Just walking up and down and watching people. You can get a to go cup of beer and just hang out, of course if you hear some music that you enjoy, then you can carry the beer in but they will make you purchase one there. Sometimes its fun to just hang out on the street and listen.
There are lots of shops and restaurants on Bourbon Street also. Some are very expensive and some are inexpensive like the Cajun Cabin.
The T-shirts and souvenirs are less expensive at the French Market.
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by Ken @ American Odyssey TV
March 11, 2011
From journal Mardi Gras 2011
May 30, 2005
On every corner you have a pub where you can listen to a live performance while drinking something. Many pubs become a dance club later in the evening. No admittance fee is charged in most of the places.
From journal New Orleans in April
NY, New York
January 23, 2005
From journal New Orleans the Big Easy
January 24, 2004
You have several options if you want to buy a drink. You can duck into one of the many bars or grab a drink from one of the many to-go bars. Drinks from the latter tend to be a bit weaker and just as expensive. Drinks (and food) are pricey on Bourbon Street. Hurricanes were going for $15 at one bar we went to. Pat O's probably offers the best (and original) hurricane -- the entrance is just off Bourbon.
From journal NOLA
January 30, 2002
Clubs are rocking until 5 or 6 a.m. Beer and drinks are sold on the street, and the pavement becomes sticky with spilled beer, along with the occasional urine or vomit. During Carnival, crowds can become so thick it's nearly impossible to move, especially when women are flashing and hundreds of guys move in trying to get a peek. The action is most intense towards the west end of Bourbon by the dance clubs and strip joints.
The gay crowd tends to favor the east end near "Oz". Action spills out into side streets around Bourbon, where you find smaller bars, clubs, gay bars and strip clubs. Many people are dressed to get attention, especially street entertainers like the "naked cowboy".
From journal French Quarter parades
Northern Va Suburbs of DC, Virginia
January 19, 2001
From journal Football game at the Superdome
January 10, 2001
But there is much more to Bourbon Street that imbibing liquor, if you're willing to investigate the area during the daytime. Many of the bars are worth checking out in the afternoon when the crowds have disappeared, so that you can truly appreciate the architecture and decorative touches of the older building. There are also smaller stores on Bourbon Street that may appear to be souvenir junk shops, but when you step in for a closer look you'll discover interesting (and more expensive) artifacts and memoribilia of the loacl cultures. Lots of stores sell voodoo related ites, but I wouldn't expect much of it to be authentic. Then again, do you really want to possess authentic voodoo items in your home?
From journal Louisiana: New Orleans