Down at the door.
The Famous Door
339 Bourbon St.
Bourbon Street in the heart of New Orleans' oldest neighborhood, the French Quarter. It extends 13 blocks from Canal to Esplanade Avenue. Known for its bars and strip clubs.
Its fun to visit at any time of day, but things start to get "wild" as darkness falls.
A great place for the candid photographer but as the light is low and I like to work without flash; this calls for some seriously high ISO settings. Digital noise starts to become more of a problem and the pictures start to look "Grainy". However in black and white this adds a sort of hard edged realism.
Largely quiet during the day, Bourbon Street comes alive at night, particularly during the French Quarter's many festivals. Most famous of these is the annual Mardi Gras celebration, when the streets teem with thousands of people. Local open container laws allow drinking alcoholic beverages on the Quarter's streets. Popular drinks include the hurricane cocktail, the resurrection cocktail, the hand grenade and the profanely named "huge-ass beers" – a large plastic cup of draft beer marketed to tourists at a low price.
The most heavily visited section of Bourbon Street is "upper Bourbon Street" toward Canal Street, an eight-block section of visitor attractions. Among the attractions are bars, restaurants, souvenir shops and strip clubs. There are also a number of gay bars. The strip clubs include Rick's Cabaret, Temptations and Larry Flynt's Barely Legal Club.
Most of the bars are located in the central section of Bourbon. Popular spots include Pat O'Brien's, Johnny White's, the Famous Door, Spirits on Bourbon, Channing Tatum's Saints and Sinners, Razzoo and The Cat's Meow. Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo is located on the corner of St. Ann Street.
The most renowned restaurant on Bourbon Street is Galatoire's; it represents traditional New Orleans dining and has a dress code. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop and the Old Absinthe House are two of the many casual eateries.
"Lower Bourbon Street" (lower being a reference to downriver, or downstream Mississippi River), from the intersection of St. Ann Street, caters to New Orleans' thriving gay community, featuring such establishments as Oz and the city's largest gay nightclub, the Bourbon Pub. St. Ann Street has been referred to as "the Velvet Line" or "the Lavender Line," the edge or approximate boundary of the French Quarter's gay community. Cafe-Lafitte-in-Exile is the oldest gay bar in the nation. The intersection of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets is also the center of the Labor Day weekend event Southern Decadence, commonly referred to as the Gay Mardi Gras, which attracts upwards of 100,000 participants.