Preservation Hall

726 St. Peter St.
New Orleans, LA 70116- Map It
Phone: (504) 522-2841

AAA Editor Notes

Preservation Hall is at 726 St. Peter St. Each night one of five or six bands performs traditional jazz in its truest form. Only a very limited number of reserved seats are available, so line up with hopefuls along St. Peter Street about an hour before the doors open. Trust us—there's never a bad show. The “hall” is simply a dimly lit room the size of a large parlor. About three rows of low, backless wooden benches face the informal stage, which comprises the front third of the room and contains a set of drums, a vintage Steinway piano and a couple of antique oak press-back chairs for musicians. A conspicuous sign posts the suggested “tipping” price for special requests: $5 for traditional, $10 for other and $20 for “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Seating is available for the first 40 who enter; otherwise, it's standing room only for the shoulder-to-shoulder capacity crowd of about 100. Photography and recording during performances is not permitted.
General admission Sun.-Thurs. $15. General admission Fri.-Sat. $20. Advance “Big Shot” reservations (no line and guaranteed first or second row seating) $35-$50. Cash only.
Station: Carondelet St-Canal St
Hours: Box office daily noon-5. Nightly concerts 8-11 p.m. The 45-minute sets begin at 8:15, 9:15 and 10:15 (also Thurs.-Sun. at 6:15). Closed during Carnival season. Phone ahead to confirm schedule. Allow 30 minutes minimum.