Frenchmen Street New Orleans | 12 Awesome Places to Hear Live Music
If you want to explore New Orleans like a local, come to Frenchmen Street. New Orleans is known for its music, food, and culture, and, just outside the French Quarter, funky Frenchmen Street might be its heart. Frenchmen Street is great for live music, food and drinks. Think of Frenchmen Street as the more sophisticated older brother to Bourbon—the place to go to enjoy restaurants, bars, and night clubs without all the strip clubs and neon lights.
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Where is Frenchmen Street?
Frenchmen Street lies east of the French Quarter; it runs parallel to the promenade Elysian Fields Ave, and it stretches all the way north from the University campus in the Gentilly neighborhood to the Mississippi in the south. The trendy area you want to explore at night with all the bars, restaurants or Jazz clubs is the southern part of Frenchmen Street that lies in the Faubourg Marigny/ Bywater neighborhood. If you want to explore the creole neighborhood further, check out our self-guided Faubourg Marigny walking tour.
Here are some suggested places on Frenchmen Street that are worth exploring:
Igor’s Checkpoint Charlie (bar, live music, laundromat), 501 Esplanade Ave.
Located at the corner of Esplanade and Frenchmen Streets, Checkpoint Charlie is an offbeat jewel of the neighborhood. Have a bite to eat, enjoy a cheap beer or cocktail, take in some Rockabilly or Classic rock, and even do a load of laundry.
Mona’s (casual restaurant), 504 Frenchmen Street.
Mona’s is a great place for cheap, casual Mediterranean fare, but one of its best features is the small grocery section. Buy baklava, coffee, and spices from the Mediterranean and make people back home think you visited New Orleans by way of Lebanon.
The Maison (live music, drinks, restaurant), 508 Frenchmen Street.
Live music starts early at Maison—4pm Sunday through Friday and 1pm Saturdays. Bands play traditional jazz during the dinner hours, but beginning at 10pm, national touring funk, soul, and jazz bands rock the dance floor until the wee hours. Upcoming performances by Dysfunktional Bone, Aurora Neeland and the Royal Roses, and the Gregory Agid Quartet.
Three Muses (Restaurant, bar, live music), 536 Frenchmen Street.
Three Muses is one of the best places to grab globally inspired small plates, get a drink, and take in the music that makes New Orleans famous. Local greats like Meschiya Lake, The Shotgun Jazz Band, and the Bailey Hinton Trio perform regularly. Restaurant reservations can be made online.
Praline Connection (restaurant, pralines and cookies), 542 Frenchmen Street.
The Praline Connection has been serving Creole-influenced soul food on Frenchmen Street for decades. The food is good, but the cookies and pralines are even better. Be sure to stop in for a box to share with friends or family back home.
Dat Dog (hot dogs, sausages, burgers), 601 Frenchmen Street.
Colorful and family-friendly, Dat Dog’s Frenchmen Street location is an excellent choice for a custom artisan sausage, a drink and some fries. It boasts a beautiful balcony where patrons can sit and watch the melee below.
Apple Barrel (Live music, bar), 609 Frenchmen Street.
This bar is aptly named, since it’s one of the less spacious music venues on Frenchmen street. Still, the drinks are excellent, and the performances are nothing to sneeze at. Make sure to bring cash for drinks and to throw in the bucket sitting on the stage. Notable acts include Dre, Roger Bowie and the Midnight Visions, and Bon Bon Vivant.
Adolfo’s (restaurant), 611 Frenchmen Street.
Just upstairs from the Apple Barrel, Adolfo’s Italian Restaurant with a Cajun-Creole style is more reasonably priced than many French Quarter restaurants, but the meals are low-priced, and they ONLY take cash. Make sure to order the Ocean Sauce for your entrée, and enjoy one of New Orleans’ best kept secrets.
Electric Ladyland (Tattoo shop), 610 Frenchmen.
Get A Forever Souvenir. For more than 10 years, readers of the Gambit, New Orleans’ own entertainment weekly, have voted Electric Ladyland the best tattoo shop in town. Employees are helpful and welcoming, the shop is clean and well-organized, and the body art just can’t be beat.
d.b.a. (live music, drinks), 618 Frenchmen Street.
Since it opened in 2000, d.b.a has been slinging suds, cocktails, and some of the best Jazz in New Orleans. It’s the best place to see locally famous Jazz-men like John Boutte and Glen David Andrews, who performs at a weekly residency.
Frenchmen Art Market (local food, art, and shopping), 619 Frenchmen Street.
Open every Thursday Monday from 7pm to 1am (except Sundays when it opens at 6,) The Frenchmen Street Art Market is a great place to pick up souvenirs, meet local artisans, and people watch.
Snug Harbor (live music, restaurant), 626 Frenchmen Street.
For more than 30 years, Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro has hosted live music every night. This is the best place to see performances by members of the famous Neville and Marsalis clans. Be sure to check out the calendar online, but with two shows every night, you’re guaranteed a good time. Notable acts include the Charmaine Neville Band, Delfaeyo Marsalis, and the Carl Allen Quintet.
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