You’ll see this gimmick everywhere on Rue Bourbon and in the French Quarter, but don’t be a sucker and fall for it! Yes you do have to pay for one of the drinks, but it cost the price of all three (i.e. one drink would cost you $10).
Unique Suggestions Avoid this trap, unless you plan to drink three drinks in that bar. Or simply just ask for the price of a single drink.
Fun Alternatives There are plenty of bars (and strip clubs) on Rue Bourbon, so if you are not in the mood for three drinks at that bar, simply go to another.
It is illegal to show your stuff on the streets kids. I know first had when the phone in my room rang and a hystiracal girl on the other end demands I go to the pookie at 3am cause her boyfriend is in jail.
On that now famous New Orleans trip for Halloween with the group of 9, there was a young couple from the burbs of LA traveling with us. Now let me just say that they are the cutest of cute, but a little? slow on the up take when it came to street smarts. However, New Orleans was kind enough to slap a good lesson on them. It goes like this:
Unique Suggestions I had just crawled back to my room around 3:00am when I noticed that my hotel phone was flashing, so I checked my messages to find one hysticacal friend crying saying that her boyfriend had been arrested and was in jail. Well, my first reaction was laughing and a bit of thrashing around in a small fit of giggles. After I calmed down I called them. I found out that he and his girlfriend were on Bourbon Street, and someone had said, in the same way one would the dumb sluts, “Show your ass! Show your ass!” So as he was just about to pull down his pants, and got just a little of the butt cheeks showing, two cops took each arm and pulled him into the patty wagon and off he went, leaving one very sad, drunk and crying girlfriend.
Fun Alternatives Now, I told them he would be released in 5 hrs and we should just leave him, but NOOOOOOOO, she wanted her boyfriend now. I also asked, out of the other 7 people we were traveling with, why would they HAVE to have me do it? Well, I answered my own question.
We went the SCARY wholly crap, BAD part of town and posted the $500 bail and sprung the little whiper snaper. When he came out, he just looked puzzled and asked “What are you doing here? I would have been out in a few hours?” But then he took one look at his VERY RELEAVED girlfriend and knew why. Kissy kissy poo.
The strip clubs! We went to Love Acts (I think is what it was called), a men and women strip club. It was $2 to get in, but you get $2 off your drink (one drink minimum). We already had drinks, so we thought we would just get a shot. IT WAS $7 FOR A FREAKIN SHOT!!!! The dancers were ok, but it was totally misleading.
The only strip club worth visiting is Rick's on Bourbon. The women are delicious and the staff is accomodating. We had a blast!! Go if you can. HIGHLY recommended!
Most locals try to avoid Bourbon Street . Its a pretty smelly street with expensive drinks and scam artists. The rest of the French Quarter is great though.
Unique Suggestions . Eat a muffalatta or a po- boy sandwich. then walk down Bourbon Street but don't buy drinks on Bourbon Street. Try Mollys @the Market on Decatur Street or the Abbey. Catch some live blues. Frenchman Street is cool.
Fun Alternatives go somewhere else and get drunk....take the trolley uptown.
There is nothing special about Bourbon St. Its been made famous by the Mardi Gras parade held in February. If you want to catch a few drinks stumble through once or twice but New Orleans has so much more to offer than bars and strip clubs.
Fun Alternatives Take a turn off of Bourbon anywhere in the quarters and find something a little less crowded.
Bourbon Street is a must see - no doubt. It only becomes a tourist trap if you spend you ENTIRE trip there and don't get to experience any of the wonderful things within (and outside of) the Quarter.
Unique Suggestions Like I was saying, you MUST experience Bourbon Street... especially if it is your first trip to New Orleans. However, please follow these general rules of thumb given to my by my gracious hosts on my first trip to New Orleans.
#1 DO NOT EAT ON BOURBON STREET.
(look, I know you'll be drunk and looking for a quick bite, but just stay strong and make your way over to a late night joint like Coops!) New Orleans is known for its fine food and Bourbon Street is basically full of quick pick food for wasted tourists. You need only go a few steps off the beaten path to get some authentic grub. You'lll thank me for it.
#2 IF IT IS YOUR FIRST TRIP TO NEW ORLEANS YOU MUST NOT VISIT BOURBON STREET IN THE DAYLIGHT OR YOU WILL BE TURNED INTO A PILLAR OF SALT!
Is this true? I wouldn't know because I didn't test the fates. If you are a first timer, please do yourself a favor and visit bourbon street for the first time at night - it is quite impressive. Yes, you may cross Bourbon Street in the daylight, just keep your eyes fixed straight ahead and save the fun for after the sun goes down.
Fun Alternatives There are no alternatives to Bourbon Street, just don't spend your ENTIRE trip there.
Along Bourbon Street you will find many places selling frozen drinks in all kinds of flavors. I recall the price was around $5 for a small one. But it really wasn't that good, the flavor was artificial and too sweet.
Unique Suggestions If you need relief, try one! But guaranteed you won't go back.
Fun Alternatives Save your money for something with real alcohol in it!!
The French Quarter and Bourbon Street.... tourists, tourists, tourists... I think those are mainly the people here that are drinking and partying, but I could be wrong. Anyway, there are bead shops and souveneir shops every few feet. Pick one, the prices will probably all be similar... expensive! Drinks are upcharged here, so don't be surprised if you're paying $6.50 for a rum and coke.
Bourbon Street!!! Everyone must experience it and decide for themselves whether they like it. I enjoy wild times and partying till the sun rises, but Bourbon Street just isn't my scene. It's like a giant frat party, with tons of t-shirt & souvenir shops. Some of the clubs have 3 for 1 drinks at happy hour. It's always happening, but a bit too touristy for my taste
Almost ANY restaurant actually on Bourbon St. For Example, Patout's has pretty good fried alligator and spinach & artichoke dip, but the wait staff tend to bug you for tips... other restaurants on Bourbon are WAYYYYY overpriced
Bourboun Street is definitely a must see/do/experience, but go a few streets south and it it a little calmer, and still stuff to see/do/experience without the combination puke/urine/beer smell =)