Bourbon Street, New Orleans

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Bourbon Street spans13 blocks from Canal St., to Esplanade Ave. (504) 566-5003
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    Just walk around and watch the weirdness happen

    by chattygirl7491 Updated May 2, 2016

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    Wild few days in Nola ... it's a whole different vibe at night .. lots of bars, restaurants and people partying all hours of the day. It's a wild place and you have to be careful ... stay together and wouldn't suggest a girl being alone there at night. Lots of drinking and a lot of fun to be had but once again you have to be cautious .
    best place to just sit back and watch the weirdness happen.
    My review sounds disapproving but the truth is I love New Orleans .. we stay in the French Quarter and drive around looking at things ..eat good food and have good drinks .. cute shops are everywhere and definitely walk up and down bourbon street at night. But I'm on the far end of middle age and I've been lucky to not have anything too bad happen except our first trip to Aruba .. but you will have to read that review to hear the details :)

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    Bourbon Street - Party Central in New Orleans

    by mikelisaanna Updated Jan 5, 2012

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    Bourbon Street is the core of New Orleans' nightlife. It is a street that runs the length of the historic French Quarter, and is lined with bars, nightclubs, and souvenir shops. For parents traveling with children - beware - there are also a number of strip clubs along Bourbon Street that are not discreet in their advertising.

    Bourbon Street has definite warts - drunk tourists, tawdry strip clubs, some sketchy characters hanging around, bars with some of the nastiest bathrooms in the US, and way too much cigarette smoke. However, it also has bands playing some great music in its bars, ranging from rock to jazz to rap to funk. Also, the nightlife goes very late, since New Orleans does not have a mandatory closing hour for bars. The food on Bourbon Street is generally mediocre - the Fench Quarter's best restaurants are on other, quieter streets nearby.

    One good thing about Bourbon Street is that you can carry your drink out of a bar and walk down the street with it. A lot of the fun is just walking down the street and people watching.

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    Address: Bourbon Street

    Directions: French Quarter

    Website: http://www.nola.com/bourbocam/

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    CHECK OUT THE VARIOUS MUSIC VENUES ON B ST.

    by DennyP Written Oct 10, 2011

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    While in New Orleans it seemed to be just a big party town all the time...of course the biggest attraction for me was the music..The music being played just seemed to be everywhere and whatever type of "genre" of music you liked it was to be found here.. A typical local sound and immediately recognisable to me was the sound of "Zydeco" local cajun music with a sound of its own. How good it is here with these wonderful friendly people to join in with the music..Musso's I find wherever I travel are definately a special kind of people..
    There is also just a large music emphasis on Jazz as well ,with just so many of the most famous Jazz musicians coming from this city..I would say notably "Louis Armstrong"..I went to visit his monument that is displayed in the local park, but , as my visit was not that long after the Hurricane 'Kristina" catastrophe..the gate to the park was closed but could see the small statue of the man holding his famous trumpet and immediately in my mind I could hear his playing. Yes , there is something very special about music..

    Address: Bourbon Street

    Directions: French Quarter

    Website: http://www.nola.com/bourbocam/

    TYPICAL MUSIC VENUE ON BOURBON STREET JOINING IN WITH THE ZYDECO BAND FOR SOME FUN A GREAT NIGHT OF MUSIC AND FUN AND GOOD PEOPLE LISTENING TO SOME GOOD HOME GROWN JAZZ A GREAT LOCAL VENUE FOR FOOD, BEER , AND MUSIC
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    Pat O'Brien's

    by moirholj Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Yes, yes, I know, this has tourist trap written all over it. Well guess what, I didn't care. All three times I've visited I've made Pat O's a stop on my list. Each time it has been worth it.

    This place is fun because there are many different types of atmospheres all rolled into on big establishment. My favorite area is the outdoor courtyard that features the Flaming Fountain. This fixture is awesome to look at in the dark of night. Get your picture taken next to it! I have had many a romantic night engrosed in deep conversation with my husband. Of course we were also deeply engrosed in the Hurricanes that we were drinking.

    In case you aren't familiar, the Hurricane is the signature drink fo Pat O's. Here's a little tip for you: THEY WILL MESS YOU UP. Oh I'm sure you think you're different and you can hold your booze, but chances are if you are that confident in your drinking ability, you might be able to have 3 Hurricanes and then you'll be as wasted as the rest of us after having 1 or 2.

    Other areas of the bar include a piano bar area and a regular bar room with the usual bar scene. The piano bar is also a must at least once, just to say you were in there. There is a very good chance that it will be crowded, but it's still fun, so just make your way in and find a table. If your timing is right you will be able to see an old old gentleman perform with the dueling pianos. This guy plays the silver patter with metal thimbles on his fingers. He plays quite a beat and has been there for years and years. It is considered a treat to see him.

    Another tip: If you order your Hurricanes 'to go' you will get them in a syrofoam cup that you can throw away, and you will only pay for the drink (I think about $7). However, if you order a Hurricane in the regular glass they will charge you for the drink AND the glass. Don't worry, you can turn your glass in at the end of the night and get your money back. But you can also let them keep the money and keep the glass as a souvineir.

    Address: 718 St. Peter Street, New Orleans LA

    Directions: Actually, you can also enter Pat O's from Bourbon street, but the main entrance is on St. Peter. You'll know you're there when the sidewalk and curbs start to turn pink. hahah.

    Phone: (504) 525-4823

    The famous and infamous HURRICANE

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    Bourbon Street

    by mindcrime Written Dec 24, 2010

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    Bourbon street is a famous tourist trap :) Gift shops, clubs with live music(most of them have a cover band but there are some nice jazz exceptions), hundreds of bars where young people go to drink hurricanes and cheap beers till early in the morning, xxx clubs/strip joints etc So, Bourbon is ideal for party animals but a place to avoid if you have children unless you want to explain why the girls flashing their boobs because some people throw beads :)

    Although we prefer something less crazy we stayed on a street off Bourbon so it was interesting to passing by many times every day although we only went into to two jazz clubs there only because some other corners of the city. But it was funny to see (and it wasn’t some kind of carnival like Mardi Gras) weird people like those in pic3 that parade with giant cross in their hands!

    But of course, it’s really interesting to check the street early in the morning too, before the stores start to open, when they just clean the mess of the previous night (pic 5), one morning we woke up early just to walk around without any tourists around and it was so different than the evening madness.

    Don’t forget that you can check some historical building easily this way (during the night you cant really enjoy any of the local architecture. At 623 you will see the house where Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote once lived, at 941 the Lafitte’s Blacksmith shop etc
    by night

    Address: Bourbon Street

    Directions: From Canal to Esplanade avenue

    Website: http://www.nola.com/bourbocam/

    Bourbon Street Bourbon Street by night weird people at Bourbon Street morning at Bourbon Street cleanest street on earth!

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    Maybe there's something in the air....

    by garridogal Written May 30, 2010

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    That just brings out the crazy in a gal!

    Whether you jump in and participate or not, how can you go to New Orleans and not check out Bourbon street? Check out by day, then check out by night.

    It's fun....

    Address: Bourbon Street

    Directions: French Quarter

    Website: http://www.nola.com/bourbocam/

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    Fun Loud Party

    by apbeaches Updated Apr 3, 2010

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    Bourbon Street was a lot of fun. We enjoyed watching the street performers, musicians and colorful people. The gift shops, strip clubs, and bars with rock and roll pouring out led to the street... Love the architecture those iron balconies above are charming.

    Address: Bourbon Street

    Directions: French Quarter

    Website: http://www.nola.com/bourbocam/

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    Bourbon Street

    by sabogg01 Written Sep 28, 2009

    The party doesn't stop here! We thought we would check it out during Mardi Gras and it was amazing. The buildings are beautiful, this strip is a bit tacky but unique. Many Voo Doo shops line the streets, daquari bars, and seafood restaurants. We tried the hand grenade....guaranteed to get you drunk it says. I would have to agree that it does. If you are into the drinking scene that feels like an ongoing frat party then this is the place for you. My favorite parts of New Orleans was everything beyond Bourbon Street. But I would say that everyone should experience it at least once.

    Address: Bourbon Street

    Directions: French Quarter

    Website: http://www.nola.com/bourbocam/

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    To Bourbon or not to Bourbon?

    by goodfish Updated Jul 21, 2009

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    For some, Bourbon Street is a destination. For others, it's to be avoided at all costs. The good news for both camps is that if you've come to New Orleans to party, you've found the place. If you've already had your quota of hangovers, there are plenty of other things to do.

    Named not after a type of liquor (although that would be appropriate) but after the French royalty who occupied the throne when it came into being, Bourbon St. used to be an expensive address for the well-heeled. How times change. While rents are still astronomical, the quiet residential street of 3 centuries ago is now a raucous mix of mostly bars, souvenier shops and strip clubs with a few hotels and restaurants thrown in - lots of neon, loud (read: earsplitting) music and alcohol of every kind and then some. Even if "party 'til you drop" is no longer on your agenda, most folks are still a little bit curious about this infamous part of New Orleans so a walk-through is definately recommended. It's quieter and smells better early in the day when the previous night's refuse has been hosed away - good choice for just taking in the architecture or strolling through with small children. Later at night is best for experiencing the noise and color of Bourbon in full-throttle insanity (not a place for the young'uns).

    Whether there for just for 5 minutes or for 5 days, I think most visitors would say that if you haven't been to Bourbon Street, you haven't been to New Orleans!

    Address: Bourbon Street

    Directions: French Quarter

    Website: http://www.nola.com/bourbocam/

    Cost me a buck to take this pix Equine patrol on Bourbon St. Truly weird and tacky stuff
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    bourbon street

    by doug48 Updated May 25, 2009

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    many visitors to new orleans come to party on world famous bourbon street. this historic street is lined with bars, restaurants, and strip clubs. bourbon street is a very interesting place to visit in the french quarter. personally at night i prefer the other sections of the french quarter. at night bourbon street is crowded and the bars are over priced. also you have to deal with drunks and pickpockets. however a visit to new orleans would not be complete without a night out on bourbon street.

    Address: Bourbon Street

    Directions: French Quarter.

    Website: http://www.nola.com/bourbocam/

    french quarter architecture
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    The one and Only BOURBON STREET!

    by leo.weeks Written Apr 11, 2009

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    As long as you are not a "holy roller" you have to at the bare minimum walk up and down Bourbon St one time in your life. Do it after it gets dark, but before midnight any day of the week, Saturday preferred. If you do not like crowds then go on a weeknight in between festivals or a few days after Mardi Gras. You have to just see the freaks, drunks etc. Maybe join in and pick up a Hurricane from Pat Obriens to drink as you walk the street. Watch the bull riders at the Bourbon Cowboy (if you can stand the country music) they will change the music based on the response from the crowd though. Sit in the courtyard at Pat Obriens and have a Hurricane and watch the rats run the perimiter (they won't hurt you) Or just people watch. It is all sort of like strolling the Ramblas in Barcelona with more bars/drunks/strip clubs/ freaks. If you are really adventurous come on a holiday and dress up for it. For example, near St Pats day dress up in green hair and clothes, wear some green flashing beads etc and you will have the time of your life! ENJOY!

    Address: Bourbon Street

    Directions: French Quarter from Canal to 800 block

    Website: http://www.nola.com/bourbocam/

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    More than meets the eye

    by maestrousmc Updated Apr 26, 2008

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    Quite possibly the the epicenter of what the average Joe considers to be THE unique New Orleanean experience, Bourbon Street is where dining, debauchery, jazz and gaudy tourist shops converge. Needless to say, this bar-lined street in the Vieux Carre is lined with bars and several "I've been to Orleans t-Shirts" and Mardi Gras beads. For all you history buffs:

    New Orleans in the Forties and Fifties was often heralded as "The Most Interesting City in America." Bourbon Street was its epicenter, and it became world famous for its concentration of nightclub shows featuring exotic dancers, comics, risque singers, and contortionists, backed by live house bands. Along a five-block stretch, over fifty acts could be seen on any given night. The street gleamed with neon lights as barkers enticed tourists and locals into the clubs to see the featured attractions whose photographs were prominently displayed in the large windows outside.

    Address: Bourbon Street

    Directions: French Quarter

    Website: http://www.nola.com/bourbocam/

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    Get some beads, girls!

    by msbrandysue Written Jan 2, 2008

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    It's tradition....need I say more?

    If you are one of those travelers who loves to experience a city for what it is and not for who you, individually are, then flashing is for you. Granted I wouldn't have done it if I were sober I couldn't have left New Orleans without my 5 seconds of shame.

    Now, I caution you....Males if you try flashing your .... stuff then the police will get you as soon as your hands hit your zipper. Trust me, I stood around and watched. Guys you can lift up your shirt but I wouldn't even put your hands on your pants...That's how jumpy the cops were.

    I'm proud of my beads that are in my travel shelf. I earned them, damnit!

    Address: Bourbon Street

    Directions: French Quarter

    Website: http://www.nola.com/bourbocam/

    Those beads right there are now in my room Yep, those poor, poor people haha

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    Take a Walk on the Wild Side...Literally!

    by msbrandysue Updated Oct 19, 2007

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    As soon as I got to New Orleans I had to see Bourbon St. for myself. And let me tell ya, it was everything they said it would be. Unfortunately, it had just rained but you just have to see it for yourself.

    Supposedly, after talking to some natives, Bourbon St. is nothing like it was pre-Katrina but it sure was enough to shock me.

    It's available for your pleasure at any hour. I enjoyed it more at night when all the lights stick out. However, I would not recommend it if you're traveling with the youngin's...unless you wanna explain hoes and bums to the kids. However, just walking up and down at night is more than enough entertainment for your trip. In fact, grab a drink from one of the walk-up bars and have a drink while watching the street come alive.

    *If you decide to flash (which I really recommend...I did it and I'll never forget it!) please be safe. Feel free to stand and watch for a while and then you can decide whether you like the spot. There are going to be old men watching and lots of boys. And, yes, women are just as curious. Just be sure you're not by people who are gonna grab. Have a girlfriend back ya up like mine did! And boys, if you even think about flashing your under area...the cops are waiting just for a hint and they'll come up to ya and get in your face...so BEWARE!!

    Address: Bourbon Street

    Directions: French Quarter

    Website: http://www.nola.com/bourbocam/

    Sunset on Bourbon St. Rain, Rain, GO AWAY! Drink and walk at the same time..if possible ;) Mischievous activities going on BEADS ARE MY FRIEND!

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    Walking in Bourbon at the night

    by Polskigirl Written Jul 25, 2007

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    This area its plenty of nice Jazz live places, nices bars and restaurants.

    There are pretty Balconys where girls show her bubies for get any Collars.

    Pat O Briens its a nice place for lunch or dinner , with nice music and good hurricane.

    Address: Bourbon Street,

    Directions: French Quarter, 718 st. Peter 624 Bourbon.

    Phone: 5254823

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