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what is there to do in bourbon street?

what is their nightlife all about what bars or clubs to visit on bourbon street …never been to New Orleans before and happen to be visiting for the weekend so just focus on nightlife

or as an alternative i hear they have ghost tours are there any good?

One reason New Orleans is famous (infamous?) for partying is – unlike most of the USA – the City has no law prohibiting the consumption of alcoholic beverages on a public street or sidewalk. That means you can get drinks "to go" in bars & clubs and walk around with them outside. There IS a law prohibiting glass or metal containers, so be sure to get a paper or plastic "go cup" if you want to do that. There is a limit to how interesting it might be to walk up & down Bourbon (or anywhere else) and look at the other people with "go cups", but try it once.

Bourbon Street is best known for wild partying at a variety of bars, wild crowds during Mardi Gras (it was in February) and strip clubs. Historically, Bourbon is known for music clubs – especially Jazz clubs.

This is a very incomplete guide to bars & clubs:

About certain alcoholic beverages: Realize that some famous drinks are VERY potent compared with regular cocktails that have only 1 to 1 ½ ounces of alcohol. For example, a Hurricane is basically 3 or 4 ounces of rum in something like red Kool-Aid, and a Hand Grenade has at least 4 ½ ounces of Everclear + rum + vodka mixed with melon liquor. They don’t necessarily taste like an alcoholic beverage and it is easy to over-indulge.

There is always music, but the bands change: Go to and click on Music then Listings or to and click on Listings, then Music.

Preservation Hall has traditional live Jazz, and doesn’t serve alcohol so all ages are welcome:

Note that music clubs often advertise "No Cover", meaning there is no charge for entering. However, clubs with "No Cover" often require that customers buy a beverage each for every "set " of music (which can be every 20 minutes) so KNOW THE PRICE before you sit down. Clubs do that because some people will sit in the club all evening drinking nothing (clubs only make money from the drinks they sell – not from the music). It is also a good idea to pay for each round of drinks (in clubs on Bourbon Street) as it is delivered so there can’t be any confusion at the end of the evening.

There are hundreds of restaurants downtown and much depends on what you like. The weekly free magazine "Gambit" has a partial list of restaurants on their website plus reviews:

However, there is much more to the French Quarter than Bourbon Street – even for bars & clubs. Go to for more ideas about things to do.

Hope you have a great time!