Top ChoiceLive Music in Uptown & Riverbend

Tipitina's

'Tips,' as locals call it, is one of New Orleans’ great musical icons. The legendary Uptown nightclub, which takes its name from Professor Longhair’s 1953 hit single, is the site of some of the city’s most...

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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...

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AllWays Lounge

In a city full of funky music venues, AllWays stands out as one of the funkiest. On any given night of the week you may see experimental guitar, local theater, thrash-y rock, live comedy, burlesque or a...

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Spotted Cat

The Cat might just be your sexy dream of a New Orleans jazz club, a thumping sweatbox where drinks are served in plastic cups, impromptu dances break out at the drop of a feathered hat and the music is always...

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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...

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Maple Leaf Bar

The premier night-time destination in the Riverbend area, the legendary Maple Leaf’s dimly lit, pressed-tin caverns are the kind of environs you’d expect from a New Orleans juke joint. Work up a sweat on the...

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Hi Ho Lounge

Hi Ho Lounge

Hip-hop, punk, brass bands, dance parties, live storytelling events and Mardi Gras Indians regularly pop up at Hi Ho, one of the most eclectic venues in an eclectic city. It can get pretty packed, but this...

Live Music in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

Saturn Bar

In the solar system of New Orleans bars, Saturn is planet odd. Originally it was an eclectic neighborhood bar where regulars appreciated the outsider art, leopard-skin furniture and a general, genuinely unique...

Jazz in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

Snug Harbor

There may be bigger venues but Snug Harbor is still one of the best jazz clubs in the city. That’s partly because it usually hosts doubleheaders, giving you a good dose of variety, and partly because the talent...

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...

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,...

Performing Arts in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

Marigny Opera House

This former church has been remodeled into a performing arts space that's infused with the sort of romantic dilapidation that very much fits the New Orleans aesthetic. The Opera House gained national prominence...

Karaoke in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

Kajun’s Pub

Kajun’s is guaranteed for a good cast of characters. This bar is technically a live-music venue too…if you count karaoke as live music. In any case, the karaoke is awesome (sometimes awesomely bad, sometimes...

Concert Venue in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

Music Box Village

Imagine a seeming junkyard of odd scrapped metal and wood. Now imagine those raw materials being formed into weird 'play' exhibits – a humming tower filled with pipes connected to spinning fans, or a gauzy...

Live Music in CBD & Warehouse District

Circle Bar

Picture a grand Victorian mansion, all disheveled and punk, and you’ve caught the essence of this strangely inviting place to drink. Live acts of varying quality – folk, rock and indie – occupy the central space,...

Live Music in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

Siberia

There’s always an interesting crowd in Siberia, which hosts everything from punk rock to singer-songwriter nights and from heavy metal to bounce shows. The on-site Eastern European–themed restaurant, Kukhnya,...

Live Music in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

d.b.a.

Swank d.b.a. consistently schedules some of the best live-music events in town. Listening to John Boutté’s sweet tenor is one of the best beginnings to a night in New Orleans. Brass bands, rock shows, blues –...

Live Music in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

Cafe Negril

When you spin the Frenchmen St musical wheel, Negril is the stop for reggae, blues, Latin and world music. So if you’re craving that sort of groove, and the dancing that goes with it (this is definitely one of...

Live Music in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

Vaughan’s

On most nights of the week this is a Bywater dive, but on Thursdays regular live music brings the house down. As small, intimate venues go, this can't be beat. It also hosts frequent drag shows and neighborhood...

Live Music in CBD & Warehouse District

Howlin’ Wolf

One of New Orleans’ better venues for live blues, alt-rock, jazz, comedy and roots music, the Howlin’ Wolf draws a lively crowd. The attached 'Den' features smaller acts in a much more intimate venue.