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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 #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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Sydney, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Live New Orleans Jazz that you can get really close to, because it's a tiny little venue, but such fun. There is seating on cushions right at the front, then some chairs, then standing room. The sets last for 45 minutes and the music is wonderful.

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The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Loved the music and the good-natured chatting of the musicians. Felt like we were ushered in and out like cattle, though. For older folk who don't get a seat on the benches and who are too frail to stand for the prolonged time, sitting on the floor, getting up, unfurling your stiff legs, was an ordeal.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

If you want to stand in line for an hour to pay for an establishment with no bathroom, no air conditioning, no bar, mediocre jazz (this is giving them the benefit of the doubt as I left 20 mins in), go here. However, don't touch or look at your phone, or the band will stop playing in the middle of... More

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Dallas, Texas
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136 reviews 136 reviews
36 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

With incredible talent, engaging musicians and an intimate room, this is one great experience. I can't believe I've waited so long to go here. We'll certainly do it again.

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Lake Villa, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

As a musician, I was looking for classic NOLA jazz. To me, this was the place! It's not commercialized, that's for sure. We didn't do on-line reservations which would have given us front row seating at $20 per person extra, but we were willing to stand in line from 8 pm to get seating for the 9 pm show. If... More

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Halifax, Canada
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We decided to purchase 'big shot' tickets in advance in order to secure seats for the 9:00 showing. I'm so glad we spent the extra money to do this as the lineup was pretty long. We went to pick up our tickets from the gal at the front door about 45 minutes before the show. We then walked around for... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This is always a fun stop on a trip to New Orleans. The band, although different people, was as good as I remembered it. We had to stand in back, but that was the only downside.

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East End, Grand Cayman
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We contemplated spending $30-40 for tickets but decided to chance it and pay $15 at the door, worked out great. Sunday night was not very busy and we showed up at 8:45 for the 9:15 show. The room was much smaller than I imagined, but very cool and intimate. We sat down on cushions directly in front of the trumpet... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

If you appreciate jazz music and its history you need to visit preservation hall. They play traditional jazz up close and personal. There is no air conditioning, food, drinks, or seats unless you get there early but the music is all that you need in that place. Don't miss it.

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Bedford, New Hampshire
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is my third trip to NOLA, my husband's second, our son's (who plays trombone) first, and the first trip to Preservation Hall for all of us. Yes, there are no restrooms, AC or a bar, so do what your mother taught you and go before you leave home! You're welcome to bring in beverages too. This was the highlight... More

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