Top Choice Live Music in Uptown & Riverbend

Maple Leaf Bar

The premier nighttime 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 small da…
Top Choice Live Music in Mid-City & the Tremé

Mid-City Rock & Bowl

A night at the Rock & Bowl is a quintessential New Orleans experience. The venue is a strange, wonderful combination of bowling alley, deli and huge live-music and dance venue, where patrons get down to New Orle…
Live Music in CBD & Warehouse District

Howlin’ Wolf

One of New Orleans’ best venues for live blues, alt-rock, jazz and roots music, the Howlin’ Wolf draws a lively crowd. It started out booking local progressive bands, but has become a stop for bigger-name touring ac…
Jazz in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

Snug Harbor

There may be bigger venues but, overall, Snug Harbor is the best jazz club in the city. That’s partly because it usually hosts doubleheaders, giving you a good dose of variety, and partly because the talent is kept …
Live Music in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater


On most nights of the week this is a Bywater dive, but on Thursdays regular live music brings the house down. If Corey Henry and the Treme Funktet are playing, get over here.
Live Music in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater


Swank d.b.a. consistently schedules some of the best live music in town. Listening to John Boutté’s sweet tenor, which sounds like birds making love on the Mississippi, is one of the best beginnings to a night in Ne…
Jazz in French Quarter

Preservation Hall

Preservation Hall, housed in a former art gallery that dates back to 1803, is one of the most storied live-music venues in New Orleans. Barbara Reid and Grayson ‘Ken’ Mills formed the Society for the Preservation of…
Live Music in CBD & Warehouse District

Republic New Orleans

Republic showcases some pretty awesome live acts, including George Clinton and other good funk and blues talent, but it’s also a place where teenagers from the 'burbs come to behave very badly. There’s your conundru…
Live Music in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

Apple Barrel

The Barrel is roughly the size of its namesake: you can fit perhaps a dozen customers in here without going elbow to elbow. It fits in musicians, too, who tend to play some very fine jazz, blues and folk.
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 alternative to Preservation Hall. Palm Court is a roomy venue that has a consistently good lineup of local legends; you real…