Best live music venues in New Orleans, Louisiana

7 Of The Best Live Music Venues In New Orleans

Louisiana’s French Creole culture is home to some incredible music. Whether you are looking for blues, jazz or the latest singer-songwriter in the Southland, you can find them in New Orleans.

These are some of the best live music venues in New Orleans to catch a set.

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1. Tipitina’s

Since 1977 Tipitina’s has been a favorite spot for live music and dancing. The black and white tiled warehouse has become a beloved space for great local, live music. Plan a night here for incredible live brass.

Best live music venues in New Orleans

2. The Spotted Cat

This standing-room only music venue is a well-worn and intimate location. The stage is tiny, and the place is often bustling, but the music is always incredible. For a guaranteed great show, get tickets to a set here.

3. Preservation Hall

Preservation Hall might be the most famous music venue in all of New Orleans. The space has an amazing house band, a record label and even a non-profit foundation. This institution has been around since 1961, and it’s a must-visit while in the “Big Easy.” Buy tickets ahead of time.

Best music venues in New Orleans

4. d.b.a.

This intimate bar and live music venue is cozy and only big enough to be standing-room. There’s an eclectic mix of nightly music, and the bartenders pour stiff drinks all night. Get there early to claim a good spot.

5. The Maison

The Maison is something of a music complex with three stages hosting bands on any given night. They focus on jazz-based bands, and there’s plenty of room for dancing. The drinks are well-made and the bar food is perfect for late-night snacking.

6. Blue Nile

The Blue Nile is a long-standing bar for live music. There are regular shows and the sets can range from jazz and brass to funk and blues. No matter how often you visit, you’ll never get bored here. All shows are 21 and up.

7. Joy Theater

Located in downtown New Orleans, the Joy Theater opened in 1947 as a movie theater. The venue has been re-invented to host live performances, and it’s one of the city’s larger venues. For touring acts, keep an eye on the calendar.

Molly Harris

Molly Harris is a freelance travel journalist dividing her time between the United States and the Western Balkans.

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