Best Nightlife: If you want to make a night out of listening to jazz music in a comfortable atmosphere while sipping a drink, Snug Harbor, located on Frenchmen Street is the place for you. With its classy grown up vibe, Snug allows you to really chill out and enjoy yourself without having to worry about seating, the lack of drink options, or smoking bans. Some of the city's famous Neville Brothers are regulars here, and the crowd is usually void of the type that isn't there solely for the music and the experience. With a full wine menu and regional dining options crafted by their skilled cooking staff, this really is the place to go for jazzy evening.
Live Music: You have two options at Snug Harbor, the jazz institution on Frenchmen Street in the Marigny. Sit at the bar and eat - the steaks and burgers are excellent -and watch and list to whoever is performing upstairs on live TV. Or pay the cover charge (it's always worth it) and head upstairs to the intimate little club called the "classiest jazz club in New Orleans" by The New York Times. Snug, which was frequently mentioned in reverential terms on the HBO series Treme, attracts a crowd of avid listeners, so if you ignore the band and chatter, expect to get shushed.
Local Expert Beth D'Addono Says:
Best Nightlife: "Ellis Marsalis, the patriarch of the famed jazz clan, performs most Friday nights."
Live Music: "Most Fridays at Snug Harbor you can catch patriarch Ellis Marsalis and his band in an incredibly intimate setting."
Recommended as Best Nightlife Because: Snug is a great spot for a burger downstairs before catching life traditional jazz at the upstairs small theater.
Best for Live Music Because: Snug is an institution, a place to hear the city's first families of jazz, from the Nevilles to the Marsalis clan.