Pat O'Brien's celebrates its 80th anniversary with style


Posted on December 3, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 3 at 11:40 PM

Thanh Truong / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Pat O’Brien’s in the French Quarter is marking a special day.

The historic and world-famous bar is celebrating its 80th anniversary, and the only way to properly do that is with a block party, of course.

People came from all over the country to celebrate.

"New Mexico, New York, from Colorado,” said Pat O’Brien’s owner Shelly Waguespack.

To Waguespack, this anniversary is special. She's been working at the bar for as long she can remember.

"I am a third-generation owner, and it's special that we're still intact and we're still strong and we still have a huge commitment to New Orleans,” she said.

In return there's a commitment to the bar from its long-time employees and thirsty patrons, like one couple from Philadelphia.

"It's more or less the history -- and the Hurricanes,” said one man.

Another woman said, “It's just so quintessential New Orleans. I mean you can't do New Orleans without doing Pat O’Brien’s.”

And when you're doing Pat O’Brien’s, that means Hurricanes, the signature drink that was concocted here in the mid 1940s.

Eighty years later, the drinks and the bar are as a strong as ever.

“I think it’s the tradition, and I think the atmosphere is just conducive to having fun,” Waguespack said.