You probably have a mental image of Bourbon Street: drunken revelers, neon signs, debauchery of many kinds. Well, it once was just a residential street in the heart of the French Quarter—totally normal. No Big Ass Beers or Huge Ass Beers. How did it go from that to the temple of overindulgence that it is today?
In this episode of Gravy, Rien Fertel brings us the people’s history of Bourbon Street—and the story of the wickedly strong cocktail that has become one of its staples.
Here’s Rien Fertel’s book Imagining the Creole City.
You can learn more (lots and lots more) about Bourbon Street’s history in Rich Campanella’s book.
The Tropical Isle’s website—with all the Hand Grenade merchandise you could ever want—is here.
If you’re curious about New Orleans’ two Chinatowns, there’s an article about them here.