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Maple Leaf

Type: Bar, Late Night / After Hours, Live Music

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Best Nightlife: The main Uptown music joint besides Tipitina's, Maple Leaf Bar focuses on local musicians, with many taking up residency at the bar. Some of the best funk acts of the city play here, and by the crowds, you can tell the city is fully aware of that. Maple Leaf is on Oak Street, which is a prime location for doing dinner and a show. Patrons can enjoy New Orleans best music here seven nights a week, in one of the only venues around offering that kind of schedule. The fame of the Maple Leaf once lured Beyonce Knowles to shoot a promotional video for one of her singles, and the stage occasionally has a special guest jump in to jam (Bruce Springsteen and Bonnie Raitt have in the past).

Jazz Clubs: Pressed tin walls and a narrow dance floor are part of the charm of the Maple Leaf. Live bands play genres like Zydeco, rock, blues and funk showcasing the city's best talent. Unannounced sit-ins are not uncommon; Bruce Springsteen once dropped in to jam with The Iguanas and Jon Cleary's band was once joined by his frequent employer, Bonnie Raitt. Because the club is close to both Loyola and Tulane Universities, the Maple Leaf attracts a diverse crowd that includes college students, professors, tourists and hard-core music aficionados. The venue is also one of New Orleans' premier Spoken Word locations.

Live Music: Pressed tin walls and a narrow dance floor are part of the charm of the Maple Leaf. Live bands play genres like straight ahead jazz, Zydeco, rock, blues and funk showcasing the city's best talent. Unannounced sit-ins are not uncommon; Bruce Springsteen once dropped in to jam with The Iguanas and Jon Cleary's band was once joined by his frequent employer, Bonnie Raitt. Because the club is close to both Loyola and Tulane Universities, the Maple Leaf attracts a diverse crowd that includes college students, professors, tourists and hard-core music aficionados. The venue is also one of New Orleans' premier Spoken Word locations. The club has been hosting a Sunday afternoon poetry series for two decades and poets take the mike at 3pm. Call ahead for listings and cover charges.


Address

8316 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

Map / Directions
504-866-9359


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Expert Tips by Beth D'Addono

New Orleans Local Expert

Best Nightlife: "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."

Jazz Clubs: "Tuesdays are legendary at this uptown hot spot, thanks to Rebirth always being in the house."

Live Music: "Tuesdays are legendary at this uptown hot spot, thanks to Rebirth almost always in the house."

Recommended as Best Nightlife Because: When they're not touring Rebirth is onstage every Tuesday. Enough said.

Best for Jazz Clubs Because: This Oak Street club is an iconic spot for all kinds of local music uptown.

Best for Live Music Because: This uptown venue is a classic, one of the best reasons to jump in a cab to hear music.

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