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How to Plan a New Orleans Bachelor Party

Bourbon Street. (Photo by Paul Broussard)
- Photo by Paul Broussard

I know that as a woman, I may not seem like the best person to give bachelor party advice. However, after helping plan New Orleans bachelor parties for friends, cousins, and even my husband, I’d say I’m no rookie either. Maybe you want to party all night with the boys, or you’d rather keep it low-key with bike tours and local cuisine. Luckily for you, New Orleans has it all. From Bourbon Street to casinos to brewery tours – we’ve got your bachelor party weekend itinerary covered.

MID-DAY GRUB

The newest Ruby Slipper location on Magazine Street. (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

If your boys are into brunch, start your day with eggs and Bloody Marys at Atchafalya, Ruby Slipper, or Elizabeth’s. Or, skip straight to lunch with soul food from Acme Oyster House, Coop’s Place, or Willie Mae’s Scotch House. For brunch on the wild side, check out Burlesque Brunch at SoBou, with local performer Bella Blue, every Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

TOURS

If the groom-to-be enjoys drinking beer, your crew can book a New Orleans Brewery Tour and get shuttled around to all the best local breweries. Other fun options include swamp tours and fishing charters for guys who like the great outdoors, and bike tours for those who want to explore the city.

GAMING

Harrah’s Casino located in downtown New Orleans. (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

If your group of guys likes to roll the dice, head downtown to Harrah’s Casino for a few rounds of blackjack or roulette. You’ll be close to Bourbon Street if you want to head over afterwards to spend your winnings! If gambling isn’t your thing, opt for old school games at Barcadia or Dave and Buster’s.

DRINKING

Time for cocktails! Check out Barrel Proof, where you’ll find $6 Old Fashions during happy hour, or to the rooftop bar at Catahoula Hotel bar, or Hot Tin. If beer is more your thing, head to The Black Penny, Avenue Pub, or Tchoup Yard. For the best frozen drinks on Bourbon Street, grab a Hurricane from Pat O’Brien’s or a Purple Drink from Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop.

DINNER

Toups’ Meatery located in New Orleans’ Mid-City . (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

No bachelor party in New Orleans is complete without some serious eating. Spots like Cochon, Toups’ Meatery, and DTB all have boys night out vibes, but for something a little more casual, try Napoleon House, Port of Call, or Dat Dog. If you’re looking for late-night grub, try 13 Monaghan on Frenchmen Street.

PARTY TIME!

Bourbon Street is an obvious must for any New Orleans bachelor party. If you’re looking to add something extra, check out New Orleans Cigar Factory on Decatur Street or The Gold Mine on Dauphine for a late night dance party. For live music and more dancing, head over to Frenchmen Street and roam the bars and loungesIf you want to get a good laugh in at the groom, head over to Kajun’s Pub on Saint Claude Avenue for karaoke. And it doesn’t stop there. For some super-late-night fun, finish strong at Snake and Jakes Uptown.

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