So you’re throwing your bachelorette party in the Big Easy! You’re in good company- New Orleans is one of the US’s most popular bachelorette party destinations! Let the Good Times Roll with the nonstop party on Bourbon Street, the romantic architecture of The Garden District, otherworldly cemeteries, and the legendary French Quarter.
Unlike most major cities, New Orleans has walkable neighborhoods and historic transportation options. Here’s how to get around in New Orleans-
Rent a Vehicle
Staying in The French Quarter means you won’t need a car. The French Quarter is very walkable. Parking can be a challenge, and spots are limited. Several parking garages exist on the edges of the Quarter, and they get pricey fast.
Fun fact- the St. Charles Streetcar is the world’s oldest streetcar line, operating since 1835.
Conveniently, the streetcar also connects some of New Orleans’ most significant areas, like The French Quarter, The Garden District, City Park, and Bayou Saint John.
Note: The streetcar is cash only and requires exact change. Tickets are $1.25 each way or $3 for the day pass or check out the app
Uber, Lyft, and all major rideshare companies operate throughout the city.
Tracy Nicoll’s Limousine Service has served New Orleans for over two decades and has weekday specials and bachelorette party packages.
Most bachelorette parties stay in either The French Quarter (or in the nearby Central Business district) or The Garden District. Here’s how to choose between the two and where to stay-
The French Quarter
We recommend accommodation in The French Quarter if you know you’ll be partying a lot or if it’s your first time in the Crescent City. Staying in the Quarter means you’ll be within walking distance of iconic attractions like Bourbon Street and Jackson Square, plus everything else you need, like spas, shops, and world-famous southern food.
We like these hotels for The French Quarter:
Best budget pick: Previously owned by voodoo priestess Marie Laveau, the Inn on St. Ann is a charming creole townhouse that gives you the best of the FQ for a reasonable price.
Best mid-tier hotel: Stay in the middle of The French Quarter action at Crowne Plaza and enjoy the views from the rooftop pool.
Best luxury stay: Hotel Monteleone is a living literary museum; Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, Anne Rice, and John Grisham have all been connected to this hotel (along with a few ghosts). Hotel Monteleone is also home to NOLA’s revolving Carousel Bar.
The Garden District
For those bacheloretteing on a budget or wanting a break from the crowds of the Quarter, The Garden District is a perfect choice. This area of the city is known for its towering historic estates, ancient oak trees, and romantic vibes. Mostly residential, serviced by the St. Charles Streetcar, and with its own food options, The Garden District is a great neighborhood to stay in.
We like these hotels for The Garden District:
Best budget pick: St. Charles Coach House is a budget boutique hotel conveniently located near the streetcar line for quick access to the city.
Best mid-tier hotel: Classy and trendy, The Pontchartrain is a boutique hotel built in 1927 with a rooftop bar and tasty small plates.
Best luxury stay: Old-world southern luxury collides with modern innovation at the Hotel Saint Vincent, constructed in 1861.
New Orleans has invented four of the world’s most mixed cocktails. Catch all of these with your bach party-
For the bride that doesn’t booze, check out our guide to finding non-alcoholic drinks in New Orleans.
This law (or lack of law) is part of what makes New Orleans such an incredible bachelorette party destination. NOLA’s relaxed open-container law means you can legally consume alcoholic beverages on the streets anywhere in the city!
A few shops in the Quarter and The Garden District only take cash as payment. The fortune tellers, artists, and performers set up in Jackson Square are often cash-only, and even the city-run streetcar only accepts cash. Bringing some paper payment to New Orleans is always a good idea.
When planning your bachelorette party, you might not automatically think, ‘let’s hit the graves!’ and we don’t blame you.
However, New Orleans cemeteries aren’t regular cemeteries. Filled with hauntingly beautiful architecture, interwoven with stories of Voodoo and fascinating people, plus above-ground tombs, NOLA’s cemeteries are some of the city’s biggest attractions. A free walking tour is an ideal way to explore them and hear all the juicy details.
Tip: Make sure you brush up on your cemetery etiquette before you visit!
Buy art straight from street artists at Jackson Square or from the carefully curated galleries on Royal Street. Local art is the perfect way to bring home a little slice of your epic New Orleans Bachelorette party with you.
Weddings are expensive. Bachelorette parties can also be pricey.
New Orleans has so much history and anecdotal tales hidden beneath the surface that you need a tour to get the best experience. Our private, guided tours are designed for small groups and work great for bachelorette parties. No need to choose between experiences like St. Louis Cemetery #3, Bayou St. John, Garden District, French Quarter, or Ghosts and mysteries, our tours are customized to fit your interests.