Bourbon Street is a street in the heart of New Orleans' oldest neighborhood, the French Quarter, in New Orleans, Louisiana. It extends 13 blocks from Canal to Esplanade Avenue. Known for its bars and strip clubs, Bourbon Street's history provides a rich insight into New Orleans' past.Find out how to plan New Orleans trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
1700 to 1880The French claimed Louisiana as a colony in the 1690s. Jean Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville was appointed as Director General in charge of developing a colony in the territory. He founded New Orleans in 1718. In 1721, the royal engineer, Adrien de Pauger, designed the city's street layout. He named the streets after French royal houses and Catholic saints. Bourbon Street paid homage to France's ruling family, the House of Bourbon.
New Orleans was given to the Spanish in 1763 following the Seven Years' War. The Great New Orleans Fire of 1788 destroyed 80% of the city's building. The Spanish rebuilt many of the damaged structures, which are still standing today. For this reason, Bourbon Street and the French Quarter display more Spanish than French influence.
The Americans gained control of the colony following the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. They translated the French street names into English, with Rue Bourbon becoming Bourbon Street.
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This is what we were looking for!! Great bar, great live music, great atmosphere. Band just starting when we went in so no problem finding a table & getting a drink. After 10 minutes the place was... more »
Great bar. Excellent drinks. Fabulous Ambiance. Made my nephews birthday very special. Live jazz band was really good. more »
Great Bar with Awesome service & Cocktails. Cheryl & Andrew recommended cool things to check out while in town & the unique cocktail menu rocked! Love the Wizard of Oz decor too!
The best place to have a drink. Pimm's cup is my favorite drink especially with this hot weather. The bartenders never fail on any of their drinks. Worth the money for a well done drink. We even took some to go. Just amazing
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