It is commonly believed this area gained its name due to the large number of Irish immigrants who populated the area in the early 19th century. Irish Channel features many small cottages and shotgun houses similar to what one would find in older New Orleans neighborhoods. Its prime location between Uptown and the Garden District has transformed the Irish Channel from a haven for struggling immigrants to highly sought after real estate. Its central location along the Mississippi River and its eclectic and loyal residents have attracted businesses to the small neighborhood as well. Homes for sale in the Irish Channel tend to be a bit smaller than the Garden District or Uptown; but the narrow lots and charming cottages create a tight knit community and neighbors that become family.
As one might expect, it is home to quite a few pubs; but a rivalry brews in the Irish Channel and many drinkers have chosen a side.
Parasol’s Bar & Restaurant, 2533 Constance St, and Tracey’s, 2604 Magazine St, are only about a block away from each other. This proximity has fueled the pubs’ long battle for roast beef po-boy supremacy and bragging rights as the best Irish pub in The Channel. They were established within 3 years of each other and display great pride in their Irish roots. This pride is most apparent on St. Patrick’s Day, when both bars are absolutely bursting at the seams with patrons.