Find one of the restaurants that opens out onto Bourbon Street, wait for a table near the road, and when it opens up grab it. Having a nice leisurely lunch, plus a beverage or two, while watching all of the going-ons of Bourbon Street is a good way to spend an afternoon.
Bourbon Street is one of the most overrated places I have ever been to. Everyone you talk to tells you about how great it is and after visiting the street myself, I wonder what their definition of a great time is.
Bourbon Street is rank. It absolutely Stinks of urine and stale vomit. It is sticky when you walk along the pavement or sidewalk. Avoid this place at all costs.
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New Orleans must popular place to be. Almosts lively especially during Mardi Gras and the 4th of July. You find alot to drink plenty of places to go dancing. But it will get very crowded during Mardi Gras, Essence festival, Jazz Festival. It will be so crowded you can barely move which can be a drawnback for going down there during this times but it is still alot fun.
Bourbon Street is lined with bars, jazz clubs, hotels, restaurants, "gentlemen's clubs" and boutiques and more.
We arrived in NO on a Friday in December, and I was surprised when we walked over into the French Quarter and ended up on Bourbon Street to see people drinking and partying outside in the street. I didn't realize that such things happened outside of Mardi Gras.
The website has a Bourbon street webcam which will probably show you what I mean especially if it is night-time when you look.
I am told that drinking on the street is legal as long as your drink is in a plastic cup, but the police will quickly deal with disorderly behavior.
So your motto should be - Let the good times roll, but don't lose control.
There are all kinds of charactors on Bourbon Street - even the religious. This guy was walking Bourbon Street with a cross made of large cardboard tubes. The strange thing about him (like carrying a cross 10' tall isn't strange enough) was he wasn't saying anything. No yelling, now handing out papers, nothing.
Bourbon Street offers something for everyone....
Long known for its bawdy, often raw, nightlife, Bourbon Street is chock full of music, jazz clubs, restaurants, shops and that great New Orleans architecture.
We took a short stroll down Bourbon Street while some friendly people we met held our place in the line waiting for the Preservation Hall performance. (Now that's friendliness for you!) For adults, this is an eye-opener, but it's not advisable for the little ones.
The Embers " Original" Bourbon House Restaurant is one famous resident of Bourbon Street significant for its architecture, great food and its many famous guests, including Tennessee Williams who dined there often.
During Mardi Gras you can bet this place will be packed and probably gets down right rowdy or even worse. The evening we were there, the street was very crowded and all the jazz clubs seemed to be hopping!
OK, I grant you, the place looks pretty calm in the photo I've attached, but if you go through here at night, it can be quite a madhouse! One might think that the throwing of beads and the flashing are limited to Mardi Gras...one would be wrong. The crowds pack the street during Mardi Gras, is the only difference.
On Bourbon Street you will find bars, tourist shops, music halls (you can see Maison Bourbon in the photo), and strip clubs.
Bourbon street is the partying hub of new orleans.
It is packed year round with tourists and locals mixing it up and having an absolute blast, it tends to be an area were people leave behind there inhibitions and cut loose.
Anything can be found on bourbon street from hotels/accomodation to strip clubs and barooms and places to dine and shop.
DONT MISS IT !!
Well one day for sure i will live here
New Orleans was founded by 2 french canadien young men barely out of puberty
Long live the french
long live freedom of sexuality-expression and
pretty much anything else that comes to mind
When in New Orleans if you do not spend some time on Bourbon street, there is something seriously wrong with you. Even if you arent the boob flashing, drink until you can barely make it back to your hotel type of person, you absolutely have to check out the part of the city. If you enjoy people watching, this is the place to be - you dont even need to get involved in anything thats going on, but you will probably have a hard time holding back in a place like this. There is just so much fun in the air - its impossible not to have a great time.
Of course this is a must see, the first thing you hear about even before you reach New Orleans is Bourbon Street - the heart of Mardi Gras.
I will recommend for you to visit Bourbon STreet for the experience but personally I found it a bit tacky and liked other more "quiet" parts of New Orleans nightlife better.
You have to come to Bourbon St. at least once, and you'll probably want to come back again once you do. It is a collection of to-go drink shops, upscale restaurants, strip clubs, bars, tourist shops, and hotels but the best thing about it are the characters you'll find. Get some drinks to go and take a stroll up and down the street a few times.
They're EVERYWHERE! After a hurricane drink or two, you conservative folk let yourself go. I KNOW you've always wondered what you'd look like in a 'fro or in a neon orange cowboy hat or a pimp suit with a zebra collar! GO FOR IT! As they say, when in Rome...
You can not avoid Burbon Street if you go to New Orleans. All of the cliches are true. At night it is wild. People tend to forget their inhibitions. Its like a naughty Disney World for adults. Any page you read on VT for New Orleans will have this information about Burbon Street. So I decided most of my pages would be about all things not Burbon Street. There is just too much to do and see in New Orleans to just center you attention on one street. This is Burbon Street in the day time. It does not look like such a wild area by daylight. Although all of the bars are open and people are still drinking and partying here during the day its still no where near the excitement you will find in the evenings.
Well, New Orleans wouldn't be New Orleans without all of the lude conduct perpetually present on Bourbon St. Yes, I am speaking of the 101 strip clubs on Rue de Bourbon. From your run-of-the-mill "girl taking of clothes for a guy," to the "girl taking the clothes off a guy" to the ever-popular "girl who actually is a guy taking of the clothes of a guy who is actually a girl with a sheep licking something and a bucket of jello being poured over all of them"... Or, so I've heard....