Bourbon Street, New Orleans

Bourbon Street, New Orleans (must see)

If you're feeling adventurous, set aside your reservations and take a leisurely stroll down the infamous Bourbon Street, known for its vibrant mix of bars, restaurants, music clubs, adult stores, and novelty shops, earning its reputation as the playground of the South. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the bars of Bourbon Street were among the first businesses in the city to reopen, and they played a crucial role in revitalizing the area. Today, the spirit of unbridled revelry thrives here, with raucous crowds and a lively jazz scene.

However, this street is not just about partying; it also boasts historic sights and iconic venues. Here you will find some of the city's most luxurious spots, including the timeless Royal Sonesta Hotel and the Galatoire's fine-dining institution, where you can savor the best of French Creole cuisine in a festive yet elegant atmosphere (note that jackets are required).

Among the iconic bars on Bourbon Street, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop on the corner of Saint Philip Street stands out, as does the Old Absinthe House – the birthplace of the famous Absinthe House Frappe. You'll also find the Lafitte in Exile, the oldest gay bar in the United States, where famed American playwrights Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote were regular patrons. For those with a penchant for jazz, head to Fritzel's European Jazz Pub, an almost 200-year-old building that hosts live jazz performances every night of the week.

Why You Should Visit:
During the day, the street offers a pleasant experience with its art shops and food options; however, when night falls, it transforms into a wild and vibrant place. Be prepared for sensory overload, with the bright lights, loud music, and various scents permeating the air. This street has a knack for surprising even the most unflappable visitors.

Tip:
Don't miss the famous hand grenade drink! Also, be mindful not to take pictures of street performers if you don't intend to tip them.

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Bourbon Street on Map

Sight Name: Bourbon Street
Sight Location: New Orleans, USA (See walking tours in New Orleans)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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