The New Orleans based House of Blues used to have a souvenir shop. After analyzing their crowd's purchasing habits for years, they decided they'd be better off re-purposing the space. Why? Because House of Blues crowds in New Orleans would rather buy shots than shirts (if you still want said shirt, they have a new, smaller merchandise section).
The re-purposing efforts have finished, and the end result is Big Mama's Lounge. The space is located right below the Parish stage, on street-level. Walk right in, pay no cover, and enjoy local acts while drinking on the cheap. Beers are priced between $2.50-5 while cocktails start as low as $4. This could eventually (if it hasn't already) turn into a great spot to pre-game before checking out a main event.
The interior is fully painted with enchanting folk art (reminiscent of the HOB interior). Saturday and Sunday afternoons are when some of the great down-home Louisiana acts are playing, so if you are walking around the Quarter, stop by for a listen and a Sazerac. When live acts aren't going off, Big Mama's has a vintage jukebox ready to play classic blues favorites. The venue is small, with a curved ceiling, making everyone feel close and connected.