New Orleans is a paradise for music lovers and night clubbers. From live blues and jazz bands, to electronic dance clubs, to burlesque and comedy shows, New Orleans has it all.
1. Ooh Poo Pah Doo
R&B legend Jessie Hill wrote the song Ooh Poo Pah Doo in 1960, and this top hit was the inspiration for this bar on 1931 Orleans Avenue in Treme. It features live music most weekends. The house band at Ooh Poo Pah Doo welcomes a wide variety of performers too, and the warm, welcoming vibe honors Hill’s legacy.
2. Chickie Wah Wah
Not many tourists find this chilled out, friendly club. The grown-up vibe, the eclectic line- up, sometimes headed by award winning blues pianist Jon Cleary, and the pop up barbeque restaurant creates a relaxed atmosphere to make Chickie Wah Wah well worth visiting.
This club was opened in 1977 by a group of young music fans to provide a place for Professor Longhair to perform. Tipitina’s has grown to hold 1000 people with standing room only. It’s a sweaty, intimate and exhilarating place to hear some great music.
4. House of Blues
The House of Blues in the French Quarter is a historic blues house that has a standing room view of the intimate stage. Each stage has Mississippi mud in a box underneath, so that ‘’every artist has the roots and the spirit of the South planted beneath their feet.’’ The place is always packed with blues artists and top names from every genre.
5. Bustout Burlesque
For unique entertainment, visit the most popular burlesque show in the city. National burlesque stars Stormy Gayle, Lola Van Ella and Gogo McGregor perform regularly, and producer Rick Delaup fine-tunes every detail of the spectacular performance, backed by an excellent live jazz band. Bustout Burlesque performances are typically held at the House of Blues in New Orleans.
6. Yo Mama’s Bar and Grill
Head here on Saturday night for one of the best comedy clubs in New Orleans. ‘’The ‘Usual’ Saturday Night’’ is an unscripted and interactive performance put on by the National Comedy Club. The audience, at Yo Mama’s Bar and Grill delights in the entertainment while eating burgers and drinking some of the 75 varieties of tequila.
7. The Republic
This posh dance club has a unique variety of music, from electronica, R&B, and house DJs. The crystal chandeliers in the cavernous interior lend an air of sophistication to the two dance floors and multiple bars. The staff at the Republic is efficient and friendly, and the crowd is young and energetic.
8. One-Eyed Jack’s
This popular club features touring and local acts in many genres including rock, metal, and burlesque shows. It’s a very cool place to dance and enjoy the music. At One-Eyed Jack’s, every Thursday is the Fast Times 80s Dance Party, which attracts a super fun crowd.
9. The Metropolitan Nightclub
Welcome to the premier video DJ dance venue in New Orleans. Partiers find themselves lost in the endless beats pumping through surround sound speakers. Music at Metropolitan Nightclub ranges from top 40s, rock, and hip hop in one room, to house, electro, techno and dubstep in the other.
10. The Maison
The Maison bar and restaurant is well known for its great music and nightclub, offering one of the city’s best dancing venues. There are three stages, often all offering live music at the same time. Come for live bluesy guitars, keys and horns!
Awesome list! I’m headed to New Orleans next week and will be sure to check out some of the places on your list! Thanks for sharing!