Bourbon Street may as well be synonymous with bachelor party. And it’s no secret that hosting a New Orleans bachelor party comes with a lot of partying and good drinking. But it also comes with great live music, excellent food, and a few fun excursions for the whole group.
Follow this New Orleans bachelor party itinerary to really let the good times roll.
What to Do
The first excursion on any New Orleans bachelor party should be a swamp tour. Book through companies like Cajun Encounters or Airboat Adventures for a ride through gator country. On your tour you may encounter more than just alligators, including snakes, eagles, and turtles.
If the boat ride doesn’t give your groom his speed kick, head to Nola Motorsports, a 700-acre park with the largest karting track in the country. Along with tacking on 30-acres of karting track, your party can also drive a supercar, like a Lamborghini Huracan or Ferrari 458 on the park’s racetrack, or visit their on-site un range for a different sort of competition.
Confederacy of Cruisers offers a different set of wheels. Their bike tours include culinary experiences, a cocktail tour, or tours of the 9th Ward.
Tucked away in the Bywater area of New Orleans is an infamous, yet somehow lesser-known, pool party at The Country Club. This bohemian outdoor pool includes a poolside bar and outdoor restaurant, and a clothing optional policy.
Rock ‘n’ Bowl offers a true New Orleans bowling experience with live music, cosmic-style lanes, and draft beers. For a different way to enjoy beer, consider the NoLa Brew Bus, where tours take you to local craft breweries, including Urban South Brewery, NOLA Brewing, Wayward Owl Brewing, Brieux Carre Brewing Company, and Port Orleans Brewing. Tours include transportation or to-go cup walking options.
And then there is Bourbon Street, the most likely reason you chose New Orleans as your bachelor party destination. There are more than 50 bars on this notorious 13-block street, and we challenge you to hit them all. But if you can’t, you must visit a few favorites. For starters, there’s Pat O’Brien’s, home to the original hurricane. Then there’s Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar, built in the 1700s, it carries a haunted reputation—and the infamous voodoo daiquiri. And at the Cat’s Meow, the three for one happy hour will loosen you up enough to take part in the bar’s karaoke nights.
Still on the hunt for ideas? Download BACH, an app that lets you browse and book New Orleans activities for your crew. You can even share options with your guests for them to vote on their favorites.
Where to Eat
No New Orleans bachelor party itinerary is complete without beignets and chicory coffee from Café du Monde. Head there to enjoy the powdered, chocolate-dipped pastry for breakfast, or go late-night—it’s open 24 hours.
For a savorier brunch, Atchafalaya offers a meal accompanied by live jazz music. Dishes include the Eggs Atchafalaya with fried green tomatoes, hot buttered blue crab, spinach, and hollandaise; biscuits etouffee with crispy crawfish, ham, and peppers; or the shrimp and grits made with Creole country andouille and smoked tomatoes.
For lunch, there’s no better place to be than Commander’s Palace. The famous restaurant has been open since 1880 and serves up excellent creole-style fare, but you’ll be coming here for the 25-cent martinis, served every day with lunch.
If you’re looking for a po’ boy, another New Orleans favorite, you won’t be hard-pressed to find one on your bachelor party. Domilise’s is a no-nonsense spot offering both classic and creative versions of the sandwich (the surf and turf includes roast beef and shrimp). Then there’s Johnny’s Po-Boys, a counter-service spot established in the 1950s with a menu of more than 40 po’boy options (including alligator sausage, softshell crab, and muffaletta), and Creole-inspired hot plates.
If you’re looking for a different type of sandwich place, head to Cochon Butcher, a sandwich counter and wine bar in the Warehouse District. Some of the sandwiches on offer are the cold roast beef with horseradish and arugula on an onion bun; the Cajun pork dog on a pretzel bun; and the Moroccan spiced lamb with cucumbers, tzatziki, and chili oil on flatbread.
For a meat-centric and sophisticated dinner head to Toups Meatery in Midcity. Here you’ll find cocktails by the pitcher and the “Meatery Board” with a selection of cured meats. Menu options include the double cut pork chop served with dirty rice; Wagyu with cheese curd fondue and a roasted corn chimichurri; slow-cooked lamb neck; confit chicken thighs with a cornbread dressing; and the Gulf seafood couvillion, a dish of Louisiana Gulf fish, shrimp, and crab fat rice.
Of course, you should also find some of the seafood New Orleans is known for, and there’s no better spot than Felix’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar. This casual, local favorite offers fresh seafood dishes (think stuffed catfish or seafood gumbo) and fresh oysters delivered daily.
Where to Stay
If Bourbon Street is your home base, consider a stay at Royal Sonesta for your New Orleans bachelor party. Smack in the idle of the action, this hotel offers balconies overlooking Bourbon Street, a courtyard pool, and an oyster bar and jazz club.
The Frenchmen Hotel is a more casual spot located about a 12-minute walk from Bourbon Street and situated on a block with plenty of bars and restaurants of its own. This spot offers an outdoor pool and hot tub, as well as complimentary continental breakfast.
In the mid-range and a 10-minute walk from Bourbon Street, the modern Hyatt Centric French Quarter features upgraded rooms with shared balconies overlooking the city, and outdoor pool, bar, and two restaurants.
And then there’s the iconic and historic Bourbon Orleans Hotel, at the center of all the action in the French Quarter, just half a block from Bourbon Street. The hotel’s outdoor saltwater pool is heated and located in the courtyard, and you’ll also find a contemporary Creole restaurant and bar with live entertainment on the property. Suites in the hotel include split-level options with living rooms and wet bars, for groups that want to party before hitting the streets.
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, some of which may be sponsored by paying vendors.