It’s no surprise to hear New Orleans is a hot party spot. The thrills and festivities of Mardi Gras bring in numerous college students and single adults every year without fail. But it’s a party year-round on Bourbon Street and throughout New Orleans. One reason probably being it’s legal to drink on the streets and sidewalks, if you use an unbreakable container.
With tons of local and visiting music artists frequenting bars and clubs, it’s the perfect place for listening to live jazz and blues music. Have a music vacation and check out these cool clubs in New Orleans jazz scene.
The Spotted Cat Music Club
One of the most authentic clubs in the New Orleans jazz scene is The Spotted Cat Music Club. It’s located in the Faubourg Marigny District, just a few quick steps from the French Quarter. Various live bands perform their hits every day from open to close at this music joint. Although it’s a smaller venue and easily gets packed, it just adds to the energy and overall experience you’ll have here.
Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse
At the Royal Sonesta Hotel is Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse. Irvin Mayfield is a Grammy and Billboard Award-winning Jazz trumpeter, so you know he plays some great tunes here. This spot showcases Mayfield and other jazz talents while serving you tasty cocktails and appetizers. Weeknights until 7:00 p.m. is Playhour where club goers can enjoy $5 drinks and jazz music.
Snug Harbor has provided good food and live jazz music for more than 30 years. It’s not your typical music venue with only one room though. It has a dining room, music room and a bar, so you can move about the rooms depending on your mood that night. Snug Harbor gives you live music seven nights a week, with Charmaine Neville singing soulful R&B on most Mondays.
Fritzel’s European Jazz Pub
At Fritzel’s European Jazz Pub you’ll hear plenty of traditional jazz music. Sit and listen, dance or take your turn on stage and play some music in this place’s relaxing atmosphere. The proprietor’s goal is to make this jazz pub a home away from home for jazz enthusiasts from around the world, which most say he does a good job of.
This pirate-themed bar on Bourbon Street is always lively and amusing with its blues music and other New Orleans-style musical guests. Internationally known bluesman “Big Al Carson” is a big hit here and typically performs at the Funky Pirate six nights a week. Order one of their unique specialty drinks, like the Pirate’s Bloody Mary or Shark Attack, and then laugh and sing along with their nightly entertainment.
With the music always playing, the party continues well into the wee hours of the night, and does so every night in NOLA. Come enjoy the New Orleans nightlife with good drinks, great atmospheres and even better music at any one of these jazz or blues clubs. And don’t forget to book yourself a comfortable room at one of these hotels in the New Orleans area.