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BMC Balcony Music Club

1331 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116-2609
+1 504-301-5912
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Accidental find

We happened upon the BMC our first night in New Orleans quite by accident. We went in to check it... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2017
silverfirs
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Hampshire, UK
Riverboat Music at it's best...

Was walking around in the afternoon near Frenchtown and this place was rockin. Fantastic... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2017
bcsystems
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Ann Arbor, MI
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Balcony Music Club (or "BMC") is conveniently located on the corner of Esplanade and Decatur. Although this music venue is in the French Quarter, and it isn't technically on Frenchmen Street (one block away), it's definitely a part of the Frenchmen culture. You will find a wide range of music at BMC! Brass, jazz, blues, folk, funk, rock, and country. One great thing about BMC is that its music lineup often starts much earlier than the rest of Frenchmen St, so you can get started closer to midday and happy hour, especially on weekends. And since there's usually no cover, you can pop in for a few songs, take a stroll, and come back at your leisure. BMC, also affectionately known as the Center Of The Universe, showcases live bands seven nights a week. Since the venue is larger than most in the area, it's usually not as cramped, but on busy nights, you likely will not find seating. In which case you can relax at their indoor/outdoor patio bar, stand, or dance the night away. Either way, the staff is friendly, drink prices are reasonable, the entertainment is always on point and you will not be disappointed.
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  • Very good34%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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Hours Today: 15:00 - 03:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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1331 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116-2609
French Quarter
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+1 504-301-5912

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Reviewed 5 June 2017

We happened upon the BMC our first night in New Orleans quite by accident. We went in to check it out as the music sounded good and ended up spending the rest of the evening there. Didn't eat as had already done so but drinks...More

Thank silverfirs
bmc13312015, Manager at BMC Balcony Music Club, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

Appreciate it silverfirs! We really love showcasing our local talent and drink specials! Hyperphlyy, and other great bands perform regularly at BMC, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks you!

Reviewed 29 May 2017

Was walking around in the afternoon near Frenchtown and this place was rockin. Fantastic traditional riverboat jazz music. For the money, I dare say it has better value than Preservation Hall.

Thank bcsystems
bmc13312015, Manager at BMC Balcony Music Club, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2017

Thank you bcsystems! We really enjoy offering a wide variety of music including traditional New Orleans Jazz! We look forward to seeing you again at your first and last stop in the Quarter...BMC!!!

Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

Went here Sunday night. Have jazz bands each day. Great sound. Strong drinks. Cheap prices. Band was very good walked past Friday night no seating so we went past.

Thank damon m
bmc13312015, General Manager at BMC Balcony Music Club, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

Thanks so much Damon! Great bands + Strong drinks + Reasonable prices + You = BMC!!! Thanks again!

Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

Did not eat here. Just had some drinks and listened to some great music. Nice variety of bands. definitely a lace to try!!

Thank Lisa M
bmc13312015, General Manager at BMC Balcony Music Club, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2017

Thank you Lisa, we look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Got a chance to see Mia Borders before she was to play at one of the big stages at Jazz Fest. It was great to see her in a small club and really interact with her. Nice selection of local beers on tap

Thank Martin K
bmc13312015, General Manager at BMC Balcony Music Club, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2017

Thanks Martin, from Mia and your friends at BMC!

Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

After walking around NOLA we headed to Frenchman Street and BMC was one of the earliest venues for live music. We were lucky to listen to a 5-piece playing an excellent range from Ella Fitzgerald to Amy Winehouse. It wasn't too busy so bar service...More

Thank MQandMK
bmc13312015, General Manager at BMC Balcony Music Club, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2017

Thanks MQ and MK, from the band and your friends at BMC!

Reviewed 12 April 2017

This is a fun place. We enjoyed the music and the service was awesome. They do have a balcony upstairs and it tends to be a little quieter up there and there is another bar back in the courtyard area. We will be going back...More

Thank Blake812
bmc13312015, General Manager at BMC Balcony Music Club, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2017

Thank you Blake, our bartenders and staff really appreciate your kind words! See you soon!

Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

Nice crowded bar with very loud musuc. Nice mix of crowd. There is a passage way on the left of the main room from the street that goes to a quaint little bar. Can still hear the music and also hear yourselves talk.

Thank Jerry Z
bmc13312015, General Manager at BMC Balcony Music Club, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2017

Thank you Jerry, we love entertaining a diverse mix of people and the Patio Bar is our best kept secret...shhh, let's keep it between us! :)

Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

My fiance and I were drawn in here by the sounds of the female musician singing. We were questing toward Frenchman Street (which in my 10 years of travelling here I have seen steadily decline. So much so I didn't even wanna head much further...More

Thank AnthonyAlyssa
bmc13312015, General Manager at BMC Balcony Music Club, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2017

Thank you Anthony/Alyssa, your kind words really mean a lot to us! As you know, we've combined the best of both worlds, the high energy of Bourbon Street and the more laid back atmosphere of Frenchmen! Either way, the bands and musicians who perform at...More

Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

Quick overnight in New Orleans and wanted to find that "Locals" club, laid back with original artist. On my early evening run down Esplanade, "Thru a downpour" ran by this club and it looked promising. Came back a couple hours later and enjoyed a low...More

Thank Madwatson802
bmc13312015, General Manager at BMC Balcony Music Club, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2017

Thank you Madwatson! Whew, glad we're adding Gumbo, Crab Legs, and Lobster to the menu June 1st! Thanks again!

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ohiorazorback
11 March 2016|
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Response from bmc13312015 | Property representative |
Absolutely...doors open at 5pm with our 2/1 drink specials, followed by Lil Red & Big Bad @ 6pm, and Will Funk @ 10pm. We'll meet you at the Center Of The Universe....BMC!!!
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ohiorazorback
11 March 2016|
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Response from hollyt512 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, don't know. Maybe check NOLA Website for listing of events
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