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Preservation Hall

Jazz Club and Concert Hall
French Quarter, New Orleans
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  • 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."(5 Tips)
    Dennis K.
    "Probably the best Jazz Band in the world"(2 Tips)
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  • Jeri L.
    Arrive early to get in line. Standing room in back offers very little visibility.
  • Ricardo H.
    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.
  • Andrew H.
    somehow whenever a famous person drops in thousands of people claim to have been here that night
  • Kunaal A.
    Kunaal AryaFebruary 2
    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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Chow Down Detroit
    Chow Down DetroitDecember 27, 2014
    They don't do tours or let's you inside. Only for their shows.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Tanya W.
    Tanya WilliamsApril 7, 2014
    This might've been my favorite part of my trip. Fabulous music, fun atmosphere. $20 at the door.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Walter P.
    Walter PickelAugust 10, 2013
    Am amazing experience. Plan ahead and order the "Big Shot Spot" tickets online before the show!
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • Patricia N.
    Patricia NguyenJune 2, 2013
    Check out requests! $5 for traditional, $10 for other, $20 for the saints!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Michael Z.
    Michael ZickefooseApril 15, 2013
    A must see when visiting The Quarter!!! Traditional jazz at its best! Don't miss it!
  • Nan B.
    Nan BrooksMarch 3, 2013
    Get big shot tickets in advance. You get right by the band in this intimate venue
  • 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: http://bet.us/BHM
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • @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.
  • HISTORY
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Colleen N.
    Colleen Newvine TebeauNovember 30, 2009
    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.
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