Big Guide: Frenchmen Street

Frenchmen Street is frequently called “the local’s Bourbon Street” because of its vivid and active music club scene. Located just past the French Quarter in the Marigny, Frenchmen anchors several blocks of bars and restaurants, many of which feature some of New Orleans’ best live music. If you only have one night to go ‘out on the town’ during the joint annual conference, Frenchmen is far and away your best bet. Frenchmen Street is less than 2 miles from the conference hotel. Walking is certainly doable (assuming you have comfortable shoes and have adjusted to the heat!). It is also a quick cab ride away, though be careful to avoid getting stuck in French Quarter traffic (Decatur Street often backs up on weekend evenings).

Visitor notes: Be prepared that many bars (and some restaurants) in New Orleans are cash-only. Some of the bars on Frenchmen charge a cover. For those that don’t, they often ask that you buy at least 1 drink per set. Also, it is customary in New Orleans for bands to pass a tip jar around the audience, particularly at shows without covers. Please consider showing your appreciation for some of our city’s hardest-working musicians by tossing in a buck or two when the bucket comes your way.

Music Venues

Maison, 508 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 371-5543 – Often has free acts. Great place to hear brass bands.
Blue Nile, 534 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 948-2583 – Venue that hosts many well-known local bands. Most shows have a cover.
Three Muses, 536 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 298-8746 – Wonderful tapas bar with live music and great cocktails.
Apple Barrel, 609 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 949-9399 – A small divey bar.
d.b.a., 618 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 942-3731 – Often has excellent acts like John Boutte. Frequently a cover for evening shows. Decent beer and whiskey selection.
Spotted Cat, 623 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 943-3887 – A must-see! Tiny free club with no cover (1 drink per set). You can even play some tunes on the piano in the ladies room.
Snug Harbor, 626 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 949-0696 – A more upscale jazz club.
Cafe Negril, 606 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 944-4744 – Often features reggae, serves food.

More coffee shops, bars and restaurants (some may have music, but not the primary focus)

Mona’s Cafe, 504 Frenchmen St, 70116 – Middle Eastern food with a small shop inside.
13, 517 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 942-1345 – Try the “tater tachos” (tater tot nachos) and the frozen Irish coffee.
Yuki Izakaya, 525 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 943-1122 – Japanese (no sushi) small plates good for sharing, and lots of sake.
The Praline Connection, 542 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 943-3934 – Many classic New Orleans dishes. Stop in to buy a praline, the city’s favorite candy, from the candy shop!
Adolfo’s, 611 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 948-3800 – Located upstairs from the Apple Barrel, Adolfo’s serves great Italian food. Please note that it is cash-only.
Cafe Rose Nicaud, 632 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 949-3300 – Good spot to grab coffee and a muffin in the morning.
Marigny Brasserie, 640 Frenchmen St, 70116, (504) 945-4472 – Brunch, lunch, and dinner.
Melange, 2106 Chartres St, 70116 – Just off Frenchmen Street. Good place to get a nice dinner before a show.

Other fun stuff

In addition to all the dining and music destinations, Frenchmen Street also has a few shops. And perhaps you can even get a tattoo to permanently preserve all your favorite NOLA memories!
The Junque Shop, 421 Frenchmen St, 70116 – Antiques shop with interesting finds.
Downtown Tattoo, 501 Frenchman St, 70116 – Newer tattoo shop on Frenchmen.
Faubourg Marigny Books (FAB on Frenchmen), 600 Frenchmen St, 70116 – Small LGBT bookstore.
Electric Ladyland, 610 Frenchmen St, 70116 – You’ll see stickers from this tattoo shop all over New Orleans.
Bicycle Michael’s, 622 Frenchmen St, 70116 – Planning to ride a bike while in New Orleans? Want to rent one? This shop can help you out.