Maple Leaf Bar

Maple Leaf Bar, New Orleans: Hours, Address, Maple Leaf Bar Reviews: 4.5/5

Maple Leaf Bar
4.5
Bars & Clubs • Jazz Bars • Dance Clubs & Discos
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3:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Monday
3:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Tuesday
3:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Wednesday
3:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Thursday
3:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Friday
3:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Saturday
3:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Sunday
3:00 PM - 3:00 AM
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Popular college hangout known for its live funk, jazz, blues and rock music.
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Neighborhood: Uptown / Carrollton
Very much their own self sufficient unit within the greater metro area, Uptown and Carrollton tone down the urban edge with a friendly attitude and collegiate feel. Home to Tulane and Loyola Universities, all the students living in the area ensure that Uptown and Carrollton stay youthful, cosmopolitan and vibrantly fun. Two of the liveliest thoroughfares for nightlife and socializing (and yes of course more of the city’s outstandingly good food and live music) are Oak Street and Maple Street. For a truly wild time, the expansive acreage of Audubon Park, with its zoo, golf course, and actual patches of swampy wetlands, means peace and quiet are never too far away.
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Tracifer
Uptown, New Orleans1 contribution
I discovered the Maple Leaf within a week or two of moving to New Orleans. I had seen George Porter, Jr. perform at Tipitina's Uptown, and found out he was performing at the Maple Leaf on a more-or-less weekly basis, billed as "The Trio," meaning George and whatever two other people he'd invited to play with him that night. (Actually, the first time I saw the Trio, it was 4 people--welcome to New Orleans.)

The bar is a smokey dive, but every bar in New Orleans is a smokey dive, which is how we know we are here. The Maple Leaf has two bars and a patio where you can hang out and get some fresh air. The stage/dance floor area is long and narrow and has a pressed tin ceiling, which I love.

On Thursday evenings, which is when the Trio performs, the place is pretty packed. Likewise for Tuesdays when the Rebirth Brass Band are there, so it's good if you enjoy being in a happy
crowd. And now for the best part--the musicians who play at this bar are some of the very best that New Orleans has to offer. No kidding.

The local patrons are friendly; the bartender remembered what I drink the second time I visited, as soon as he saw me. This is a good place to get away from the French Quarter and find out what the "real" New Orleans looks like. There are good eating establishments in the area, also. Funkify your life and party on.
Written November 28, 2006
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IrishIs69
Rockford, IL615 contributions
Mar 2017
We went by taxi very late on a Tuesday during our recent trip to NOLA. We were fortunate that we arrived just as Rebirth was taking a break between sets and got places right in front of the stage. Otherwise, I definitely recommend getting there early. The place gets PACKED! And HOT! I don't have any idea how one would even get to the bathroom and the only reason we were able to get beers is that my husband is 6'8" so was able to reach over patrons to reach the bar for beers! I don't know why, but I was surprised to see how young the crowd was. But everyone was having a great time! Rebirth was totally worth it and I can check seeing them off my bucket list. Their energy and talent are simply amazing. I would say it's something you have to experience at least once. Very easy to get cabs after the show, if, like us, finding the streetcar stop is just too much work!
Written April 28, 2017
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Bogi
Leeds, UK88 contributions
Aug 2019
This is quite a cool urban venue which is perfect for seeing the awesome Rebirth Brass Band. I'm sure it's mainly tourists that go here but it didn't feel like that. The drinks are nothing special but it's a great place for a night out.
Written November 26, 2019
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happygirlsbuffalo
buffalo21 contributions
On our first day in New Orleans, my husband and I planned our evening venue to be the Maple Leaf Bar to see Rebirth. We spent a lot of money to get there by taxi and got there early and enjoyed dinner at a nearby restaurant. Upon finishing dinner, we hit the Maple Leaf around 6:30 and hung out waiting to see the band that was supposed to go on at 10. We were enjoying ourselves and freely spending a great deal of money at the bar while waiting. About 9:30, a man came up to us saying that we had to pay $12 cover for each of us or leave. My husband nicely informed the man that we had been there for hours and that we hadn't just snuck in. (Every bar that we have ever been to that has a cover doesn't walk around charging customers that had been there all night, so we were a little caught off guard. We have no problem paying a cover for a great band, but to take more money after we had been waiting for hours and clearly not holding back on the amount we spent up until that point, we were upset.) We told him he could ask the bartender. He said if the bartender would vouch for us, we could stay. So, we got the bartenders attention. The bartender then got rude with us saying that we had no right to be there if we didn't pay and that we were the only ones causing trouble. My husband and I are professional people and have NEVER had a problem like this. We were extremely insulted and embarassed. We went outside, talked it over, and decided that we would pay the cover- we had come all that way and spent all that time to see them, we didn't want to waste our first night. Aside from the fact that the bands are advertised for going on at 10 and never go on before 11, we were not disappointed by the band at all. They were phenomenal. If you are prepared for paying for the cab, the cover, and drinks... it can be a worthwhile trip to see a fantastic band.
Written May 23, 2010
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Joseph C
10 contributions
May 2018
Stopped in here before dinner for a quick drink, which was probably not a good time to visit. The place is probably at it's best when a band is on but not before. The "I'm too cool for you" bartender will barely speak to you if you have questions, he will however, point to things in between his clove cigarettes and combing his ponytail. Didn't even finish our drinks and left.
Written May 22, 2018
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BerkeleyJohn
Berkeley, CA198 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
We wanted to hear the Rebirth Brass Band which plays here every Tuesday night. We thought that they started around 10:00 PM (should have called the Maple Leaf) but it turns out that the first show is scheduled for 11:00 PM and of course no band starts on time. We had dinner in the Garden district and arrived at 9:30 thinking the performance would start shortly. Oops. There are a couple of benches outside where one can sit and wait, and a few seats at the bar and a table with a couple of seats in the window (all taken when we arrived). So we sat outside for awhile until I wandered in to go to the bathroom and found that there is second bar at the end of the room as well as an outdoor patio with lots of tables and chairs in the back. Wish I knew that earlier, but now you do. One downside to the patio - people can smoke on the patio, although no one was doing so during the short time we were there (we did see full ash trays though). There is no smoking inside the venue, though.

As others have noted, this place is packed - several hundred people in a very tight space, with 8 very loud brass instruments. It was fun, and the band was good, but it was also unsettling (we're older) to be packed in like this. We wiggled our way outside after the first 2 numbers, where we could listen very easily to the music (free, if you were so inclined) but couldn't see the musicians.

The price is right - $15 cover, cash only, per person (ATM inside), and the drinks were reasonably priced (a draft beer was $5 and a glass of white wine was $7.50). You can pay for the drinks by credit card, or cash.

Trying to get a taxi after midnight in this area is very difficult for tourists. The locals have the taxis on speed dial and understand the process for where and when to line up for the few taxis that might cruise by.

Frankly, I prefer Frenchman Street, where the music starts as early as 6:00 PM, is very good, and you can walk back to your hotel if you can't find a taxi or a peddle cab.

Overall - the Rebirth Brass Band is a worthwhile experience but the venue is a big drawback, at least for the older crowd.
Written April 2, 2015
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NativeCalGal
Santa Cruz, CA118 contributions
Nov 2012 • Friends
A friend and I were recommended The Maple Leaf Bar. We met a nice fellow at Camellia Grill who dropped us off at the bar and we went in for drinks, hoping to catch the Rebirth Brass Band. I think the bartender may have been put off because my friend ordered a Lemon Drop and it's really more of a bar for beer and simple, basic drinks. She made a good effort with the ingredients she had (really, it's just lemon and vodka, but there were no lemon wedges to be had) and I enjoyed a cold beer. We found out that Rebirth was coming on two hours later than scheduled because of a pot luck party for the anniversary of someone's death, and we were invited to join in, which was really nice. Other than that, nobody else chatted us up, and we were feeling a bit disappointed by that. It was also very, very smoky. We talked briefly with the people who were arriving for the pot luck but wound up heading elsewhere. I'd like to try it again another time, and ask my pal to not order a "fancy" drink, because people rave about it. I think we just hit it on an off night.
Written May 15, 2013
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ProfessorOnzaga
Kenosha, WI679 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
The Maple Leaf is located in Uptown, and during most of the year frequented by locals, although tourists are not a rarity, as the music is fantastic and the venue is pure New Orleans. One can access this establishment by streetcar-- head down Carrolton, get off at the Oak Street stop and walk about 2 blocks. The street is bustling with those eating outside, vendors, musicians, etc. It is like a mini-Frenchman street with more locals. The Maple Leaf hosts some fantastic acts-- in the past I have seen Harry Connick Jr (when he was still at Loyola) and presently Rebirth Brass Band plays there as well as special acts. During Jazz Fest, we heard Sonny Landreth and George Porter Jr. perform. Outstanding show! Seating is very limited (located along the wall of the major hall) and for the most part people use them to stand and see the stage. It can get very crowded there. Drinks are inexpensive as compared to the Quarter and the bartenders have been there for years. There is a garden section with seating, but one cannot see the performers from there (they can hear them, as there are speakers outside). There is nothing fancy about this place. It is a dark, crowded establishment that is so common to New Orleans. If you want to experience New Orleans and hear some great music, the Maple Leaf is one of the main places to visit.
Written May 19, 2016
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butterbean73
Marceline, MO52 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
Went on Tuesday to see rebirth brass band. Drinks were around 5$. Cover was 15$. Worth every penny. Nice mix of people... Old young preppy punk drunk and very drunk... But felt safe at all times. Good vibe. It is crowded. We hid in corner at bar and enjoyed the music and crowd watching. Bartenders were top notch... Busy but never lost their cool and I never waited more than a minute for a drink... Tip these guys... They deserve it.
Written May 27, 2015
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Frances Q
San Francisco, CA1,577 contributions
Jan 2015 • Couples
Rebirth Brass Band has been playing in here Tuesday nights for years, it’s the event shouldn’t be missed if you like music. The band sounds out of this world, has so much energy, makes the whole place jumping!!

It’s very crowded Tuesday nights. There is hardly a spot we could stand still. The atmosphere is just great!
I dragged my boyfriend (71!) here, we only stayed for 40 minutes. He really enjoyed it and told everybody about it!

I called and asked when do the band start to play?
11pm. The Bar replied.
When do they stop?
When they stop. The Bar said.
Only in New Orleans, you’ll get a spontaneous answer like this :)

It’s not in the French Quarter, it’s in Uptown. We took taxi here. It’s definitely worth the trip. It’s THE place to be on Tuesday night!
$20 cover charge at the door.
Written January 27, 2015
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