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The Spotted Cat Music Club

Jazz Club, Rock Club, and Speakeasy
Marigny, New Orleans
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  • Don't forget it is Thanksgiving Day today. You may want to call to confirm this place is open.
  • Jacson B.
    "It's a wonderful place to listen good music from local Jazz bands."(10 Tips)
    Katerina M.
    "Meschiya Lake & the Lil' Big Horns were there."(5 Tips)
    Ebai K.
    "You can chill, dance, people watch, an just enjoy great music!!!"(9 Tips)
    Amy T.
    "Jazz, cheap drinks and fun! Must go while in NOLA."(3 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!! ☺
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
    Upvoted Oct 7
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 O.
    Becky OtterBotDecember 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Priya T.
    We got there at 6:10 on a Friday night, no cover and managed to find 2 seats. Cash only for the bar and bring your ID!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jacson B.
    Jacson BoeingAugust 31, 2015
    It's a wonderful place to listen good music from local Jazz bands.
  • 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.
  • Isel A.
    Isel AimeeApril 11
    awesome place! make sure to bring cash for cover & drinks. if not, there's an ATM inside.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Nick L.
    Nick LoveladyAugust 25, 2016
    Cash only, but there's an ATM handy. Best music and chill vibe in the French Quarter.
  • Colin L.
    Colin LeeJanuary 4, 2016
    Free jazz music; low key and chill vibe. Everyone is happy. Great place to check out
  • Kelsey L.
    Kelsey LangilleOctober 27, 2014
    Awesome awesome live music! Worth the cover and reasonably priced drinks for the area.
  • Gurulogy
    GurulogyFebruary 8, 2016
    Great music! Casual and friendly Jazz Bar..
  • Ebai K.
    Ebai KooDecember 29, 2012
    Awesome jazz spot! You can chill, dance, people watch, an just enjoy great 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.
  • Mike L.
    Mike LOctober 18, 2014
    Great bar to have a drink and listen to local music.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Raj S.
    Raj S.May 4, 2012
    Great, live music in an extremely fun atmosphere. Everyone is just happy to be here.
  • April I.
    April ImhoffMay 22, 2013
    A really fun place to go to if your are in New Orleans.
  • Amy T.
    Amy TremmelMarch 18, 2015
    Jazz, cheap drinks and fun! Must go while in NOLA.
  • Suzanne S.
    Great music, cold drinks...nice afternoon spot when looking for low key early music
  • Ms. G.
    Ms. Graham, MPA, JDJanuary 6, 2014
    This place is great! The BEST New Orleans experience. A must do.
  • 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
  • Steve N.
    Steve NewsomeOctober 27, 2011
    This is one of the best bars I have ever been to, great jazz and cool people.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kathe A.
    Kathe ArnesenJune 24, 2016
    Great music, more authentic feel than most places on Bourbon Street
  • Melike K.
    One of the best sincere place to listen absolute jazz in NOLA!
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuApril 30
    Great jazz band lineup but there's only 1 bathroom for girls and gets crowded af. $5 cover and cash only.
  • Jacqueline A.
    Jacqueline ArsenaultAugust 11, 2014
    Excellent live jazz. Bring cash for drinks.
  • Simon T.
    Simon TschinkelMarch 9, 2014
    Be sure to tip the band. Great venue for early afternoon drinking/chilling.
  • Mike H.
    Mike HomokiNovember 28, 2011
    Good music and drinks. Cash only. No chairs away from the bar but a nice little bar.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Vivian E.
    Vivian EOctober 22, 2016
    Loved Miss Sophie Lee. The autumn mule was great. Cash only
  • Jonas P.
    Jonas PorcarJune 28, 2013
    Great dixieland jazz club. No cover, but they only accept cash in the bar
  • Sean W.
    Sean WilkinsApril 22, 2014
    Perfect small music venue any night of the week.
  • Michael W.
    Michael WintersSeptember 7, 2013
    Misfit Power is a MUST SEE. These guys are incredible.
  • Xiao Y.
    Xiao YuFebruary 6
    Generally a slightly better quality live band than other venues
  • Howard F.
    Howard FoltzJanuary 3, 2015
    Great live music. No cover charge, but 1 drink per set. No seating. Classic.
  • Valerie V.
    Valerie ValerieAugust 26, 2014
    Beth is the best bartender ever ! Get the Bloody Mary !
  • Maryann W.
    Maryann WatsonNovember 2, 2013
    No cover. Music was great. Check out the timing for free swing dance lessons.
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HartleyDecember 1, 2013
    There's a real live piano in the ladies room. You should play it!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Linda L.
    Linda LockhartJuly 12, 2011
    Excellent! No cover, just a one-drink minimun per set for some fine, straight ahead jazz.
  • Thibaut L.
    Thibaut LabarreFebruary 4, 2015
    Great music! Be aware that people smoke cigarettes inside.
  • Kaitlyn P.
    Kaitlyn PezikSeptember 14, 2015
    there was a cover charge, but the live music was great
  • Paula E.
    Paula EscobedoJune 13, 2016
    Amazing show! good environment, I highly recommend it
  • Adam N.
    Adam NowekAugust 13, 2015
    Fantastic jazz bands! Almost always packed.
  • Jamie L.
    Jamie LynnApril 1, 2016
    Great jazz spot and a good reprieve from a crazy storm
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • Jessica d.
    Jessica de MartineSeptember 13, 2015
    Great live jazz music and reasonable cover.
  • Laura W.
    Laura WMay 14, 2016
    One of many awesome live music spots on Frenchman Street.
  • 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
  • Deniz B.
    Deniz BMay 14
    love every detail 💛
  • Anthony C.
    Anthony CariasOctober 24, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    There's have a cover on Fridays and Saturday now $5 from 9pm-1am
  • Charlotte S.
    Charlotte ScarfFebruary 1, 2016
    Packed to the rafters, but fun friendly crowd there for the music.
  • OffBeat Magazine
    OffBeat MagazineJuly 11, 2011
    Every Sunday night, some of the best young jazz-funk players with Pat Casey & the New Sound
  • Ali G.
    Ali GokceSeptember 23, 2014
    Cheap beer... Great music... Very small inside...
  • Oscar G.
    Oscar GzzDecember 24, 2012
    Real jazz, real orleans. If you come to NO got to be here
  • 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!
  • Tom R.
    Tom RobertsJanuary 29, 2013
    If you want true New Orleans music, you must make the trip over
  • Katie Q.
    Katie QuiltyNovember 23, 2014
    1 drink limit. Crowded but great music.
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsMarch 20, 2015
    Can get uncomfortably packed but good music
  • A H.
    A HaynesOctober 24, 2014
    Great music. I wish it was a little bigger
  • NOLAlicious
    NOLAliciousJune 8, 2012
    Classic spot on Frenchman St. Watch for the tambourine lady!
  • Robbert
    RobbertSeptember 17, 2016
    This just makes my heart happy.
  • Krystal P.
    Krystal PeakFebruary 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Tuesday night is Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns.
  • Brian L.
    Brian LongtinDecember 11, 2015
    Had a blast here, great energy.
  • Alida Rose
    Alida RoseNovember 22, 2012
    Groovy, groovy, and groovy. Live music!
  • Brandi B.
    Brandi BruceJune 9, 2015
    Live music! Always great locals
  • Doroulini
    DorouliniOctober 20, 2016
    Awesome place to listen real jazz!
  • Oscr C.
    Oscr Ca ADecember 17, 2012
    It's amazing!!! Every nights have a show!!
  • Nicole L.
    Nicole LeonardDecember 28, 2012
    I really felt like I was a part of an episode of Treme! :D
  • Patrick G.
    Patrick GallivanNovember 15, 2011
    best jazz in new orleans... this place was awesome!
  • Thomas
    ThomasDecember 17, 2014
    Very very nice jazz music!
  • Evangeline Z.
    Evangeline ZhangDecember 26, 2015
    #good vibe good price
  • Michele R.
    Michele RaeAugust 15, 2011
    My good friend Curtis is a bartender here! Great music and great friends!
  • Daniel A.
    Daniel ArranzAugust 13, 2013
    Amazing place, the best!
  • Charlotte V.
    Our favourite bar for live music!
  • Amir N.
    Amir N.December 31, 2016
    Come here ro experience real jazz
  • Tassia B.
    Tassia BezdekaFebruary 9, 2012
    Cash only. Also, I'm pretty sure my screwdriver was made with Tang.
  • Lorenzo
    LorenzoApril 19, 2015
    So popular a crowd forms outside the entrance.
  • Jason B.
    Jason BriggsAugust 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Meschiya Lake and the Lil' Big Horns on Tuesday nights 10pm-2am
  • Kim T.
    Kim TanNovember 16, 2014
    Cover of $5 tonight - so much for the "no cover charge" tips
  • Brendan M.
    Brendan MJanuary 18, 2016
    Bands here are generally solid
  • Jenni
    JenniJanuary 20, 2014
    Great. Music. Yeah.
  • Peter L.
    Peter LogginsOctober 11, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    if you like the old timey style, its the best live jazz in New Orleans...
  • Aron H.
    Aron HegyiSeptember 27, 2013
    Cool cats + good jazz. Via Chris Broesamle.
  • Phil
    PhilFebruary 26, 2012
    Cool place to see jazz in New Orleans.
  • Edgar M.
    Edgar MaveFebruary 11, 2016
    Best club in New Orleans
  • Laura C.
    Laura CaldwellDecember 17, 2011
    Check out the toilets, there's a piano in there :)
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinMay 23, 2013
    No cover great jazz music.
  • Helena Tiare O.
    Helena Tiare OlsenOctober 3, 2014
    Great place to go!
  • Brian S.
    Brian SmithFebruary 23, 2010
    Go to the Spotted Cat, grab a bear and enjoy the New Orleans music!
  • Dave K.
    Dave KleinMarch 17, 2014
    Awesome spot to end the night.
  • Team Coco
    Team CocoNovember 11, 2011
    "I think it was a good PR move to change the name of this place. "Sickly Cat With A Weird Rash" Music Club just doesn't have the same ring to it." - Conan O'Brien
  • Robin P.
    Robin PintoOctober 13
    Cocktails. Music is supreme
  • Cristián S.
    Cristián SepúlvedaNovember 28, 2014
    Great jazz music
  • Pet S.
    Pet SAugust 19, 2012
    Amazing bar. AMAZING.
  • Rian
    RianMay 8, 2013
    Great music spot.
  • Casey R.
    Casey RaeJune 22
    smaller, jazz club
  • Josh M.
    Josh MateoOctober 19, 2015
    That trumpet tho 💗💘💝💞💕💓
  • Leslie L.
    Leslie LinOctober 28, 2015
    Good music, good vibe
  • Charlie S.
    Charlie SneathMarch 11, 2013
    Awesome jazz!
  • Valentina Á.
    Great music, great place
  • Shelley
    ShelleyJune 18, 2014
    Old school and down and dirty...and lovely.
  • Lara
    LaraSeptember 23, 2016
    Music was awesome
  • Kim B.
    Kim BoothJuly 27, 2013
    Love, love, love this place!!!!
  • Amy J.
    Amy Johnson CookDecember 21, 2015
    Fantastic music.
  • James M.
    James MollisonAugust 19, 2013
    This is the best place ever
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BoneAugust 8, 2011
    Nicest people ever, terrible drinks, but no cover and lots of dancing!
  • Ben W.
    Ben WaldmanJuly 16, 2014
    Have a dance party!
  • Cecilia V.
    Cecilia VigilNovember 24, 2013
    Bathroom with a piano, why not!?
  • James B.
    James BatesSeptember 27, 2016
    Didn't like the drinks or the music
  • Richard S.
    Richard SternApril 3, 2013
    Don't stand, don't sit. Everything you do to they tell you not to. Just don't come in I guess.
  • Wali A.
    Wali Abdel-Raoof, IIFebruary 21, 2012
    Going down early mardi gras morning!!
  • Will G.
    Will GlassMay 25, 2013
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  • Emilio C.
    Emilio CJune 8, 2016
    This place stays open late.
  • Hee Jung R.
    Hee Jung RyuApril 22, 2016
    Good music
  • Marc A.
    Marc AkerlindDecember 5, 2014
    Nicole!!!!
  • John N.
    John NoonanDecember 28, 2010
    Abita is a good beer served here.
  • Becky
    BeckyMarch 9, 2011
    Incredible music!
  • Leah L.
    Leah LakstinsAugust 16, 2011
    Cash only!
  • Matt A.
    Matt ArseneauOctober 21, 2010
    Awesome live music venue!
  • Mary C.
    Mary C. AlbertMarch 25, 2012
    Not smoke free yet (3-24-12)
  • marie p.
    marie pickettJuly 23, 2011
    There was a piano in the girls bathroom!
  • Chrissy M.
    Chrissy MartinDecember 28, 2010
    Awesome music.
  • Gravy B.
    Gravy BoatApril 30, 2010
    Jazz with the Bro. Whata blast!
  • Yago H.
    Yago Hernández GonzálezSeptember 9, 2010
    Great live band
  • Cookie S.
    Cookie StreetfightersNovember 26, 2011
    Women's potty nasty
  • MCarverWFAN
    MCarverWFANSeptember 19, 2010
    Hot as balls....no a/c
  • Justin K.
    Justin KistnerFebruary 5, 2010
    No cover on a Thursday night
  • 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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