Type: Attractions, Sightseeing
Free Things to Do: Bourbon Street is a place you need to visit at least once in New Orleans. The nearly mile long strip of bars, clubs and restaurants attracts millions of visitors each year, mostlyl tourists and convention goers in search of scintillation and libation. Famous drinks such as Pat O'Briens Hurricanes, and the Hand Grenade are staples here. The open container laws permit consumption in the streets, so get loose while taking in the sights. Whether it's Mardi Gras season or a regular mid summer week, the porch balconies are stuffed with party-goers ready to toss beads to open hands below. Fritzel's and the Jazz Playhouse in the Royal Sonesta are two seriously good jazz venues on this street.
Attractions near Smoothie King Center: Avoided by most locals like the plague, Bourbon Street's tawdry patina of glitter will start to look a lot better after you have a few cocktails. Think of it as the ultimate reality TV show, and jump right in. Highlights of Bourbon's 14-block stretch include Patout's Cajun Cabin for Cajun music, Galatoire's restaurant, and Oz near the corner of St. Ann, one Quarter's best gay discos. For out of towners, Bourbon Street is the pulse of the party and nightlife scene in New Orleans. Famous drinks such as Pat O'Briens Hurricane, and the Hand Grenade are staples here. Whether it's Mardi Gras season or a regular mid summer week, the porch balconies are stuffed with party-goers ready to toss beads below.
New Orleans, LA
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Free Things to Do: "Bourbon isn't really a street for the kiddos - parents will want to make that call before exposing young minds to the sights."
Attractions near Smoothie King Center: "While some parents take their children on Bourbon Street, you never know what racy, drunk or obnoxious behavior you might encounter, especially after dark when the tourists start to misbehave."
Best for Free Things to Do Because: Bourbon Street is one of the best places in the world for people watching, even if most of the people are tourists.
Best for Attractions near Smoothie King Center Because: The nearly mile long strip of bars, clubs and restaurants attracts millions of visitors each year.