Temptations (New Orleans, LA)
327 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Hours: Noon until the party stops, 7 days a week
The Low Down
There is something to be said for things that are “old fashioned,” “throwback” and “classic,” bringing back a sense of nostalgia to a by-gone era. The same goes for gentlemen’s clubs, many of whom have interiors that stand the test of time despite changing trends and technology. While Temptations’ interior harks back to an earlier era – with dark painted hues and furniture that takes you back quite a few decades – the one major problem that I have with this club is that old doesn’t always mean opulent or classy. Temptations’ main downside is not spending the money to keep their dated interior up to a high-enough standard to provide quality to its guest or compete with other, more lavish clubs in the French Quarter. As with all of my gentlemen’s club reviews, I’ve rated the club on a scale of one to five stars, with five being the best possible rating. Before we get started, I did have the chance to review quite a number of gentlemen’s clubs during my most recent trips to New Orleans, and there are a few things you should be aware of before you head out to the Bourbon Street gentlemen’s club scene:
New Orleans Club Rule #1: Stick With The Name Brands!
While the name brand clubs, such as Penthouse, Hustler and Déjà Vu, may be the more upscale and pricier options, the quality of your experience will usually be much better here than the little hole-in-the-wall clubs on Bourbon Street (several of which have been shut down between my visits in 2015 and 2016). The name brand club parent companies have put a ton of money into giving “Vegas-quality style” to the older historic properties on Bourbon Street. Despite the name brand stigma, however, drink prices are usually the same and you can still enjoy yourself on a conservative budget.
New Orleans Club Rule #2: Be Careful On Bourbon Street!
While this could be said for any gentlemen’s club, be careful of your surrounding on your way to, while on and leaving Bourbon Street. With a high crime rate and excessive outside drinking, Bourbon Street can get a little sketchy, especially in the late evening, so it’s best not to wander around by yourself and arrange your transportation in advance.
Location & Facilities – 2 Stars
Temptations is located on the famed Bourbon Street between Bienville and Conti Streets, right in the heart of the French Quarter action. Parking is at a minimum, so be sure to take a cab, Uber/Lyft or pedicab unless you’re staying right near the club. This non-smoking club, a former governor’s mansion complete with two large chandeliers, offers three floors of adult entertainment for its guests, including an outside courtyard area. The first floor features two poles and a bar and two flat-screen TV’s, while the upstairs levels offer another bar, billiards table and private dance rooms. As stated earlier, the one main negative to this club is its dated interior, which doesn’t feel “classy” but “old.” While perhaps not a problem for local patrons, or when the club is packed during the busy weekend evening hours, as a professional gentlemen’s club reviewer I can tell you that the interior was a major turn-off and would certainly distract me as a first-time guest and an out-of-town visitor.
Staff – 4 Stars
While I didn’t interact with much of the staff during my visit, I can tell you that I found everyone to be professional and courteous during my visit.
Food & Drink – 4 Stars
While Temptations doesn’t offer food – as do none of the Bourbon Street clubs – don’t let this discourage you from visiting, as there are plenty of restaurants along Bourbon Street to grab a bite before and after your club visit. The club has a good variety of drink options; I ordered my standard Malibu and pineapple for $11.00; which was fairly average for Bourbon Street drink prices.
Dancers – 4 Stars
At Temptations, you’ll find a selection of mostly Caucasian dancers, many of whom are tattooed – a major turn-on of mine! I spent most of the time during my visit with Violet, a St. Louis native who served as my sexy tour guide that evening.
Value – 4 Stars
While dances range from $40 to $150, topless private room options are available at $250 for 15 minutes, $350 for 30 minutes and $650 for 60 minutes, with drinks included after 30 minutes. Also, while most of the Bourbon Street clubs don’t enforce their entry fee prices during the slow(er) weeknights, be sure to print out a free admission coupon from the Temptations website before you go.
Website & Social Media – 3 Stars
As with its sister Bourbon Street clubs, including Centerfolds, Scores New Orleans and Stiletto’s, www.TemptationsNOLA.com is only slightly less aged than its décor. While providing all of the basic information that you’ll need to get a feel for the club prior to going, the dated layout doesn’t go far enough to entice the customer to stop in and experience the club in person.
While the ladies might be beautiful and the location unbeatable, the club’s interior could use a little bit of work to put it on even par with the other competing Bourbon Street clubs.
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