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Bourbon Street at night

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Bourbon Street at night

I'm being told by some friends that Bourbon Street is very dangerous at night. I'm wondering what the atmosphere is around 9 or 10 at night?

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1. Re: Bourbon Street at night

it is a party place, lots of people, lots of movement, music and merry.

go and enjoy, don't be stupid and you will be fine.

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Have your friends who shared the advice actually spent much time there, or did they "hear" it too.

Bourbon Street is bar district on steroids. Many bars, lots of people, some of them over served. If you use your head you will be fine. The first 3-5 blocks from Canal, (upper Bourbon), can get a little dicey later, (after 11 or so), but I am comfortable on lower Bourbon, (Toulouse and below), much later. We are 50 something and enjoy Bourbon Street very much. Like other parts of New Orleans too but always spend sometime on Bourbon.

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Bourbon Street has high police presence. Except for petty crime such as non-violent pick pocketing and purse and cell phone snatching, and absent self-induced impairment, I consider Bourbon St. safe and not dangerous, particularly between sunrise and 11 PM. As KCK suggested, seek out FIRST HAND advice, not hearsay. Also, don't confuse the concept of "Bourbon Street" with the concept of "French Quarter". The "action" portion of Bourbon St. only makes up a small portion of the French Quarter.

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My own living room can be dangerous at night - and 9 or 10 is in not really late for Bourbon Street, in my opinion. The atmosphere at 9 PM, 3 AM, 8 AM or Noon is pretty similar to me. I'm just a recent contributor to this board and our first trip was just this last year - one of the biggest things that held us back was people crowing on and on about how dangerous it is and how horribly wrecked everything is after countless hurricanes etc. And these are life-long Chicagoans mostly....folks who I would think know better than to just mimic what the media mindlessly spews about towns and crime. As soon as I got back I couldnt wait to confront these people - we immediately fell in love with New Orleans and with the Bourbon Street area. I dont know how to reinforce this without sounding preachy or like a broken record but for the most part it is safe, and you can help yourself by staying somewhat in control of yourself by not getting passed-out drunk, etc. It is a very fun, festive area - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please go and have fun!

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I have never felt threatened or unsafe on Bourbon Street. I have never seen any fights. My nights on Bourbon are generally over by midnight.

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6. Re: Bourbon Street at night

Its no more dangerous than your local bar

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I would find new friends.


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8. Re: Bourbon Street at night

With all due respect - Thousands of visitors from around the world go the Quarter every year. Lots of them stay on Bourbon all night long. If you can, relax from the hysteria and go have a good time.

Edited: 20 September 2013, 00:31
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With a little bit of caution and a lot of common sense you should be fine ( same advice I give to travelers to Baltimore). If there is any question take a cab to your hotel .

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It's dangerous. After just a few hours on Bourbon Street my head is swimming, speech is slurred and I can barely walk. Must be something in the water.

Edited: 20 September 2013, 14:52