Venue Guide New Orleans
Frenchmen Hotel Concierge, Sagar Wadgaonkar weighs in on live music haunts in New Orleans, LA. Check back for updates
DBA (618 Frenchmen St)- Swanky live music venue with some of the most consistently good music in New Orleans, including, but not limited to Brass, Jazz, Soul, and Rock. Covers, even for the most popular bands, rarely exceed $10. Has an extensive beer and cocktail list. If you are in the mood for dancing to some great live music this is the place for you.
Snug Harbor (626 Frenchmen St)- Quite possibly the best traditional jazz venue in New Orleans. Typically features a double-header of bands at 8pm and 10pm. More of a sit at a table and sip a nice cocktail or beer kind of venue rather than a dancing venue.
Spotted Cat (632 Frenchmen St)- Snug Harbor’s more casual Trad Jazz brother. Also an amazing venue in its own right. One drink minimum, but you’ll probably want another anyway.
Three Muses (536 Frenchmen St) – Excellent dinner and jazz venue. Perfect for a more relaxed night of good food and funky music. Plan to arrive early to get a table. Spots at the bar are great too.
Checkpoint Charlie (501 Esplanade Ave)- Grungy rock venue that specializes in rock, metal, and punk. Need to freshen up? There’s coin laundry in the back.
Maison (508 Frenchmen St)- Eclectic music venue with three stages, a kitchen, and a decent bar. Wide range of musical styles; attracts a youthful crowd in their 20s and 30s.
Café Negril (606 Frenchmen St)- Reggae, blues, and Latin live music venue; one of the “dancier” places on Frenchman St- guaranteed to always be a good party
Dragon’s Den (435 Esplanade Ave)- The place for ska, dubstep, punk, and hip hop.
Blue Nile (532 Frenchmen St)- Dancey and fun music venue with good brass, jazz, soul, reggae, hip hop, and funk.
One Eyed Jacks (615 Toulouse St)- Eclectic venue with a burlesque and Jazz Age vibe near Jackson Square; has consistently good musical acts and stage performances, including burlesque and comedy shows
Maple Leaf Bar (8316 Oak St)- Well worth the streetcar, cab, or Uber ride to come to one of New Orleans’s most storied live music venues and bars; Tuesday nights feature Rebirth Brass Band, which ranks as a must-see shows when you are in New Orleans.
Tipitina’s (501 Napoleon Ave)- Another legendary venue worth the streetcar, cab, or Uber ride; hosts some of the city’s most venerable shows, including local stalwarts and out of town acts.
Mid-City Rock & Bowl (3000 S. Carrolton St)- A night at Rock & Bowl is a quintessential New Orleans experience. Eclectic venue that serves as a bowling alley, restaurant, and a large live music and dance venue. Has a highly-recommended Zydeco dance party on Thurs nights.
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