Bourbon Street is in the French Quarter neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. It was named after the French royal family at the time of the city's founding. Bourbon Street starts at Canal Street and runs downriver 13 blocks intersecting with Esplanade Avenue, and ending one block later at Pauger Street located in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood.
The street is home to many bars, restaurants, and strip clubs, as well as t-shirt and souvenir shops. The upper end of Bourbon Street towards Canal Street is home to many of the French Quarter's strip clubs. The central section of Bourbon Street contains bars with many offering live jazz or blues music, as well as restaurants and shops. Click here to view a live cam of of Bourbon Street. From Dumaine Street to Pauger, Bourbon Street is largely residential with scattered businesses still catering to locals.
Bourbon Street comes alive at night, especially during festivals and events. The largest attraction is the annual Mardi Gras celebration, and Bourbon Street overflows with thousands of festival goers. Local open container laws in the French Quarter allow drinking alcoholic beverages in the street in plastic containers. Drinking from glass or cans is prohibited.