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The Spotted Cat Music Club

Jazz Club, Rock Club, and Speakeasy
Marigny, New Orleans
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  • Jacson B.
    "It's a wonderful place to listen good music from local Jazz bands."(9 Tips)
    Katerina M.
    "Meschiya Lake & the Lil' Big Horns were there."(5 Tips)
    Patrick G.
    "best jazz in new orleans... this place was awesome!"(3 Tips)
    Ebai K.
    "You can chill, dance, people watch, an just enjoy great music!!!"(8 Tips)
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  •  ℋumorous
     ℋumorousJuly 2, 2014
    Although the tourists are well aware of the Spotted Cat now thanks to Treme and Conan, it is still a great place for live music ♪ Bring cash, and stay friendly. Buy & support local music and art!! ☺
  • Danni
    DanniSeptember 19, 2016
    This is definetely my favorite live music club on Frenchmen street. Great local jazz music, but it gets a little too crowded. They charge $5 cover, but it is definetely worth it!
  • Emiliy M.
    Emiliy MarinoFebruary 20
    Hands down my favorite place on Frenchman street. The band playing was amazing. Drinks are heavily poured, but it's cash only. Ladies - there is a piano in the restroom!
  • Praveen P.
    Praveen PadmanFebruary 7
    Nice hangout place to sip on beer/wine/cocktail and listen to local pretty talented musicians. You can easily spend hours there. Usually no covers . One drink min and cash only
  • Katerina M.
    Katerina MatsaApril 22, 2014
    One of the best places I visited in NOLA. Meschiya Lake & the Lil' Big Horns were there. Her voice is amazing. There was a $5 cover, but definitely worth it. If you want, you can buy her cd on site.
  • Kayla!
    Kayla!August 18, 2014
    A treat if you're looking for a chill atmosphere and excellent music. Thought the drinks were overpriced, but that's an argument made anywhere in the Quarter. Try to get there early for a good barseat
  • Marigny9
    Marigny9January 11
    Been here 5+ times
    DON'T MISS!: Every Sat night from 6-10pm. You can't stop yourself from clapping in time to Panorama Jazz Band. Want some Klezmer?-OK. Trad Jazz?-Sure. Beguine, Milonga, Chocheck, Waltz?-They'll do it.
  • Maarja-Liis M.
    Maarja-Liis MerimetsaMarch 22, 2016
    Great place with great atmosphere and a nice crowd. A must-go in New Orleans! Slightly too cold though due to the fans.
  • Marigny9
    Marigny9April 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    DON'T MISS!-Every Mon & Thur at 4pm. Sarah McCoy will make u weep. Janice Joplin meets Adele with a little Honky Tonk/Otherwordly spirit thrown in. Must be of strong mind & body 4 the experience.
  • Marie L.
    Marie LaCassaJuly 15, 2016
    What an amazing find. We came here two nights on our NOLA vacation - excellent live music and fun vibe. Cash only bar! But they gave an atm available.
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsMay 17, 2015
    Drinks are cheap so bring plenty of cash to keep things moving. Great music so be sure to save some money for the musicians as you'll be having a blast.
  • Becky J.
    Becky JacksonDecember 13, 2015
    Jenn is the BEST bartender in town! Cash only bar, fantastic music and great scene. My favorite spot!!
  • Kaustubh T.
    The absolute best jazz/blues/funk/AllOfTheAbove spot in Frenchman. You can never go wrong with the Spotted Cat!
  • Talisa C.
    Talisa ChangMay 14, 2013
    No cover, mostly traditional jazz/dixieland. Probably my favorite Frenchmen St. Place. Try to see Meschiya Lake or the Jazz Vipers there (from Al)
  • Michael A.
    Michael AmbjornAugust 21, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Leave the drama at the door - and kick back with the cool cats. A jazz joint not to be missed on any NOLA trip.
  • Christina S.
    Christina SMay 30, 2015
    Great jazz music! The Cottonmouth Kings were incredible. It gets packed so arrive before the headliner's set begins for a good spot.
  • Meghan B.
    Meghan BurekOctober 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Some of the most talented musicians on Frenchman play at The Spotted Cat! Always have a great time here!
  • Denette
    DenetteSeptember 28, 2015
    Great tiny place to catch stellar talent. You need to buy a drink and there's a $5 cover on the weekend.
  • Tony M.
    Tony MDecember 13, 2014
    I could not stop smiling in this place. Awesome jazz and such a fun atmosphere, felt transported to another era. People younger than me doing the lindy hop! Must go here.
  • Shelley M.
    Shelley MacGregorJanuary 30, 2014
    Great jazz!. $5 cover but stayed for 3 sets of music. Several other musicians stopped in & played along. 1 drink min.but no way to enforce as it was impossible to get to bar except btwn sets.
  • Avradeep C.
    Avradeep ChakrabartiSeptember 1, 2013
    If you like blonde beers, go for the Abita Amber or Restoration Pale Ale. $5 per bottle.
  • Cat W.
    Cat WeaverMarch 18, 2013
    A damned good bar with great old style atmosphere and solid jazz. One of the best places I visited in NOLA.
  • Chris
    ChrisSeptember 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Cash only bar. Never a cover. Escape the 80s music on Bourbon and head to Frenchman for awesome jazz bands at The Spotted Cat.
  • Foxxy B.
    Foxxy BMarch 5
    Cash only, but the music is incredible & the drink selection rocks (e.g. they have fernet). Music tends to end by 2am.
  • Phillip K.
    Phillip KeeneOctober 17, 2012
    Dress light, and make sure you're comfortable with gettin comfortable with lots of people because there's no such thing as personal space once the music starts playin!
  • Candy Lee L.
    Candy Lee LaBalleJanuary 13, 2011
    Old time nola jazz served live, hot and screaming with passion. Local crowd of music lovers, musicians and swing dancers. Lace up your dancing shoes!
  • Brian R.
    Brian RiesOctober 13, 2013
    Real nice. Cash only. They sell t-shirts and beer koozies. Band plays throughout the day.
  • Joseph A.
    Joseph AkbrudJanuary 6, 2016
    Great, intimate jazz club on Frenchmen Street. A must see if you're in the area.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongMay 14, 2015
    Great if you like live music. Get here early because this tiny venue fills up quick. One drink min.
  • Nick L.
    Nick LoveladyAugust 25, 2016
    Cash only, but there's an ATM handy. Best music and chill vibe in the French Quarter.
  • Isel A.
    Isel Aimee2 weeks ago
    awesome place! make sure to bring cash for cover & drinks. if not, there's an ATM inside.
  • Kelsey L.
    Kelsey LangilleOctober 27, 2014
    Awesome awesome live music! Worth the cover and reasonably priced drinks for the area.
  • Colin L.
    Colin LeeJanuary 4, 2016
    Free jazz music; low key and chill vibe. Everyone is happy. Great place to check out
  • Ebai K.
    Ebai KooDecember 29, 2012
    Awesome jazz spot! You can chill, dance, people watch, an just enjoy great music!!!
  • Gurulogy
    GurulogyFebruary 8, 2016
    Great music! Casual and friendly Jazz Bar..
  • April I.
    April ImhoffMay 22, 2013
    A really fun place to go to if your are in New Orleans.
  • Mike L.
    Mike LOctober 18, 2014
    Great bar to have a drink and listen to local music.
  • Lucas A.
    Lucas AlvimMay 29, 2016
    This place is amazing. I've been there three days in a row and every band was incredible.
  • Simone L.
    Simone LJune 15, 2015
    Music is amazing. Bartender wasn't so nice but once you hear some tunes you forget all about it!
  • Raj S.
    Raj S.May 4, 2012
    Great, live music in an extremely fun atmosphere. Everyone is just happy to be here.
  • Sarah .
    Sarah 🚬💣🔫🔪☕️March 3, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    I can't even begin to describe how much I love this place. It's strawberry Abita season in Nola right now, Please have one for me.
  • Jacson B.
    Jacson BoeingAugust 31, 2015
    It's a wonderful place to listen good music from local Jazz bands.
  • Amy T.
    Amy TremmelMarch 18, 2015
    Jazz, cheap drinks and fun! Must go while in NOLA.
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 2, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Listen to the city's best jazz, blues, and zydeco while sucking down an Abita Amber. Read more
  • Ms. G.
    Ms. Graham, MPA, JDJanuary 6, 2014
    This place is great! The BEST New Orleans experience. A must do.
  • Steve N.
    Steve NewsomeOctober 27, 2011
    This is one of the best bars I have ever been to, great jazz and cool people.
  • Kenneth K.
    Kenneth KaadtmannOctober 4, 2015
    A great place to go for jazz or just for hanging out
  • Pavan K.
    Pavan KulkarniFebruary 20
    loved the music here. there is a cover though and its all cash only
  • Candice R.
    Candice RiveraOctober 29, 2015
    One of those places where everybody knows your name, great venue for great music
  • Jean-Paul G.
    Jean-Paul GodmaireAugust 16, 2014
    Great little jazz club, had a revolving group of great artists
  • Campbell B.
    Campbell BirdMarch 26, 2015
    A bit crowded, but a cool spot nonetheless. Try to sneak in before they start charging covers.
  • Abhishek K.
    Abhishek KonaAugust 16, 2014
    Good music on Friday nights. Chill bar. Nice art market in the backyard
  • Melike K.
    One of the best sincere place to listen absolute jazz in NOLA!
  • Kathe A.
    Kathe ArnesenJune 24, 2016
    Great music, more authentic feel than most places on Bourbon Street
  • Mike H.
    Mike HomokiNovember 28, 2011
    Good music and drinks. Cash only. No chairs away from the bar but a nice little bar.
  • Howard F.
    Howard FoltzJanuary 3, 2015
    Great live music. No cover charge, but 1 drink per set. No seating. Classic.
  • Simon T.
    Simon TschinkelMarch 9, 2014
    Be sure to tip the band. Great venue for early afternoon drinking/chilling.
  • Rich K.
    Rich KearneyJune 11, 2013
    Laying in bed two nights later and I swear I can still hear this music playing in the distance. It really was like something straight out of an episode of Treme.
  • Jacqueline A.
    Jacqueline ArsenaultAugust 11, 2014
    Excellent live jazz. Bring cash for drinks.
  • Craig Trevor W.
    Craig Trevor WeichmannSeptember 10, 2014
    Great place to catch some tunes. cash only.
  • Nushy S.
    Nushy SCFebruary 16, 2015
    Live jazz music, no cover, nice people.
  • Jonas P.
    Jonas PorcarJune 28, 2013
    Great dixieland jazz club. No cover, but they only accept cash in the bar
  • Vivian E.
    Vivian EOctober 22, 2016
    Loved Miss Sophie Lee. The autumn mule was great. Cash only
  • Maryann W.
    Maryann WatsonNovember 2, 2013
    No cover. Music was great. Check out the timing for free swing dance lessons.
  • Michael W.
    Michael WintersSeptember 7, 2013
    Misfit Power is a MUST SEE. These guys are incredible.
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HartleyDecember 1, 2013
    There's a real live piano in the ladies room. You should play it!
  • Sean W.
    Sean WilkinsApril 22, 2014
    Perfect small music venue any night of the week.
  • Xiao Y.
    Xiao YuFebruary 6
    Generally a slightly better quality live band than other venues
  • Valerie V.
    Valerie ValerieAugust 26, 2014
    Beth is the best bartender ever ! Get the Bloody Mary !
  • Kaitlyn P.
    Kaitlyn PezikSeptember 14, 2015
    there was a cover charge, but the live music was great
  • Mary Jeneverre S.
    Mary Jeneverre SchultzFebruary 3, 2016
    Buy Meschiya Lake CD. It's only $15. Hard to find online.
  • Greg B.
    Greg BrunoAugust 7, 2014
    Chill, jazz music all the time, no cover.
  • Linda L.
    Linda LockhartJuly 12, 2011
    Excellent! No cover, just a one-drink minimun per set for some fine, straight ahead jazz.
  • Ryan N.
    Ryan NantellAugust 16, 2014
    Live music is great. Can be a bit crowded.
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary RandDecember 9, 2015
    Great venue for local, live music.
  • Joseph R.
    Joseph RamirezJuly 28, 2011
    It's my first time here and I found myself not eating to leave. The old time jazz is a nice change of pace!
  • Thibaut L.
    Thibaut LabarreFebruary 4, 2015
    Great music! Be aware that people smoke cigarettes inside.
  • Laura W.
    Laura WMay 14, 2016
    One of many awesome live music spots on Frenchman Street.
  • Mary C.
    Mary C. AlbertMarch 25, 2012
    No cover charge - 1 drink minimum. The side car is made with bourbon instead of brandy or cognac...
  • Paula E.
    Paula EscobedoJune 13, 2016
    Amazing show! good environment, I highly recommend it
  • Jamie L.
    Jamie LynnApril 1, 2016
    Great jazz spot and a good reprieve from a crazy storm
  • Adam N.
    Adam NowekAugust 13, 2015
    Fantastic jazz bands! Almost always packed.
  • David K.
    David KurkovDecember 28, 2013
    If they have jazz playing, it's the place to be.
  • Jessica d.
    Jessica de MartineSeptember 13, 2015
    Great live jazz music and reasonable cover.
  • Anthony C.
    Anthony CariasOctober 24, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    There's have a cover on Fridays and Saturday now $5 from 9pm-1am
  • Jacobo G.
    Jacobo GómezAugust 14, 2015
    Nice place, but it's cash only.
  • Stephen J.
    Stephen JoffeMay 7, 2013
    Nice place for drinks and hot music
  • OffBeat Magazine
    OffBeat MagazineJuly 11, 2011
    Every Sunday night, some of the best young jazz-funk players with Pat Casey & the New Sound
  • Charlotte S.
    Charlotte ScarfFebruary 1, 2016
    Packed to the rafters, but fun friendly crowd there for the music.
  • Oscar G.
    Oscar GzzDecember 24, 2012
    Real jazz, real orleans. If you come to NO got to be here
  • Ali G.
    Ali GokceSeptember 23, 2014
    Cheap beer... Great music... Very small inside...
  • Chris
    ChrisFebruary 7, 2015
    Great place on Frenchmen St. to catch some jazz.
  • Nishant T.
    Really lively place, people dance here. The drinks are bad though.
  • Valerie V.
    Valerie ValerieAugust 25, 2014
    Greatest place to listen to jazz bands in NOLA!
  • NOLAlicious
    NOLAliciousJune 8, 2012
    Classic spot on Frenchman St. Watch for the tambourine lady!
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsMarch 20, 2015
    Can get uncomfortably packed but good music
  • Tom R.
    Tom RobertsJanuary 29, 2013
    If you want true New Orleans music, you must make the trip over
  • A H.
    A HaynesOctober 24, 2014
    Great music. I wish it was a little bigger
  • Katie Q.
    Katie QuiltyNovember 23, 2014
    1 drink limit. Crowded but great music.
  • Krystal P.
    Krystal PeakFebruary 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Tuesday night is Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns.
  • Bárbara C.
    Bárbara CaparrozAugust 10, 2014
    O mais badalado canto do jazz da rua. Um drink mínimo por pessoa, poucos lugares para sentar mas música boa pela noite toda.
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