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Frenchmen Street, New Orleans

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The center of New Orleans' live music scene, Frenchmen Street boasts a high concentration of nightclubs, most of which offer free admission to their nightly concerts. Still relatively unexplored by casual tourists, the street's clubs and bars stay open into the wee hours of the morning, with a varied music menu that includes jazz, blues, and reggae. The area is home to numerous restaurants, and caters to late-night diners. As you wander down the street, notice the typical New Orleans architecture of single-story Creole cottages and gable-roofed Creole townhouses. This entertainment district is easily accessible from almost anywhere in town, with taxis on constant patrol all through the night, every day of the week. Plan your Frenchmen Street visit and explore what else you can see and do in New Orleans using our New Orleans tourist route planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    If you are still craving live Jazz music, head over to Frenchmen Street where there is Jazz playing everywhere. Every bar we hopped in and out of had all the best Jazz musicians in town playing their ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Across Esplanade from The Quarter is the haven for jazz. You can walk to it or take an uber. On Saturday night, get there early to get a seat in one of many jazz clubs and or restaurants. We ate at sn...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Frenchmen Street is a much better option for hearing great jazz than Bourbon Street, More talented musicians, and less people there just to get drunk. Highly recommend visiting.  more »

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