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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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  • It may have once been the place to been seen in New Orleans but now it is run down and seedy. In the early evening it was dirty, smelly and tacky not a place to go to relax and have a drink or eat. Do...  more »
  • Noisy, dirty, smelly and intimidating. We visited on a Saturday evening and found it a deeply unpleasant experience. None of us mind a lively atmosphere with people having fun but this just seemed to ...  more »
  • But it kept the riff raft at bay. Harder to guess where my shoes were from :) Bourbon street is what it is for families ... a short cut to Jackson Square ....  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.
  • Awesome, well-designed bar!