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Bourbon Street, New Orleans

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. Make Bourbon Street a centerpiece of your New Orleans vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our New Orleans trip itinerary app .
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  • Not as much blues as I expected, very tourist in the Nice neighborhood. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Monday night was tired, Tuesday was "sup and Skråla". Now I hope for more blues for now it's Wednesday!
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  • Spent most of our evenings on Bourbon Street over the course of our 8 day stay in New Orleans. Lots of different music to enjoy and no shortage of places to go and drink at. Super busy over the weeken...  more »
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