Entertainment

Top Choice Jazz in French Quarter

Preservation Hall

Preservation Hall, housed in a former art gallery dating from 1803, is one of New Orleans' most storied live-music venues. The resident performers, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, are ludicrously talented, and regu…
Top Choice Jazz in French Quarter

Fritzel's European Jazz Pub

There's no cover charge at this awesome venue for live jazz, which is so small that you really can't have a bad seat. The seating is kind of rustic: benches and chairs so tightly packed that you'll be apologizing fo…
Live Music in French Quarter

House of Blues

This national chain of blues venues has put a lot of admirable work into making their New Orleans outpost distinctive: there’s tons of folk art and rustic, voodoo-themed murals and sculptures, and the effect is more…
Dance in French Quarter

Fleur de Tease

If you’re in the mood for something a bit risqué, we’d recommend catching this burlesque show. These talented ladies, many of whom claim professional dance backgrounds, blend vintage vibe with a modern, in-your-face…
Theater in French Quarter

Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré

Going strong since 1916, Le Petit Théâtre is one of the oldest theater groups in the country. In its Jackson Sq home, the troupe offers good repertory, with a proclivity for Southern dramas and special children’s pr…
Live Music in French Quarter

One Eyed Jacks

If you’ve been thinking, ‘I could use a night at a bar that feels like a 19th-century bordello managed by Johnny Rotten,’ you’re in luck. Jacks is a great venue; there’s a sense that dangerous women in corsets, men …
Live Music in French Quarter

Palm Court Jazz Café

Fans of trad jazz who want to hang out with a mature crowd should head to this supper-club venue. Palm Court is a roomy spot that has a consistently good lineup of local legends; you really can’t go wrong if you’re …
Live Music in French Quarter

Balcony Music Club

Balcony is all about the acts: if there’s a dud band playing, you can walk on by without breaking your stride, but on good nights it's a convenient step in the French Quarter–Faubourg Marigny stumble o’ fun along De…