Best Venues for Live Music | 2 Girls Who Travel

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We’re admittedly huge music fans and there’s just something about live music that makes us so happy.

When we travel, we’re always on the lookout for places to check out live music.

So we thought we’d compile a few places for our fellow traveling music lovers!

This by no means is an exhaustive list … we’re sure to uncover some more gems in future travels.

But thus far, here’s the places we can vouch for! For our top venues for live music, keep reading!

  • Preservation Hall (New Orleans): We could probably make a case for having the entire list made up of New Orleans venues because seriously, there are just so many! But this one in particular resonated with us because we didn’t know what to expect! It was our first time going (the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau curated an itinerary for us). But it was amazing. It’s an intimate jazz venue in the heart of the French Quarter. This place keeps a packed house and reserved seating consists of three long benches in the middle of the room with everyone else sitting in the front, along the sides, or standing up in the back. Cell phones and cameras are strictly prohibited, so you can spend your time truly enjoying the music with no distractions!
  • Blue Nile (New Orleans): Yes, everyone knows the French Quarter has great live music, but also consider venturing out to popular Frenchmen Street to the Blue Nile. Known for being the first music club to birth the music culture on Frenchmen Street, Blue Nile is where to go to get your blues and funk fix!

    Live music at Blue Nile
  • Apache Cafe (Atlanta): This spot is currently in the process of getting a new location, but is still offering patrons live music from Atlanta locals to artists who’ve traveled as well! Any given night you can get soul, jazz, hip-hop, spoken word … even comedy. Be sure to try their Hennessey margarita – it’s a best-seller for a reason!
  • Red Rooster (Harlem): You’ve probably heard of this super popular NYC spot. Located in the heart of Harlem, Red Rooster serves up delicious comfort food (think chicken and waffles and shrimp and grits) and live music. But you have to venture downstairs to Ginny’s Supper Club for the really good stuff! It’s essentially a speakeasy and you’ll definitely go back in time being serenaded by the soulful tunes.
  • La Zorra y el Cuervo (Havana, Cuba): Can you hear amazing live jazz in Cuba? Yes! You certainly can. We visited this jazz club on our recent trip to Cuba and can’t stop raving about it! The long line outside is not by accident, honey. This place fills up fast and the jazz band and staff are the reasons why. Not only do guests get to hear super talented jazz musicians, but admission fee also gets each person two cocktails. A must-visit in Havana!

That’s all for today. What about you guys? Where are your go-to spots for great live music? We may want to check them out, too. Drop us a note in the comments.

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