A historic and much celebrated street, which runs the length of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana, is called Bourbon Street. Founded in 1718, the city of New Orleans was centered on the French Quarter. The Quarter has been the cultural hub of the city since the city was founded.
Bourbon Street is the major attraction of the French Quarter. The street is known as "Rue Bourbon" in French. The street was named to commemorate the House of Bourbon, the French Royal Family that was ruling the city at the time of the city's founding.
Bourbon Street begins at Canal Street; across Canal is Carondelet Street in the New Orleans Central Business District. The straight street runs downriver, southwest to northeast a few blocks from and roughly paralleling the Mississippi River, and to its terminus at Pauger Street in the Faubourg Marigny, which was declared as a continuation of Bourbon Street in the 19th Century.
The Street is very famous for nightlife. It offers one of the most vibrant nightlifes in the city. Often quite during the day, but the street gets extremely crowded and bouncy at night, particularly during many festivals of the French Quarter including Mardi Gras, French Quarter Fest and Southern Decadence.
Bourbon Street has many bars, restaurants, strip clubs, and t-shirt and souvenir shops. Founded in 1905, “Galatoire's” is one of the oldest and most popular restaurants on Bourbon Street.
The ‘Upper Bourbon Street’ is the most frequented section of Bourbon Street. It’s an 8 block section that is a popular tourist attraction. The upper end of the Street towards Canal Street has many strip clubs including Rick's Caberet, Temptations, and Larry Flynt's Barely Legal Club. There are many famous bars including Johnny White's, Pat O'Briens, The Famous Door, Razoo, and The Cat's Meow, towards the central section of Bourbon Street.
The Street section from the intersection of St. Anne Street proceeding several blocks northeast caters to New Orleans' thriving gay community, featuring clubs, such as “The Bourbon Pub,” “Oz,” and “Lafitte-In-Exile,” the oldest gay bar in the country.