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Handful of Bars to Stay Open During Hurricane Isaac
After the hubbub yesterday, Hurricane Isaac is making NOLA play a waiting game for his arrival. Many businesses are closing up shop tonight, with spots like the vaunted Café Du Monde modifying their 24/7 schedule for the storm. Even the sturdy Harrah's Casino decided to give their employees a chance to make evacuation plans. However, there are always holdouts that refuse to shut their doors regardless of the circumstances. Although the city lost Johnny White's as they knew it, NoDef scouted and was able to find more bars on high ground that will be weathering the storm with their patrons.
Even if your water goes out, you’ll still be able to use The John (2040 Burgundy) in the Marigny for your drinking needs. Owner Kay Vereen said they’ll be open “whether we have power or not.” Vereen said she plans on losing power in the wee hours of the morning, and they’ll have a security guard manning the door. “He’ll have a loaded weapon, I want him to keep his eyes on the street,” Vereen said. “We’re good to go. I got ice coming, we can ice down our beer.” Vereen said that she’s disappointed with the media’s sensational coverage of the storm, noting the countless parallels made to Katrina. “None of my employees, none of my neighbors, no one is leaving. Everybody is pissed off the way the weather channel has turned it into an unnecessary panic,” Vereen said.
The Lower Garden District has its own holdouts, with the Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles) staying open for yet another hurricane. Owner Polly Watt will keep the place lit by lanterns, candles, and flashlights, and she takes pride in her bar’s reputation for providing free food to first responders. “We feed first responders who are in uniform and not drinking,” Watt clarified. The bar owner said that people who come before the bad weather will have to stick it out. “We bolt our storm shutters closed for the storm, and if you come here during the storm, you’re not leaving until it passes,” Watt said.
The John (2040 Burgundy)
Once the worst of the weather clears, downtown residents will be able to stroll down to The John for cold (or warm, depending on how long the ice lasts) beer and drinks all night.
The Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave.)
Lower Garden District residents can take sanctuary from the storm with their friends on the Avenue. The bar with one of the biggest beer lists in the city didn’t close for Gustav or Katrina, and they won’t let Isaac intimidate them either.
Marie's Bar (2483 Burgundy)
Another Marigny holdout: Patrons and people that happen to be in the neighborhood can get their hurricane beers at Marie's.
Erin Rose (811 Conti St.)
The people at Erin Rose won’t close for a little hurricane. They’ll be keeping the party going all night, under all circumstances.
Igor’s Checkpoint Charlie’s (501 Esplanade Ave.)
Here’s another spot in the Marigny to spend your hurrication. The alcohol has flown off the store shelves for the most part, so don’t miss out on the party.
Igor’s (2133 Saint Charles Ave.)
While the hurricane whirs and pours outside, Saint Charles Avenue will still be in business. Igor’s is a great place to get locked in for the storm.
Aunti Tikki’s (1207 Decatur St.)
If you’re near Decatur, pop in at Aunt Tikki’s for your hurrication beverage needs.
Flanagan’s Pub (625 St. Phillip St.)
Their “OPEN 24 HOURS” neon sign doesn’t lie, and Flanagan’s isn’t changing its hours for Isaac.
Golden Lantern (1239 Royal St.)
The bar has no plans of closing, but you might get locked in if the cops start patrolling the streets for curfew violators.
The Abbey (1123 Decatur St.)
Here’s yet another Decatur watering hole holding out for the storm.
Buffa's (1001 Esplanade Ave.)
Buffa's isn't going to let a little rain and wind get in the way of anyone's fun. According to bartender Arden Radosivic, Buffa's is slammed with customers. "We got boards on the windows, 40-50 people in here right now, food orders going crazy, and we're not moving," said Radosivic.
J&J's Sports Lounge (800 France St.)
The Bywater watering hole is already packed with people excited to ride out the storm. Whether they have power or not, J&J's will be open all night long.
St. Charles Tavern (1433 St. Charles Ave.)
This 24-hour establishment will stay open come hell or high water, serving up breakfast into the wee hours of the morning. Whether the power goes out or not, St. Charles Tavern will serve as a refuge for patrons.
The Bulldog (3236 Magazine)
Perfect for pet owners, the Bulldog works as a destination for restless humans as well as their canine companions. According to their facebook page, the bar plans on having “cold beer, hot fresh grub, good times, and normal business hours through the week.” They won’t let a little warm beer stop them.
Funky Pirate (727 Bourbon St.)
This Bourbon St. haunt is staying open no matter what Isaac brings. They'll close the shutters once the rain starts coming down in buckets, but if you knock hard enough, they'll open up their doors for you.
Iggy’s (1943 N. Rampart)
Iggy’s regulars don’t let anything stop them, especially not a hurricane. The 24/7 neighborhood bar stayed open during Katrina, housing many patrons who used their favorite haunt as a storm shelter. Isaac won’t be any different.
Kajun’s Pub (2256 St. Claude)
Like the recently closed Johnny Whites, Kajun’s is one of the holdouts. They didn’t close for Katrina, and they certainly won’t let a wimpy storm like Isaac keep their customers away. The karaoke may prove difficult if they lose power, but the drinks will keep flowing.
Know anywhere else that's staying open? Leave it in the comments below, and we'll add it to the list.
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