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CHICKIE WHA WAH This hot venue keeps the Mid-City mu­sic scene at a steady boil with sets by lead­ing jazz and funk acts. www.chick­iewah­wah. com. 2828 Canal St., 504.244.2543. Map 1, D3 THE DAVEN­PORT LOUNGE An el­e­gant es­cape in­side the Ritz-Carl­ton of­fer­ing clas­sic cock­tails, sexy

small plates and live en­ter­tain­ment by trum­peter/ crooner Jeremy Daven­port. www.ritz­carl­ 921 Canal St., 504.524.1331. Map 3, E3 HIHO LOUNGE This le­gendary dive got a postKa­t­rina makeover with an ex­panded stage and new sound sys­tem. But the vibe re­mains as funky and friendly as ever. En­ter­tain­ment runs the gamut, from blue­grass to bur­lesque. www.ho­holounge. net. 2239 St. Claude Ave., 504.945.4446. Map 3, K4 HOUSE OF BLUES The Cres­cent City branch of this na­tional chain con­sis­tently tops lo­cal best-of lists, and mixes big-name tours with per­for­mances by New Orleans fa­vorites. 225 De­catur St., 504.529.2583. Map 3, F5

THE JAZZ PLAY­HOUSE This stylish spot in­side the Royal Son­esta New Orleans recre­ates the tony jazz clubs of Bour­bon Street’s 1950s hey­day. The Play­house features per­for­mances by a ro­tat­ing ros­ter of top-tier lo­cal ta­lent, nightly at 8 pm. Retro bur­lesque Fri­days at 11 pm. www. son­­zplay­house. 300 Bour­bon St., 504.553.2299. Map , F4 LIT­TLE GEM SA­LOON This long-ne­glected jazz land­mark has re­ceived a new lease on life, and is once again a player on the city’s live-mu­sic scene. The sup­per club of­fers two stages and per­for­mances most nights of the week. www.lit­tlegem­sa­loon. com. 445 S. Ram­part St., 504.267.4863. Map 3, C3 MAPLE LEAF BAR A tin roof, a sweaty dance floor, a quin­tes­sen­tial N’awl­ins ex­pe­ri­ence: fu­eled by funk

from some Cres­cent City greats, the crowd goes till dawn. www.maple­leaf­ 8316 Oak St., 504.866.9359. Map 1, C3 PRESER­VA­TION HALL Home to tra­di­tional jazz since 1961, this no-frills nightspot still packs ’em in de­spite not serv­ing liquor. Drunks and yakkers: go else­where. www.preser­va­tion­ 726 St. Peter St., 504.522.2841. Map 3, G4 SNUG HAR­BOR An el­e­gant, in­ti­mate main­stay of French­men Street’s mu­sic row, Snug Har­bor was rated the city’s best jazz club by Esquire. Two sets nightly. www.snug­ 626 French­men St., 504.949.0696 Map 3, J4

THE SPOT­TED CAT This tiny club has a ca­sual, laid-back vibe and a large, loyal fol­low­ing among lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike. Live mu­sic starts at 4 pm on weekdays (3 pm on week­ends) and con­tin­ues way into the wee hours.­ted­cat­mu­s­ic­club. com. 623 French­men St., no phone. Map 3, J5 STAGE DOOR CAN­TEEN Swing back to a by­gone era at this fun WWII Mu­seum venue, which features live mu­si­cal pro­duc­tions rem­i­nis­cent of 1940s USO shows. Call for cur­rent lineup. www.stage­door­can­ 945 Mag­a­zine St., 504.528.1943. Map 3, B6 THREE MUSES This hip venue of­fers a ver­i­ta­ble nightlife tri­fecta: ex­cel­lent hand­crafted cock­tails, gourmet small plates and live lo­cal mu­sic. www.3mus­es­ 536 French­men St., 504.252.4801. Map 3, J5

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