Live music is in the air wherever you go in New Orleans – even if you never leave your own hotel. Here’s a line-up of great hotel bars and lounges where you can hear amazing talent perform every night of the week.
Davenport Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans
Named for crooner Jeremy Davenport, Davenport Lounge in the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans is an intimate spot to enjoy a cocktail and regroup after a day of touring.
Davenport - a St. Louis transplant who toured with Harry Connick, Jr. - is known for soulful vocals, GQ good looks and smoother than smooth trumpet stylings. He mines the American songbook and delivers romantic jazz standards onstage at Davenport Lounge Wednesday night through Saturday night.
Jeremy Davenport headlines at Davenport Lounge four nights a week — Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton New Orleans
Polo Club Lounge at Windsor Court
Jazz rules five nights a week at Polo Club Lounge in the Windsor Court Hotel, a sophisticated spot where you might catch the wonderful vocals of Robin Barnes, the Connie Jones Trio or local jazz pianist John Royen on the baby grand.
If you love cognac, this is your spot – the Polo Lounge has one of the largest cognac collections in the city.
Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse at Royal Sonesta
As the cultural ambassador for the city of New Orleans, Irvin Mayfield is always promoting the wealth of local music talent that thrives in the "Big Easy." He brings much of it to the stage at the sexy, dress-to-impress Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta every night of the week, starting during happy hour and continuing through late-night burlesque shows on Fridays at midnight.
Brass lovers won’t want to miss the late-night Saturday jams, featuring brass bands from around town. It starts “around about midnight.”
Carousel Lounge at the Monteleone
Lena Prima does her daddy proud every Saturday night at the newly expanded Carousel Lounge at Hotel Monteleone, with its famous revolving bar overlooking Royal Street, hand-crafted cocktails and authentic line-up of homegrown artists.
This is a classy place any time of day or night. Add a Ramos gin fizz into the mix – one of the best in town – and you’re in for a great time.
Located in the Garden District on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, the historic Columns Hotel offers a personal guest experience in a charming Southern setting. And on Monday night through Saturday night - usually on the early side (starting around 6 p.m.) - local musicians perform blues, jazz, Cajun or acoustic music in the Victorian Lounge or in the hotel lobby.
Be sure to spend time with bartender “Big Mike” Smith, a fixture at The Columns and a guy who not only shakes a great drink, but treats every customer like a VIP.