If you’re looking for a classic New Orleans music experience, catch a contemporary jazz set at the genre’s famed local destination, Snug Harbor. Snug Harbor (626 Frenchmen St) is located at the edge of Frenchmen St, the popular strip of New Orleans music clubs in the Marigny neighborhood to the east of the French Quarter. A smaller, more intimate venue—a perfect setting for the music it hosts—Snug Harbor is one of the most famous music venues in the city.
Snug Harbor hosts two sets of music (8 and 10pm) seven nights a week. The music calendar has some performers in regular slots and a hearty mix of other local artists on most other days of the week. Mondays are often hosted by singer Charmaine Neville, and Wednesdays, the Uptown Jazz Orchestra. The rest of the week is open to a wide range of contemporary jazz artists, though you can often find Ellis Marsalis taking over the Friday sets.
While Snug Harbor is a dependable destination for the best in contemporary jazz, the venue also hosts other but related artists, such as big band and R&B. You’ll love not only the raw talent behind the music but the intelligence and complexity—a true showcase of some of New Orleans’ finest musicians. If you’re a jazz fan, Snug Harbor definitely needs to be on your to-do list when you visit this musical melting pot of a city.
In addition to being a superior jazz club, Snug Harbor is also a restaurant and bar with a wide range of wines and dinner dishes. The menu features a wide range of beloved local cuisine. This includes dishes like shrimp remoulade, BBQ shrimp, fried oysters and fish and southern fried chicken. It also sports classic bar food: appetizers such as fried calamari and fried mushrooms, steaks and fried seafood platters and sandwiches, plus they make a delicious burger.
Any devout music lover, particular jazz enthusiasts, should visit Snug Harbor at least once on a trip to New Orleans. And with two sets hosted every night of the week, there’s no excuse to miss it.