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Bourbon Street

New Orleans, LA (French Quarter)
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Ranked #109 of 174 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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gold coast - Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We are travelling to New Orleans in January with a 5 year old, can anyone recommend somewhere to stay, we were thinking Bourbon street with a Balcony, so we could be part of it but keep our boy safe and asleep - any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. We are only visiting for 3 nights so things to do would... More

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Newton, Kansas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Crazy at all times of the day, but gross at night. It is so dirty and filled with sloppy drunk people. If that's your thing, then you will have a good time. If you are just wanting to go listen to jazz and chill with friends, then choose something a little off Bourbon Street. This place could use some serious... More

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Linlithgow, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

At night It's seedy, sleezy, smelly and dirty but it is a world famous street. Having been there once it's ticked a box on my list and I'm glad that I don't have to do it again. Not a place for those of a genteel or sensitive nature but some of the music was great. Better to visit earlier in... More

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Surrey
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9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

After visiting Nashville and Memphis on this trip I expected Bourbon Street to be the same, lively music venues and street entertainers. I was very surprised to see sleaze in its place. I did lots of research before the trip and I read nowhere that the street was full of middle aged drunken men looking for a cheap thrill at... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

When I come back to New Orleans, I won't stop by again. There is a constant mixed smell of the vomit and urine that makes you want to gag. Bars/clubs all look seedy.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I had a great night out on Bourbon St (Halloween of all nights) but like most reviews here, it is what it is. We went back the second night we were in New Orleans and it looked completely different, mainly because it was exactly the same. That unique "like no other crazy place" feeling we had the first night was... More

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London
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Go to Bourbon Street to satisfy your curiousity and then leave. Unless you want to get stinking drunk. This was worse than anything I've seen and I'm no angel; I've done the 18-30 holidays etc etc. I decide I had enough when I saw a mother taking a photo of her young daughter outside a strip club. That's the type... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

With strip clubs and drinking constantly I was shocked there were children walking up and down Bourbon St. I felt like I was trying to watch out for violence and pickpocketing more than enjoying it. We did however, move off Bourbon St. and really enjoyed the live Jazz and the arts.

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Calgary, Canada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

While it is worth a look-once-you will likely not wish to return. This is a dirty, smelly street crowded with extremely inebriated people who urinate and vomit in the street. Lovely! There are several strip clubs along the route and it's a really seedy area. When I was there, 3 men opened fire and shot 10 people, killing 3. Be... More

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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

For me Bourbon St will always stay an epitome of partying. This street is bulging with people holding all sorts of cocktail jars, musicians, beggars, people lying on the ground who's clearly had more than enough. Beads are raining from the balconies, and you do not necessarily have to show the throwers anything. Music is spilling from every bar, live... More

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