Once known as “the locals’ Bourbon,” Frenchmen Street, located in the French Quarter-adjacent Marigny neighborhood, has become a must-visit destination for music lovers. Here we highlight its first few blocks, between Esplanade and Royal.
Quiet during the day, Frenchmen makes big noise at night. Stroll the after-dark Art Garden, a plein-air gallery that goes until midnight, then check out the artful tattoo designs at Electric Ladyland. You’ll likely stumble upon a great brass band or street poet along the way.
Frenchmen is packed with amazing music clubs. Move your groove between the Apple Barrel, Blue Nile, Café Negril, d.b.a., Maison, Snug Harbor, the Spotted Cat and Three Muses. More a beer than music fan? Tap into Brieux Carré.
Rummage the racks at the Louisiana Music Factory, while listening to live, local bands perform on Saturday afternoons. Bookish types gravitate to Frenchmen Art & Books; hipsters hang at the kitschy-cool Downtown Gallery.