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Bourbon Street, New Orleans

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Historic Walking Area Landmark
The heart of the city's oldest neighborhood, the layout of Bourbon Street was designed in 1721 by Adrien de Pauger. The colony was given to the Spanish in 1763, and a fire destroyed much of the original French architecture in 1788. In 1803, the Americans took over and translated all the street names into English. By 1840, the city was the third-largest metropolis in the country, with the attraction as its main social and economic feature. The area is known for its annual Mardi Gras celebration. Consider trying a popular drink, such as the Hurricane cocktail, served by vendors up and down the street. For a truly original experience, be sure to stop by Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo on the corner of St. Ann. Plan to visit Bourbon Street and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended New Orleans attractions using our New Orleans vacation planner.
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  • Just a warning to be very aware if you are on bourbon street on a crowded night. A man backed up and stepped on my Dads foot and when my Dad told him he was on his foot the man turned around and start...  more »
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  • Major construction going on across four-five blocks starting from Canal Street. Sidewalks are extremely narrow and crossings are not at every corner. If you're going for Bourbon Street, I suggest you ...  more »
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  • While having to wait for our hotel, we stopped in for a drink to wait. I've not had such good service in a long time. The staff was so friendly. We never had to wait for a drink, they made sure we were taken care of. And the music was awesome! They played a variety of genres so no matter what mood you were in, you got to enjoy good tunes. (And I feel stupid for saying "good tunes" but it's true). I was shocked to find out that they had just opened. If you like a good atmosphere, drinks and good service, not to mention CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN, this is where you need to come.
  • Is a Manhattan made with bourbon? :-/ no baetending school here
  • Awesome, well-designed bar!

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Though you can walk to most tourist attractions in New Orleans from a hotel in the central business district, remember that many other parts of town feature less expensive and equally comfortable accommodations. Smaller hotels and private guesthouses in quiet residential neighborhoods offer not only good local food and spacious rooms, but can also allow you to explore the city's culture away from overwhelming tourist crowds. To reduce your carbon footprint during your stay, consider one of French Quarter's many green or eco-friendly hotels.
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