Take a walk down one of liveliest streets of the French Quarter.
A stroll through the touristy but genuinely rollicking Bourbon Street scene is a necessity for any visitor. You can say it's the beating heart of the French Quarter. Stretching 13 blocks, from Canal to Esplanade Avenue, this famous street has a rich history that dates back to the 1700's when it was named after France's ruling family, House of Bourbon. Its image has transformed since then, even garnering a taboo reputation during the early 20th century when adult night clubs began to pervade the boulevard.
Over the past few decades, Bourbon Street has cleaned up its act and it continues to be one of the main draws of the Big Easy. Catch a burlesque show or watch jazz performers playing for passers-by. Get a drink at the ancient-looking Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop or Pat O'Brien's. Among other bars we recommend: The Polo Club Lounge inside the Windsor Court Hotel and Old Absinthe House.