pass one up.The hurricane is a beast of a drink to put down and we had dinner reservations to freshen up for, so I took my Mint Julep to-go!Out on Bourbon "Oh When The Saint's Go Marching In" bellowed through the crowds. Did I mention it was 70-80 degrees and sunny everyday?! Did I mention how much I loved this place? Because it was and I did and I'm already nostalgic for our crazy times in The French Quarter. I've got such a busy week planned, but recaps of where and what we ate and what else we did in addition to the above madness (believe it or not, we didn't spend all our time in a bar!) to come.