New Orleans is home to many venerable, century-old institutions: Antoine's, Galatoire's and Bud Rip's come to mind. And then there's Henry's Uptown Bar.
For much of its existence, Henry's has maintained a modest facade, with barely more than a sign over the door at its corner spot at Soniat and Magazine streets. Reportedly Lee Harvey Oswald had a few drinks there. And it's quietly been a neighborhood institution. The bar underwent a major renovation after Hurricane Katrina (though it was not flooded), and part of its plucky new spirit has been marked by the ever-changing messages on the chalkboard in front. Signs declared Henry's "The official travel agent for Mark Sanford," offered "Win a free trip to Hawaii with Greg Meffert," and noted "Voted #1 best bar by Henry." It also proudly advertised, "Keeping Uptown lubricated since 1900." And that's (somewhat) true. The bar is celebrating its 110th anniversary this Saturday with a block party featuring a pig roast and music by the 3rd Line Brass Band, John Lisi and Deltafunk and Weathered. The festivities begin at noon, and as always go till the last diehard peels him or herself off the bar and turns out the lights. A full list of memorable signs is posted on the friends of the bar Facebook page. Henry's is at 5101 Magazine St.