Just a block away from the infamous Bourbon Street in New Orleans sits a cozy neighborhood bar called Erin Rose. This Irish bar epitomizes all things Irish, in the middle of Crescent City, through decor, drinks and congenial bar staff.
"We want to keep it real and live," said co-owner Angela Koehlar. "We love the local chaos, local love and local prices."
The cozy bar is a great place to hang out during football season. Memorabilia from the Saints also adorn the bar with signage and logo.
"It's not just a bar. It's a lifestyle," said Koehlar. "It makes you want to come back again and again."
Food and Drink
The Bloody Mary drink is an amazing libation with a touch of Cajun spices. Despite the heat, the drink is too hard to pass up. The bar is also famous for its frozen Irish coffee, easy to come down with a bite of caffeine at the end.
At the back, a counter offers Poboys, a New Orleans sandwich filled with seafood such as shrimp, fish, crab, etc. Poboys cost anywhere from $8 to $12, depending on preference.
The walls are adorned with framed photos of firefighters and police officers. Walk to the end of the bar and you'll find murals of people who visit this cozy Irish pub. During game days, the bar is standing-room only. With a staff of less than 15, the bar has the capacity of 48 patrons.
The locals head over to this bar to avoid the tourist traps of Bourbon Street. "It's an awesome vibe. We want to surround ourselves with community-based touches," Koehlar said.
Besides the covered walls, the ceiling showcases retired beer taps, showing the history of brews served at this pub. In addition to the food counter in the back, several slot machines are offered for customers' gaming pleasures.
In 1969, Jim Monigan established this bar. Visit the website for the bar's history and its tribute to the founder of Erin Rose. Angela and Troy, 39, took over the bar in 2001. The husband and wife team maintains the same flavor and ambiance when Monigan set up the bar.
Koehlar, 47, a native of New Orleans, balances the inner workings of the bar with her side hobbies of yoga, playing the ukelele and RV travel.
The bar organizes an annual St. Patrick's parade, ending it at Molly's on Decatur Street. "We pride ourselves on controlled chaos," Koehlar admits.
Poboys cost anywhere from $8 to $12, depending on preference. Drinks are affordable so don't worry about breaking the bank. Ask for the specials since drinks can cost between $3 to $4. During football season, on game days, bucket prices are offered to the regular patrons.
Bourbon Street is just one block away but none of the bars compare with Erin Rose. The French Quarters do have Irish bars throughout the area. As history will share, the Irish community were one of the labor forces in New Orleans during the late 1800s/early 1900s. Take a look at www.neworleanscvb.com for some ideas.
811 Conti Street
New Orleans,m LA 70112
Tip #1: Forget the T-shirts from the souvenir shop, buy a shirt from Erin Rose. It's a great souvenir to commemorate your memories of New Orleans.
Tip #2: Talk to a local about how they survive Katrina or what's their favorite restaurant in the Crescent City.
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