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The birthplace of jazz is a vibrant city boulevard where the history and music of New Orleans comes to life.

Located in the middle of the French Quarter, the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans, Bourbon Street saw the growth of jazz as a new and individual music genre. It was here in the early 1900s that local musicians such as Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver experimented and developed a sound now known as jazz. Off-beat and full of energy, Bourbon Street has come to embody the qualities this music is famous for the world over.

It’s said that “what happens on Bourbon Street stays on Bourbon Street” and it's not unusual to see people from all walks of life letting their hair down here. Walk along the eight upper blocks and witness a party scene every night of the week. This is the area most popular with tourists and is also where most of the strip clubs are located.

Bourbon Street is not the ideal place for a family outing or a quiet and romantic dinner for two, but if you're out for a good time you will not be disappointed. Grab a cocktail, a bite to eat and then dance the night away at a variety of clubs, most of which feature live music. The area can get quite rowdy late at night but there are plenty of security guards around and police patrolling the streets to keep the partying in check.

One of the unique things about the French Quarter is that it's legal to drink alcohol on the street from an open plastic cup. Most bars will provide a "go cup" so you can take your drink with you and stroll amidst the fun. Some establishments even allow you to enter with your go cup from another bar.

Bourbon Street has changed over the last few decades, with brothels closing down and bars and restaurants opening in their place. However, it still retains much of its dramatic 18th-century architecture, along with a few century-old restaurants and the oldest gay bar in the country.

Top Hotels Close to Bourbon Street

French Market Inn
French Market Inn
3 out of 5
509 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA, 70130
The price is $109 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
Stay at this 3-star historic hotel in New Orleans. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (911 reviews)
"This was an amazing place to stay! The staff was very friendly and helpful and the rooms were nice. The pool is small, but it’s enough and I love the courtyard around the pool. We will definitely be back."

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2022

French Market Inn
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
717 Orleans St., New Orleans, LA, 70116
The price is $169 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
Stay at this 4-star historic hotel in New Orleans. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,228 reviews)
"First time to New Orleans and had a great experience with a balcony on bourbon street! Was a fun city to visit. Lots of rich history, amazing architecture and the people are genuinely friendly/helpful."

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2022

Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Maison Dupuy Hotel
Maison Dupuy Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1001 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA, 70116
The price is $119 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 3.5-star historic hotel in New Orleans. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,154 reviews)
"Nice hotel. Friendly staff and good location"

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2022

Maison Dupuy Hotel
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Best Lodging Options Near Bourbon Street

French Market Inn
French Market Inn
3 out of 5
509 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA, 70130
The price is $109 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
French Market Inn
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
717 Orleans St., New Orleans, LA, 70116
The price is $169 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Maison Dupuy Hotel
Maison Dupuy Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1001 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA, 70116
The price is $119 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Maison Dupuy Hotel
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
621 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA, 70130
The price is $134 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 3
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA, 70130
The price is $161 per night from Jul 20 to Jul 21
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
4 out of 5
124 Royal St, New Orleans, LA, 70130
The price is $129 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
4.5 out of 5
739 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130
The price is $115 per night from Jul 13 to Jul 14
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
Dauphine Orleans Hotel
Dauphine Orleans Hotel
3.5 out of 5
415 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA, 70112
The price is $129 per night from Jul 12 to Jul 13
Dauphine Orleans Hotel
The Jung Hotel and Residences
The Jung Hotel and Residences
4 out of 5
1500 Canal St, New Orleans, LA, 70112
The price is $129 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
The Jung Hotel and Residences
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.