• Bourbon Street

 Bourbon Street

Bienvenue to the most popular, historical, and infamous street in all of New Orleans! Located in the heart of the French Quarter, the oldest district in the city, lies Bourbon Street. Known for colossal sized drinks, live jazz music, and a host of characters, you'll never be bored on Rue Bourbon. Stretching for 13 city blocks from Canal Street all the way To Esplanade Avenue, there is so much more to this street than the notable bars and parties you're bound to see.

When France claimed the area now known as Louisiana as a colony in the late 1600s, the street was named Rue Bourbon, to honor the royal family of France, the House of Bourbon. A few decades later following the Seven Year's War, the territory was given to Spain, which is why you might notice the stunning blend of both Spanish and French architecture in this area. It was also at this time that a great city fire burned down hundreds of structures and had to be rebuilt, giving the Quarter the eclectic aesthetic you see today.

Rue Bourbon became Bourbon Street in 1803 when the United States of America acquired the territory encompassing New Orleans and a portion of the modern day state of Louisiana as a result of the Louisiana Purchase. The United States paid 50 million francs and cancelled a portion of France's debt to purchase what is now an area stretching over 15 U.S. states and a small portion of Canada. 

Join us to hear about New Orleans history, music, architecture, and of course: food! Laissez les bons temps rouler!