May Baily's Place, New Orleans

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421 Dauphine Street

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    May Baily's Place: May Baily's Place-first licensed bordello in NOLA

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Sep 29, 2011

    May Baily's Place is part of a small boutique hotel called the Dauphine Orleans. This bar is historic, as it was the first licensed brothel in New Orleans in 1857. According to the story, the city started fining all of the brothels in order to clean up the city, and the fine could be collected daily. May Bailey's brothel offered to pay the city in advance. The city realized it couldn't collect a fine for a crime not yet committed so it sound a legal way to collect the fee: charge for a brothel license! The license is displayed on a wall at May Bailey's; photos of some of the local whores are displayed on a few other walls.

    Today May Bailey's is surprisingly upscale, yet comfortable, perhaps even intimate and romantic. We arrived here one evening after a walking tour of the city, and we lined up along the bar and watched college football on their two or three flat screen TVs. Drinks are reasonably priced, and the bartender is friendly.

    The hotel even has a "bordello suite" guest room above the bar, with a red light in the patio beside the building.

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    May Baily's Place: Non O-S Bar Hopping - Part II

    by yooperprof Written Apr 30, 2003

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    This little place on Dauphine Street may not look like much on the exterior, but inside it's a faithful recreation of the 19th century bordello that was situated on the premises. It's certainly a vivid place to have a drink, especially if like the color red! May Baily's Place is attached to the interesting Dauphine Orleanais Hotel.

    Dress Code: more dressy

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