Hotel vs. Airbnb
Cost of a Cocktail
Airbnb wins out over hotels for a NOLA bachelorette bash because your group can hang together more easily and you'll get a taste of the city's architectural charm. The question then becomes where to set up your home base. Here are three areas to consider.
Staying in the heart of NOLA will mean you're walking distance to infamous Bourbon Street, but that's not all this vibrant area has to offer. During the day, you can also visit historic Jackson Square, stroll along the riverfront, or pop into the quaint stores at the French Market. Come nightfall, the party kicks into high gear with plenty of nightlife options to keep your crew having a blast.
For a New Orleans bachelorette party experience that might be more low key, the charming Garden District makes a great place to stay and explore. You'll find a mix of grand mansions and cute cottages throughout the tree-lined streets and a quieter vibe than the French Quarter.
Along Magazine Street there are tons of local eateries and eclectic shops selling everything from antiques and housewares to clothes and bath goods. And it's just a quick Uber or Lyft away from the action of the French Quarter — or even take the streetcar!
Perfect for a hipster bride, in this downriver district you'll find a collection of jazz clubs and funky bars that are a great alternative to Bourbon Street for a night out (though you'll still be super close to the French Quarter).
Frenchmen Street is known for its many live music establishments, so you'll definitely want to check out that scene. And with plenty of restaurants spanning a range of cuisines, there are lots of choices to please the posse.
Any NOLA bride should know that a huge part of the Big Easy's appeal as a BACH bash destination is the food scene. From Creole classics to toasting over mimosas or bloody marys at brunch, there are so many ways to get a taste of the amazing cuisine while also fueling up for your adventures and bar crawls. It can feel impossible to narrow down the options, but here's a start.
Not only is this restaurant and bakery known for swoon-worthy treats that you can take to-go, it also boasts a fabulous menu of Southern-inspired dishes for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Don't miss out on fluffy biscuits or New Orleans BBQ shrimp toast.
Café Du Monde French Market might just be the antidote to your crew’s collective hangover. The coffee is ‘cafe au lait’ steamed perfection—but the beignets are what y’all crawled out of bed for. These square-shaped pieces of fried dough covered in powdered sugar are the most delectable breakfast treats in all of NOLA.
Celebrate the BACH over brunch at one of the most charming restaurants in NOLA’s French Quarter. Nestled in the historic 150-year-old Princess of Monaco Courtyard, this dreamy cafe serves up delicious Louisiana cuisine and refreshing beveraginos.
To get a taste of everything, go on the New Orleans Food Crawl with your crew. You'll try all of NOLA's best dishes while hearing the stories of the origins, evolution, and current adaptations of the city's world-famous food.
You can book your party's tour directly in the BACH app.
Jack Rose is your squad’s trendy dinner spot before hitting the town! The Cajun food is fantastic and the vibes are funky and eclectic. (And that Lil Wayne portrait in the dining room? Highly Instagrammable.)
Pro tip: If you’d prefer to be outside during COVID times, ask to be seated in the garden patio.
The city has no shortage of nightlife venues for your New Orleans bachelorette party, from rooftop bars to late-night haunts. Of course, the most famous draw is Bourbon Street, but there are other unique ways to get your sip on in NOLA too.
When partying in the Big Easy, a sure-fire way to get the BACH party festivities started is a stop at Pat O'Brien's for a deliciously potent cocktail. Team BACH’s favorite? A round of Hurricanes for your crew.
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Is it a boat bayou tour? Is it a bike tour? It’s both! Climb aboard The Bayou Boogie and pedal to your next watering hole while drinking on New Orleans’ first-ever group party boat. Play your crew’s favorite songs, drink your own booze, and celebrate the BACH while coasting through the fabled swamplands of Louisiana.
You can book your group's BYOB reservation directly in the free BACH app.
The famous Carousel Bar & Lounge in Hotel Monteleone is a longtime favorite New Orleans hotspot. The classic New Orleans hotel bar is the city's only revolving bar. For decades, it has lured guests in to take a spin on the bright, circus-clad 25-seat merry-go-round.
Billing itself as not just a bar and not just a restaurant, this trendy spot pays tribute to the bordellos and burlesque halls of the city's past and is owned by Magic Mike himself, Channing Tatum. The atmosphere lends itself perfectly to a BACH bash and offers the VIP treatment with bottle service.
A bachelorette weekend needs activities that will ensure everyone in your group is letting the good times roll. From ghost tours to jazz music and karaoke, there are so many ways to round out your New Orleans bachelorette party itinerary. Bonus points if you hit the town in custom bachelorette party shirts or accessories.
Get into the NOLA spirit by booking a private burlesque dance class for your BACH! Character development, costuming, history, and so much more — this school is led by the Headmistress, Bella Blue, who has a lifetime of dance experience and has been performing burlesque for over 13 years.
You can book your party's class directly in the free BACH app.
Pool parties might be associated with Vegas, but NOLA has a spot tucked into the Bywater neighborhood where you can sip cocktails poolside in the cabana lounge (just be sure to check the latest COVID protocol).
Whether you want to unify the group or restore some peace after a crazy night out, an amazing zen-filled yoga session is just what the doctor ordered. They can host your party indoors at your Airbnb, hotel, or local studio or venture out to an outdoor park, the lakefront, or any other special spot in the city — they'll work with you to fit seamlessly within your weekend plans.
It goes without saying that New Orleans features some of the best live music in the country. Be sure to book a table at The Cat (as locals call it) for a robust lineup of jazz bands.
Stroll the streets of New Orleans for two hours on a ghosts and spirits walking tour. You'll use EMF meters to detect electromagnetic field fluctuations as you explore the famous Bourbon Orleans Hotel Ballroom. The tour also includes an exciting look at the relics of voodoo ceremonies, a vampire-slaying kit, and age-old tools of the trade used by mystical and mysterious inhabitants of NOLA.
Book your group's tour on the BACH app.
Sundays are drinking days in NOLA. Stop by four of Bourbon Street's best bars and enjoy VIP entry and a drink special at each location when you book your group's reservation on the BACH app.
Whether you want to get wild or keep it classy in NOLA, these bachelorette party ideas will ensure the bride-to-be has an unforgettable celebration. Head over to the BACH blog to find even more tips and ideas for planning your trip.