A Closer Look at Idle Hands and Billy Hurricane’s, a Little Bit of Bourbon Street on Avenue B

Photo: Melissa Hom

Just because Aces and Eights has lost its liquor license due to permitting issues doesnt mean over-the-top guzzling galleries are a thing of the East Villages past just take a look inside Billy Hurricanes, the second New Orleansthemed bar (after Ninth Ward) to open in the neighborhood in the past months.

Signs advertising a 96-ounce Das Boot ( la Heidelberg), scorpion bowls, and huge-ass beers to go (meaning growlers) say it all. But this isnt strictly a place for getting daiquiri-tarded: If popcorn doesnt do, you can order wings, tater tots, an Andouille burger, a chicken po boy, a BLT, and the occasional beignet special (the menu will expand soon). And if your friends have dragged you here and you just cant handle gimmicks like the Wheel of Fortune of drink specials, you can always retreat downstairs to the quieter bourbon bar, Idle Hands. Take a look at both.

Idle Hands and Billy Hurricane'ss, 25 Avenue B, nr. 2nd St.; 646-692-6216