Though largely quiet during the day, Bourbon Street comes alive at night, particularly during the French Quarter’s many festivals. Most popular among these is the annual Mardi Gras celebration, when Bourbon Street teems with hundreds of thousands of tourists. Local open container laws in the French Quarter allow drinking alcoholic beverages in the street. Popular drinks include the hurricane cocktail, resurrection cocktail and Huge Ass Beers – a large plastic cup of draft beer marketed to tourists at a low price.
The most visited section of Bourbon Street is “Upper Bourbon Street”, an eight-block section of popular tourist attractions.
Among the tourist attractions are bars, restaurants, souvenir shops and strip clubs. There are also a number of gay bars. Most bars are located in the central section of Bourbon Street. Popular bars include Pat O’Brien’s, Johnny White’s, The Famous Door, Spirits on Bourbon, and Razzoo. Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo is located on the corner of St Ann.
Arguably the most popular restaurant on Bourbon Street is Galatoire’s. However, Jean Laffite’s Blacksmith Shop and The Old Absinthe House are also popular.