Since the Friday parades are nothing to write home about, some locals suggest making this your night to hit Bourbon Street and get it over with (others will tell you to avoid it all together). If it's you're first time in the Big Easy, you shouldn't feel bad doing the touristy thing, but, for your own sanity, a balcony is a must. If you stay on the congested street you are looking for trouble, so it's worth paying for an all-inclusive package at a Bourbon bar to get food and drink, bathroom access and, of course, an awesome view. Bourbon Heat is popular with college kids, Maison Bourbon Jazz Club is more upscale, and Bourbon Vieux has the biggest balcony out there.
Surviving Bourbon Street