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Venusian Gardens

"the most unique venue in New Orleans"



music & entertainment


Faubourg Marigny
(near Venusian Gardens)

French Quarter

Central Business District

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Well, where does one begin? New Orleans is so full of entertainment options! This list simply offers some of the best nearby venues that are favored by those at Venusian Gardens.

Local Radio

A great local radio station with a focus on Jazz. Also with a useful web site providing local entertainment info in addition to detailed info on their broadcasts

Immediate neighborhood of Venusian Gardens
(Faubourg Marigny)

2601 Royal Street
(504) 942-0690
Open very late (at least 2am but variable) every night
A relatively new bar with a very friendly local, bohemian crowd. A small but good selection of beers is available on tap.

R Bar
1431 Royal St.
(504) 948-7499
A jukebox full of rock anchors this eclectic bar, the better half of a "Bed and Beverage" operation. In addition to the wayward locals who drift here late at night to approximate games of pool and swirl atop leopard-print bar stools in plus-size shades.

Cafe Brasil
2100 Chartres Street
(504) 949-0851
Ehlenberger got his start here, with his first exhibition in 1985. Located on Frenchmen Street with a handful of clubs frequented by both locals and out-of-towners in the know, this is certainly one of the best places to end up on a night out in New Orleans. If a popular band such as the Iguanas is playing, then it's strictly standing and dancing inside. Modern jazz and experimental theater draw smaller crowds of serious listeners who sit at comfortably spaced tables. All kinds of music and people come to this bohemian hot spot, and it's also a popular place to show off costumes on Mardi Gras.

Snug Harbor
626 Frenchmen St.
(504) 949-0696

This intimate club just outside the Quarter is one of the city's best rooms for soaking up modern jazz, blues, and R&B. It is the home base of such esteemed talent as vocalist Charmaine Neville and pianist-patriarch Ellis Marsalis (father of Wynton and Branford). The dining room serves good local food but is best known in town for its burgers. Budget-conscious types can listen to the band from the bar without paying the rather high cover charge

The Spotted Cat
623 Frenchmen St.
(504) 943-3887

Rattan furniture in the storefront window makes a perfect perch for an afternoon libation. Rarely overcrowded, the Spotted Cat is an understated place in the middle of the Frenchmen Street scene. Solo acoustic performers sometimes take to the small raised area that passes for a stage

616 Frenchmen St.
(504) 942-3731
A little slice of New York City comes courtesy of this southern branch of New York's East Village hot spot. The polished look of the two rooms sits a bit uneasily among the rough-and-ready feel more typical of New Orleans bars, but the fine scotch selection, among a plethora of other liquors, is unparalleled. Serious bands sometimes play in the back corner.

more coming!

French Quarter

El Matador
504 Esplanade Ave.
(504) 569-8361

The Matador belongs more to the Marigny than to the French Quarter in spirit, sitting as it does at the beginning of Frenchmen Street. The horseshoe-shape bar is a favorite perch among local and visiting musicians and film types and the otherwise hip, day and night. Most nights see live music

Central Business District (CBD)

2 Canal Street
World Trade Center, 33rd Floor
(504) 595-8500
Home to one of Ehlenberger's sculptures, this is an exciting revolving lounge, sitting on the edge of the Mississippi River overlooking the downtown and French Quarter. Alive with techno and contemporary music, it is a favored dance spot. It is also the BEST place to view New Orleans firework occasions, particularly New Years Eve.

Mermaid Lounge
1100 Constance Street
(504) 524-4747
One of the hottest clubs for the best in local music, located in the CBD, under the bridge, New Orleans.

more coming!

Venusian Gardens

2601 Chartres Street
New Orleans, La 70117

(504) 943-7446
fax: (504) 948-3113


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