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Cooter Browns Grill & Oyster Bar 509 S. Carrollton Ave. New Orleans, LA 70118 Phone: 504-866-9104. One of our favorite bars in the US! What else needs to be said ... Gambit Magazine, 1st place - Best Place to Get a Cold Beer, 1st place - Best Sports Bar, 2nd place - Best Place To Shoot Pool, 3rd place - Best Place to Get Oysters on the Half Shell. Throw in about 15 big plasa screens for sports and a great grill and you may never leave!

House Of Blues 225 Decatur Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130. Phone: (504) 529-BLUE. One of the best places in the United States to see live music, plus the food is great! An evening must for anyone coming to New Orleans who love music!

Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville 1104 Decatur Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116. Phone: 504.592.2565. Message from Jimmy ... "I have always enjoyed food as much as I have music. Both are celebrations in life and go hand in hand. There is nothing more satisfying than good music with good food. That was the idea when I opened up the Margaritaville Cafe in Key West. Nothing stuffy, just kick back, have fun and enjoy great local food and listen to great live bands. So loosen up, open up the menu, order one of everything, savor each selection and get into the Margaritaville state of mind." Live music schedule

Krazy Korner - 640 Bourbon Street (corner of Bourbon Street & St Peter), New Orleans, Louisiana. Phone: 504-524-3157. Let THE KRAZY KORNER swallow you up for a full night of everything you ever hoped the French Quarter might be and so much more. Can one place offer the best Cajun rhythms in town and then turn right around and dig deep into rhythm and blues? Uh - yeah! Krazy Korner can. Did you ever imagine yourself in a Bourbon Street bar playing the washboard at 3 a.m.? We thought so - here's your chance. The Krazy Korner is designed to let you go a little Krazy, dance the night away, enjoy some Krazy cocktails at moderate prices and meet some of the most offbeat characters you're likely to find in the city. There's only one way you can honestly tell your friends you've "been there and got the t-shirt." But what will people say? Hey - what happens at The Krazy Korner stays deep inside.

Old Opera House - 601 Bourbon Street (corner of Bourbon and Toulouse), New Orleans, Louisiana. Phone: 504-522-3265. Ask many first time New Orleans visitors what they'll remember most about the French Quarter and you'll hear a chorus of "The Old Opera House." If you're looking for music like Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco hellraisers, or Jimmy Thibodeaux's Cajun band, this is your place. And you don't have to wait until way after dark to hear it, because it's happening all the time, even during the 3-for-1 happy hour in the late afternoon. Rhythm and blues, jazz, Zydeco, chonk-a-chonk - everybody plays The Old Opera House, where the atmosphere will remind you of your favorite pub -- bare brick walls and all. Even though it's located in the heart of the tourist district, locals flock to The Old Opera House. Some of the biggest names in the music business go their start at this club, and it's not unheard of for some of them to pop in and play a set with the band. You wouldn't want to miss that, would you?

Tipitina's - Now you have (3) to choose from; Uptown, Downtown and the "Big Room" Concert Line: (504) 897- 3943. Some of the best lives shows on the planet have happened at one or all of these places before. Tipitina's has earned the reputation as the heart and soul of the New Orleans music community. Acts as diverse as Harry Connick, Jr., the Neville Brothers, Dr. John, The Funky Meters and the Subdudes began their careers at Tipitina's.

Snug Harbor Jazz Club 626 Frenchmen St.- New Orleans, La 70130 - 504-949-0696. One of the premier modern jazz clubs in New Orleans, with an adjoining restaurant. The finest jazz in town is featured seven nights a week with covers ranging between $5-15. Home to Ellis Marsalis most Saturday nights. Club has table seating and there is a cozy, dimly-lit bar next to the restaurant.

Steak Pit - 609 Bourbon Street, 504-525-3406. Okay, time to 'fess up - what did you really come to New Orleans for? Come on - all together now - HUGE ASS BEER! There is only one place in the French Quarter you can get an OFFICIAL HUGE ASS BEER! It's The Steak Pit on Bourbon Street, the only place you can find sweet potato fries or eggplant fries to wash down your H.A.B. And we say buy the t-shirt first at the door - Huge Ass Beers taste so much better when your shirt announces what you're drinking. And stay for dinner, because if you're going to down a H.A.B. you need some Jim Bean barbecued baby back ribs. But before you dive into a full meal, try the jalapeno peppers stuffed with seasoned crab meat. Chances are you'll need some more H.A.B.'s. And if you're planning a beer bash, order your beer, t-shirts and go-cups from Steak Pit. Hey, you've got to have something to prove you did New Orleans right. Huge Ass Beers Rock.


307 Jazz & Blues Club
Andrew Jaeger's House of Seafood

Angelle's Whiskey River
Arnaud's Richelieu Room
Bayou Bar
Blue Nile
Blues Club
Le Bon Temps Roule
The Bombay Club
The Boot
Café Sbisa
Cajun Cabin
Can Can Café
Canal Bus Stop Bar & Grill
Carrollton Station
Checkpoint Charlie's
Chris Owens Club
The Circle Bar
The Columns Hotel
Copa Cabana
Creole Queen
Crescent City Brewhouse
Dixie Taverne
The Dock
Donna's Bar and Grill
The Dungeon
El Matador
Ernie K-Doe's Mother-in-Law Lounge
The Famous Door
Fritzel's European Jazz Pub
Funky Pirate
Hard Rock Café
The Hi-Ho Lounge
House of Blues and The Parish
Howlin' Wolf
Le Chat Noir
Le Jazz Meridien
Lounge Lizards
Joe's Cozy Corner
Kerry Irish Pub
Krazy Korner
Lemoyne's Landing

The Line
Lion's Den
Loft 523
Mama's Blues
Maison Bourbon Jazz Club
Maple Leaf
Mermaid Lounge
Mid-City Lanes (Rock 'N' Bowl®) & Rock 'N' Bowl® Cafe
Natchez Steamboat
Old Opera House
Palm Court Jazz Café
Pat O'Brien's
Pete Fountain's
Praline Connection Gospel and Blues Club
Preservation Hall
Ragin' Rooster
Razzoo Bar & Patio
Ruby's Roadhouse
735 Nightclub and Bar
Shim Sham Club & Juke Joint
Seaport Cajun Cafe & Bar
Snug Harbor
Southport Hall
The Spotted Cat
Steak Pit Restaurant
Sweet Lorraine's
Treasure Chest Casino
Tropical Isle Bourbon
Tropical Isle Toulouse
True Brew Coffeehouse
Vespers Bar & Grill
The Warehouse Music Hall
Wit's Inn

307 Jazz & Blues Club, 307 Jefferson St. (Lafayette), 337-262-0307 Located on Lafayette's happening Jefferson Street, this jazz and blues club packs in the crowds with local and national acts. Have a drink the in front bar then head to the intimate, candlelit lounge in the back for some of the best music in Lafayette.

Andrew Jaeger's House of Seafood, 622 Conti 522-4964 This French Quarter restaurant serves a delectable combination of local R&B with the finest local crabs, shrimp, oysters, crawfish and other denizens of Louisiana's waters.

Angelle's Whiskey River
, 1365 Henderson Levee Rd. 337-228-8567 Your Cajun dance connection to one of the original Cajun dance halls in South Louisiana. Whiskey River is located on the Atchafalaya Swamp in Henderson, LA. Live Cajun music every Sunday afternoon from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Zydeco on 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 9 p.m. to 1am. Next time you're visiting the best foreign country in the U.S., take in Whiskey River. You'll feel like a local. And you'll be glad you did.

Arnaud's Richelieu Room, 8l3 Bienville 528-9900 Live New Orleans jazz nightly from 6:30 p.m. with no coat and tie required (although Arnaud's Restaurant does require such dignified apparel).

Bayou Bar (Pontchartrain Hotel), 203l St. Charles Ave. 524-0581 In these elegant environs (once the headquarters of piano legend "Tuts" Washington), Phil Melancon performs on the piano Thursdays through Saturdays from 9 p.m. until you finish your third cognac.

Blue Nile, 532 Frenchmen St. 948-2583 A groovy little atmospheric music club inhabiting the famed former Dream Palace digs. Interesting creative music is featured here as well as popular Latin, reggae, progressive rock and modern jazz. Great mood lighting, cool furniture and decorations as well as an extensive selection of imported draft beers & exotic beverages make this Frenchmen Street nightspot a must visit. Music nightly from 8 p.m.

Blues Club, 216 Bourbon R&B Club, 617 Bourbon 319-4784 Some say there's not a lot of good music on Bourbon Street. But these sister clubs prove that assumption wrong, with the likes of Bryan Lee and Les Getrex, Chewy Thunderfoot and Pat "Mother Blues" Cohen rocking the house every night of the week 'til the wee hours. Worth your while, even if you don't think Bourbon brews great music.

Le Bon Temps Roule, 4801 Magazine 895-8ll7 This Uptown bar features a stage known as the House of Dues upon which is performed local blues, funk, jazz and R&B for a clientele which includes undergraduates, attorneys, music freaks who enjoy a good brew and balletomanes.

The Bombay Club, 830 Conti St 586-0972 Featuring live music nightly, the Bombay lays claim to being the "premiere piano bar of the city" and is renowned for its excellent martinis.

The Boot, l039 Broadway 866-9008 Conveniently located underneath the Mushroom, the Boot is popular with those unfortunate Tulane and Loyola students bereft of expensive automobiles. Live music is performed on an occasional basis, but it's more a sports bar these days with satellite hookups & six TV screens.

Bourbon Street Blues Company, 441 Bourbon 566-l507 Live music (presumably blues) every night plus a three-for-one Happy Hour from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m., as well as karaoke and a balcony overlooking Bourbon Street.

Café Brasil, 2100 Chartres 949-0851 The musical home of cultural diversity - reggae, Latin, jazz, Klezmer - in New Orleans. Located in the Faubourg Marigny, just outside the French Quarter, between Esplanade Ave. and Elysian Fields at the corner of Frenchmen Street. Open late.

Cajun Cabin, 501 Bourbon 529-4256 Cajun music nightly with the Recycled Cajuns on Monday and Tuesday, Mitch Cormier and the Can't Hardly Playboys Wednesday through Saturday and various Cajun combos on Sunday evening. Music commences at 7 p.m. with no cover charge. There is a one drink minimum per set.

Can Can Café, 340 Bourbon 553-2372 The Silver Leaf Jazz Band plays traditional New Orleans jazz Tuesday through Sunday at 8 p.m.

Canal Bus Stop Bar & Grill, 2828 Canal 822-2011 On Mondays, the revolutionary brass band sounds of the Soul Rebels are featured; Thursdays are devoted to the distaff reggae of the Irie Dawtas; D.J. Buddy spins the turntables on Fridays and Saturdays; and D.J. Dirty Red gets down on Sundays.

Carrollton Station, 8l40 Willow 865-9190 Intimate club with a big beer selection. Music (rock to folksy singer/songwriters) on tap Wednesday through Sunday. In the general vicinity of (depending upon your state of inebriation) the Maple Leaf. Songwriters' showcase the last Sunday of every month.

Checkpoint Charlie's, 501 Esplanade 947-0979 This is one of the spots where actual French Quarter residents bide their time, specifically because there's never a cover charge and while listening to the music, one can wash one's unmentionables in the club's laundromat. Open-mike nights are frequent; the sounds range from acoustic blues to death-metal.

Chelsea's, 148 W. State St. Baton Rouge 225-387-3679 Great food and local bands, including a lot of New Orleans bands-lots for funk tastes with some touring bands too. Music usually from Wednesday through Saturday nights.

Chris Owens Club, 500 Bourbon 523-6400 The eternally glamorous Ms. Owens delivers an elegant dose of Las Vegas to Bourbon Street with her Latin Rhythms band commencing at 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday with the star herself taking the stage at 10 p.m. Reservations recommended. This is the way floor shows used to be back in the days when women wouldn't leave home without their white gloves and men indulged in the three-martini lunch.

The Circle Bar, l032 St. Charles at Lee Circle 588-26l6 The tiny (intimate) music room belies the size of the talent performing here on a nightly basis. In the shadow of General Robert E. Lee's statue, the Circle Bar is open daily from 9 p.m. until 4 a.m. with a Happy Hour between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The Columns Hotel, 38ll St. Charles 899-9308 Site of the filming of Pretty Baby (starring the adolescent Brooke Shields as a child prostitute auctioned off to the highest bidder), the Columns features John Rankin on Tuesdays, Chip Wilson on Wednesdays and Fridays belong to Ricardo Crespo, generating bossa nova between 5 and 8 p.m. Hip Happy Hour crowds.

Copa Cabana, 7609 Airline Highway 456-6089 Latin music in the suburbs of Jefferson Parish. The place where Latins go to hear real Latin music.

Creole Queen, l Poydras (at the River) 529-4567 Sail the waters of the mighty, muddy Mississippi during the nightly dinner jazz cruise. The ship boards at 7 p.m. and departs the dock at 8 p.m.

Crescent City Brewhouse, 527 Decatur 522-0571 The original New Orleans brewpub serves fresh beers brewed on the premises, Creole cuisine and live jazz seven nights a week. The music continues until midnight on weekends; on Sundays, the jazz can be sampled between 6 and 9 p.m.

d.b.a., 5618 Frenchmen 942-3731 In the heart of the Frenchmen Street "music district," d.b.a. is a very hip-but not trendy-bar that offers off-the-cuff music geared towards local music lovers.

Dixie Taverne, 3340 Canal 822-8268 Music most nights with the specialty being high-impact, loud rock, frequently in the hardcore and punk zone.

The Dock, West End Park 284-DOCK The restaurant and music venue that's going to revitalize one of New Orleans' coolest areas on the Lakefront. Regular music on Tuesday nights. Call for more information on regular music.

Donna's Bar and Grill, 800 N. Rampart 596-69l4 The headquarters for brass bands in New Orleans. The French brothers - drummer Bob and bassist George - lead the famed Monday night jam sessions wherein a Who's Who of local jazz luminaries join in the fun.

Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar, 5535 Tchoupitoulas 89l-8500 A great mix of live blues, modern jazz, various roots music and good smokes; satin smoking jackets optional.

The Dungeon, 738 Toulouse 523-5530 To give you the general idea, the Dungeon, also known as Ye Olde Original Dungeon, opens for business at midnight and your visiting great-aunt from Peoria would probably not feel that comfortable on the premises. But, in case your great-aunt is a lush, she'd probably enjoy the Dungeon's Friday morning (1 a.m. until 4 a.m.) three-for-the-price-of-one mixed drinks.

El Matador, 504 Esplanade 569-8361 No actual bullfighting allowed, but plenty of great music of all sorts, including nouveau lounge lizard acts like the SophistiCats, local and out of town punk & alt. rock bands as well as jazz crooners. Generally a late crowd kind of place.

Ernie K-Doe's Mother-in-Law Lounge, l500 N. Claiborne 947-l078 The late Emperor of the World, born in Charity Hospital, founded this one-of-a-kind bar, along with his lovely wife, Antoinette, also known as the Empress of the World. The entertainment varies but unvarying is Mrs. K-Doe's devotion to her late husband's legend. Soul food is often on the agenda.

The Famous Door, 339-341 Bourbon 522-7626 Long-time Bourbon St. impresario John Wehner presents R&B and show dance bands seven nights a week.

Fritzel's European Jazz Pub, 733 Bourbon 561-0432 Recently under new management, Fritzel's continues to offer fine trad jazz by Jack Maheu and Ryan Burrage weekly, Wednesdays though Sundays. Special musical guests from Europe generally perform as well during Mardi Gras & Jazz Fest.

Funky Butt at Congo Square, 7l4 N. Rampart 558-0872 Named after the theme song of jazz pioneer Buddy Bolden, this cozy club is where one might encounter the best of New Orleans' young jazz lions from Irvin Mayfield to Kermit Ruffins. There's a particularly voluptuous painting in the vestibule. In a previous incarnation, the Butt was frequented by Rock Hudson, whose ghost is sometimes sighted cruising the surrounding streets.

Funky Pirate, 727 Bourbon 523-1960 Long time Bourbon Street hang of Big Al Carson & the Blues Masters, the F.P. features raunchy blues from late afternoon to the wee, wee hours.

Hard Rock Café, 418 N. Peters 529-5617 Local Quarter branch of the international chain, the Hard Rock has music occasionally, including Battles of The Bands and rock-a-thons. Interesting collection of local rock memorabilia.

The Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude 947-9344 Reopened recently under new management (and repainted on the outside too!) the Hi-Ho is making a play to be one of the hipper little clubs in town. Everything from blues to funk to jazz to what-have-you; call the club for info. Open 7 days.

House of Blues and The Parish, 225 Decatur 529-2583 Comfortable, with a reliably great line-up, this is New Orleans' ultimate venue for any kind of music. The bathroom attendants are delightful, there's lots of merchandising, the art collection is enchanting and the restaurant serves the best food to be found in any Crescent City music joint. On Sundays, there are great gospel brunches. The Parish is HoB's newest room upstairs-dedicated to local artists and singer-songwriter types, and hosts a local series of music every Tuesday night with the city-sponsored Mo' Tunes concerts.

Howlin' Wolf, 828 S. Peters 522-WOLF Despite the name (conjuring images of Chicago blues), this club is the high velocity outlet for rock bands with occasional blues and jazz. Comfortable, cold A/C and owner Howie Kaplan is determined to make you love his club. Located in the Warehouse District.

Idols, 2820 Lime St., Metairie 885-9010 Lotsa brews, lotsa garage bands and original music out in "Metry." Live bands Fridays and Saturdays.

Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles 581-3756 A sophisticated cabaret with a classy bar and intimate performance room in back. Comfortable and tres chic.

Le Jazz Meridien, Hotel Meridien, 614 Canal 525-6500 Elegant jazz in the elegant lobby of an elegant hotel created by French proprietors from the country where elegance was invented.

Lounge Lizards, 200 Decatur 598-1500 This recently opened French Quarter watering hole features some of New Orleans' more bohemian blues and roots music practitioners such as 007, Marc Stone, Joe "Survival" Caruso and popular favorites like Walter 'Wolfman' Washington. Music usually starts around 9:30 or 10 p.m.

Jimmy's, 8200 Willow 86l-8200 One of New Orleans' oldest surviving music clubs, Jimmy's no longer features live bands on a regular schedule, but opens as a concert venue during Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest.

Joe's Cozy Corner, l532 Ursulines 56l-92l6 Located in the historically funky neighborhood of Tremé, right outside the French Quarter, Joe's features the ReBirth Brass Band every Wednesday at approximately 11 p.m., as well as live jazz on Saturday and Sunday, commencing at 7:30 p.m.

Kerry Irish Pub, 331 Decatur 527-5954 The heart and soul of Dublin in the middle of the French Quarter with Irish music (as well as folk, jazz and blues) seven nights a week. James Joyce would feel right at home; you may even hear locals spouting quotations from Finnegan's Wake.

Krazy Korner, 640 Bourbon 524-3157 A good place to go nuts: R&B seven nights a week.

Legends, 2708 N. Hullen, Metairie 887-3877 There's "Never A Cover Charge," the ladies drink free every evening between 5 and 7 p.m. and the bands play on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Lemoyne's Landing, Riverwalk (Spanish Plaza) 524-4809 A great view of the river plus oldies, pop and dance music ("everything but country") on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. on.

The Line, 2029 N. Claiborne 947-9622 Every Saturday night from midnight to 4 a.m., trumpeter Kid Merv & All That Jazz hosts "Round Midnight," a late-night, old-school jazz jam with some of the city's finest jazz musicians.

Lion's Den, 2655 Gravier 821-3745 Owned and operated by Irma Thomas and her husband, this is the place to witness the "Soul Queen of New Orleans." Be sure and call before departing for the club because Ms. Thomas is only in residence when she's not touring the globe.

Loft 523, 523 Gravier 200-6523 This New Orleans boutique hotel in the CBD features Frenchmen Street hipster favorites Los Vecinos and the Rob Wagner Trio on Tuesdays and Fridays, respectively.

Mama's Blues, 616 N. Rampart, 524-1871 The Funky Butt's sister club, above Mama Rosa's Pizza, sporadically showcases locals like Marva Wright, the Wild Magnolias and Cyril Neville, among others; jazz & poetry nights are also held occasionally. Best to call first.

Maison Bourbon Jazz Club, 641 Bourbon 522-8818 This stalwart Bourbon Street Dixieland & traditional jazz club currently features bands led by young jazz lion Jamil Sharif, as well as trad favorites Jamie Wight and Dwayne Burns.

Maple Leaf, 8316 Oak 866-9359 Originally a chess and music club (a couple of chess tables are still on the premises) and later famed as the site of respectively, poetry readings and some of pianist James Booker's most incendiary recitals, the Maple Leaf is still the place to go if you're craving funky New Orleans music (brass bands, blues and funk, usually) that sometimes doesn't cease until sunrise. A patio provides somewhat fresh air.

Margaritaville, ll04 Decatur 592-2560 Although owned by Jimmy Buffett, the music here is predominantly of the Louisiana variety with performances commencing daily at 2 p.m. and lasting into the evening. If your wardrobe includes a Hawaiian shirt, this is the place to wear it.

Martine's, 2347 Metairie Rd., 831-8367 Cozy place in the heart of Old Metairie, featuring local music and comedy on Fridays and Saturdays.

Mermaid Lounge, 1100 Constance St. 524-4747 If the music's weird or bizarre or avant-garde or simply amazing, the Mermaid (with its adjoining recording studio) is the place to encounter it. Anything goes at this joint, which automatically makes it the coolest club in town. Owned and operated by musicians and artists. Don't even ask for anything but the most rudimentary cocktails.

Michaul's, 840 St. Charles Ave. 522-5517 Cajun cookin' and Cajun dancin' are the mainstays here, with Cajun dance lessons offered for all you tenderfoots who haven't yet learned how to two-step, Louisiana style. Located on St. Charles Avenue downtown, with private grandstands for Mardi Gras partying.

Mid-City Lanes (Rock 'N' Bowl®) & Rock 'N' Bowl® Cafe, 4133 S. Carrollton 482-3l33 Bowling plus music plus an enshrined pair of Tom Cruise's bowling shoes®. Mid-City Lanes is home to one of New Orleans' most intense zydeco scenes every Wednesday and Thursday night, swing nights on Tuesdays and a mixed bag of New Orleans stuff on Fridays and Saturdays. The café downstairs offers a variety of local musicians included in the pay-one-price cover charge for the bands upstairs. Not to be missed is guitarist Tony Green's mural of ancient (circa l957) Canal Street.

Mulate's, 20l Julia 522-1492 "The World's Most Famous Cajun Restaurant" is the claim. Mulate's is near the Convention Center so you'll encounter plenty of conventioneers, tourists and other folk who are trying to discern the difference between "Cajun," "Creole," creosote and/or the Cretaceous period of l35 million years ago. Cajun bands play nightly with food served from ll a.m. until ll p.m. This is a hangout for local Cajun dance freaks, too.

Natchez Steamboat, Toulouse St. Wharf 586-8777 This classic Mississippi riverboat sails three times daily, at ll:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Traditional New Orleans jazz is featured and the evening cruise includes dinner (reservations required).
Neutral Ground Coffee House, 5100 Daneel 891-3381 The Neutral Ground is where potential Bob Dylans and Joni Mitchells hone their folk singing crafts. Those seeking mild intellectual stimulation can hit the chess or checker boards.

O'Flaherty's, 508 Toulouse 529-l3l7 Real Irish ales, lagers and stouts served in either the Ballad Room (with Irish music) or the Informer Room, where Irish dancing is on the fare Saturday nights.

Old Opera House, 601 Bourbon 522-3265 No opera but plenty of other live, local music seven nights a week.

Palm Court Jazz Café, 1204 Decatur 525-0200 Traditional jazz café in the French Quarter with a truly monumental selection of jazz recordings available for devotees of the music that was invented in New Orleans.

Pat O'Brien's, 718 St. Peter 525-4823 If you're a tourist, you are required to visit Pat O's, order at least one high-velocity Hurricane and listen to the piano-players. It's the law.

Patout's Cajun Bistro, 501 Bourbon 529-4054 Cajun cuisine plus Jimmy Thibodeaux and the Recycled Cajuns on the bandstand alternately during the week and weekends.

Pete Fountain's, Hilton Hotel, Poydras at the Mississippi River 523-4374 The headquarters of New Orleans' most beloved entertainer, who performs several times a month at l0 p.m. Reservations are required and shows are contingent upon Mr. Licorice Stick being in town.

Praline Connection Gospel and Blues Club, 907 S. Peters 523-3973 The "blues" part of the name is more or less defunct but the gospel brunches are still held Sundays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. On Friday nights, there's hip-hop at 11 p.m.

Preservation Hall, 726 St. Peter 523-8939 Back in the days when the future of traditional New Orleans jazz seemed dim, this is the place that kept the music alive. There is no bar or climate control. The music begins nightly at 8 p.m. with a line usually forming outside a half-hour before.

Ragin' Rooster, 228 Bourbon 528-9315 Live musicians performing jazz, R&B, blues and the oldies seven nights a week.

Razzoo Bar & Patio, 511 Bourbon 522-5l00 The delights include karaoke, three-for-one Happy Hours (4 p.m. until 9 p.m.), live music and a patio with natural humidity.

Ritz-Carlton's French Quarter Bar, 921 Canal St. 524-1331 Catch top-notch local jazz entertainers Karin Williams, Ingrid Lucia or Jeremy Davenport Tuesdays through Sunday at the five-star chain's cozy watering hole.

Rivershack, 3449 River Road 835-6933 A grill, draft beer, unusual bar stools and the world's largest collection of tacky ashtrays. The blues is in the house on Saturday evenings.

Ruby's Roadhouse, 840 Lamarque, Mandeville 626-9748 Located in St. Tammany Parish, accessible via the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, also known as "The World's Longest Bridge." The musical fare at Ruby's includes most of the Louisiana favorites (R&B, blues and zydeco) and within walking distance are Ola's Place, the greatest purveyor of Louisiana food in the universe, and the Ozone Motel, where you would not be surprised to encounter Norman Bates at the front desk.

Sandbar, UNO Campus at the Cove 286-6381 Located on the lakefront campus of UNO and often the site of performances by talented faculty members (and gigging musicians) and his various gifted students of jazz.

735 Nightclub and Bar, 735 Bourbon 581-6748 Dance music for the 2lst Century and beyond.

Shim Sham Club & Juke Joint, 6l5 Toulouse 565-5400 One of the French Quarter's more unusual lounges with live performances on most Sundays by the nouveau-burlesque Shim Sham Revue. DJs spin varied & exotic mixes from metal to glam-rock, while local and on-tour rock, metal and punk bands make frequent stops at this other-worldly outpost.

Seaport Cajun Cafe & Bar, 424 Bourbon 568-0981 Serious seafood, sandwiches, salads, breakfast and music every single night with local favorites like Jeremy Lyons, Schatzy, Rob Wagner and Panorama. Another testament to the increasing quality of music on Bourbon Street.

Snug Harbor, 626 Frenchmen 949-0696 The city's premier jazz club with live music seven nights a week. Ellis Marsalis is on stage most Fridays and Charmaine Neville sings most Mondays. A nice restaurant with great burgers and steaks is also on the premises. Two shows nightly at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Southport Hall, 200 Monticello, Jefferson 835-2903 Right across the Orleans/Jefferson Parish line, Southport features live music on Fridays and Saturdays. The front deck also hosts bands and other events. Food is available and a happy hour makes this a popular spot after work. www.newsouthport.com

The Spotted Cat, 623 Frenchmen 943-3887 All sorts of funky roots music can be heard here on a nightly basis. At least two bands perform each night - the first starting around 6 p.m. and the second about 9:30 p.m. Music ranging from blues to trad jazz to Latin and various permutations make the Cat a current favorite hang for many on the Frenchmen Street scene.

Steak Knife Restaurant and Bar, 888 Harrison Ave. 488-8981 Located in the sedate Lakeview area of New Orleans, the Knife Bar presents various jazz acts on Friday and Saturday nights from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Steak Pit Restaurant, 609 Bourbon 525-3406 "Mardi Gras All Year Long" is the motto here with live music and comedy shows plus the "Official Huge Ass Beer," which is just what the average tourist needs.

The Storyville District/Howl at the Moon, l25 Bourbon 410-1000 Rock 'n' roll piano bar and local players. Adjacent to Brennan's Red Fish Grille on Bourbon Street.

Sweet Lorraine's, l931 St. Claude 945-9654 Live jazz on the weekends with such stellar players as Michael Ward, Nicholas Payton and Clarence Johnson, III.

Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon 897-3943 Formerly the 501 Club, Tip's was founded as a clubhouse for Professor Longhair in his declining years and is a known musical historic spot. Tipitina's is the city's funkiest joint with music most nights and a famous Fais Do Do (usually with Bruce Daigrepont and his band) every Sunday between 5 and 9 p.m.

Treasure Chest Casino, 5050 Williams Blvd., Kenner 443-8000 Whatever you feel about casinos and gaming (as they politely call gambling), the places do bring in big-name acts - particularly rock groups from the '50s, '60s and '70s that evoke memories of making out in the backseats of parked cars. The coolest thing about the Treasure Chest is the woman who walks around dressed like a mermaid, which is more difficult than it sounds since mermaids don't have feet.

Tropical Isle Bourbon, 721 Bourbon 529-4109 The music generally runs from 9 p.m. 'til 1 or 2 a.m. and features local rockabilly kittens and cats Lips & the Trips on Mondays, with Late as Usual pulling in for Tuesday gigs and the Party Time Band on Wednesdays. Debi & the Deacons perform pop and variety Thursdays through Sundays.

Tropical Isle Toulouse, 738 Toulouse 525-1689 Famed funkster Papa John Gros has a regular solo gig here Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays from10 p.m.'til 2 a.m. Other nights are handled by the preternaturally tardy Late as Usual and the ever punctual Brady Roberts. Variety, they say, is the spice of life.

True Brew Coffeehouse, 200 Julia 524-8441 Located two blocks from the Convention Center, the Brew offers music, theatrical presentations and art exhibits.

Vaughan's, 800 Lesseps 947-5562 Kermit Ruffins' sets, featuring free barbecue, on Thursdays are legendary.

Vespers Bar & Grill, 1414 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 833-0050 The Latin dance hotspot on most every Saturday night. Home of Los Babies merengue band.

The Warehouse Music Hall, 7838 Earhart Blvd. 862-0519 No relation to the famed (and departed) Warehouse on Tchoupitoulas, this new Warehouse has a 24-hour restaurant, occasional local live bands and Hip-hop DJs.

Wit's Inn, 14l N. Carrollton 486-1600 The music includes Top 40 covers, jazz, R&B and on Saturdays and Sundays, singer/songwriters.

Zeppelins', 3712 Hessmer, Metairie 889-0955 Here's the lowdown: Alternative rock, hard rock, classic rock and Southern rock. Not the sort of place for fans of Bach.


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