1331 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA, US
Capacity: 400 Age Limit: 21
Bio: Balcony Music Club (BMC) is situated right on the corner of Esplanade and Decatur. Though it’s actually in the French Quarter and isn’t technically on Frenchmen, it’s part of the Frenchmen culture for sure. BMC is a great place to pop in for a drink and some free tunes as you’re heading between Frenchmen and the French Quarter, whenever you want to take a break from the Frenchmen crowds or whenever they’re hosting one of your favorite live music acts. Layout With its corner-facing door, BMC opens up into a huge room with the bar to the right and seating and staging area to the left. The room is pretty spacious with enough room for a dance floor between the stage and tables set up in the center of the room. There’s also another counter with seats along the back wall for more places to set your drink down and mingle. Through a huge window to the left of the stage, passersby can get a glimpse of the performers before heading in. You can continue into the next room where you’ll find another bar that opens up on busy nights. Music You can find a wide range of music at BMC depending on the time of day and day/night of the week. Some days you’ll find jazz, blues and folk, and other times you’ll hear brass bands, funk and jam rock, so there’s a little something for everybody. You never know what you’ll find on any given night though, so sometimes it may be hit or miss depending on your musical taste. One great thing about BMC is that its music lineup often starts much earlier than the rest of Frenchmen St, so you can get started closer to midday and happy hour, especially on the weekends. And since there’s usually no cover, you can pop in for a few songs whenever you pass by. Food/Drink The music is the main draw to this venue as the bar doesn’t offer a whole lot of variety. The prices are pretty standard for the area. Crowd The crowd typically depends on the group and night of the week. The weekends, especially when funk and brass bands are performing, you’ll find a younger crowd. But earlier in the day, and on nights when they host blues or jazz acts, the crowd is more 30s to middle-aged. Because the venue is larger, it’s often not as cramped as some venues in the area can get. But on busy nights, you likely won’t find any seating, so be ready to stand or dance the rest of the evening.