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“meet the locals” 4 of 5 stars
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Frenchmen Street
Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA (French Quarter)
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Saint Louis, Missouri
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“meet the locals”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

If you can pry yourself away from the french qauter for just a little, head to where the locals hang out and wander around for a bit. Great vibe, fun bars and a couple nice restaurants.

Visited December 2012
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“The real New Orleans music scene”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

They say Frenchmen Street is what Bourbon Street was 50 years ago. In this three block stretch in the Faubourg Marigny, just outside the French Quarter, there are about 8 music clubs were local bands play great local music. Old timey jazz — dixieland, country blues, brass bands, gypsy jazz, swing, gospel/funk etc. The quality of musicianship is outstanding. Imagine a group of the coolest Williamsburg hipster indie bands minus the Brooklyn pretention, playing an atmospheric, intricate update version of old time jazz in small romantic clubs to passionate and appreciative international audiences. We loved the Three Muses for the relaxed, smoke-free atmosphere, great bands, suburb meals and friendly service. By our second evening there we felt like (and were welcomed like) regulars. At The Spotted Cat (no food, smoking permitted) a crew of enthusiastic dancers (swing, lindy hop etc) magically appeared to add to the entertainment. They seem to follow bands like Orleans 6 that play vintage New Orleans jazz. Here are some of the highly recommended bands we enjoyed live: Glen David Andrews, The Hokum High Rollers, Linnzi Zaorski, Orleans 6, Showarama Hot Trio, The Smoking Time Jazz Club, Zazou City. And since we supported the bands by buying their CDs, we've woven the Frenchmen Street jazz revival scene into our life back home. So give Bourbon Street a rest and hit the real highlight of New Orleans.

Visited February 2013
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Atlanta, GA
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“Take a break from the Quarters!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

This place is nice breather from those busy jam packed weekends of The French Quarter when you've had your feel and it's just too crowded. It's not too far away and is an easy cab ride or long walk from the Quarters.

This is definitely where the locals hang out. Frenchmen Street is a cool little place made up on several bars and restaurants that stay open late well into the night. Several different live band options, from latin, jazz, reggae, etc. Many of the artists and genres change depending on what night you go. So check ahead or you can just listen from the street and if you like it just waltz on in or waltz on out as several of the joints do not charge covers.

The parking can be a little tight on busy nights but even when we came during Mardi Gras the walk to the car wasn't too bad. You just have to drive around a little. You can park along many of the surrounding streets for free. The average drink price is $5-6, which is really cheap coming from a major city. This is definitely a change in pace and is more laid back than the Quarters, but you still will have fun. Go check it out! You won't be disappointed. Where else can you have streets filled with all live music venues of your choosing?

Visited February 2013
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“Bohemian”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Lot's of music clubs and artsy shops. This area is on the edge of the quarter and thus, the younger crowd has gravitate here.

Visited February 2013
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Guilford, CT
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“Frenchman Street--The Real McCoy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Frenchman Street--where the locals go, said by many to be the old Bourbon Street, does not disappoint. Lots of cool, authentic bars, where music is king! Wanted to celebrate my birthday (New Orleans style) and decided to see what was happening on January 26. The Blue Nile's gig of the night was Zach Deputy, with a great washboard, harmonica, steel guitar opening act (which in my opinion) was just as good. Prior to that we tried the Maison for a quick bite of gulf shrimp (still wiggling complete with eyes) and had the opportunity to see a real country type home grown band followed by a really good jazz band--note: no cover here. Also, watched the Star Wars krewe parade that night as well.

This is definitely a place not to miss if the real McCoy is what you came for!

Visited January 2013
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