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The best musician-owned clubs in NOLA

Published On 01/22/2014 Published On 01/22/2014
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Kermit's Treme Speakeasy Restaurant & Bar
Three Muses
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Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse - Royal Sonesta Hotel
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1. Preservation Hall 726 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)

The weathered wooden walls of Preservation Hall's narrow showroom still look the same as they did more than 50 years ago, when a group of bohemian fans started hosting pass-the-hat traditional jazz concerts there featuring artists who were at least as old as the music itself. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, or one of its associated acts, still plays multiple sets nightly. During big local events like Jazz Fest, the Hall expands its purview to present late-night collaborations between the regular Hall band and featured special guests.

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2. Kermit's Treme Speakeasy 1535 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Owned by the famous Kermit Ruffins, this Basin St venue serves up a healthy selection of soul food and live music daily.

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3. Ernie K-Doe's Mother-In-Law Lounge 1500 N Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

Originally opened by Ernie K-Doe in 1994, this lounge still features some of the best live music in town and is now owned by NOLA favorite Kermit Ruffins.

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4. Three Muses 536 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

"Whiskey evangelist" Kimberly Patton-Bragg's the Three Muses was voted as one of New Orleans Magazine’s Top Bars, and if that wasn't reason enough to check it out, there's also a great small plates menu and nightly live jazz in store. Try The Muses' signature dish, fries with feta cheese and gremolata, while you sip on signature cocktails, the Spaghetti Western, which combines Bulleit bourbon muddled with Campari-soaked oranges and rosemary spirits.

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5. Le Bon Temps Roulé 4801 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Uptown)

This Uptown bar and music club was founded by a death metal singer and is now famous for a Thursday night house party put on by a hip-hop/brass band hybrid, so you could guess that it's an interesting place to be.

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6. Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse 300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (French Quarter)

Located in the Royal Sonesta Hotel on Bourbon St, Irvin Mayfield's always has entertaining live shows, including ones of the burlesque variety.

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7. Gasa Gasa 4920 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Uptown)

The name of this hybrid art gallery, coffee shop, and nightclub on Freret St has Japanese origins, describing something restless and always in motion.

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8. Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar 1931 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

Since opening in 2013, Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar's deep musical roots in New Orleans have quickly made it a Tremé mainstay. Owned by the daughter of legendary R&B artist Jessie Hill and named after his hit 1960 song, the bar not only honors Hill’s legacy, but offers a place for the next generations in his musically gifted family (like Trombone Shorty) to perform on the regular. The bar’s beauty is in its ability to retain a neighborhood feel while hosting some of the globe’s top-notch jazz talent, making every night feel like it’s the right time to bust out your dance moves.

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