• Written by Katy Reckdahl
  • Audio by Eve Abrams
  • Photos by Cheryl Gerber


Frenchmen Street

It’s gotten inundated with tourists to the point that it sometimes feels like Bourbon Street north, but Frenchmen is still one of the best strips for live music anywhere. Wander up and down, popping in for sets where you please; 6pm, 8pm and 10pm are the usual start times for shows. There’s a lot of things that go well with music, but the two best compliments we can think of are good food and drink. You’ll find both bolstering the nightly live acts that romp across this intimate performance space.

Frenchmen Art Market

619 Frenchmen St

The Frenchmen Art market has expanded in size and scope consistently since it opened, and now constitutes one of the finest regular art markets in the city. Beyond actual original artwork, you’ll find plenty of crafts and knock knacks which make for a perfect, eclectic souvenir from the Crescent City.

Marigny Opera House

725 St Ferdinand St

Holy Trinity Catholic Church, built in 1853, is now a ‘church for the arts,’ and one of the most exciting performance venues in a city with some pretty great performance venues. The Opera House blends faded elegance with a quirky mash up of a calendar, which regularly features some great acts ranging from giant puppetry to regular Sunday musical meditation to the city’s own homegrown dance troupe.

The Healing Center

2372 St Claude Ave

This enormous orange building is the focal point of all things New Age, yogic and macrobiotic in New Orleans, and includes voodoo shops, a lovely co-op, workout spaces, non-profit offices, vintage clothes, secondhand books and a wicked performance space in the form of Cafe Istanbul.


Three Muses

536 Frenchmen St
5-10pm, til midnight Fri & Sat, til 11:30pm Sun, closed Tue

There’s a lot of things that go well with music, but the two best compliments we can think of are good food and drink. You’ll find both bolstering the nightly live acts that tromp across this intimate performance space.

Arabella Casa Di Pasta

2258 St Claude Avenue
11am-10pm Mon-Thu, 10am-11pm Fri & Sat, closed Sun

A cute Italian joint that whips up lovingly hand prepared pasta dishes and seasonal salads. Hearty Italian fare that will fill you up without leaving you feeling bloated.


2315 St Claude Avenue
11am-midnight Fri-Mon

Juicy schwarma, savory falafel and other Middle Eastern goodies, served by a young staff in an appealingly artsy-grungy space.

Bao & Noodle

2700 Chartres St
11:30am-2pm & 5-10pm

Chinese classics like dan dan noodles and ma po tofu in a classic downriver house. The menu is small but diverse, and the end experience is something akin to excellent Chinese tapas.


The Spotted Cat

623 Frenchmen St

It’s crowded, hot, and the less said about the bathrooms, the better. Yet despite the above (and possibly, because of it) this remains a quintessential joint to catch great live New Orleans music. Be the playlist Dixieland, swinging brass or whatever else you fancy, everyone is dancing, drinking liquor and having a good time.


618 Frenchmen St
5pm-4am Mon-Thu, 4pm-4am Fri & Sat

Where other bars are a little ramshackle and old school, d.b.a feels newer and fresh. Some of the best live music in the city plays here, but despite big names, crowds always feel like they’re sitting at an intimate show.

AllWays Lounge & Theatre

2240 St Claude Ave
6pm- midnight Sun-Thu, 6pm-2am Fri & Sat

Stand up comedy? Burlesque? Experimental music? Wacky theater? Dance parties? General craziness? All this and more at the AllWays Lounge, seven days a week.

Mimi’s In the Marigny

2601 Royal St_
6pm-2am, til 4am Fri & Sat

One of the funkiest of this town’s many excellent neighborhood bars, Mimi’s has friendly staff, great food, good drinks and a convivial vibe that doesn’t quit.

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