Sometimes, you just want a bar. Not a tourist bar. Not a place full of girls going “WOOO!”. Just a bar you can go to and have a drink, maybe watch the Saints on TV or just relax. A bar that’s more local hangout than a tourist stop. To me, Harry’s Corner Bar is that kind of place.
I have passed Harry’s Corner Bar a few times, always intending to get there. A couple of weeks ago, I did.
A Local Bar
Harry’s is on the corner (surprise!) of Dumaine St.and Chartres St.. The bar is just beyond most of the tourist areas although, if you’ve taken any of the walking tours based in the area, you’ve probably passed by it. Indeed, that’s how I came across it, taking one of the ghost walking tours that meander around the couple of blocks between Harry’s and the Ursuline’s Convent.
Pushing through the door to Harry’s you enter at one end of a rectangular room. To the right, along the whole wall, is the bar, bar back filled with bottles, a couple of large screen TV’s hang over the ends of the counter. Along the opposite wall are tables, chairs and video games. The tables look out through large windows which, in cooler weather, they open to the street.
Harry’s has that look of a local bar. Not flashy, and a little beat up. And it smells like a local bar. Smelling like, let’s face it, a little stale beer and a few spilled drinks.
One other distinction Harry’s has; a crappy (no pun intended) men’s room. So bad, it inspired me to do a series on the worst bathroom’s in the Quarter. Be on the look out for that journalistic gem !
And none of that matters. if you want flashy you need to be on Bourbon St. not this dark corner of the Quarter. Prices are fair, service is friendly. What more can you ask?
I’ll be going back to Harry’s Corner Bar.