Bourbon St, New Orleans
As we were walking around Bourbon Street, we came upon this place. I have passed by it many times, thinking "just another strip joint" BUT, there is a certain point when it's all about the drink specials and this place came through. It was like 4 for 1 night, 2 drink minimum. Hmmm...if I can get 1 drink for the price of one, 2 drinks for the price of one and even 4 drinks for the price of one, why would I just order 2? That part made no sense, but we went right in and enjoyed this deal. It's really a smart strategy, in theory. Offer these people lots of drinks and you'll profit from the money they drop on the dancers. I had them fooled--I didn't even sit at a table looking at these girls...I had 4 drinks and went on my way.
Fondest memory: This isn't my favorite memory, but it's pretty funny. I was in the bathroom and 2 strippers were in there. I said something about the bathroom being horrible and the girls said "Oh, don't worry, it gets easier...is this your first night here?" They thought I was dancing!! I laughed and said I was talking about the bathrooms and that I had been working there for awhile. This place sure wouldn't have made their profit by having ME dance!
I was flattered in a way because the sign says these ARE the prettiest girls in the south!
The place is called "Big Daddys" and it's right on Bourbon St.--they usually have their specials listed on a board outside.
Go down Bourbon Street. Just walk down. It's worth it just to see the craziness and take in the sights... but be careful of the smells.
Fondest memory: This is kind of a dumb memory, but we were all walking around the French Quarter and we walked underneath a wrought iron balcony where somone was watering their plants. So, unexpectedly, we all get drenched with water, and after complaining about it for about 5 minutes, my friend Micah pipes in with 'At least it's not urine' For the rest of the trip, whenever anything bad happened, we just said, 'Hey, at least it's not urine.'
Favorite thing: At night on these balconies on Bourbon street their are both men and women with large bead necklaces talking to the crown trying to get the women to pull up their top and the guys to unzip their flies. It was a lot of fun watching but not participating. Jeri received her bead necklaces from the parade and did not have to perform.
Fondest memory: As you can see, it can get rather crowded in an area called the French Quarter. Bourbon Street is the most famous hang out spot for party-goers. However, unless you want to be a sardine, I wouldn't recommend spending too much time on Bourbon St. To avoid this, you'll want to see it during the lunch hour when everyone else is still sleeping off their hangovers.
Here's a picture of the aftermath. The streets are loaded with trash of all sorts, including cups,cans,beer and more than likely urine!
Note: The photo above and the one to the left are taken from the exact same location. Crazy, isn't it!?
If I weren't sick while I was visiting, I'm sure I wouldn't remember much at all given the fact that there was so much beer to drink and, well, even more people to drink it. YOU MUST obviously go to the French Quarter and walk down Bourbon Street a few dozen times.
Fondest memory: so many memories, where to begin??? Well every time I think of being on bourbon street, I close my eyes and drown myself in surrounding live music, everything from blues to rock and roll to zydeco to jazz. Next, all I can see is, wait a minute, I think I see even more cleavage. I saw so much chick breast that night that I almost felt like I wanted to get away from that scene...8 hours of staring at beautiful girls flaunting what their mama gave them...but I never got tired of it.
This night was our last night here in NO. We had three parties to attend. We made it to two out of three. This was where we stayed to partake in the free food and drink as well as live music. It was a great party. We knew a few people and met local people.
Fondest memory: This night partying on Bourbon Street was my favorite memory while staying in New Orleans.
Post Katrina, the City of New Orleans has placed extra security on Bourbon Street. There are plenty of New Orleans Police Department officers, State Troopers, private security for the hotels, and even firemen - all on foot walking amongst you. You are plenty safe on Bourbon Street. Most of the rest of the French Quarter towards the river to Decatur street is patroled by NOPD and is safe. There's a police station at St. Peter and Royal ... try to use those streets. If you get to a place where you don't see lots of other tourists, turn around.
They also patrol on horseback during the weekend. If your friend gets falling down drunk, for an extra laugh steer him to the horse manure.
Outside of the French Quarter, ask at the hotel if it is safe or get a guide. Many areas are still not safe.
The French Quarter is a place where anything seems possible and everything seems to happen on Bourbon Street on any given night...
The French Quarter offers the best and the worst of nola. One can't deny its historical value, after all, it is what made New Orleans world famous. But the area is so overly touristy....too many tacky shops selling tacky souvenirs, and with it, this city’s heart and soul....poachers, the bloody the lot of ‘em….
Still, if you like to people watch, I think you do, the French Quarter is difficult to beat...stroll down Bourbon Street around midnight and you are bound to lay witness to things you've never seen before and won’t see anywhere else (at least not in the U.S.)...as I said, it's a place where anything seems possible and everything seems to happen....
Fondest memory: I typically don't spend much time in the Quarter. However, stumbling home from the Marigny on Halloween and New Year's Eve over the past few years, I have developed a tradition of walking the length of Bourbon Street to people watch....
Favorite thing: Of course some of the people on the street did do it. Check this girl out. Sorry, girls,I did not take any pictures of the guys/
Favorite thing: Of course no trip to New Orleans would be complete without a trip to Bourbon Street. The night before this street was full of people. You will see more as I go along.
Favorite thing: This is one of the shops off of Bourbon Street. It was not open or I would have taken more pictures. This was taken through the window.
Favorite thing: and the world changes at night.To see just how much go to the webcam outside the Cat's Meow on Bourbon Street here. http://www.nolalive.com/bourbocam/classic/
Favorite thing: Visit Bourbon Street at Night. Record the sounds of the street to Your memory. The best jazz musicans play here.