Bourbon St, New Orleans
Spent Halloween 2003 on Bourbon street with some local friends. They advised me to not lose them; as a matter of fact we held hands in crowded areas!
Interesting experience. Mega huge frozen drinks for us. Then a little bar with a rock type band where we danced a bit. We also picked up some stalkers. Not good.
Moving on to a karaoke joint. We had much fun watching people perform and singing along. But our stalkers found us and we also got the addition of much older men pushing into us in the crowd. I moved my friends about in the crowd trying to lose both perverted old men AND stalkers.
We decided to hit the bathroom before we left. So did our stalkers. Luckily, we were finished first and bolted out the door. I led my friends back and forth as we made our way back down Bourbon St. Eventually we lost them, but they were quite scary.
It was still fun singing and dancing and spending time people watching with my friends. Not a place I'd frequent, but fun just for the sake of saying you were there.
Dress Code: Anything or nothing goes. While not as abundant as during Mardi Gras, nudity was still out and about.
Fun fun fun. I recommend a good time to all. Hey, you can drink on the street - what more can you ask for in a party city? (See my tourist trap entry for other Bourbon Street tips)
Dress Code: Dress Code? Are you kidding me?
Totally casual. However please beware if you intend to be a flasher. Although Bourbon Street's claim to fame is the ease in which women bare it all on the famed street, recent police crackdowns have landed more females in jail then on 'Girls Gond Wild'. Don't say I didn't warn you!!
When asked..."Select An Appropriate Theme For This Tip"...GEEZ...I can't just pick one! It's pretty much an adult spot with eating, DRINKING, night clubs, live music, dancing and definitely people watching.
Bourbon Street is possibly, by far, the most famous and popular tourist attraction in New Orleans. About 9 blocks of Bourbon Street, between Canal and St Philip Sts, are open twenty four hours a day and there always something going on whether it's a party, a parade, a funeral march, or just some looney dancing down the middle of the street.
Bourbon Street was named after one of Europe's most enduring and powerful French Royal family. Primarily residential at the time of it's inception, the face of Bourbon St changed with the hey day of strip clubs, retail and decadent entertainment with all vices.
***Parents who have kids***
Yes, I have brought my 5 year old onto Bourbon St in the day as well as in the night (and not unless it gets completely out of hand, I still plan on taking her on future excursions down Bourbon Street's night life). So how do I rate Bourbon Street?
PG-13? R? Or XXX?
All of the above.
I cannot deny that I have shielded my daughter's eyes at certain spots or averted her eyes towards a different direction. However, the jazz music that comes from there is intoxicating (as well as the drinking), the food, the vendors, shops, dancing, beads, and people watching. There is no place quite like Bourbon St.
Dress Code: Casual to Elegant...
Modest to Outrageous...
Clothed to Barely There...
There is no bigger "must" when visiting New Orleans than a walk down Bourbon Street at night. Notice I didn't specify what night, because it doesn't matter! Every night (to varying degrees) the madness that "is" Bourbon has to be experienced first-hand. From the peep-shows, "novelty" shops, Karioke bars, dance clubs, strip clubs, etc., etc. this place is a madhouse! Very fun for the delinquents of the world. That means YOU!! ;-)
Dress Code: There is not much that will ever be out of place in New Orleans. Wear whatever is most comfortable with the current weather. I can't think of a bar on Bourbon that requires more than "jeans" level.
Just take a walk down Bourbon Street. It's like the best party you've ever been to...spilled out into the streets...and the cops aren't going to break it up.
You can pop into any of the bars to get yourself a drink, then carry it around without any fear of prosecution. It's ok to carry a drink as long as it's in a paper cup. Many bars operate a little stand on the street selling drinks, or serve through an open window.
If you so desire, live nude entertainment is also easy to find, and not only at night. I've walked down Bourbon Street at noon and seen girls dancing on bars in front of 3 or 4 people. Equal opportunity too...on the right side of the photo above is a sign saying "Bottomless Men or Women".
A small street in the French Quarter where people take partying to another level. Bars and strip clubs dominate the scene. You can also buy drinks from vendors who have set up shop up and down the street. (See my tip on "Monty.")
The party goes all night here and it gets even crazier during special events such as Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest.
Dress Code: Whatever you want. Many people often choose nothing at all after consuming several hurricanes.
Touristy or not you have to at least stroll down Bourbon St once. Bars and clubs blaring music out into the street, tons of people from all over the place conversating or yelling from balconies. You can actually have alcohol outside of bars in the streets. I looove Bourbon st, i met all kinds of people and kicked in the streets until wee hours of the morning! I cant wait to go back.
Dress Code: New Orleans-anything goes
New Orleans is also known for its raunchy nightlife. There are quite a few strip joints along the main drag, you can't miss them. Inside, it's your standard burlesque entertainment in a smoky environment.
Some wild stuff going on. Stay sober (or relatively so) and you'll be amazed at what you see.
As everyone knows, gentleman (?) stand on the balconies and throw beads or money to ladies (?) on the street who then lift their shirts. The amazing part is that this is not a spontaneus act, but the end result of a complex negotiation that can take up to 5 minutes depending on the attractiveness of the lady and the amount of beads or money the gentleman has to spend.
My husband pointed out that if you stand on the curb under the balcony you get a better view and spend no money or beads.
Dress Code: Anything goes. And I mean anything!
Check out Bourbon Street... there are wall-to-wall bars and clubs here, and you won't find a lack of something to do. Go dancing, sit and drink, listen to some jazz. They've got it all here. It's a party here every night.
Typically Tourist but a must see. Full of people, bars, music, huge police horses and clubs that will provide adult amusement the Street can be quite an experience. Difficult to keep track of people but worth the fun.
There are too many bars and clubs to even be believed. Just head down to Bourbon Street and prepare to be swept away! I was in one place dancing on the dance floor with the sax player who was still playing at the time!!!!!
The doormen will try to convince you to come into their club to check it out. Go with an open mind and just pop into each one to check it out and soak up the atmosphere inside.
Nobody really stays in one club or bar all night.
Dress Code: Casual but comfortable.
This place is wild - 365 days a year, music is blaring and people are partying all night. I've never seen anything like it. It's crazy, but something everybody should experience. Even if you don't like to 'party,' there are great venues where you can sit and listen to live music. My family likes to go to the Cajun Cabin, to hear cajun music of course :-)
Dress Code: Absolutely anything. This is another great thing about New Orleans - nobody will stare if you wear something crazy, and many people do!
It's InSAnE!!!!!!! But so much fun... kinda crude and everyone is usually drunk but the cats meow has great Kaereokee... and there are good R&B clubs... Cajun music......a lot of gay and lesbian clubs down there too...nude dancing etc. Definately NOT a place to bring your kids especially at Mardi Gras.
Dress Code: well.. most people dress kinda bad... wear you're party outfits.
Bourbon Street is, by far, the most famous and popular tourist attraction in New Orleans. Bourbon Street is like no other street in the world. On Bourbon one will find everything from five star hotels to strip joints.
Dress Code: You can wear anything you want,but if you are going to a fancy restaurant you probably will have to dress better.