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.
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
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!
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".
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.
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).