A hangover-free guide to New Orleans

A mural by New Orleans street artist Brandan Odums on the outside of Studio Be –Chrustopher Muther/Globe Staff

NEW ORLEANS — The scene opens on a young man swaying as he tries to steady himself along the side of a building on Bourbon Street. He jerks, and then veers to the other side of the sidewalk with the urbane polish of a well-dressed zombie. After wobbling like lime Jell-O in a magnitude 6 earthquake, he falls and drops his tall plastic cup of rotgut (a poorly mixed sazerac, perhaps?) onto the street. Soon he’s on the pavement in a puddle of his own sick.

Just lovely.

Now here’s the bright side of this cautionary tale. It never happened. Maybe it did, but I was never on New Orleans’s famed Bourbon Street to witness this brand of licentiousness. Unless you’re in New Orleans for an epic hen party, or Mardi Gras, Bourbon Street is a place that is best sipped rather than gulped. Give yourself a night, and move on to other pursuits.

The Mississippi River and skyline as seen from Crescent Park in New Orleans. —Christopher Muther/Globe Staff
A brass band gets the crowd moving on Frenchmen Street in New Orleans. —Christopher Muther/Globe Staff
The wedge salad at the wildly popular New Orleans restaurant Turkey and the Wolf. —Christopher Muther/Globe Staff

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