Preservation Hall, New Orleans

Preservation Hall, New Orleans (must see)

Just a short stroll from the banks of the Mississippi River, nestled in the heart of the renowned French Quarter, the aptly named Preservation Hall is a true cultural landmark. Much of its charm lies in its rustic, intimate, old-school atmosphere: weathered walls with paintings of local musicians, bench seating, a strict no-phone policy, and a commitment to preserving the essence of New Orleans jazz through authentic means, such as eschewing amplifiers and a bar.

The focus here is on keeping New Orleans jazz vibrant and alive, though, in recent years, the house band has expanded its horizons by collaborating on tours and recordings with artists from various genres, including gospel, hip hop, rock, and other inventive blends. The venue features a roster of seasoned musicians, as well as a few younger talents, all delivering outstanding performances.

Seating is limited, often leading many patrons to settle on the floor or stand at the back. While beverages are not served within the hall, you are welcome to bring your own drink in a plastic cup. Despite these limitations, countless music enthusiasts consider an evening at this all-ages venue an essential and quintessential New Orleans experience.

Tip:
To ensure you secure a spot, plan to arrive 45-60 minutes before one of the daily shows at 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10 pm; alternatively, you can opt for a "Big Shot" ticket, which guarantees you a seat and allows you to skip the line. The good news is that this venue stands just around the corner from Pat O'Brien's, where you can enjoy a hurricane cocktail to go while you wait.

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Sight Name: Preservation Hall
Sight Location: New Orleans, USA (See walking tours in New Orleans)
Sight Type: Food/Drink
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