For audio-visual stimulation, there’s no place that does it better than Gasa Gasa on Freret St. This venue is part-owned by a drummer and boasts the coolest paint job of any club in New Orleans. Once you’re inside, it only gets better where you’ll find an acoustically fine-tuned venue with a healthy choice of 'tails (their Four Roses Old Fashioned is a pretty solid option) and a rotating collection of art on the walls. If that’s not enough, there’s a projection mapping system that trippily plays during live shows.
Open daily at 5pm. Cover varies by artist.
Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar
The late great R&B singer legacy lives on in this Tremé bar named after one of his greatest hits. Recently opened with the support of his progeny Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and his older brother, trumpeter James Andrews, who use the bar as a home base, this is a neighborhood bar more than anything. It just so happens the regulars that come in to shoot the breeze are also incredible musicians, and at night they bring their friends over to play. What a happy coincidence!
Open daily at 10am. No cover.