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The Dragon's Den

This converted whorehouse at the beginning of Esplanade is the best place to see a small show. Incense roams, Thai food disappears. The music is always select jazz, D.J., blues or electronica. The place is chill with charm and atmosphere.  
The Circle Bar

Concerts are held in a living room. This lends to initmate concerts--sometimes too intimate if a fast-paced garage rock band gets a gig. You'll find rock, rockabilly, and R&B here. The staff is super nice. Lounging on the outside patio overlooking Lee Circle is priceless. The Circle Bar has the feel of a neighborhood bar, but people come from around the city just to hang out.  
The Spotted Cat

Great place on Frenchman to see mostly traditional jazz. Very intimate. Get there early for a seat. The tourists won't bother you. They're too enthralled. If you stand outside and listen to the whole set, you're cheap. Just go inside and buy the one drink minimum.  
The Maple Leaf Bar

Along with Tipitina's, the penultimate place to hear funk. Also some blues, soul, brass, and jazz. The Uptown Oak St. bar has fostered local acts since the '70's. A shotgun hall with a wooden floor hosts weekly throwdowns by Rebirth and Papa Grows Funk. The back alley is good for smoking. The back bar and patio are good for between-set mingling. Professor Longhair and Everette Maddox's spirits keep a bare bones lust for life alive. The longest running poetry reading in New Orleans is every Sunday at 3 p.m.  
Tipitina's

Uptown rulers. This is the place to hear blues and funk from the bigger names in the city. They also host a homegrown night that helps upcoming local bands. They draw the occassional national rock act. Dixie AND Purple Haze. If you grew up in New Orleans and went out to see live music, this is where you most likely grew up listening to it.  
The Big Top

This art space is perfect for punk shows and difficult music. It's a great hang and a comfortably intelligent place to see a show.  

 

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