Parasol’s isn’t just in the Irish Channel neighborhood; it sort of is the Irish Channel, serving as community center, nexus of gossip and watering hole. It's first and foremost a bar, but you can order some of the best po'boy sandwiches in town from the seating area in the back. That big ol’ roast beef is a messy, juice-filled conduit of deliciousness.
There’s a mad cast of characters both behind and at the bar, but don’t feel threatened; all in all this is one of the friendliest neighborhood spots in New Orleans. This place is also St Paddy’s Day headquarters, when a huge block party happens on the street.