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Although this historic French Quarter street has a bawdy reputation due to the burlesque clubs and all-night partying, “Rue Bourbon” is steeped in history and folklore. It dates back to 1718 when New Orleans was founded.
Removed from the glitzy neon lights and blaring cover music of Bourbon Street is a compact musical enclave where the “locals” hang out. A 2-block-long entertainment district with live music, cheap drinks and no cover charge at most bars.
All sorts of funky roots music can be heard here on a nightly basis, ranging from blues to traditional jazz to Latin. The Cat is a favorite hangout for many on the Frenchmen Street scene.
623 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70116
Located on historic Basin Street, St. Louis Cemetery #1 is the burial place of Marie Laveau, the legendary “voodoo queen.” Believers and non-believers alike make pilgrimages to her tomb to make offerings to her spirit.
Basin at St. Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70112