Where to Go Out in New Orleans After Jazz Fest


In New Orleans, the food, drinks, and live music don’t stop when the festival gates close. After a day at Jazz Fest, the nightlife begs visitors to go out and experience the best New Orleans offers. Breweries, restaurants, jazz clubs, and live music venues come alive in the French Quarter and Gentilly neighborhoods after Jazz Fest. Spend some time exploring the city that birthed one of the best cultural festivals in the country.

Blue Oak BBQ

No matter how much Jazz Fest food goes around, there’s always room for Blue Oak BBQ. Hogs for the Cause champions opened the barbecue joint in 2012 and have mastered the art of smoked meats. The barbecue plates, brisket, and ginger sesame slaw are local favorites. Prepare for the Jazz Fest after-shows with Blue Oak BBQ’s spiked salted watermelon lemonade.

Bayou Beer Garden

A brewery is the best place to wind down and rest tired feet after a long day of festing. Bayou Beer Garden has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and endless beer on tap. The pub’s location in Mid-City makes it an ideal meet-up spot for friends escaping the crowds of Jazz Fest.

The Spotted Cat Music Club

Even on the days between Jazz Fest weekends, the Spotted Cat Music Club highlights local jazz. The club lives on Frenchmen Street, which the locals call New Orleans’ music district. Music lovers looking for nightlife full of talent and brass instruments will enjoy a night out at this French Quarter joint.


Tipitina’s has been the go-to spot for Mardi Gras celebrations and Jazz Fest aftershows since 1977. Music lovers opened the venue to honor the infamous pianist, Professor Longhair, who performed regularly until his passing in 1980. New Orleans’ live music scene thrives at Tipitina’s, with frequent appearances by local icons Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, and Big Freedia. During Jazz Fest, many artists pop up at Tiptina’s, making it a crucial stop after a day of festing.

Liuzza’s by the Track

For those who didn’t get enough food at Jazz Fest, Liuzza’s by the Track is the place to go. The casual restaurant is known for its Creole gumbo, BBQ shrimp po’boy, and classic bloody mary. Luizza’s by the Track stays open after the gates of Jazz Fest close — the perfect drink stop before staying out all night.

Preservation Hall

There’s no such thing as too much jazz in New Orleans. Preservation Hall is an intimate venue in the French Quarter where guests can immerse themselves in traditional jazz music. The cozy venue hosts multiple acoustic performances every day of the week, especially during Jazz Fest. Preservation Hall is a relaxed and infamous spot ideal for post-Jazz Fest hangouts.

Toups Meatery

Get a taste of Cajun family tradition at Toups Meatery in Mid-City. The contemporary restaurant serves classic Cajun dishes like boudin balls, cracklins, and venison. Those still full from the Jazz Fest food areas can indulge in one of Toups Meatery’s signature cocktails. The bar and the kitchen stay open until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday each week.

The Maple Leaf Bar

The Maple Leaf Bar is a local favorite every day but becomes a hotspot for music lovers during Jazz Fest. Since 1974, the Maple Leaf Bar has hosted some of New Orleans’ best musicians. It remains the oldest operating music venue, offering live performances seven days a week. Fest-goers will find local legends, Grammy Award-winning artists, and newcomers on stage and in the crowd at the Maple Leaf bar.

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