Bourbon St, New Orleans
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.
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
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.
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".
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.
If you can't find something good to do here at night then there is no hope for you. Just be sure to watch your pockets.
With its many jazz and Dixieland clubs, restaurants, souvenir shops and adult entertainment, Bourbon Street is the place to be at night.
Dress Code: Casual
The entertainment is nonstop here, and not just in the clubs! The people on the street are very amusing, as well!
This is a great party town, as well as the best food you will ever taste. Just be ready for anything you may see or hear.
Dress Code: Leisure and comfortable
Take a walk down Bourbon St and they WILL throw beads! We had a fabulous time! Definitely a MUST do while in New Orleans!
Discovered a vendor named Monty who serves up the best hurricane in town (although the one at Acme is good too).