Best Places for Live Music

There are so many fantastic places to enjoy live music in New Orleans—including right on the streets!—that it can be hard to narrow down your choices. Luckily, for travelers staying in the Garden District, the best entertainment in town is easily within walking distance. Maple Leaf Bar is a landmark tavern, featuring a dance floor, the classic sounds of the city, and a gorgeous tin ceiling.

Try out the Preservation Hall, a historic monument with jazz for all ages. There’s no pomp and circumstance here. There’s also no air conditioning, which makes January the perfect time to visit this establishment. Head to d.b.a., a New York-style lounge with live music every night, handcrafted pours, and an eclectic crowd.

Smoking vintage african american senior jazz musician with trumpet in front of old wooden wall. Wearing suit and cap.

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Nothing pairs better with the sounds of New Orleans like one of the city’s signature cocktails. At The Spotted Cat Music Club, you can enjoy an intimate setting, all the jazz you can manage, and the crowd is always standing room only, so make sure you arrive early. The House of Blues New Orleans is nearly a requirement to check out, with live music and staple southern dishes.

One Eyed Jacks features live music, burlesque, and comedy in a bordello-themed venue. From the three-staged Maison to Blue Nile, which is known for a little more funk, where your night will take you is anyone’s guess.