Heading to The Big Easy to celebrate the bride-to-be? There’s nothing quite like a New Orleans bachelorette party.
This city is known for letting loose and celebrating life. What more could you want out of a pre-wedding fiesta?
And while everyone can figure out how to get beignets at Cafe du Monde or party on Bourbon Street, this guide is full of local-favorite suggestions on how to truly experience New Orleans.
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Where to stay for a New Orleans bachelorette party
The Chloe is a lovely boutique hotel with just 14 rooms, a pool, a restaurant, and a bar. The hotel is housed in a 19th-century mansion and has won the accolades of top travel publications for its design and southern charm.
Hotel St. Vincent
Originally built in 1861, Hotel St. Vincent’s 75-rooms are situated in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans. This hotel hosts loads of events that would be great on a bachelorette party. These can include pool-side movie screenings, musical performances in their own Chapel Club, and flow yoga classes.
NOLA bachelorette tips and tricks
Honestly, avoid Bourbon Street
Bourbon Street is one of the most dangerous places to be in New Orleans when it comes to pickpocketing. If you want to experience it for a few hours, please do! But be sure to be extra, extra cautious of your belongings while you’re there.
We highly suggest not spending your whole trip on Bourbon Street. There is so much to see and do in New Orleans whether you’re looking to party, eat, or sightsee.
Come for a festival
Look up what festivals are going on during your trip. New Orleans is an epicenter for festivals of all kinds. You’ve certainly heard of Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest, but there are also a ton of smaller festivals that are popular with the locals.
A few to look out for include:
- The Champagne Stoll
- White Linen Night
- Bayou Boogaloo
- French Quarter Festival
- The Red Dress Run
- Zydeco Fest
- The Creole Tomato Festival
- & many, many more!
Your guide to a bachelorette party in New Orleans
What to do
Everything you need to know for the perfect bachelorette party in New Orleans.
Take a stroll on Magazine Street
Magazine Street is one of the best places for a walk with your girls. There are a ton of bars to stop in to grab a drink and thanks to the open container laws in New Orleans, you can carry your cocktail with you as you shop.
Some stores to keep an eye out for on Magazine Street:
- Lucy Rose: Women’s clothing boutique
- Home Malone: Art and gifts from local/regional artists and makers.
- Fleurty Girl: Funky, New Orleans-inspired clothing and goods.
- Dirty Coast: New Orleans clothing and gifts. Good spot to pick up souvenirs.
- Lion Heart: stationary, pens, etc. (Good place for a bride to buy thank you cards!)
- Trashy Diva: Vintage-inspired clothing. Great spot for lingerie.
JAMNOLA art exhibit (and photo op!)
JAMNOLA (joy, art, music, New Orleans) is an impressive, 12-room exhibit that’s perfect for a bachelorette party afternoon. The exhibit celebrates all that is New Orleans, from food to theatrics, through the eyes of 20 different local artists. This is one of the coolest places in NOLA to take pictures of your bachelorette crew.
Pool party at The Drifter Hotel
What happens at The Drifter stays at The Drifter. This New Orleans motel is notorious for its fun, themed pool parties where anything goes (bikini tops optional.) The ‘no cameras allowed’ rule should tell you everything you need to know.
Try a pole dancing class
For the bachelorette group looking for a fun way to stay active on their New Orleans trip, try a pole dancing class at Awakenings Pole and Aerial Fitness.
Bride Vibe yoga classes
If pole dancing isn’t your thing, how about yoga? Bride Vibe Yoga was designed especially for bachelorette groups to slow down, connect with each other, and bring a level of mindfulness to an otherwise hectic bachelorette weekend. Don’t worry though, there’s still champagne at the end.
Freaky Tiki Swamp Boat tour
Climb aboard the Freaky Tiki for one of the best bachelorette party activities in New Orleans. Complete with a killer sound system, full bathrooms, and (of course) a tiki bar, the Freaky Tiki boat will take your bachelorette crew on a boat tour of New Orleans.
All-night dance party
On the last night of your trip, we suggest going all out at The Saint. This is our favorite place for a sweaty, all-night dance party to celebrate your final night together.
Where to eat
Enjoy Vietnamese food
While you’re on Magazine Street be sure to stop by Lily’s Cafe Nola. New Orleans has a large Vietnamese population, so you’ll find killer authentic Vietnamese food all over the city but Lily’s is some of the best. Their pho and shrimp dumpling soup are rumored to be top-notch hangover cures.
The Country Club
The Country Club is a beloved NOLA brunch option, with a fun twist. This is the place to go in New Orleans for Drag Brunch. Every Saturday and Sunday, The Country Club hosts Drag Brunch at no additional cost beyond your food and drinks. This is one of our favorite things to do for a bachelorette party in New Orleans.
If you’re interested, be sure to make a reservation ASAP as they book up months in advance.
Happy Hour: Oysters and French 75s
Ready to start your evening off right? Head to Superior Seafood for some of the best oysters you’ll ever eat. Even if you’re more of a raw oyster fan, it’s worth trying their chargrilled oysters as well. The best part? You can order their frozen French 75 cocktails by the gallon for your whole group
Bar hopping guide
Bacchanal Wine isn’t your average wine bar. Their super spacious courtyard is the perfect place to enjoy any of their hundreds of wines or a cocktail. In addition, Bacchanal has live music every single day with some of the best original jazz musicians in New Orleans.
A bar for every mood
These three bars are within one block of each other and each has its own vibe, great for a fun evening out in NOLA.
- The AllWays Lounge: Fun events like Burlesque Bingo and drag shows.
- Hi-Ho Lounge: Live music and dancing
- Kajun’s pub: Great for karaoke
Live music on Frenchmen
For live music, Frenchmen street is the place to go. This corner of New Orleans is the epicenter for live performances of all kinds of music. You can’t really go wrong at any of the music venues along this street.
A few favorites to check out:
- The Spotted Cat
- Cafe Negril
- The Maison
In addition, check out WWOZ’s Livewire music calendar. This is a great resource for finding live music in New Orleans.
Looking for more inspiration for your bachelorette party?
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