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BMC Balcony Music Club

1331 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116-2609
+1 504-301-5912
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Honest Drinks, great music!

We had a fantastic time listening to music in this joint. The drinks were honest and the music was... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
salesguytoo
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california
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Fabulous band

We nipped in here for a quick drink as the band looked good and they were brilliant. It was Lil Red... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
suzannebrady
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Balcony Music Club (or "BMC") is conveniently located on the corner of Esplanade and Decatur. Although this music venue is in the French Quarter, and it isn't technically on Frenchmen Street (one block away), it's definitely a part of the Frenchmen culture. You will find a wide range of music at BMC! Brass, jazz, blues, folk, funk, rock, and country. One great thing about BMC is that its music lineup often starts much earlier than the rest of Frenchmen St, so you can get started closer to midday and happy hour, especially on weekends. And since there's usually no cover, you can pop in for a few songs, take a stroll, and come back at your leisure. BMC, also affectionately known as the Center Of The Universe, showcases live bands seven nights a week. Since the venue is larger than most in the area, it's usually not as cramped, but on busy nights, you likely will not find seating. In which case you can relax at their indoor/outdoor patio bar, stand, or dance the night away. Either way, the staff is friendly, drink prices are reasonable, the entertainment is always on point and you will not be disappointed.
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“no cover charge” (17 reviews)
“great talent” (2 reviews)
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Hours Today: 3:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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1331 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116-2609
French Quarter
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+1 504-301-5912
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fantastic time listening to music in this joint. The drinks were honest and the music was rocking… Granted that counts for most of the Frenchman area this place was a lot of fun.

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BMC1331, General Manager at BMC Balcony Music Club, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks salesguytoo, glad you enjoyed yourself, and hope to see you again soon! :)

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We nipped in here for a quick drink as the band looked good and they were brilliant. It was Lil Red and Big Bad and they were excellent, especially the singer and the saxophonist. I ordered a glass of wine and whilst the wine was...More

Thank suzannebrady
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BMC1331, General Manager at BMC Balcony Music Club, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Appreciate it Suzanne! Lil Red & Big Bad are truly special, and we're happy that they're chosen BMC for Monday night residency! Btw, we certainly understand your struggle with drinking wine out of a plastic cup, thanks for your indulgence, and we look forward to...More

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Reviewed July 9, 2018

Always a blast stopping in to this club. the live entertainment is up close and a good jam! A home like bar atmosphere makes it a must stop for us when we visit.

Thank Tami S
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BMC1331, General Manager at BMC Balcony Music Club, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Tami, agreed...nothing like live entertainment jamming up close and personal! You're always home at BMC, we'll see you again soon! :)

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Reviewed June 29, 2018

There was no cover. It was a good bar (with specialty drinks worth $10. I had a nice echolocate-based drink that was deliciously heavy on the liquor) and it seemed like people knew each other (so, it was a neighborhood bar). I was walking down...More

Thank Rosa S
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BMC1331, General Manager at BMC Balcony Music Club, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Rosa! With no cover, reasonably priced drinks, and great bands, we're happy you chose BMC! Lil Red & Big Bad are truly special, the heart (and soul) that she puts in every performance (for 7 years now), is unmatched! We're fortunate to have them...More

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Reviewed June 13, 2018

Stopped by here on the whim as we walked through the French Qtrs. The local band was fun and wild! We loved the music and I'm glad I got to experience some live NOLA flavor music on my bday trip. Great time! The venue is...More

Thank Kiana T
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BMC1331, General Manager at BMC Balcony Music Club, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2018

Thanks Kiana and Happy Belated Birthday! We look forward to seeing again, appreciate it!

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Reviewed May 26, 2018 via mobile

If there was a six star this is the first joint in my travel. The jazz and blues OMG its rocking. I was here for all nights till I left New Orleans. It's a must to visit this place

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BMC1331, General Manager at BMC Balcony Music Club, responded to this reviewResponded June 1, 2018

Thank you Maua B! Our staff and the bands who perform here, truly appreciate your thoughtful words! Please let us know when you're planning your next visit, we're look forward to it!!!

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Reviewed May 5, 2018

Wow! Monday night at the BMC , just trust me and GO! ....If anyone tells you that Bourbon St. is better than Frenchman St. has never seen Paggy Prine or Lil Red perform at BMC...you can thank me later!!Remember to tip the band!More

Thank Jeannine P
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BMC1331, General Manager at BMC Balcony Music Club, responded to this reviewResponded June 1, 2018

Jeannine, thank you! On behalf of our staff, Lil Red and Paggy Prine, we are all grateful for your kind words! Bourbon Street serves it's purpose, as well as the Frenchmen area, however to be in the center of both, as you know, is a...More

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Reviewed April 21, 2018 via mobile

We stopped in on a Saturday evening and enjoyed some fantastic blues music! Really a nice place and great atmosphere! Drinks reasonably priced.

Thank Lorry T
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BMC1331, General Manager at BMC Balcony Music Club, responded to this reviewResponded June 1, 2018

Thanks Lorry T! Nothing like fantastic blues on a Saturday evening! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your evening with us! Let's do it again, til then, cheers! :)

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Reviewed April 7, 2018

One of the 5 or 6 music plus restaurants in a line in this part of frenchmen street. Great choice of beers. Busy, popular.

Thank analytic10
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BMC1331, General Manager at BMC Balcony Music Club, responded to this reviewResponded June 1, 2018

Analytic10, thank you! On behalf of great bands, here's to you...cheers! Thanks again! :)

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Reviewed February 25, 2018

Great place for checking out some new music. Nice cocktails too. Extra bar and quiet area in the back. We saw Jam Brass Band and loved it.

Thank Jostein O
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BMC1331, General Manager at BMC Balcony Music Club, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2018

Thanks Jostein, we really enjoy providing new, cutting edge talent at BMC! JAM Brass Band is most definitely out the box and not your ordinary brass band! Glad you enjoyed our signature cocktails too! We look forward to seeing you again soon, appreciate you!

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sambrown1997
March 4, 2018|
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Response from BMC1331 | Property representative |
Yes, 21 and over with valid ID.
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ohiorazorback
March 11, 2016|
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Response from bmc13312015 | Property representative |
Absolutely...doors open at 5pm with our 2/1 drink specials, followed by Lil Red & Big Bad @ 6pm, and Will Funk @ 10pm. We'll meet you at the Center Of The Universe....BMC!!!
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ohiorazorback
March 10, 2016|
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Response from Holly R | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, don't know. Maybe check NOLA Website for listing of events
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