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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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Surrey
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49 reviews 49 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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6 attraction reviews
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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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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New Jersey, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
37 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The street was filthy and the smell of vomit and alcohol reminded me of the worst days of Times Square in NYC before it got cleaned up. Lots of drunks, too, even in the day time. Not a pleasant experience. Would avoid if possible. I liked Royal Street much better.

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Edmonton, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Crazy nightlife and just as entertaining in the day. We traveled with friends for an Adult event and took part in the Red Run an annual charity fundraiser. Between downtime from our event we had the opportunity to travel the renowned strip. We were absolutely amazed by the amount of garbage and broken bottles we saw along the curb but... More

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Newark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Best drinking experience ever. We went during Wrestlemania week and I've never experienced an atmosphere anywhere near as close to it.

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