Bourbon Street
Bourbon Street
3.5
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This historic street in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter extends over 13 blocks. Dating back to the 1700s, this bustling nightlife spot is well-known for its bars, clubs and restaurants, as well as its annual Mardi Gras celebrations. Bourbon Street is also home to the New Orleans Musical Legends Park, a free outdoor venue for live jazz performances, and Café Lafitte, one of the oldest gay bars in America. Fancy strolling around with a drink? It’s legal to consume alcohol on the streets of New Orleans, and many vendors sell drinks in plastic “go-cups” along the strip. – Tripadvisor
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Neighbourhood: French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
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  • Michelle S
    Decatur, Alabama38 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A super busy, always booming, never know what you're going to see place to go.
    This place, in the heart of New Orleans is where everything takes place at once. You never know what you're going to see. Every type of drink and band and street entertainment you can think of. The smell is terrible, there are homeless people laid on the street that you have to step over. I would not go there personally at night. I also would not carry my children down this street day or night. If you want to party this is the place to be.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 March 2023
  • Lisa G
    Wallkill, New York18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bourbon Street at Night!
    There is always music on Bourbon Street, but at night, they close down the street and it’s like walking into a music paradise! People all dressed up in costumes walking around, dancing, drinking and having the best time, every single night! Don’t miss the Bourbon Street experience at night!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 March 2023
  • rockobello
    416 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One Bourbon, Oe Scotch, 12 Beers
    Loud, loud, loud. Great place to party whether at a bar, club or on the street. Plenty to see and do. Buskers, live bands, DJs, folks in costumes, hand grenade drinks, restaurants, strange people, cool people. Lots of fun for adults at this 18+ Disney land.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 14 April 2023
  • daniel b
    Minneapolis, Minnesota1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    NOLA ROCKS
    The NOLA residents were 100% Gracious and Welcoming. Bourbon Street at 9 AM is clean and inviting. My Wife now has a Creole food compulsion /addiction that I am enjoying.Been to NOLA a dozen times in last 40 years, never looked so good.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 18 April 2023
  • Parker Sturbridge
    992 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Parker says "Be prepared for a wild ride!!!"
    There is no other place like this on the planet. It's gritty, it's dirty, it's full of character and characters like you've never seen. It pulsates and it groans. It's loud, hectic, vibrant, bursting with energy. And when the sun goes down, it's almost magical in a crazy way. It's a "must see" and a "one and done". Wear comfortable shoes, don't bring the kids, watch where you walk, hold on tight to your wallets and purses, and take off on a wild ride!!! Watch where you eat and where you drink...some places are downright scary. And when you're done with Bourbon Street, head out to the rest of the French Quarter.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 April 2023
  • Debbie doo
    Dumfries, United Kingdom532 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Defo has changed since our last visit
    We visited here in 2005 and found it full of character and a wonderful experience. We visited Two weeks ago . At night too busy felt unsafe and not enjoyable. Smelt of weed and people soo intoxicated they were unaware of their actions . On the contrast we visited during the day a nice atmosphere heard some good music . Stopped for lunch then afterwards a hurricane cocktail which was strong needless to say had the one . Enjoyable afternoon.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Rachel E
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Few Evenings on Bourbon Street
    Bourbon Street has a great vibe. My spouse and I only visited in the evening during our extended weekend trip. We stayed to the main areas, and always felt relatively safe. Like any big city/festival there were those who over indulged, or “down on their luck”, but we never felt threatened. If you’re visiting, just be street smart. We visited in July; beads were thrown (although I’m sure not as many as other times of the year) and the crowd was in a celebratory mood. Unlike some areas where people have partied a bit too much, everyone on Bourbon was joyous and friendly. Please note: evenings on Bourbon Street are definitely filled with ADULT entertainment. It seems most people understand this as I saw fewer than five young families over the course of four evenings, but I thought I’d mention it in case someone was considering bringing their kiddos for a night on Bourbon.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 July 2023
  • TashaT440
    Brooksville, Florida29 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bourbon Street, Bourbon Street
    Lots of culture, music and food. The live bands give you a NOLA feel, especially with the horns and trumpets playing. On Friday and Saturday, this place does not sleep. But you know who does??? The bums laying on the ground on Bourbon Street, and when their pets get tired, they lay down and nap too....lots of homeless people around all the time. You'll see plenty of that. But that didn't bother us much, just was unexpected. They definitely believe in acholic slushies, pizza and fried chicken, it's everywhere! But it's good for the experience, we went 3 times during our visit
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Icemen1977
    Calgary, Canada47 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Party street with lots to see and do !!
    First time experiencing all New Orleans has to offer and bourbon street was interesting with bars / pubs located for blocks. Party never stopped day or night. We enjoyed stopping for some drinks and seeing the different bars along here. We got beads from some people on one of the balconies tossing them to the people below. I found this to be similar to Freemont street in Las Vegas with out the performers.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 September 2023
  • Jamie M
    Blarney, Ireland74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bourbon Street AKA electric avenue
    Absolute mayhem on a Saturday afternoon.the sound, the music, the aromas. I spent around 5 hours just walking up and down thos street, stopping occasionally for a drink or a bite to eat. The atmosphere was electric. Can't wait to come back
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 September 2023
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Esther
Eefde, The Netherlands20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Witnessing a drug deal right outside our accommodation in the business district wasn’t the best start of my first day in New Orleans. In the French Quarter, smelling weed everywhere and noticing similar looking men as the drug dealer loitering on street corners made me want to leave asap. Also, a ‘neon nightmare’ and tacky touristy vibe, in stead of the charm and fun we were hoping for. Unfortunately, a quick Google search confirms my impression: exceptionaly high (drug related) crime rates in New Orleans. It’s tangible on the streets.
Written 21 February 2024
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Hamps1960
Perth, Australia6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very disappointed with Bourbon Street. Be careful to not trip over the homeless sleeping on the footpaths. Footpaths contain many missing pavers and uneven surfaces to test your skills.
The air is filled with smoke from cigars, cigarettes and joints. As are the bars and restaurants. If you’re looking for a quiet place to have a drink and listen to music, I don’t recommend B Street.
Many fellow travellers recommended Frenchmen Street as a more pleasant alternative
Written 18 February 2024
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Michael W
Preston, UK3,845 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Bourbon Street is located just off Canal Street. In the evening the street is cordoned off to allow for the large crowds of people who visit this area. All the way along the street there are various street performers dancing and playing music and various other types of performances. The street can get very crowded at times. There are loads of bars and restaurants along Bourbon Street and down the side streets.
Written 11 February 2024
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Chris A
Coalville, UK3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
So disappointed with this legendary location. Dirty bars, uncared for pavements & seriously over priced food & drinks.
Written 29 January 2024
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LostInTime
Pittsburgh, PA11,718 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Business
I went in the afternoon when it was still light out. Things were really really dirty and pretty gross. Maybe people don’t notice it in the dark or don’t care. There are scam artists as well. They lead by trying to guess where you bought your shoes. Overall not my thing.
Written 16 January 2024
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Squ3aky
Panama City, FL305 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
An amusing place to go and people watch, Bourbon Street is exactly what you'd imagine it to be like. Full of drunk people and heavy partiers. Depending on where you are along it depends on how bad it is or isn't. Maybe because it was raining, but there was only one pile of vomit that we had to avoid in our several trips up and down the street, and I can't say I noticed much in the way of other bodily fluids. It definitely reeked of weed in spots though.

There were a good number of street performers and people selling all sorts of lights, edibles, and other overpriced trinkets. going up and down the center of the street. I know a lot of people say you have to watch yourself, but we never felt unsafe at any point while we were there. Maybe a little uncomfortable when we got further down and all of a sudden the street was empty, but never unsafe. It was amusing to see bars packed to the brim while others were completely empty. You could tell what places you didn't want to bother spending your time and money at because it was obvious that no one else did either.

Overall, did we have a good time? Absolutely! Do we feel the need to go back to party on Bourbon St. again? Not really, but we might go if we're visit again.
Written 11 January 2024
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jlantern3
Columbia, SC12,571 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Gotta walk this famous street... did it in the daytime... yes its dirty, streets need work and homeless are around. But the vibe and buildings are great.
Written 29 December 2023
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R W
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Its not what’s advertised, theres no Jazz on the street, its like a seedy nightclub area, police on every corner , its loud, dirty and intimidating, didnt find it fun
Written 25 November 2023
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COTraveller33
Silver Spring, MD3,409 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
When in Rome --- or Nawlin's / NOLA.
-- THIS is THE place to go.

Everyone knows this.

For GOOD food on Bourbon Street - Red Fish Grill.

Bar - Laffite's or The Front Door.
Pat O's too.

Would recommend: Of course
Would re-patronize: Definitely
Written 20 November 2023
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2berries
Lake George, NY293 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
As first time visitors to New Orleans we had to check it out. Glad we did! However, once we saw it, took some photos and did some people watching we were ready to move on. We also departed before 9pm as it was becoming noisier and more gritty as it got a little later.
Written 20 November 2023
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