The blaring music, cheap glitzy neon lights of Bourbon Street can really become annoying, and if the masses of tourist don’t get on your nerves then the smell of beer and urine just might.
So you might want to try something different, I would suggest Frenchmen Street. Located in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood, and only comprising of two blocks; it’s known for an amazing variety of live music on just about any night of the week. The clubs on Frenchmen play everything from jazz, Latin, blues and reggae.
Most visitors never think to explore outside of the French Quarter, but what makes Frenchmen Street so unique is that the drinks are cheaper and at some venues the admission is much less than Bourbon, or even free. You can also find a varied selection of places to eat, from home style southern food, to traditional creole, either way you bound to find something to eat. Frenchmen Street has it an authentic art market; here you can experience local arts and crafts that have a distinctively New Orleans style.
Getting to Frenchmen Street is really easy, if you’re up for walking its right across from the French Quarter (Esplanade Ave.) However, you might find it easier to use a taxi or my suggestion is take an Uber. For me Frenchmen Street is a unique part of New Orleans, a place that few tourist explore, but if you want to try something different I suggest a day trip to this historic area.