5. When you think about Bourbon St, you should think about opera
In 1859, the impressively named Charles Boudousquie managed to finagle over a hundred thousand dollars to open the French Opera House on Bourbon and Toulouse Streets, which he touted to best even the most venerated opera houses of Paris. Its first, triumphant performance was of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, though today the “Old Opera House” features live rock bands, a far cry from its fabulous former self.
6. Gang wars and beer gardens?
In 1868, a man named Henry Wenger opened up a “concert saloon and beer garden” at 119-125 Bourbon, filled with pretty girls foisting steins of ale and something called a “self-acting organ,” (not what you think) a progenitor of Bourbon’s history of being a musical street. And then a massive bout of fisticuffs fight broke out between Uptown and Downtown gangs, leaving “Wenger's” with a less seemly reputation than he would have liked.