Best Places for New Orleans Nightlife: Clubs, Bars and Live Music Spots
Essentially an island squeezed between the Mississippi River and Lake Ponchartrain, New Orleans is a city defined and shaped by waterways. Nicknamed the Crescent City because of its quarter-moon shape, New Orleans was isolated from the mainland for close to 250 years. It's that very isolation that made this wonderful city a hotbed of musical innovation, resulting in Dixieland jazz, Creole cuisine, gospel music, jazz funerals and a sassy stew of cultures and mores that are uniquely its own.
Jazz, R&B, soul and anything else you can think of fills the air when you walk down the street. The city has produced its share of musical... Read more »
- Type: Live Music
- Neighborhood: Mid-city
Chickie Wah Wah is a chill club that caters to an older crowd in a smoke free comfortable environment.
Local Expert Tip: "Outside of Chickie Wah Wah is just about the best place in town to catch Endymion during Mardi Gras."
Tips is synonymous with New Orleans roots music, an uptown institution not to be missed
Local Expert Tip: "Check out music during the Foundation Free Fridays promo for free admission every Friday during the summer months. "
The 25-seat rotating novelty is the only bar of its kind in the city, with a history that dates back to 1949.
Local Expert Tip: "There's usually a wait for one of the 25 revolving seats at this iconic bar, so avoid peak hours for a better chance of climbing aboard. "
The third House of Blues to open nationally offers not one but two music venues and a line up of big name and local acts.
Local Expert Tip: "Check the concert calendar before your trip and get tickets in advance as shows tend to sell out. "
Preservation Hall is a legendary place that draws an international audience of traditional jazz lovers.
Local Expert Tip: "This is one of the few kid-friendly indoor music shows in town. "
One Eyed Jacks is the premier intimate venue for alt touring acts and a locals' fave.
Local Expert Tip: "80s dance night every Thursdays is not to be missed. "
The original d.b.a. is in NY, but we're partial to this one on Frenchmen Street for its great music offerings and clear air.
Local Expert Tip: "There's rarely a cover if you catch an early show at this smoke free venue."
Snug is a great spot for a burger downstairs before catching life traditional jazz at the upstairs small theater.
Local Expert Tip: "Ellis Marsalis, the patriarch of the famed jazz clan, performs most Friday nights. "
When they're not touring Rebirth is onstage every Tuesday. Enough said.
Local Expert Tip: "If you are in town for Jazz Fest, be sure to head to Maple Leaf for one of the "after Jazz Fest" late night shows. "
Bowling, drinking and live music with an emphasis on Zydeco? Hell yeah!
Local Expert Tip: "Have dinner first at Ye Olde College Inn, the excellent farm-to-table seafood-centric eatery also owned by the Blancher family, just across the parking lot from Rock'n'Bowl."
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