Frenchmen Street
Frenchmen Street
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
This popular stretch is the go-to spot for the best live music venues in the city—the Faubourg Marigny area is particularly popular.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Robert B
    20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great jazz music
    Nice little hideaway just off the French Quarter. Still plenty of local jazz and drinks. Went to the Spotted Cat and saw a great jazz band, but it was crowded. For a nice break from the hustle and bustle check out Washington Square, lots of park benches and quite atmosphere.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 May 2023
  • plgarlepied
    New Orleans, Louisiana1,566 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Better than bourbon st
    You can park on the street 1-2 blocks away. Cheaper rates than the FQ. At/after 7pm it is FREE parking & that is when the bands really start going. Much nicer & cheaper then the French quarter. I rec this area..you can also walk here from the FQ
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 May 2023
  • wigsy
    Hamilton, Canada574 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enter than Bourbon Street
    First time we visited thanks to someone in our hotel suggesting it. This is soooooo much better than Bourbon Street. Better music, food and drinks better priced. The 2 block must be alive with about 12-15 acts in the evening. We had such a great time on Frenchman Street we went there for 2 evenings. Highly recommended
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 May 2023
  • kirkgirl
    Ireland409 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Have to visit this street!
    A must see street in New Orleans, great buzz about the place especially in the afternoon when it is very family friendly. We had to go into the Spotted Cat for a drink and to see some music. Legendary place.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 15 June 2023
  • Kristin R
    Boston, Massachusetts18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jazz & culture
    Frenchman street is so much fun. So many different jazz bars to go to, but the Spotted Cat was our favorite. Dat Dog is also on this street which is delicious and usually has an impromptu jazz band pop up outside. There is also an outdoor art market with local artists. We came back here almost every night we were in NOLA. Loved the culture and music!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 July 2023
  • 𝕮𝖆𝖒
    Paris, France580 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing street art
    Amazing and colorful street art. I suggest to head this street early morning if you wanna take nice pictures before it's crowded. All bars and restaurants fully booked in the evening, we had no chance to experience the food or a show.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 September 2023
  • Tee V
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great time
    I absolutely loved Frenchmen St. Eventhough, the area was crowded with people the vibe was chill. There's art, jewelry, drinks, live music and just good vibes. I preferred Frenchmen St to Bourbon St.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 September 2023
  • Mark V
    Bailey, Colorado89 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Better than Bourbon Street
    I have no idea why Bourbon Street gets all the hype. Unless you are a 21 year old college kid letting loose, there is nothing there for ya. Go to other parts of this amazing city, just like Frenchman, garden district, or across the bridge on Mardi grass Ave.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 October 2023
  • redcanvas
    Dryden, Canada95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do when in NOLA!
    Strolled here a couple different ways. Several clubs with live music in the evening. Stroll in, have a drink, and move on down the street. There’s music outside as well. There is a vendor’s market near the Spotted Cat. Evening is best. Many tourists..so if that’s not your jam..avoid!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 March 2024
  • Paula A
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasant stroll
    French Market lacked a high level of local artisans. Too much touristy mainstream merch. The street is teaming with live music, less drunks and homeless. Has a nice vibe.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 April 2024
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MrP
Nashville, TN101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Frenchman area is a must go to. Lots of great bands playing at dba, Maison, etc etc. And food ranging from hot dogs to fine dining.
A problem venue is Frenchman hotel: room is tiny; way too small to accommodate bands and patrons. For example Tuba Skinny was playing and zero room for dancers as well as patrons. Find a courtyard or use dba more.
Written 14 April 2024
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Paula A
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
French Market lacked a high level of local artisans. Too much touristy mainstream merch.
The street is teaming with live music, less drunks and homeless. Has a nice vibe.
Written 13 April 2024
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Lorraine C
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Amazing atmosphere.great for restoring your joy of life.lovely food & music.visited both day and evening.felt really safe
Written 7 April 2024
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mnmrhunter2017
Boulder, CO5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
So much to see and do on Frenchmen street! Great music at so many spots including Bamboulas and a wonderful craft market.
Written 4 April 2024
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Kim P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Hannah was amazing
Food excellent
atmosphere great
Music was wonderful
Must place to go too won't be disappointed NOLA
Written 18 March 2024
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redcanvas
Dryden, Canada95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Strolled here a couple different ways. Several clubs with live music in the evening. Stroll in, have a drink, and move on down the street. There’s music outside as well. There is a vendor’s market near the Spotted Cat. Evening is best. Many tourists..so if that’s not your jam..avoid!
Written 14 March 2024
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Dawna P
Long Island City, NY25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
This must stop in New Orleans never disappoints! The vibe and music will leave you in a great mood! The art market near the Spotted Cat is fun as well. We walked from the French Quarter along Royal to Frenchman and made a brief stop at the R Bar (I’m a bit NCIS New Orleans fan and this is “Dwayne’s bar”). We grabbed a quick sandwich at the Market Verti (recommendation from a local - grab and go -yum!) and see Tuba Skinny at the Frenchman Hotel - a quiet and relaxed venue -so much fun. Brendan, the bar tender, was the Best!
Written 28 February 2024
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Pat
Smith Mountain Lake, VA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We’ve been visiting New Orleans (driving from Virginia in two days) for my birthday. We love the Brakeman Hotel on Basin Street. It’s a converted train depot building and the rooms and building have a lot of charm. It’s a perfect location and easy walk to many popular venues. Parking is free. We celebrated with a birthday dinner at GW Fins, one of our favorite restaurants in town. I ordered the Dry Aged Yellowfin Tuna Chop and my wife had the halibut, and we shared lobster dumplings and tuna tartare appetizers. Everything was outstanding (the tuna was $75, but it was worth it to me and I’m not complaining). We ended the night at Bamboulas on Frenchmen Street listening to great jazz. We haven’t tried the food at Bamboulas , but the drinks are good, the beer is cold, and the service is excellent. Stay far away from the house wines, though. We much prefer the Frenchmen neighborhood to the French Quarter—all the same food and entertainment options but much less sleaze (okay, a little sleaze is fun). There’s not much better after a night of drinking and dancing than made-while-you-wait warm beignets and strong coffee for breakfast. We golfed at the Joseph M. Bartholomew, Sr. Municipal Golf Course (aka Joe Bart or the Old Bart), which is well maintained, flat (or course) , and pretty open. We saw a number of Mardi Gras parades during our three nights there. Although we had a car, we used Uber quite a bit—wait times were very short and fares were very reasonable and of course no need to find parking or drive tipsy. We visit NOLA once a year and few US cities can compete as a destination for excellent food and music. We’ve had friends question safety in NOLA, but we’ve never sensed a threat or felt uncomfortable (the hotel is across the street from a police precinct headquarters). I’ve also been to Final Fours in NOLA. I’d vote for it to become the permanent venue for sports championships. It can accommodate the crowds easily; has much to offer in the way of food, drink, and entertainment; and the venues are within walking distance to hotels, restaurants, and entertainment.
Written 17 February 2024
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Karima E
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Business
We went there around 2 pm. It was a stranded street and a few places open. A short street - nothing from what I read about it. Perhaps it’s more lively in the evening. I would not go there again.
Written 23 January 2024
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2berries
Lake George, NY293 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Stopped in early evening and listened to a variety of music. Enjoyable evening and felt more comfortable here than on Bourbon Street. Also stopped by on our last day in NO to take photos.
Written 20 November 2023
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