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Preservation Hall

726 St. Peter Street, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)
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As featured in New Orleans on a budget
Ranked #12 of 172 Attractions in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Jazz Bars, Performances, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Nightlife
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Historic and inexpensive jazz venue may not serve food or drinks, but the music it serves up is first rate.
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Schaumburg, Illinois
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

As a jazz lover, there's no way I would have gone to New Orleans without a visit to Preservation Hall. You can feel the history. Things to know. Get in line about a 1/2 hour before the show if you want a seat. It only holds about 100 people. The cover charge is $20. There's no bar and no bathroom.... More

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Tarpon Springs, Florida, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I LOVED IT. The musicians make you feel the spirit and tap your toes. The washboard player just made me laugh at how he was lost in the music. Sit open air for an hour and enjoy a drink, but be careful because time flies when you are in the moment. It loud and fun and definitely displays the N.O.... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This is the best place to listen to creole jazz music. Very limited seats book in advance or else one will have to stand 1.5 hours to listen to jazz. No AC. No restrooms. We had not booked in advance and hence had to queue up atleast an hour to get tickets.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

This is a must do when in New Orleans. You have not visited New Orleans if you have not stopped by here for the real jazz of NOLA presented by its 'senior' musicians. The clarinet player was in his 90's and all of them were excellent. The cover is very reasonable but get there early if you want to sit... More

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Ottawa, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

This jazz club has been in existence for a long time. It is really a hole in the wall. Tickets for the front row were $40 and you sat on a wooden bench. The club could hold maybe a hundred people. I think the $40 was a bit stiff for 40 minutes of jazz.

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Grosse Pointe, Michigan
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

Husband trying to share what he remembered doing 40 plus years ago. This being one of them. Agree with others that it was extremely uncomfortable for most as far as heat. Ceiling fans minimally helped. Good thing heat doesn't bother me. Line up about real early to assure a seat on at least the benches. Bring your favorite libation with... More

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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I'll admit - the music is fantastic, but, not worth standing in stifling heat. You will hear some of N.O.'s best musicians. Just go when the weather is cool, and be prepared to stand. There would have been more room on the cushions in front if some twenty-somethings hadn't been sitting Indian style, spread out like eagles, each one taking... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Absolutely loved this! If you don't do anything else in NOLA go here. Jazz at its most elemental level. Very intimate setting. Don't bother buying advance tickets. You still have to line up, and the only difference between reserved and no reserved is about three feet! Just go about 40 minutes before the show and you should have no problems... More

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Sherwood Park, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

One member of our party of 4 was blown away by the experience and would probably rate the show a 5. I will speak for myself and the other 2. The show is less than an hour which is good or bad depending on your experience. We had to line up, and found we could not get a drink inside... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Preservation Hall has been keeping traditional jazz alive for a bit more than a half century (though the building is much, much older. It's really no frills: benches for most patrons (a few real seats, and many end up standing), no toilets, food, or drink (bottle water only, presented more as a first aid product than beverage), and no air... More

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