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Bourbon Street

New Orleans, LA (French Quarter)
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Ranked #116 of 182 Activities in New Orleans
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Nightlife, Drinking, Dancing, City walk sightseeing, People-watching, Shopping
Owner description: The partying never stops on Bourbon Street, the French Quarter's liveliest and wildest thoroughfare, where the rhythmic sounds of jazz, country... more » Owner description: The partying never stops on Bourbon Street, the French Quarter's liveliest and wildest thoroughfare, where the rhythmic sounds of jazz, country western, Dixieland and sultry blues permeate the air. Brimming with life, you'll find everything from shopping to music to Cajun food to nightclubs. « less
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

During the day time the whole area is a must, with the beautiful archeitecture and lots of small interesting stores. At the night the place is alive with bars and restaurants, but it's a bit tacky with all the neon lights, door staff trying to get you in their bar, beggars, and people staggering aout the street. There were also... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

I was expecting jazz music of quality -- not there, go to Frenchmen Street. You need to be in your 20's & 30's to fully appreciate Bourbon Street. After that it might be slightly childish - especially the later the hour in the night

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Manchester, New Hampshire
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

I was so excited to be in The French Quarter, until I got there. Bourbon Street has tons of disgusting strip clubs, homeless people, and trash everywhere. Try the other streets like Royal and the other touristy areas where you will actually learn about LA culture like Cafe Du Monde. I think you can catch a disease just walking on... More

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New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

First, it smells like a dirty toilet from very far away, even before you see the street. It's completely a tourist trap. If you want good drinks, those bars are definitely not what you are looking for. If you like music, they don't really have anything decent. Go to Frenchman street instead. But if you like seeing people barfing in... More

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Gold Coast, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
33 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Without a doubt during the night the party atmosphere is great. It's a shame the next day it's not the same. Some areas are disgustingly smelly.

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Long Beach, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This place is freaking gross... there are strip joints, gross bars, and LIVE SEX SHOWS. It feels like a disgusting pit of vomit and people who are in their 40's blasted out of their minds. It is like all the trashy country people go there... there was a group of guys in their 50s stumbling out of the "Live Sex... More

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Paris, France
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

New Orleans can look a little forlorn these days - there are places you still should not go. The two hurricanes that tried to destroy this one-of-a-kind city almost succeeded. But Bourbon Street survives. Be careful, be open-minded at the same time and be happy! The music and the food here is amazing. The people are too. The street is... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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47 reviews 47 reviews
19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I was more of an observer than a participant, but I had to take a walk down the street just to see it for myself. Smelly in a couple of spots, but not nearly as bad as everyone had made it out to be. Not clean enough that I wanted to touch anything though. The shops with 10-15 daiquiri machines... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Everyone must experience Bourbon Street once. It is dirty, smelly and filled with all sorts of sights and sounds you'll never see and hear again (good and bad). You will never ever see another street like this on the planet. BUT, once is more than enough. Farther down Bourbon it quiets back down and become a mecca of artists and... More

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Elizabethtown, KY
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I like a good party as much as the next person, but yuck! Bourbon Street is the most disgusting place I've been to....smells straight up like sour milk & rotten garbage, plus very suspicious of all the puddles everywhere. Walk down the street once to say you have, then spend your time in rest of the French Quarter

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