Bourbon St, New Orleans
If you like the night life, this is the place to be. Plenty of fun places to choose from or just hope from one to another. Hustlers is a lot of fun. Ladies, keep an open mind, dress to the 9's and have a great time with your spouse of whom ever you may be with.
Also, so many great places to eat and great bars to visit. Lots of street entertainers, great shopping and one of the best things, people watching!
Dress Code: Dress nicely if you are going to the clubs. I'm not talking coat & tie, just look nice.
awesome place to be. if you like happiness and enjoy your life truly it is the place to come and have a big party. time spent in new Orleans can be the best time in someones life. don't go new Orleans with your elders or your parents. it can be heaven for bachelors. lots of strip clubs, bars pubs in bourbon street. whatever amount of money you carry with you, surely all will finish before you go back.
By day Bourbon Street is filled with tourists of all shapes and sizes roaming around the French Quarter discovering the many shops and restaurants and taking in the architecture. At night, it transforms into a pedestrian-only street with no rules where all of the most colourful characters of New Orleans can be found, along with every tourist with a New Orleans bucket-list. If you're looking for a rowdy night out on the town then this is where you'll want to start. The bars have reps outside to entice you to choose them, the mardi gras beads are plentiful regardless of the time of year. All down the street the balconies are as crowded with joyful party people as the street below. In New Orleans it is legal to drink on the streets and all of the bars offer "to-go" cups so you can take your beverage with you when you're ready to move on to the next location.
Dress Code: There are no rules about what is appropriate on Bourbon St!
Before I went to New Orleans, I had this picture in mind of Bourbon Street being all about bachelor parties and Girls Gone Wild, so I wasn't exactly planning on spending much time there. However, I soon realized there was much more to Bourbon Street than that, and the biggest draw for me was the live music. Bands start playing failry early in the evening, so even if you have plans for the next morning you can still get a pretty good taste of what Bourbon Street has to offer. As you walk up and down the street, you get to pick between rock, blues, jazz, country, pop and bluegrass bands - there truly is something for everyone! And of course, you can add to this already vast selection a fair amount of nightclubs, stripclubs, karaoke bars (Cat's Meow was pretty cool!) and even a dueling piano bar (Howl at the Moon). Most bars don't mind if you walk in already holding a drink - my guess is they figure if you enjoy the music, you'll stay long enough to order another drink anyways. My two favourite spots on Bourbon Street were "The Famous Door" and "Bourbon Street Blues Company". Both had great rock & blues bands playing, and I loved the lively but casual atmosphere: we made plenty of friends on the dance floor!
Bourbon st night life was never boring, beads, beers, foods, live music sexy girls all kinds of street performers are all there for you to enjoy. ENJOY LIFE while you can and be sure to include Bourbon st in your many travel plans.
Dress Code: as long as you're not naked you're good to go.
Bourbon Street is the heart of French Quarter nightlife, but in my opinion it is way over rated. The area is full of tourists, mostly college kids getting so drunk they are incoherent and would spend the night in jail most other places. The end of Bourbon near Canal Street is filled with seedy strip clubs and sex shows. The restaurants here are just average, often specializing in serving touristy food like pizza to drunks. I think you can have more fun in the other areas of the French Quarter without the Bourbon Street sleaze. I like Decatur Street myself...it has a variety of options from local dives like Coop's to Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville and a Microbrewery.
There are tons of places to go for nightlife in New Orleans but as a tourist we wanted to go to Boubon street. This place is crazy, it doesnt have to be Mardi Gras for it to be happening. If you walk down Bourbon Street the first thing you will notice is the many bars and gentlemans clubs that there are. If one bar isnt for you, maybe the next one is. Some of the bars will have live music, like the Funky Pirate. This is where I had my first Hurricane. I have no idea whats in that drink but it was pretty good.
In the morning hours its hard to find a place to eat around here and it seems like verything gets started alittle later around here but I am sure thats because the party goes on pretty late at night. This was a fun spot to be at, the main objective here is to drink.
I was in New Orleans in October. The legendary New Orleans behavior seems to go on even when Mardi Gras is not happening. Granted the streets weren't packed solid but the was still flashing and plenty of drinks to be had!
Bourbon Street has become an adult playground with touristy and trashy clubs, shops, and strip bars. By the way, bottomless doesn't mean bottomless. We went to several of the clubs (avoiding the rock cover bands) and carried drinks up and down the street. Here's the breakdown of people on Bourbon Street:
16 - 25 = Get falling down drunk, go crazy, throw up.
26 - 35 = Drink too much, find some cool clubs, appreciate the music, move on to other places
36 - 55 = Drink a lot, laugh at the 22 year olds (girls flashing / guys throwing up), go somewhere else for a great dinner and music
55 and over = Walk one block in shock and horror, go back and hide in room. OR ... Try to be a hip 22 year old again; get wasted and throw up.
Don't worry, they wash down the street every morning at 4:30.
Make sure you visit Bourbon Street ... it's a must. But promise me that you will make time to visit the other great places that New Orleans has to offer.
Dress Code: None
Everyone has heard of this fabled street. Lined with all kinds of clubs, it draws visitors from around the world. The music can be Dixieland jazz, blues, zydeco, rock, country, folk, and almost anything in between.
Have a good time. Just remember that even the Big Easy has a few laws, and they ARE enforced. The cops may not catch every lawbreaker, but they make an example of those they do. Please bear in mind that indecent exposure, lewd behavior, drinking from the original container on the street, and other disorderly conduct can get you in trouble just as they would anywhere.
Also, do NOT venture north of Bourbon St (opposite direction from the river). It's very dark up there, for a reason. That's a rather dangerous place to go. And there's no good reason to wander up that way. In other words, this street marks the northern boundary of where it's safe to go--and that applies even in daytime.
Dress Code: Come as you are. Most clubs are pretty casual.
I had a fantastic time in Burbon street both during the night (beware of flying beads and the associated tops), and during the day. Its really nice to walk along the water, or take in the sights and smells.
Dress Code: Casual
Bourbon Street is lined with bars, hotels, and souvenir stores. During the morning it is full of tourists, while at night it is full of partygoers. Even when it is not Mardi Gras at night, the people cram the narrow sidewalks and have some drinks, dancing to the rhythm of the music coming from the bars. You are allowed to drink on the streets. Try one of the "hand grenades" or the "hurricanes" on for size. The guy to the left in the picture is enjoying a hand grenade.
Bourbon Street is a non-stop party. Starting out on the Canal Street end, you can walk for a mile and pass endless bars, clubs, caberets, a few restaurants, and more bars. Live music jams out of literally every establishment, and the street is flooded with people (Bourbon Street is opened only to pedestrian traffic at night).
On a calm night, there are thousands of people drinking beer on the go, re-defining the term "bar hopping." It's pretty difficult weaving your way through this sea of revelers while yourself trying to have a drink, but somehow you figure out how to do it.
It's full of life and energy. But there is an underlying feeling of impending chaos.. as if, at any moment, there could be a riot. Which may add to the overall excitement of it all.
As in any city, and one so dedicated to debauchery, you need to be careful. Travel in groups, don't wander off alone - especially in secluded alleys late at night. Be careful of your valuables, keep your wallet in your front pocket - all basic city survival tactics.
All in all, Bourbon Street is a lot of fun. Just take the necessary safety precautions and enjoy it.
Nowhere in the world is debauchery so common place than the streets of Bourbon in New Orleans. Day or night, 365 days a year you can find people on this street looking for a party.
The mother of all nights to be on this street is Fat Tuesday, where at midnight, the streets are actually shut down, and the firetrucks come through to wash the streets away and clear out the remnants of one of the world's largest parties.
Here is a picture of the weekend before Fat Tuesday on Bourbon Street.
Dress Code: For men.... beads.
For women.... beads or loose clothing.
We don't drink, I can't stand on my feet for more than about 15 or 20 minutes without being in pain, and being old folks we go to bed early. So I probably can't evaluate the New Orleans nightlife with any degree of credibility. I did think we ought to walk around the French Quarter and do some eating even if we didn't do any drinking.
So on our first night, we started off from our hotel, crossed the neutral ground, and struck off into the French Quarter. After going around several corners, we came to this scene and realized we were on Bourbon Street.
Since the last time I was in New Orleans, I was in 7th grade, I did not realize that Bourbon Street was like a progressive dinner, except with drinking instead of eating. Nor had I expected people to be drinking out in the street.
We walked on down past the Hustler, and then went around a couple of more corners ending up at the place we intended to eat dinner.
This was the last time during the week that we did any walking on Bourbon Street in the evening.