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We’ve compiled the best of the best in New Orleans - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Maple Leaf

    Carrollton-Riverbend | Live Music

    The phrase "New Orleans institution" gets thrown around a lot, but this place deserves the title. It's wonderfully atmospheric, with pressed...Read More

  • 2. Preservation Hall

    French Quarter | Live Music

    At this cultural landmark founded in 1961, a cadre of distinguished New Orleans musicians, most of whom were schooled by an ever-dwindling group...Read More

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  • 3. The Spotted Cat

    Faubourg Marigny | Live Music

    Jazz, old-time, and swing bands perform nightly at this rustic club right in the thick of the Frenchmen Street action. Sets start at 2 pm and...Read More

  • 4. Tipitina's

    Uptown | Live Music

    Rub the bust of legendary New Orleans pianist Professor Longhair (aka "Fess") inside this Uptown landmark named for one of the late musician...Read More

  • 5. AllWays Lounge & Theatre

    Faubourg Marigny | Live Music

    This lounge-theater combo has become one of the centerpieces of the local indie, avant-garde, and art scenes. Evoking 1930s Berlin, the lounge...Read More

  • 6. Banks Street Bar and Grill

    Mid-City | Live Music

    This comfortable Mid-City nightspot has become one of the city's most reliable venues for local music, with live shows—sometimes several a night...Read More

  • 7. BJ's Lounge

    Bywater | Bars/Pubs

    This gritty corner bar is a beloved neighborhood joint. Most weekends it hosts music, like Little Freddie King, who blows the top off the place. ...Read More

  • 8. Blue Nile

    Faubourg Marigny | Live Music

    Soul Rebels, Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers, and Corey Henry & The Tremé Funktet are among the talented local acts that regularly grace...Read More

  • 9. Bullet's Sports Bar

    Tremé | Live Music

    For a real taste of New Orleans, drop by on a Thursday night, when Kermit Ruffins is playing. Not just the soul of the city, but the soul food...Read More

  • 10. Candlelight Lounge

    Tremé | Live Music

    This small, old-school joint draws a crowd on Monday for jazz by Corey Henry and Friends (and free red beans and rice), and local brass bands...Read More

  • 11. Carrollton Station

    Carrollton-Riverbend | Live Music

    This cozy neighborhood bar keeps unfolding the farther back you go—from the front bar to the stage to the backyard. The regular schedule of...Read More

  • 12. Checkpoint Charlie's

    Faubourg Marigny | Live Music

    This bustling corner bar draws young locals who shoot pool and listen to blues and rock, whether live or from the jukebox—24 hours a day, seven...Read More

  • 13. Chickie Wah Wah

    Mid-City | Live Music

    Right on the Canal Street streetcar line, this neighborhood music club is unassuming from the outside but hosts some of the city's most popular...Read More

  • 14. Circle Bar

    Warehouse District | Live Music

    Like something out of a Tim Burton film, this teetering old Victorian house that straddles the concrete jungles of downtown and the Warehouse...Read More

  • 15. Davenport Lounge

    French Quarter | Live Music

    These swanky digs in the Ritz-Carlton are home to their namesake, Jeremy Davenport, an old-school crooner in the mold of Sinatra and Crosby...Read More

  • 16. Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar

    Uptown | Live Music

    A 20-minute cab ride from downtown, this popular Tchoupitoulas Street hangout for grown-ups is a lively den of blue smoke. The selection of...Read More

  • 17. Fritzel's European Jazz Pub

    French Quarter | Live Music

    An old-school gem in the midst of Bourbon Street's many venues with bad cover bands, this Dixieland music club, built in the style of the old...Read More

  • 18. House of Blues

    French Quarter | Live Music

    Despite its name, blues rarely makes the bill at this Decatur Street link in the national chain. The midsize venue embraces rock, country, soul...Read More

  • 19. Howlin' Wolf

    Warehouse District | Live Music

    This New Orleans favorite has long been a premier venue and anchor of the Warehouse District club and music scene. With a great corner location...Read More

  • 20. Kermit's Tremé Mother-in-Law Lounge

    Tremé | Live Music

    Local personality and jazz legend Kermit Ruffins now reigns at this brightly colored club that once belonged to R&B singer Ernie K-Doe....Read More

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