Bourbon Street in New Orleans

Monday, 30 December 2019 - 11:00 am (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General

© Chris Litherland/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Chris Litherland/cc-by-sa-3.0

Bourbon Street (French: Rue Bourbon, Spanish: Calle de Borbón) is a historic street in the heart of the French Quarter of New Orleans. Extending thirteen blocks from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue, Bourbon Street is famous for its many bars and strip clubs. With 17.74 million visitors in 2017 alone, New Orleans depends on Bourbon Street as a main tourist attraction. Tourist numbers have been growing yearly after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the city has successfully rebuilt its tourist base. For millions of visitors each year, Bourbon Street provides a rich insight into New Orleans’ past.

Bourbon Street was a premier residential area prior to 1900. This changed in the late 1800s and early 1900s, when the Storyville red-light district was constructed on Basin Street adjacent to the French Quarter. The area became known for prostitution, gambling and vaudeville acts. Jazz is said to have developed here, with artists such as King Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton providing musical entertainment at the brothels. This was also the era when some of New Orleans’ most famous restaurants were founded, including Galatoire’s, located at 209 Bourbon Street. It was established by Jean Galatoire in 1905. Known for years by its characteristic line snaking down Bourbon Street, patrons waited for hours just to get a table — especially on Fridays. Before World War II, the French Quarter was emerging as a major asset to the city’s economy. While there was an interest in historic districts at the time, developers pressured to modernize the city. Simultaneously, with the wartime influx of people, property owners opened adult-centered nightclubs to capitalize on the city’s risqué image. Wartime Bourbon Street was memorably depicted in Erle Stanley Gardner’s detective novel “Owls Don’t Blink”. After the war, Bourbon Street became the new Storyville in terms of reputation. By the 1940s and 1950s, nightclubs lined Bourbon Street. Over 50 different burlesque shows, striptease acts and exotic dancers could be found.

There was a move in the 1960s under District Attorney Jim Garrison to clean up Bourbon Street. In August 1962, two months after he was elected, Garrison began raiding adult entertainment establishments on Bourbon. His efforts mirrored those of his predecessors, which had been largely unsuccessful; however, he had more success. He forced closure on a dozen nightclubs convicted of prostitution and selling overpriced alcohol. Following this campaign, Bourbon Street was populated by peep shows and sidewalk beer stands. When Mayor Moon Landrieu came into office in 1970, he focused his efforts on stimulating tourism. He did so by making Bourbon Street a pedestrian mall, making it more inviting. The 1980s and 1990s were characterized by a Disneyfication of Bourbon Street. Critics of the rapid increase of souvenir shops and corporate ventures said that Bourbon Street had become Creole Disneyland. They also argued that the street’s authenticity had been lost in this process. On April 5, 2018 a giant saxophone, nearly 11 ft. high, was inaugurated in the street. It was offered by the city of Namur (Belgium) to recall that the inventor of the instrument Adolphe Sax is from the region of Namur, specifically Dinant.

© flickr.com - Nick Solari/cc-by-sa-2.0 © Jan Kronsell/cc-by-sa-3.0 © MusikAnimal/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Richard A. Weaver/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Ebgundy/cc-by-sa-3.0 © bellemarematt/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Chris Litherland/cc-by-sa-3.0 © flickr.com - Lars Plougmann/cc-by-sa-2.0
<
>
© flickr.com - Lars Plougmann/cc-by-sa-2.0
Largely quiet during the day, Bourbon Street comes alive at night – particularly during the French Quarter’s many festivals. Most famous of these is the annual Mardi Gras celebration, when the streets teem with thousands of people. Local open container laws allow drinking alcoholic beverages on the Quarter’s streets. Popular drinks include the hurricane cocktail, the resurrection cocktail, the hand grenade and the so-called “huge-ass beers” – a large plastic cup of draft beer marketed to tourists at a low price.

The most heavily visited section of Bourbon Street is “upper Bourbon Street” toward Canal Street, an eight-block section of visitor attractions including bars, restaurants, souvenir shops and strip clubs. In the 21st century, Bourbon Street is the home of New Orleans Musical Legends Park, a free, outdoor venue for live jazz performances. The park has sculptures and other tributes to the city’s legendary music personalities.

Most of the bars are located in the central section of Bourbon. Popular spots include Pat O’Brien’s, Johnny White’s, the Famous Door, Spirits on Bourbon, Channing Tatum‘s Saints and Sinners, Razzoo and The Cat’s Meow. Marie Laveau‘s House of Voodoo is located on the corner of St. Ann Street.

The most renowned restaurant on Bourbon Street is Galatoire’s; it represents traditional New Orleans dining and has a dress code. Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop and the Old Absinthe House are two of the many casual eateries. Also notable is the locals’ hangout, the Bourbon House.

“Lower Bourbon Street” (lower being a reference to downriver, or downstream Mississippi River), from the intersection of St. Ann Street, caters to New Orleans’ thriving gay community. Featuring such establishments as Oz and the city’s largest gay nightclub, the Bourbon Pub, St. Ann Street has been referred to as “the Velvet Line” or “the Lavender Line,” the edge or approximate boundary of the French Quarter’s gay community. Cafe Lafitte in Exile is the oldest gay bar in the nation. The intersection of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets is also the center of the Labor Day weekend event Southern Decadence, commonly referred to as the Gay Mardi Gras, which attracts upwards of 100,000 participants.

Read more on NewOrleans.com – Bourbon Street and Wikipedia Bourbon Street (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.








Recommended posts:

Share this post: (Please note data protection regulations before using buttons)

Kolkata in India

Kolkata in India

[caption id="attachment_168678" align="aligncenter" width="590"] South City Mall © Kolkatan/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Kolkata, also known as Calcutta, the official name until 2001, is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Located on the east bank of the Hooghly River, it is the principal commercial, cultural, and educational centre of East India, while the Port of Kolkata is India's oldest operating port and its sole major riverine port. In 2011, the city had a population of 4.5 million, while the populat...

[ read more ]

Tournai in Wallonia

Tournai in Wallonia

[caption id="attachment_160793" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Town Hall © Grentidez[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Tournai is a Walloon city and municipality of Belgium located 85 kilometres southwest of Brussels, on the river Scheldt, in the province of Hainaut. Along with TongerenTongeren, Tournai is the oldest city in Belgium and it has played an important role in the country's cultural history. As is the case with many cities in Belgium there are a number of beautiful and friendly cafés and pubs in the Grand'Place. I...

[ read more ]

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan

[caption id="attachment_151152" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Tango7174/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the world's oldest shopping malls. Housed within a four-story double arcade in central Milan, the Galleria is named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. It was designed in 1861 and built by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1877. The structure consists of two glass-vaulted arcades intersecting in an octagon covering the street conne...

[ read more ]

Madeira, the Portuguese island in the Atlantic Ocean

Madeira, the Portuguese island in the Atlantic Ocean

[caption id="attachment_152973" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Market in Funchal © Hannes Grobe[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago that lies just under 400 km north of Tenerife, Canary Islands, in the north Atlantic Ocean and an outermost region of the European Union. The archipelago comprises one of the two Autonomous regions of Portugal (the other being the Azores located to the northwest), that includes the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo, the Desertas and the Savage Islands. Madeira was re-disco...

[ read more ]

Berlin Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum

Berlin Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum

[caption id="attachment_169431" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Italian Gardens and Tropical House © Axel Mauruszat[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum (German: Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem) is a botanical garden in Berlin, with an area of 43 hectares and around 22,000 different plant species. It was constructed between 1897 and 1910, under the guidance of architect Adolf Engler, in order to present exotic plants returned from German colonies. The garden ...

[ read more ]

CBGB Bowery on the Bowery in Downtown Manhattan

CBGB Bowery on the Bowery in Downtown Manhattan

[caption id="attachment_205945" align="aligncenter" width="590"] CBGB club facade in 2005 © Adicarlo/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]CBGB was a New York City music club opened in 1973 by Hilly Kristal in Manhattan's East Village. The club was previously a biker bar and before that was a dive bar. The letters CBGB were for Country, BlueGrass, and Blues, Kristal's original vision, yet CBGB soon became a famed venue of punk rock and new wave bands like the Ramones, Television, Patti Smith Group, Blondie, and Talking Heads. ...

[ read more ]

The port city of Brest

The port city of Brest

[caption id="attachment_153751" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Rue Saint-Malo maisons © Moreau.henri[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Brest is a city in the Finistère department in Brittany in northwestern France. Located in a sheltered position not far from the western tip of the Breton peninsula, and the western extremity of metropolitan France, Brest is an important harbour and the second French military port after Toulon. The city is located at one of the occidental edges of continental Europe, hence the expression «Europe fro...

[ read more ]

Theme Week Tel Aviv - Maccabiah Games

Theme Week Tel Aviv - Maccabiah Games

[caption id="attachment_164835" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Baloons representing the participant countries at the 2013 Maccabiah Games © Maor X/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Maccabiah Games first held in 1932, are an international Jewish multi-sport event now held quadrennially in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Maccabiah, which is organized by the Maccabi World Union, was declared a "Regional Sport Event" by, and under the auspices of and supervision of, the International Olympic Committee and international sports fede...

[ read more ]

Return to Top ▲Return to Top ▲
Seafood Market © flickr.com - Italo Greco/cc-by-2.0
Theme Week Apulia – Bari

Bari is the capital city of the Metropolitan City of Bari and of the Apulia region, on the Adriatic Sea,...

Villa Comunale © Ettore Timi/cc-by-2.5
Theme Week Apulia – Foggia

Foggia is a city and comune of Apulia, in Southern Italy, capital of the province of Foggia. The population is...

Penha Building from 1708 © Evandria/cc-by-sa-4.0
Willemstad on Curaçao

Willemstad is the capital city of Curaçao, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea that forms a constituent country of...

Schließen