French Quarter Nightlife Feature Stories

The Best Live Music Clubs in the Quarter

By: Ian McNulty Top to bottom: House of Blues, Jazz Parlor at Storyville, and Lounge Lizards. The live music scene in the French Quarter is a feast with many courses, and one that caters to many different appetites. Looking for Dixieland jazz? Got it. Want to hear Cajun and...Read More

Kids grow up in New Orleans with dreams of being jazz musicians rather than rock stars. The trumpet is regarded locally as a sexier instrument and members of high school marching bands have the incomparable locker room bragging rights of accompanying Mardi Gras parades through the city streets...

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Crossing Esplanade: French Quarter’s Neighbor Is a Bustling Bohemian Scene

By: Ian McNulty Top to Bottom: Holy Smokes Cafe, Hand-rolled cigars from New Orleans Cigar Factory, Cigar Rolling Demonstration at Cigar Factory, Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse. Cigars may not be native to Louisiana, but they have certainly taken firm root in the city's celebrated...Read More

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Lineup

It's almost that time of year again- time to sip icy cold rosemint herbal iced tea, snack on warm crawfish bread, and sway to the music of local and international musicians under the warm New Orleans sun. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is one of the most celebrated festivals in New...Read More

Experience New Orleans Mardi Gras Like a Local

If you're a true Mardi Gras fan like us, you started counting down the days until Carnival as the ball dropped on New Year's Eve. While Mardi Gras is on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, the weeks leading up to Fat Tuesday, known as Carnival season, make Mardi Gras one of the best times to...Read More

Rubbing the Right Way: The Infectious Sounds and Long Evolution of Zydeco Music

By: Ian McNulty Louisiana Zydeco Musicians It's Thursday night at the Mid-City Lanes Rock 'n' Bowl (4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-482-3133), a vintage, second-floor bowling alley located near the geographic center of New Orleans. Bowlers are rolling strikes and gutter balls on the lanes, but...Read More

Dancing to Latin and Louisiana Sounds in New Orleans

By: Ian McNulty Top to Bottom: Hot Venues for Latin Music - Blue Nile, House of Blues, Tipitina's Uptown. Cajun and Zydeco In Uptown New Orleans, the likeness of R&B legend Professor Longhair looks down on the dance floor of Tipitina's (501 Napoleon Ave., 504-895-8477), a...Read More

To Get the Feel for Creole Landmarks, Pop In for a Drink

By: Ian McNulty Galatoires; Napoleon House; Emeril Legasse's NOLA Restaurant and Bar. No one should leave New Orleans without experiencing its distinctive Creole restaurants, but whittling down the city's long list of outstanding establishments to fit your budget and time...Read More

By: Ian McNulty The French Quarter, despite its name, has quite a bit of Irish blood running through it. Like old port cities of the East Coast, New Orleans saw a huge influx of Irish people in the 19th century and for a time the Celtic brogue was heard as commonly on the streets here as the...

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By: Ian McNulty Sazerac courtesy of The Bombay Club If a traditional French Quarter breakfast can end with a dessert, maybe it’s not so surprising that it can also begin with a cocktail. Indeed, at Brennan’s Restaurant (417 Royal St., 504-525-9711), the lavish and almost canonized...

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By: Ian McNulty When the University of New Orleans wanted to hold a concert in 2001 to mark the retirement of the school's jazz studies director, organizers had to recruit just one bass player to round out their ensemble for the show. They knew all the rest of the players they needed - the...

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By: Ian McNulty Top to bottom: Fritzel's Jazz Pub, Snug Harbor, and Palm Court Jazz Café. Jazz lives in New Orleans, and it comes out to play in the French Quarter. Every night in the Quarter, old masters and young lions take to the stage to continue the city’s rich jazz traditions...

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