Bourbon St. is a New Orleans phenomena, and it’s only a fifteen minute walk from our home base, La Belle Maison, so we decided to wander over there our first night in town.
It offers a bit of everything, from some of the highest-rated restaurants in the country to strip clubs. Bars up and down the street generally have live music, ranging from a solo guitarist singing soulful songs of love, to zydeco bands, and full-on jazz ensembles. Along the street you find music everywhere, as people try to earn a few bucks – an excellent saxophonist playing Christmas Carols, kids tapping (with tin-can lids stuck to the soles of their running shoes), or drumming on plastic buckets, guitarists who maybe can and maybe can’t hold a tune, a tuba offering a fat, lazy beat.
At night it is a pedestrian mall, and tourists flock to this never-ending party. In New Orleans you can walk on the streets with an alcoholic drink, as long as it is in a plastic container, and there are an amazing number of styles of containers, and varieties of drinks to go into them.
It’s only a 20 minute walk from our home base, La Belle Maison.
We had dinner on the balcony of this restaurant on our first visit to Bourbon Street.
Unfortunately, the appetizer of red beans and rice, etouffe, and creole was gone
before I could photograph it.
My main dish was jambalaya, and I did remember to snap a picture of that!
We went from our dinner to a drag show – one of the must-dos in New Orleans, but it was a bit disappointing. Not only did we have a cover charge, but the performers hustled for $1 tips with each song. I’ve definitely seen better!
Our next stop was much more entertaining – and free. The jazz garden features performers from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, and this group was excellent. We sat and enjoyed a 30 minute set, and took ourselves home – it had been quite a long day!