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Preservation Hall

Jazz Club and Concert Hall
French Quarter, New Orleans
  • Chris
    "Go see some traditional, New Orleans Jazz."(6 Tips)
    Team Coco
    ""One of the best places in the city to see traditional Jazz."(6 Tips)
    Dennis K.
    "Probably the best Jazz Band in the world"(5 Tips)
    Gabriel G.
    "Real, classic, intimate, virtuous, musical experience."(6 Tips)
129 Tips and reviews
  • jazz music
  • intimate
  • fun atmosphere
  • takes reservations
  • cash only
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  • Gabriel G.
    Gabriel GramajoApril 4, 2015
    Fantastic venue, my favorite experience while visiting NOLA. Be sure to wait in line at least an hour before the concert. Real, classic, intimate, virtuous, musical experience. A must!
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SkobacJanuary 3, 2015
    Get there at least an hour before on a Saturday night (earlier if you don't want to stand blindly in the back), they only let 100 people in per show. 45 min each and really fun & Interactive.
  • Neli P.
    Neli ParchikMarch 21, 2015
    Even if you're not all that into jazz, you have to hit this spot! The bands are amazing! If you don't book seats several weeks in advance you might get a chance to stand in the back - totally worth it
  • Jon M.
    Jon MillerFebruary 26, 2015
    If you've never been, you need to go - but only once. $15 for NOLA traditional jazz music. Get in line early!
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealJune 19, 2011
    A classic jazz club that leaves pretensions at the door and favors an intimate setting and focused on great music. The house band plays three feet away from where you’re sitting. Read more
  • Katy C.
    Katy CracknellJanuary 21
    The music and musicians were great. They cram you in like sardines, especially if you sit on the floor at the front. It is a great experience if you want to see some New Orleans Trad Jazz.
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BlamJuly 29, 2013
    This place is bare-bones, but it is completely part of the experience. The interior looks like it hasn't been touched in 50 years, the musicians are world-class, and the show is awesome. Go!!
  • Patricia N.
    Patricia NguyenJune 2, 2013
    Great merch!!! Solo albums and preservation hall compilations. Great dickies jacket for $75...single cd for 15, doubles for 25.... T shirts are a great souvenir, features iconic drum. Stickers for $2
  • Gayla R.
    If you can't purchase a ticket in advance, get there 45 minutes before the show, meet some new people while you're waiting, pay only $15, and sit in the front on the cushion on the floor.
  • Daniya T.
    Daniya TamendarovaMarch 8, 2014
    What a phenomenal place! Do not miss it. The space is small, so it's really worth it to buy VIP tickets online: no waiting in line, perfect seats, great music. Do this!
  • Team Coco
    Team CocoNovember 11, 2011
    "One of the best places in the city to see traditional Jazz. Tip the band to request a song, but keep in mind they don't know any Slayer." - Conan O'Brien
  • Sarah J.
    Sarah JohnstonAugust 17, 2014
    Awesome jazz music!! Tiny room, no bathroom or bar but the ambiance makes it worth the minor discomforts. Definitely worth checking out!
  • Eric I.
    Eric IllgenNovember 8, 2016
    Every music Lover who is visiting New Orleans has to go to the Preservation Hall. It is awesome!!! I went there twice and can do it again and again and again!!!
  • John B.
    John BakerSeptember 10, 2016
    Such a cool intimate place. Be sure to go online ahead of time and get the VIP seats. No toilets. Be sure to go ahead of time. Show only lasts about a half an hour.
  • Lindsi G.
    Lindsi GishFebruary 22, 2015
    Check out the All-Stars. Reserve tix in advance or get in line 45 minutes early for standing room. No drinks or food or photo-taking—so take advantage of the hour and just listen and enjoy.
  • Greg P.
    Greg PalmerFebruary 13, 2012
    Don't miss this New Orleans classic. Pay for "Big Shot" seats in advance if you want great seats (I sat literally *with* the band), but be sure to go either way.
  • David Z.
    David ZimmermanApril 29, 2012
    A great testimony to American ingenuity: Jazz creates great things by pushing the rules while staying within them at the same time.
  • Tim L.
    Tim LetscherApril 3, 2015
    Definitely get in line at least an hour ahead of time if it's a busy time of year. Pillows right up front are the way to go for seating.
  • BET
    BETFebruary 1, 2013
    This hall was created as a sanctuary, to protect and honor New Orleans Jazz! In honor of Black History, see noteworthy examples of African-Americans' accomplishments in Music:
  • Lissa G.
    Lissa GoldsmithJuly 13, 2012
    The best jazz in the city...locals and tourists agree. Likely standing room only! And it's strictly a music hall so bring a drink or bottle of water...
  • David F.
    David FelfoldiFebruary 3, 2014
    Must do NOLA experience. Exceptional dixieland jazz. $15 at the door, or $30-$40 for reserved 1st/2nd row seating.
  • Marcin S.
    Marcin SOctober 29, 2015
    Great jazz music and amazing atmosphere. Other place with live jazz music is in The Maison on Frenchman St
    HISTORYApril 5, 2010
    The origins of performances here go back to the start of the 1960s. There was no dance floor & no food or drinks served - the focus was just on the music. The only products sold were jazz recordings.
  • Jonathan G.
    Jonathan GorbachAugust 14, 2012
    Tip the band and, instead of requesting a song, ask them to play something challenging or unusual. You're sure to get a treat.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MizrahiOctober 18, 2012
    The soul of the New Orleans Jazz, this venue has seen all the greats and is worth going to just for the building itself.
  • Ricardo H.
    Ricardo HernandezApril 2, 2016
    Big Shot tickets are not worth the money, they still put (a lot) people in front of you, which is uncomfortable. But music's what matters and here is great.
  • Jake O.
    Jake OhmanDecember 23, 2012
    @History says it's origins go aaaaallll the way back to the 1960s. I'm quite sure it's way older than that. Nice fact checking there guys, kudos.
  • Trina S.
    Trina SearcyOctober 23, 2013
    Music and only music! No drinks for food served. No dancing but it has got to be the best places to hear and see Jazz!
  • Gambit New Orleans
    Gambit New OrleansJune 26, 2012
    Enjoy traditional New Orleans jazz every night- SPECIAL OFFER for locals through Aug. 31. Residents with state ID or Entergy bill with a local address are entitled to buy 1 ticket, get 1 free! Read more
  • Walter P.
    Walter PickelAugust 10, 2013
    Am amazing experience. Plan ahead and order the "Big Shot Spot" tickets online before the show!
  • J Z.
    J ZApril 1, 2010
    The night I was here they performed three sets and let guests in at intervals of an hour, if you're early in line you can sit cross-legged or in chairs in the front. You can BYOB and drink in line
  • David S.
    David SuenNovember 28, 2013
    Go early to save a spot in line and make sure you grab a drink before you go in!
  • Michael Z.
    Michael ZickefooseApril 15, 2013
    A must see when visiting The Quarter!!! Traditional jazz at its best! Don't miss it!
  • HBO
    HBOSeptember 3, 2011
    Treme happened here. Sad to see it closed up in the first season, Preservation Hall was built in 1750 and is focused on preserving and protecting New Orleans Jazz.
  • Patricia N.
    Patricia NguyenJune 2, 2013
    If you get there and are in line and you are past the pat obriens sign... Might want to reconsider plans for the night given small venue.
  • Robert C.
    Robert CongerSeptember 12, 2016
    The music is only slightly overshadowed by this historically beautiful site.
  • John W.
    John WeaverMarch 15, 2010
    additional chairs are in the hall outside the theater for those who have to sit. trade off is exterior sound ricochets around the cement walls and you don't see the band. was great for my bad back.
  • @sloane
    @sloaneAugust 28, 2010
    Yes, long line and they don't have drinks. But it's an absolute must for true jazz lovers. Tip the band, request a song, relish in the experience.
  • Andrei A.
    Andrei AntonenkoJanuary 22, 2014
    Great traditional jazz. No pictures allowed, no drinks sold. Tickets are cash only. Must see when in French quarter.
  • Patricia N.
    Patricia NguyenJune 2, 2013
    Check out requests! $5 for traditional, $10 for other, $20 for the saints!
  • Emmanuel H.
    Emmanuel HerreroApril 11, 2010
    There's probably going to be a cover... and you won't find any alcohol either. Oh! and get there early if you want to sit... If you can stand all that... prepare yourself for some good music.
  • Nan B.
    Get big shot tickets in advance. You get right by the band in this intimate venue
  • Arturo I.
    Great Jazz music. The early shows are less crowded so the line is shorter
  • Tanya W.
    Tanya WilliamsApril 7, 2014
    This might've been my favorite part of my trip. Fabulous music, fun atmosphere. $20 at the door.
  • Jeri L.
    Arrive early to get in line. Standing room in back offers very little visibility.
  • Grace F.
    Grace FieldsMarch 18
    Amazing musicians!! I have never had chills with jazz until hearing this!
  • Pat P.
    Pat PattonSeptember 4, 2015
    What a great intimate place to watch and listen to jazz while in NOLA!
  • Sophie C.
    Sophie ChungMarch 26, 2014
    The trumpet player was out of this world. Worth the wait!!!
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Here on a Friday night? Enjoy live, traditional New Orleans jazz. A ticket buys entry to one of three 45-minute sets a night. -Travel Editor
  • Natarajan C.
    Natarajan ChakrapaniMarch 30, 2013
    You can carry drinks inside,but dont bother, the jazz will give you a high!
  • Walter P.
    Walter PickelAugust 9, 2014
    Make sure you go tinkle before doors. They don't sell drinks but you're welcome to bring your own in.
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HealanMarch 14, 2016
    somehow whenever a famous person drops in thousands of people claim to have been here that night
  • Ben S.
    Ben StinnettJuly 30, 2012
    Great jazz, come early though so you can get a seat
  • Soxinly
    SoxinlyFebruary 28, 2015
    Holy cow! I am not even a jazz fan, and I have to say this is awesome!
  • Kunaal A.
    Kunaal AryaFebruary 2, 2016
    I'd skip this place. Feels very inauthentic and like a money grab. More touristu than other jazz experiences which could be had in the city.
  • Renae M.
    Renae Mason3 weeks ago
    Escape Bourbon St and go back in time here for 30mins with an old-timey Jazz Band.
  • Greg S.
    Greg SchulerFebruary 3
    Get a ticket in advance. It's touristy, but worth the trip.
  • Doroulini
    DorouliniOctober 20, 2016
    Must go! Real jazz experience. Not a bar.
  • Valarie M.
    Valarie McCubbinsApril 6, 2014
    i don't mind that this is a "tourist trap" - best trap i've been in. Go to a later show. get some drinks beforehand. maybe splurge for VIP seats.
  • Ben F.
    Ben FabianAugust 30, 2010
    It's standing room only for the most part, there's a line to get in, the place looks like a firetrap, there's no food or drinks served, and there's no AC. But if you want GOOD jazz, and I mean the re
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsMarch 22, 2015
    Grab a couple beers and get in line about an hour before the show starts.
  • Doug M.
    Doug McCuistionOctober 24, 2015
    Great music venue for those that like jazz.
  • Nick L.
    Nick LobaitoSeptember 5, 2015
    Great jazz music. Lively and interactive.
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer SamardakJune 16, 2013
    Disappointing performance. Saw them before and was excited to see them in NOLA. 45 min is way too short and the pieces were not varied. Venue is interesting but felt like all they wanted was my money.
  • Chow Down Detroit
    Chow Down DetroitDecember 27, 2014
    They don't do tours or let's you inside. Only for their shows.
  • Meg
    MegAugust 30, 2014
    Come for the jazz, stay for the...jazz.
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda CabreraSeptember 27
    Best play to see live jazz music. I believe tickets are close to 25 dollars
  • Steven M.
    Steven MelendezJanuary 6, 2016
    The venue is BYOB, but there are plenty of options nearby
  • Kristina P.
    Kristina PentekOctober 1, 2011
    Come early at least 7:30 if you want a chance to sit. If you like what you hear tip the band!
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GlueckJuly 25, 2014
    Amazing musicians intimate setting
  • Mark C.
    Mark ClagueJune 5, 2013
    Cash only. Student discount with ID!
  • David
    DavidNovember 16, 2011
    Classic Crescent City jazz. No drinks, no smoking, just amazing music.
  • Cindy C.
    Cindy CrookDecember 8, 2014
    A must see when coming to New Orleans!
  • Cesar
    CesarJuly 14, 2015
    Good old traditional jazz
  • Kate F.
    Kate FogleJanuary 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    It's nice to tip the band. I like buying drinks from the Boondock Saint across the street. The cat's name is Baby.
  • Trish T.
    Trish TrejoAugust 29, 2010
    Sit on the window sill while in line so that you can hear the band jamming and warming up...nice experience.
  • Dennis K.
    Dennis KovalyovMarch 12, 2016
    Probably the best Jazz Band in the world
  • Ivan L.
    Ivan LeeDecember 23, 2014
    Once in Nola you must visit Preservation Hall.
  • Valentin I.
    Valentin IvanovOctober 13, 2014
    Jazz night with Steve Pistorious and the Southern Syncopators
  • Chris
    ChrisMarch 10, 2015
    Go see some traditional, New Orleans Jazz.
  • Aloysius M.
    Aloysius McMurphyJanuary 26, 2013
    Buy VIP tickets online for better seats and guaranteed seating times.
  • Aysegul A.
    Aysegul AkyuzJanuary 4, 2015
    Awesome experience. A must see
  • Tanya W.
    Tanya WilliamsApril 7, 2014
    Please don't bring your kids. They'll ruin it for everyone.
  • Rebecca Z.
    Rebecca ZickefooseApril 15, 2013
    The only place to see your jazz. Phenomenal.
  • Nicole J.
    Nicole JohnsonDecember 28, 2014
    Attending a show here is a must when in New Orleans.
  • Robert K.
    Robert KnoxAugust 15
    Great live jazz
  • Bruce R.
    Bruce Reyes-ChowFebruary 25, 2012
    Guaranteed to be the best $15 you will spend during your stay.
  • sat p.
    sat pDecember 1, 2013
    This place is a total tourist trap. You're paying $20 for a 45 minute set with an audience of people working their checklist. Go next door to Pat O'Brien's Piano Bar for a truly wonderful experience.
  • Eric C.
    Eric ChangMay 26, 2016
    The ambiance is amazing
  • Patricia N.
    Patricia NguyenJune 2, 2013
    Show times at 8, 9 and 10...add 15 minutes.
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinFebruary 23, 2013
    Come for the music! They don't serve alcohol
  • Angela D.
    Angela DachpianJuly 24, 2013
    Drinks are "Ok" and a bit expensive drinks and the jazz is decent. Fritzels is better.
  • Xiao Y.
    Xiao YuFebruary 6
    No drinks, no food. Just full attention heritage jazz for 45 min sessions.
  • Patricia N.
    Patricia NguyenJune 2, 2013
    Cash only for entry, merch table takes credit
  • Joseph T.
    Joseph TamDecember 20, 2010
    If you don't feel like waiting in line, pay extra for the reserved VIP seating
  • Candice R.
    Candice RiveraOctober 29, 2015
    You can feel the soul of New Orleans here
  • Amanda P.
    Amanda PrinzoMarch 1, 2011
    Don't be shy. Make a request. You'll be so glad you did.
  • Jessie C.
    Jessie ChenJanuary 16, 2015
    Lining up early is def worth it
  • Mélanie V.
    Mélanie VecchioJune 29, 2015
    Famous players. Awards artists
  • Brian L.
    Brian LongtinDecember 11, 2015
    So authentic I felt guilty being there.
  • Priya T.
    Priya TungrusAugust 28, 2015
    No alcohol and there's a cover charge. Right next door to Pat O'Brians
  • Manos X.
    Manos XanthogeorgisJanuary 2, 2016
    A truly amazing experience.
  • Pawel P.
    Pawel PietrykaJune 28, 2015
    If you only do one thing in New Orleans go to this show
  • Adam M.
    Adam MJune 7, 2013
    Great Music Venue
  • Praveen P.
    Praveen PadmanFebruary 4
    Lovely jazz !!!
  • Aysun
    AysunMarch 20, 2012
    It's the best jazz place in New Orleans!
  • Colleen N.
    Colleen Newvine TebeauNovember 30, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Dress appropriately -- there's no air conditioning and you might stand all night, but that's OK. You'll want to be on your feet working up a sweat to hot traditional jazz.
  • Wei D.
    Wei DongMarch 20, 2013
    $5 off wi5h student id
  • Patricia N.
    Patricia NguyenJune 2, 2013
    No bathrooms...pat obriens next door welcomes you!
  • Phil
    PhilFebruary 28, 2010
    Make sure to grab a Hurricane next door so that you'll have some refreshments while you wait in line.
  • Danny N.
    Danny NguyenDecember 9, 2012
    Check out the jazz!
  • Erin C.
    Erin CarriganJuly 29, 2015
    Get some hurricanes next door at Pat O'briens while waiting in line
  • Teri Y.
    Jazz music.
  • Michelle
    MichelleSeptember 16, 2011
    Jazz and drinks
  • Loki D.
    Loki DefrieceMarch 18, 2010
    Greatest band ever... Make sure to tip em!!!!
  • Nan B.
    Get big shot tickets.
  • Leon J.
    Leon JamesonNovember 12, 2010
    10$ gets The Saints played!
  • Tony P.
    Tony PenninoAugust 23, 2011
    A no-brainer. Go.
  • Ted H.
    Ted HallOctober 27, 2009
    Too many locals haven't been. Tip the band. Request a song. "Blueberry Hill" gets me every time.
  • Kara K.
    Kara KennedySeptember 21, 2011
    No food or drinks, hot no air
  • Bárbara C.
    Bárbara CaparrozAugust 10, 2014
    O melhor jazz na cidade do jazz. Sem bebida, sem comida, apenas música como nunca se ouve. $15 para entrar e tips para a banda. Chegue 1hora antes para pegar bons lugares. Não deixe de ir!!!
  • Paula F.
    Paula FreireAugust 9, 2015
    Ah, você tem de vir aqui! O lugar é muito bacana, mesmo tendo de sentar no chão e não podendo beber. É uma experiência de volta no tempo. Vale demais!
  • Daniele R.
    Daniele RozzoniFebruary 1, 2014
    Comprate i biglietti in prevendita così da assistere al concerto da seduti. Altrimenti sono elevetissime le probabilità che ve lo dobbiate vedere da dietro le panche e in piedi...
  • Giovanni C.
    Vale la pena la fila que hay que hacer para conseguir un lugar. Son 45 minutos en una máquina del tiempo.
  • Galina
    GalinaNovember 23, 2016
    Отличная музыка! Но очень тяжко стоять час в очереди и потом ещё час стоять внутри. Ноги гудят. Плюс я очень маленького роста и сцену мне не было видно вообще.
  • Altuğ Y.
    Altuğ YurtbaşıJanuary 23, 2016
    Tourist trap diyenlere aldırmayın. Burasi caz kültürü hakkında farklı bir deneyim sunuyor.
  • Flor C.
    Flor ClaramuntJune 19, 2015
    Definitivamente paso oligado para escuchar buena musica Jazz
  • Taka 1.
    Taka 13gJune 26, 2016
  • Aron H.
    Aron HegyiSeptember 27, 2013
    Jazzy jazz jazz
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