Preservation Hall

Type: Live Music

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Best Nightlife: Preservation Hall is a historical jazz venue located on St. Peter Street steps away from Bourbon in the French Quarter. Admission first come first served is $20, or reserve in advance ($30-$50) to assure a seat close to the action. Folks line up early to get one of the limited bench seats in the intimate room, after that it's standing room or floor seating, but nobody seems to mind. Top notch jazz performers are regulars here and the vibe is old school magic. This place is one for the bucket list. A band CD or a vintage looking t-shirt are great souvenir options.

Jazz Clubs: Just show up and expect to stand in line at this wonderful venue just off of Bourbon Street. But you can also order tickets online and go in at the front of the crowds, guaranteeing your party one of the hard bench seats in front of the band. Preservation Hall is a historic New Orleans tradition that spotlights talented local band leaders and sidemen that draw an international crowd of music fans. The decor is basic and consists of benches and cushions. There is no food or drink allowed in the hall and crowds are usually standing room only. Bring the kids - this is one of the few places that welcome all ages.

Live Music: Located in the heart of the French Quarter, Preservation Hall has been providing some of the best traditional New Orleans jazz since 1961. The smoke-free "Hall" is actually a tiny space with simple bench and floor seating, so if you want to get in and have a place to sit, get there early. This is one of the few venues in town that is open to all ages, a plus for families traveling with kids. Operating as a music venue, a touring band, and a non-profit organization, Preservation Hall presents intimate, acoustic New Orleans Jazz concerts some 350 nights a year featuring ensembles drawing from more than 100 local master practitioners. There is no food or drink allowed in the hall and crowds are usually standing room only. Set times are 35 minutes with 10 minute breaks in between.


726 St Peter St
New Orleans, LA 70195

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Expert Tips by Beth D'Addono

New Orleans Local Expert

Best Nightlife: "This is one of the few kid-friendly indoor music shows in town."

Jazz Clubs: "Grab a drink before you get in line and plan to finish it before you go inside - there no beverages permitted in The Hall."

Live Music: "Line up early and be patient with the wait. Enjoy a drink or two in line (fetched from any of the nearby bars) and get ready for something special."

Recommended as Best Nightlife Because: Preservation Hall is a legendary place that draws an international audience of traditional jazz lovers.

Best for Jazz Clubs Because: Preservation Hall is internationally known as THE place to go for authentic, New Orleans style jazz.

Best for Live Music Because: An institution since 1961, The Hall draws an international audience of all ages for an authentic New Orleans jazz experience.

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