Frenchmen Street, the Art and Entertainment District of New Orleans

People like to say that Frenchmen Street is the 'local's Bourbon Street' where the natives gather to grab a drink and listen to music.

Well, that's partly true. We would love to imagine Frenchmen Street as the older brother of Bourbon Street, but just a little bit more sophisticated.

It has nightclubs, bars, and restaurants, without all the neon lights and strip clubs. The street runs parallel to the Elysian Fields Avenue.

It courses south to north from the Gentilly neighborhood to the intersection with Esplanade Ave.

Inside more than 20 clubs and bars on the street, one is able to find about every style of music that they could think of, played by local and international musicians and DJs: Brass bands, jazz, electronic, funk, Latin, blues, rock, Americana, zydeco, edm and hip hop.

There's a little bit of everything to suit wide-ranging tastes and preferences of everyone.


What to do on Frenchmen Street

Music, Food, and Fun

One can enjoy a cheap cocktail or beer, have a bite, take in some jazz, classic or rockabilly rock, or do some laundry at Igor's Checkpoint, which is located at 501 Esplanade Ave.

They can also people-watch, meet local artisans, or pick souvenirs from the Frenchman Art Market, which is located at the 615 Frenchmen Street.

Those looking for entertainment can hop in the Apple Barrel at 609 Frenchmen Street, Three Muses at 536 Frenchmen Street, or The Maison at 508 Frenchmen Street, d.b.a at 618 Frenchmen Street, for a few drinks and live music.

Then there's Mona's at 504 Frenchmen Street, Praline Connection at 542 Frenchmen Street, Dat Dog at 601 Frenchmen Street, and Adolfo's restaurant at 610 Frenchmen Street for snacks and food.

Stroll and Walk on the Frenchmen Street

When going to a bar, or listening to music doesn't seem like a good idea, one may opt to stroll down the street and interact with the locals, learn about the local history, and explore everything that the street has to offer.

You'd be surprised and just how much you can learn from simply strolling down the length of Frenchman Street and keeping your eyes open and ears to the ground.


The Faubourg Marigny neighborhood is oldest and most famous part of Frenchmen Street; it lies downriver from the French Quarter or Vieux Carre.

The street's entertainment district started developing in the 80s, and as Bourbon Street inclined more to tourist side, Frenchmen became the spot for the real New Orleans to party, since it had more of authentic New Orleans gastronomical and musical tastes.

Frenchmen Street resides on high ground, so it survived Huricane Katrina and wasn't affected in any way fortunately. Following the disaster, it was officially declared a New Orleans arts and entertainment district.

The street caught national media attention after the 2010 Saints Super Bowl, which was one of the largest events in the history of New Orleans. Furthermore, the street was featured in Treme, an HBO series.



There's something about the architecture of New Orleans that sets it apart from the rest of the American Metropolitan towns.

The Frenchmen Street houses Creole cottages, which are single-story homes, built from the ground level, featuring symmetrical four-opening front and a steeply pitched roof, and are built almost at the front property line.

Often, these cottages are designed from wood or concrete.

The Best Bars & Nightclubs on Frenchmen St.

13 Monaghan
The Apple Barrel
Blue Nile
Cafe Negril
The Maison
The Praline Connection
Snug Harbor
The Spotted Cat
The Three Muses


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