New Orleans’ most famous street wasn’t named for the libation poured in its taverns, but for the French royal family, specifically the Duke of Bourbon. Though only 14 blocks long, Bourbon Street has become one of the most famous thoroughfares in America, synonymous with good food, good music, and laissez les bon temps rouler.
The street is bustling with nightclubs that offer everything from live jazz and blues to karaoke and strip shows, and visitors can find something to do there at almost any time, as many establishments are open 24 hours. At night, barricades are erected, turning Bourbon into a pedestrian walkway (and a movable party). Bourbon Street is a prime destination for bachelorette and bachelor parties, birthday celebrations and an overall mecca for those looking to have a good time as they stroll from bar to bar.
Carnival season in early spring draws thousands of Mardi Gras revelers to the street both night and day. However, you can always enjoy a drink on Bourbon's famous balconies year-round, sing karaoke on stage or ride a mechanical bull as well as appreciate great music.