Bourbon Street

Bourbon Street, New Orleans: Address, Phone Number, Bourbon Street Reviews: 3.5/5

Bourbon Street
3.5
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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.
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Neighborhood: 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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bill f
Orchard Park, NY283 contributions
Feb 2022
Not unexpectedly, Bourbon street is not nearly as hopping busy during the day as at night, however for a first time visitor it can help you get your bearings prior to stopping by after dark when it gets crowded, noisy and the party starts. Expect long waits for restaurants if you're going to eat there or make reservations well in advance. drinks from a bar? sure they're available and you can walk around with them. Crowds can be tight packed in places and street performers are everywhere so there's some entertainment to draw crowds along.
Written February 22, 2022
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The_Wanderer1992
Columbia, MD1,622 contributions
Feb 2022
While in New Orleans, I ran into Bourbon street a few times. It is filled with lots of people at all times of the day and night. It's great for people watching and for running into people as it's very crowded. It had a lot of people playing buckets for entertainment and money. A lot of restaurants are selling alcohol which means there are a lot of people drinking. I watched someone order shots at 1pm -- I could only imagine what she would be like in a few hours. I smelled weed frequently too.
Written February 24, 2022
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Ron
20 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Bourbon street is alll you expected and then some. Bar after bar, street performers, interesting to say the least characters, drunk people stumbling down the street, some falling in the street, some passes out in the street. It’s a mix of everything that’s crazy about people and in many ways makes them interesting. If you drink you will love it. If you don’t but like to people watch, there isn’t a better canvas. Hours of material.
Written April 8, 2022
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worldtravelier
New Jersey3,997 contributions
Mar 2022
This is my third time visiting NO. The first as a teenager in the 70's. Bourbon Street at that time had Jazz clubs throughtout. Al Hirt had his own club. The wonderful Jazz perminated throughout the Street from the various clubs. Wonderful! I went back again 10 years ago. The music started to change. Back last week. No Jazz? Music know caters to the 20 /30 year olds. If you go you must go during the afternoon. While the "show" starts around dusk and contuines after Midnight, it bcomes an obstacle course walking on the no vehicle Street or sidewalk. Puke all over. Unbelivabile! The Jazz music is know on Freeman Street. During the early hours NO sanitation brings in the big guns to clean the Streets. I went early morning for breakfast. The Street was pristine. Would would not know what a disaster it wwas the night before. So my recommendation. Go once during the evening and night to experience the Street, but if you want to spend time walking up or down the Street go in the afternoon.
Written April 1, 2022
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SC
Houston, TX9 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
This place was such a disappointment! It’s very disgusting. Got conned into taking street tune shots from waitresses working outside of the bar and it was $60 for 4 shots and then she tried to keep $20 for herself without even asking and when asked for the correct change she said we were “pussies” if you like GHETTO this is the place
For you. Smell was horrible we ended up calling it a night at 9pm. Worst experience ever and I would NEVER go back.
Written October 10, 2021
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Liv P
33 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
On any normal day or weekend, when things are more normal and busy, I would absolutely recommend restaurants, bars, and attractions in this area. It is part of the heart of the city, and there are so many good restaurants, bars, and attractions. I would never want to disrespect or downgrade those establishments.
That being said, my husband and I went recently to walk around, and the area was practically empty with the exception of people trying to aggressively haggle us to buy things or give them cash. As someone who grew up in the area, ate and partied in the area for years, I have never once been afraid until we recently visited. We will not be returning unless it is for a very specific event or until things return to a somewhat normal way of life.
Please - for anyone who is not local or is vulnerable - be very aware of your surroundings, go in a large group, and be careful!
Written August 27, 2020
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2RovingWanderers
Colorado75 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
When visiting New Orleans, there are only two places we’ll go to on Bourbon Street: Cafe Beignet (the best beignets in the Quarter, hands down!) and Fritzel’s European Jazz Club, which we can always count on for for fantastic music. Otherwise, Bourbon Street is nothing but bars trying to outdo one another with how ear-piercingly loud they play their music in attempts to lure people in, men trying to put beads or hats on you and then demanding money, the smell of marijuana and cigarette smoke everywhere, and bucket-drumming kids who are EXTREMELY loud, and have a parent nearby ready to pocket their tips. Unless you enjoy all of the above, I don’t recommend planning Bourbon Street as a highlight of your trip.
Written December 24, 2021
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Floyd G
Edina, MN94 contributions
Apr 2021
At one time, Bourbon Street was a festive place where one could find good food and great music. Now it's just a noisy side show with places trying to be louder than the next one, street musicians (I use the term advisedly) banging on 5 gallon plastic containers add to the noise. It's really too bad, because there are some restaurants that one might like to try, but the noise is ridiculous.
Written May 3, 2021
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Jackie D
McHenry, IL20 contributions
Mar 2021 • Solo
Bourbon street is what I think most people expect. If you have ANY concerns or fears regarding COVID, I would not recommend coming here at night. Yes it’s crazy fun but about 50% or less are wearing masks. I don’t think the garbage cans can keep up with the amount of people so trash gets thrown on the ground. Not a big shock, just a fact. For our hotel they actually put up the black gates and you had to A: verify you were an actual guest, and B: be wearing a mask. The people whose livelihoods depend on the crowd I would imagine are just hoping to make some money to stay in business so look the other way about the masks. It is what it is.
Written March 13, 2021
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Thomas W
Pittsburgh, PA28 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
Bourbon street is a classic American destination. You visit to get drunk with friends, listen to live music, eat delicious food, and not worry about the ridiculously high cost of everything.

Largely in part to COVID pandemic, Bourbon street is pretty empty most of the time. When it is empty, the unpleasant parts of Bourbon Street really show. Very large homeless population, lots of open IV drug use, smell of Urine everywhere, etc. If these things bother you, you are going to be very uncomfortable throughout your trip.
Written August 18, 2021
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