bachelor party weekend in new orleans
If you’re planning a bachelor party weekend, look no further. New Orleans reeks (seriously though) of the havoc and fun any groom-to-be and his bros would want for their final send off before tying the knot. Regardless of whether it's your first or your 100th time visiting New Orleans, this Bachelor Party Itinerary will be a ton of fun.
Snapshot of Bachelor Party Itinerary:
Budget per Person: $99 - $165 (not counting food and drinks)
2 Days and 2 Nights
Itinerary Outline: the order of these activities isn't really important. It'll be a blast however you arrange them.
Day 1: Golfing and NOLA Brewery Tour
Golf at Audubon Park Golf Course in the Morning
What better way to start a bachelor party weekend than hitting golf balls through a warm New Orleans' morning, on freshly groomed greens, beer in hand, and your buds at your side? Bros + beer (or whatever your preferred hair of the dog is) + 18 holes .... think about it .... equals recipe for a good time. Here's a quick snapshot of the Audubon Park Golf Course, but more information can be found on their website.
18 hole, par 62 course
Listed on CNN’s "11 of the World’s Top City Golf Courses"
Proper golf attire required
$50-$60 per golfer depending on renting golf cart or walking
For cheaper golfing, check out City Park's North Course, which is $25-$35 instead.
NOLA Brewery Tour in the Afternoon
After golfing in the morning, make your way to NOLA Brewing Company for a quick brewery tour and BBQ lunch in the NOLA Brewing Tap Room. Tour Details:
Tour Times: multiple tours on Fridays (2-3pm) and Saturdays/Sundays (2-4pm)
Tour Price: FREE
Length: 15-30 minutes
Complimentary Beers: 2!!! (on Fridays only)
Night 1: Harrah's Casino and Bourbon Street Bar Crawl
Grab a cigar and get that adrenaline pumping at the Craps tables in Harrah's Casino. Though there is pretty much no dress code throughout all of New Orleans, now would be a great time to bust out those suits you and your boys look so fly in (sometimes just looking the part can go a long way for setting the vibe of the night). Also, if you feel like getting your dance on early, Masquerade Night Club is located in Harrah's. Bottle service and VIP reservations can be made on their website.
After warming up at Harrah's and hopefully not losing too much dinero, it'll be time... YES, it'll finally be time to hit BOURBON STREET, the epicenter of reason behind your journey to New Orleans for your bro's big bachelor party weekend! For an epic time on Bourbon, check out the Bourbon Street Bar Crawl page.
Here's the Bourbon Street breakdown:
0.6 miles (From Canal Street to St. Philip Street) lined with Bars, Restaurants, Dance/Music Clubs, Strip Clubs, and some shops.
The party is just as much in the street as in the bars (almost all bars serve drinks in to-go cups so you can have your drink as you walk).
At night, cars are not allowed to drive down this street as the traffic of people is too thick (this is not the place to go on a weekend night if you do not like crowds).
Many bars have balconies and galleries, great for viewing the street from above...and truly take in the madness occurring on the street from a bird's eye view.
Very few bars (not strip clubs) have a cover charge to get in.
No dress code. People will range from suit/tie and cocktail dresses to t-shirts and shorts. It all depends on what look you're feeling that night.
Day 2: Explore the French Quarter and Swamp Tour
Explore the French Quarter (Morning)
Let's face it...on the morning after your big night on Bourbon Street, you're probably going to be hungover. This is the perfect time to take in New Orleans at a slower pace and wander the French Quarter. Check out this list detailing The 12 Best Things to Do in the French Quarter.
Start the morning off with a hearty southern breakfast so your group's feeling ready and rallied for an exhilarating airboat swamp tour in the afternoon. If you're interested in a great bottomless mimosas deal, try 801 Royal on weekends or Tableau any day of the week.
Airboat Swamp Tour in the Afternoon
For the next adventure of your bachelor party, take an airboat swamp tour. Airboat tours are immensely exhilarating as you whip around the swamps and bayou's at top speeds. Imagine Tokyo Drift, but while searching for alligators...yeah, its that cool. And if you didn't grow up near a swamp-like habitat, you might find it fascinating to know that there is no shortage of alligators! You can pretty much guarantee spotting a few of these prehistoric beasts between the months of March through October. But...they do the alligator equivalent to hibernation (called brumation) during the cold months and remain underwater for most of the time. However, if you happen to do your bachelor party between November-February, riding an airboat, exploring swamp/bayou/marsh terrains, and observing the other wildlife species in the area is still an awesome experience.
When choosing a tour, we'd suggest going with the 15 to 25 passenger airboat option over the 6 to 8 passenger airboat to save a couple bucks. Because the airboats are set up with bleacher seating, it really doesn't make a difference in terms of what you hear or see. Total round trip (leave your hotel / arrive back at your hotel) is 4 hours so you may want to eat a hearty breakfast. Tickets for swamp tours generally run around $39 - $95 (depending on size of airboat you choose and whether you drive yourself or get picked up from your hotel). Because of the hefty price, if you're going on a Swamp Tour just because you really want to see alligators, it may not be worth it November - February. March - October is usually smooth sailing on the alligator watch though.
Night 2: Burlesque Show and Frenchmen Street
Burlesque at House of Blues
Whoever said you couldn't have a little showmanship in the debauchery of your bachelor party? Burlesque provides a sorta tame, pretty raunchy, overall entertaining spectacle of a good time. Also, this is another opportunity to knockout two birds with one stone: (1) classic bachelor party item and (2) experience a famous NOLA art form. Aside from live music, burlesque is one of the most notorious theatrical arts New Orleans has made a tradition of. The best Burlesque shows in the Crescent City are accompanied by a live band, usually playing upbeat Jazz and Blues, as well as a hodgepodge of other talented musicians, singers, stunt people, magicians, and really anything...sometimes Burlesque shows can even seem a little circus-like.
Probably the best productions of Burlesque are put on by Bustout Burlesque at the House of Blues (which is an awesome French Quarter venue in general if you're looking for a show). Another great demonstration of Burlesque is put on by the Fleur de Tease, which has shows at a variety of venues city-wide each week. Showtimes are mostly on FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS so some rearranging of this itinerary may be necessary depending on what days you're in town. Tickets are generally between $15-25.
Live Music on Frenchmen Street
After some burlesque make your way (or stumble...whatever you prefer) over to Frenchmen Street.
Frenchmen Street is well known for being the birthplace of Jazz and Blues and there isn't any lack of it in the 17 music clubs featured on this street. Also, if the bros in your bachelor party enjoy swing dancing, or dancing in general, Frenchmen hosts an awe-inspiring dance scene that's both incredibly fun to partake in and even just witness. Though tourist friendly, Frenchmen is a much more local scene compared to to Bourbon, and true New Orleans culture can be experienced at a somewhat slower pace. Some Frenchmen Street music club favorites include The Spotted Cat, 30/90, and Maison.
Late Night Munchies Tip (on Frenchmen): Go to Dat Dog. Not only does it have a bar inside, but you can also get CRAWFISH SAUGAGE, or alligator sausage, or whatever kind of sausage you want.
Frenchmen Street is located in the Marigny, one block down river from the French Quarter.
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