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Preservation Hall

726 St. Peter Street, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)
504-522-2841
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As featured in New Orleans on a budget
Ranked #10 of 166 attractions in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Brooklyn, New York
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49 reviews 49 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I am NOT a huge jazz fan so... you wait online for an HOUR to pay 15 bucks to stand for another 30 minutes to listen (dont you dare look at your phone or go to the bathroom or ask for a drink) to well executed but boring jazz.

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159 reviews 159 reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This was an unexpected show for us as we were last night o get in to the early show but we had no trouble getting tickets and stood in the back then sat in the hallway for awhile in seating available. The musicians were a unique group of different individuals who played quite well together and the audience really seemed... More

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York, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Great music, just smaller than I thought. Get in line early to get a seat. Have cash and it's cheaper during the week than weekends.

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los angeles
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I was a disappointed with Preservation Hall. We booked ahead of time and based on what we had heard about this place we were excited to go there. I didn't feel that the musicians were excited themselves. It seemed they just played various tunes and were happy when their time was up. They play at least three shows a night... More

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San Francisco, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Amazing show. Just get there early. There's no pre-sales and the shows sell out quick. We just waited in line while the bar next door brought us drinks. Not too shabby!

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Harare, Zimbabwe
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

I did not want to go initially but my mother insisted, it was quite late and we got into the last show of the evening. People were already waiting in line. We found out that you can pre-book. Not sure were but suggest to anyone that they go on line if they really enjoy jazz. The hall is very small... More

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Gorham, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

We saw a feature story on Preservation Hall on the Sunday morning CBS news show a few weeks prior to coming to NO for a vacation. We immediately researched this venue and I am so glad we were able to enjoy an evening of wonderful music. Make no mistake about it - this is not a symphony hall - it... More

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Preservation Hall was a great way to spend an evening in Nola. For $15 a ticket you got a totally delightful 45 minute set by their resident jazz ensemble. Each individual member had plenty of time being featured in each of the songs that they did. Shows were 8, 9 and 10 PM. We arrived at 8:30 for the 9... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Do yourself a favor and visit Preservation Hall while you're in New Orleans. This was by far my most favorite and magical memory from my trip. There is nothing like hearing New Orleans jazz up close and personal like this. Buy tickets online for $35 and I think that will guarantee entry and a spot on a bench. It's $20... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Awesome music. Get there early to get in line. It's NOLA, so drinking on the streets is allowed (and encouraged), so grab a go drink from somewhere on the way and wait happily until it's your turn to go in. Once inside, there are several rows of benches and then typically folks will sit on the floor as well and... More

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