New Orleans Nightlife: May Baily's Place
Our French Quarter bar, May Baily's Place, was once one of the better known bordellos as part of the red-light district, known as Storyville, that existed from 1897-1917 in New Orleans. The modest cottage at 423 Rue Dauphine, built in 1821, was once one of the better known bordellos operating on the fringe of Storyville. Today May Baily’s Place is decorated in a Victorian style with portraits of madams by New Orleans’ famous Storyville photographer E.J. Bellocq. A framed copy of the operating license issued to May Baily is displayed at the bar. Our Bordello guest suite takes an appropriate featured place above May Baily's, and a red light still burns in the courtyard next to it as a testimony to its history.
The red light, the memorabilia and the Baily name are all that remain of an era that made even decadent old New Orleans blush.
Best Dressed Madame Contest
National Bordello Day - February 20, 2014
Our second annual best dressed madame contest at May Baily's Place pays tribute to May Baily and the former Storyville neighborhood that May Baily's Place was once part of. Blanche Debris is the grande dame and hostess of the event. Prizes will be awarded throughout the night and the best dressed "madame" will receive an overnight stay in our "Bordello Suite" located above May Baily's Place. Happy hour pricing will be offered along with a special Madame Martini and complimentary light appetizers.
Proceeds from Raffle Prizes will be donated to New Orleans Covenant House - a non-profit that provides shelter and counseling to homeless youth.