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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)
    Gabriel G.
    "Real, classic, intimate, virtuous, musical experience."(6 Tips)
    Dennis K.
    "Probably the best Jazz Band in the world"(2 Tips)
115 Tips and reviews
  • jazz music
  • intimate
  • vip tickets
  • fun atmosphere
  • takes reservations
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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Robert C.
    Robert CongerSeptember 12, 2016
    The music is only slightly overshadowed by this historically beautiful site.
  • Walter P.
    Walter PickelAugust 10, 2013
    Am amazing experience. Plan ahead and order the "Big Shot Spot" tickets online before the show!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
    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.
  • Nan B.
    Nan BrooksMarch 3, 2013
    Get big shot tickets in advance. You get right by the band in this intimate venue
  • Grace F.
    Grace Fields6 days ago
    Amazing musicians!! I have never had chills with jazz until hearing this!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ben S.
    Ben StinnettJuly 30, 2012
    Great jazz, come early though so you can get a seat
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