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Top 5 Places To Watch Live Music In Jazzy New Orleans

Jack Rattenbury Jack Rattenbury

Top 5 Places To Watch Live Music In Jazzy New Orleans

A night on the town in New Orleans, and you’ll feel it’s influence on the History of Music.

Considering that live music is back in New Orleans, we thought we’d round up some of the best places to enjoy live music in the city. With incredible influence in blues, jazz, funk, and bounce, there are so many incredible places to catch a show.

As NOLA’s coronavirus restrictions ease, you can slowly hear the beats return to the city and it’s sounding wonderful.

Here are our favorite live music venues in NOLA

1. The Spotted Cat

Where: Marigny

This incredible jazz venue has announced that they are starting indoor music once again! The Spotted Cat is an intimate jazz venue with dive bar vibes (in the best possible way). The venue hosts live acts on their infamously tiny stage regularly, with the recent re-opening events strictly ticketed due to the pandemic.

2. Preservation Hall

Where: French Quarter

If there was only one institutional jazz venue in New Orleans, the Preservation Hall would be it. Although all events at the venue have been cancelled, keep your eyes peeled as the venue is preparing for your return. If you’ve never been, you have to visit this place as soon as its possible. This intimate city staple has been keeping New Orleans entertained since the 1950s!

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3. The Jazz Playhouse

Where: French Quarter

An upscale, retro-tinged jazz lounge in the Royal Sonesta Hotel, The Jazz Playhouse is great if you’re looking for some cocktails and smooth jazz. We recommend one of their whiskey cocktails. The venue have been hosting socially distanced gigs, so check to see what events they have in the pipeline!

4. Commander’s Palace

Credit: Commander’s Palace

Where: Garden District

Although not a music venue, this historic New Orleans restaurants hosts an incredible Jazz Brunch every weekend. Enjoy innovative brunch dishes like their crawfish omelet, while listening to the live musical stylings of Joe Simon’s Jazz Trio.

5. Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro

Where: Marigny

Dating back to the 1800s, this upscale Creole fare is an intimate space that guarantees a good night on the town. You can’t leave this place without trying their gumbo. It’s out of this world delicious. Truly a great way to experience both the taste and sound of New Orleans.