Type: Comedy Club, Live Music
Best Nightlife: Walking into One Eyed Jacks in the French Quarter is like stumbling into a shadow-filled red wax museum. Then you walk through the double doors and you're in a full blown (if slightly seedy) theater, with multiple bars and a big dance floor. That kooky decor, combined with the edgy blend of acts that come through the doors makes this place a hidden gem. In any given week you can catch burlesque, comedy, death metal and folk. Drink prices are reasonable compared to many other French Quarter establishments, and the rules are loose. Oh wait, there aren't any rules. Even better.
Dance Clubs: Formerly the Shim-Sham Club, this French Quarter favorite features both touring and local acts in genres from rock to metal along with the occasional burlesque show. There's a crowded bar up front that's open most nights, along with a theatre-style club in the back that hosts live music on the weekends. The vibe is kind of tired bordello meets shabby chic which adds up to a cool space to dance and hear music. The Fast Times 80s Dance Party every Thursday is jam-packed with people of all ages and features live Go Go dancers and a super fun crowd of all flavors.
Comedy Clubs: Although One Eyed Jacks isn't just a comedy club, it's also not just a dance club or a burlesque hall or a gay dance venue. Whatever you're seeking, most visitors fall in love with One Eyed Jacks, an unpretentious venue that offers outrageous comedy, live music, burlesque, gay leather nights and an always popular Thursday 80s night dance party. This local favorite is known for its flashy decor, complete with chandeliers and a grand staircase, excellent stage views and relaxed atmosphere. Great drink prices and hysterical comedy sketches seal the deal. Like so many things New Orleans, One Eyed Jacks isn't one thing, but you'll find something funny going on there most evenings.
Live Music: It's hard to beat the artsy vibe at this indie club. The music offerings are eclectic indeed, with a given week seeing the likes of a glamrock 80s hair band, a nationally touring singer songwriter, burlesque performance art and a film festival. Atmospheric red velvet curtains, gold accents and glitzy chandeliers adorn the interior - think haunted 1920s movie theater and you're getting the drift. The always-crowded front bar leads to the theater-style club in the back where the action takes place. One Eyed Jacks holds up to 400 guests, which makes it one of the most intimate places to catch a national act like The White Stripes.
615 Toulouse St
New Orleans, LA 70130
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Best Nightlife: "80s dance night every Thursdays is not to be missed."
Dance Clubs: "The weekly 80s dance party on Thursday nights is legendary."
Comedy Clubs: "One-Eyed Jacks is a stellar venue notable for its faded elegance and offbeat entertainment options."
Live Music: "Every Thursday One Eyed Jacks spins an awesome 80s dance party complete with gogo dancers and just $5 to get in."
Recommended as Best Nightlife Because: One Eyed Jacks is the premier intimate venue for alt touring acts and a locals' fave.
Best for Dance Clubs Because: OEJ's is an intimate venue with a good dance floor and a wide variety of music options.
Best for Comedy Clubs Because: Like so many things New Orleans, One Eyed Jacks isn't one thing, but you'll find something funny going on there most evenings.
Best for Live Music Because: One of the best mid-size venue in town, One Eyed Jacks hosts touring acts, local talent and performance artists including burlesque and body painting shows.