A New Orleans Bachelor Party City Guide to Plan Your Weekend
If you're looking for a lively bachelor party destination, New Orleans is a solid choice. And while the Big Easy is famous for Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest, you can hit the town any time of year for a memorable celebration. Check out some of our favorite picks for a New Orleans bachelor party.
What Are Some New Orleans Bachelor Party Ideas?
New Orleans has a lot to offer a bachelor party groups, whether you're looking for good drinks, some of Louisiana's most iconic eats (hello po' boys and muffulettas) or excursions into the great outdoors. There's something for everyone here. Whatever you do: Don't forget to thank your crew with swag from The Knot Shop.
For the Nature Lovers
Ever wanted to see a gator in real life? Now's your chance. Jump on an airboat tour just outside of the city, where you'll fly above the water and have a few close encounters of the alligator kind.
For the Foodies
New Orleans is one of America's most iconic food cities so you should make the most of stuffing your gut here, be it at world-class, Michelin-starred restaurants or local favorites serving some of the best seafood, sandwiches and coffee around.
For the Drinkers
Its reputation as a party city precedes New Orleans, but it's not an unwarranted legacy—this is the home of Mardi Gras after all. Especially when it comes to the historic and iconic, Bourbon Street where you'll find a wide range of bars offering everything from live music to nightclub vibes—and good drinks like Hurricanes, too.
What Do You Do at a Bachelor Party in New Orleans?
For the ultimate bachelor party itinerary in New Orleans, follow our three-day guide to make the most of everything The Big Easy has to offer.
Morning: You can't visit New Orleans without a stop at Cafe du Monde, so why not start the trip with it. This iconic destination (seriously, it's been around since 1862) offers world-famous chicory coffee alongside powder sugar-covered beignets.
Afternoon: Burn off those pastries by getting to know the city on two wheels. Confederacy of Cruisers offers a number of easy-to-pedal tours that will show you different sides of the city life. Pick between a culinary tour (a three- to four-hour tour with stops at various foodie hot spots); a cocktail tour that includes five stops and drinks at each; or a Creole tour to see the historic architecture that runs from the French Quarter to the suburbs.
Evening: Start the night with dinner at Toups Meatery, where the name lives up to the menu. You'll find a menu featuring venison, Wagyu steak, BBQ Mississippi rabbit and more meat, alongside tasty favorites like Seafood Couvillion, made with fish, shrimp and crab fried rice. Plus, you can order cocktails by the pitcher. After dinner head to one of a few nearby bars: The Wrong Iron for 50 beers, 10 wines and a few cocktails on tap; The Bulldog Mid-City, for a lively pub atmosphere with craft beer and an outside garden space; or the Mid City Yacht Club where you'll find outdoor space and sports on TV.
Morning: Have brunch today with a side of live music at Atchafalaya, known for its jazz and Southern-Creole fare. While you listen to good music, dine on crispy oysters, deviled eggs, eggs Louisianne (a Creole crab cake, poached eggs, spinach and artichoke puree) and Lowcountry shrimp and grits among other tasty dishes.
Afternoon: Today it's time for one of New Orleans' most memorable adventures, an airboat tour. Book your Swamp Tour (boats hold anywhere from 6 to 30 passengers) for a nearly two-hour adventure where you'll keep an eye out for massive alligators, as well as other Louisiana creatures, including snakes, turtles, egrets, hawks, bald eagles and more. Not only will you get a thrill from the wildlife encounters, but you'll also love speeding down these unique waterways on an airboat.
Evening: Make the most of everything New Orleans has to offer with a night in the French Quarter and on Bourbon Street. The 13-block stretch offers more than 50 bars and it's worthwhile to hit as many as you can. Start at Erin Rose where you can also grab dinner—a classic po'boy, the area's must-have sandwich, alongside cocktails and beer. Chose between Pat O'Brien's for a taste of the original Hurricane cocktail, a New Orleans classic. Maison and The Spotted Cat Music Club are great spots to catch live jazz. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar was built in the 1700s, is dark and loud and is home some famous drinks. The Swamp offers a club-vibe with a mechanical bull, wraparound balcony and courtyard. Or the Bourbon Street Drinkery offers cocktails and craft beers in a modern art space. Of course, you can just see where the night takes you!
Morning: The last brunch on your weekend is at The Mill NOLA in the Warehouse District. Brunch, which is of Southern fare with an Asian and Caribbean twist and includes menu options like chicken and waffles, stewed beef with creamy grits and lemon-pepper wings.
Afternoon: Take your pick today: A pool party or a high speed adventure. For the first, The Country Club offers day passes to its pool where there's a bar, restaurant and clothing optional policy for a one-of-a-kind pool party. If you'd rather have a different kind of fun, head to NoLa Motorsports, the largest karting track in the country. You'll race on 30 acres of go-kart track or feel the speed in a car like a Ferrari 458 on the park's race track.
Evening: Your last dinner is at Barrows Catfish, a local spot that has roots back to 1943. On the menu you'll find New Orleans favorites, including BBQ shrimp, charbroiled oysters, crab claws, gumbo and, of course, catfish platters. End the weekend at Rock 'n' Bowl where you'll find live music, bowling and a lively bar all-in-one space. It's a worthwhile party scene to close out your New Orleans bachelor party.
Where Should I Stay in New Orleans for a Bachelor Party?
If you stay in the center of downtown, you and your crew can walk to many of the city's attractions. For activities outside of the city, Ubers are readily available.
Best New Orleans Bachelor Party Hotels
- The New Orleans Marriott is a higher-end spot centrally located on Canal Street, within easy walking distance to both the Warehouse District and French Quarter.
- The Hyatt Centric French Quarter offers an outdoor pool, bar, two restaurants and a 10-minute walk to Bourbon Street.
- The Royal Sonesta Hotel offers a French Quarter stay with budget in mind and includes a lively outdoor pool, jazz club, Cajun restaurants and nice rooms.
Best New Orleans Bachelor Party Home Rentals
- For large groups, New Orleans at Its Finest is steps away from the French Quarter, has its own pool and plenty of outdoor space and sleeps up to 16 across eight bedrooms.
- The Chartres Estate is great for smaller groups (up to eight) looking to be in the heart of the French Quarter, with a balcony that overlooks the party on Frenchmen Street.
- Groups of 12 will love the Party Pad, a spacious townhome just three blocks from Bourbon Street.