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

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Photo: Melissa Hom

Just because Aces and Eights has lost its liquor license due to permitting issues doesn’t mean over-the-top guzzling galleries are a thing of the East Village’s past — just take a look inside Billy Hurricane’s, the second New Orleans–themed bar (after Ninth Ward) to open in the neighborhood in the past months.

Signs advertising a 96-ounce “Das Boot” (à la Heidelberg), scorpion bowls, and “huge-ass beers to go” (meaning growlers) say it all. But this isn’t strictly a place for getting daiquiri-tarded: If popcorn doesn’t 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 can’t 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