Comparing Sin City Head-To-Head To The Big Easy – All Your Questions Answered
Las Vegas and New Orleans are very similar cities in one area and completely different ones in so many other areas.
How so? Both are big-time vacation destinations that get derive most of their revenue and reputations from tourism. But that’s where the similarities end, for Las Vegas is as different from New Orleans as Anchorage is from Honolulu.
Keep reading for this head-to-head comparison between Sin City and the Big Easy. It is broken down into the following categories: prices, hotels, food, bars & nightlife, entertainment, bachelorette & bachelor parties and events.
It starts with a scene-setter overview.
This is not to say one is necessarily better than the other. It’s simply looking at each one as a vacation destination compared to the other. It is, of course, up to you to choose which one is best for you and/or your group.
Las Vegas Vs. New Orleans: Overview
Las Vegas is billboards and bright lights, elaborate stage shows and 24-hour over-the-top extravagance. New Orleans is old wooden hanging signs, Mardi Gras beads and bar bands blaring out “Sweet Home Alabama” onto Bourbon Street.
Las Vegas Vs. New Orleans: Prices
Las Vegas is the ultimate supply-and-demand market for hotels where you can get a room for as little as $19 and has high as a few grand, $15 (& up) cocktails and expense-account dinners at celebrity chef-owned restaurants. And a chance of winning it all back – and then some – at the tables and games. New Orleans is a city of high-priced hotels that compensates for with fantastic food for $10-20 and beers as cheap as $3.
Your money spent in both is dictated by the volume of what you do and consume.
Las Vegas Vs. New Orleans: Hotels
Las Vegas is high-rise hotels with dazzling displays in front of them. New Orleans is small properties with balconies and wrought-iron railings.
Las Vegas Vs. New Orleans: Food
Las Vegas is celebrity chefs restaurants and all-you-can-eat buffets. And casino coffee shops after the bars close. New Orleans is Louisiana Cajun food: gumbo, jambalaya, Po-boys and muffalettas. And Lucky Dogs and Kristal burgers after the Bourbon Street bars close.
Las Vegas Vs. New Orleans: Drinks & Cocktails
Las Vegas is martinis. New Orleans is Hurricanes, Hand Grenades and “Huge Ass Beers.”
Las Vegas Vs. New Orleans: Bars & Nightlife
Las Vegas is high-priced DJs. New Orleans is bands and Zydeco music.
Las Vegas is mega nightclubs with DJs making 50K a night pumping out music to a thousand dancing patrons, sexy-dressed girls on elevated platforms and ear-thumping and eye-popping sensations that have you saying “what will they think of next!?” New Orleans is bars pumping out cover tunes of “Sweet Home Alabama” onto Bourbon Street, where people roam from bar to bar drinking Hurricanes, Hand Grenades, colored concoctions and “Huge Ass Beers” from street vendors.
In Vegas, you had better dress up and be prepared to wait in a long line to get into a nightclub with no guarantee you’ll get in if your a guy or even an average-looking girl. In New Orleans you roam from bar to bar in shorts and flip flops.
Las Vegas is also casino lounges (some with live entertainment), bars where you can drink for free if you play video poker, and themed bars from celebrities such as Toby Keith and Sammy Hagar. New Orleans is small bars where the only celebrity is you for the night.
Las Vegas Vs. New Orleans: Entertainment
Las Vegas is blackjack, craps, poker and slot machines, plus big-time stage shows featuring residency entertainers and music stars. New Orleans is 3-for-1 Happy Hours on Bourbon Street and awesome bands at local bars like the Maple Leaf.
Las Vegas Vs. New Orleans: Events
Las Vegas is New Year’s Eve conventions and Raiders and Golden Knights games. New Orleans is New Year’s Eve, the Sugar Bowl, Mardi Gras, QuarterFest, JazzFest, Tales of the Cocktails and Saints games.
As you can surmise from this article, Las Vegas is a glitzy, often high-priced resort while New Orleans is a more down-and-dirty destination.
And I love them both!