Nightlife is humming again in New Orleans. That means there’s plenty of live music, and bars aren’t closing early. Since the shutdowns began, a few new spots opened their doors. Here are some of the new nightspots in the French Quarter and beyond.
One Eyed Jacks Presents. One Eyed Jacks shuttered its club space on Toulouse Street during the pandemic, but it kept going as One Eyed Jacks Presents, moving shows and booking new ones at other venues. Some of those shows opened at the venue that succeeded it on Toulouse Street, Toulouse Theatre. Then, in the final weeks of Carnival, One Eyed Jacks Presents found a new home, in the Decatur Street space formerly home to BB King’s Blues Club. There, it’s been presenting touring bands and local performers and revived its Fast Times ’80s dance night and other DJ nights.
This week, the club presents The Soul Rebels with IFE, an electronic music project from producer and percussionist Otura Mun. The show is on Friday, April 22. Where Y’acht performs on Saturday, April 23, and Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns are on Sunday, April 24.
One Eyed Jacks Presents also continues to book shows at other venues around town, such as Gasa Gasa. (1204 Decatur St., oneeyedjacks.net)
Toulouse Theater. Ben Jaffe is the longtime artistic director of Preservation Hall. But he and his wife Jeanette Jaffe and Clayton and Boo Randle partnered to open Toulouse Theatre. They renovated the space formerly home to One Eyed Jacks, and the central horseshoe-shaped bar is gone. But the theater has been hosting live music shows and other events. It’s dark this week, but there are several shows scheduled at the end of the month during Jazz Fest. Heartless Bastards perform on April 27. Some late-night jams include John Medeski with Kirk Joseph, Will Bernard and Terrence Higgins on April 29, and Maurice Mobetta Brown with Anderson .Paak, MonoNeon and others on May 1. (615 Toulouse St., 504-571-9771; toulousetheatre.com)
Anna’s. Mimi’s in the Marigny closed for the shutdowns and never reopened. It was replaced by Anna’s, named for bar director Anna Giordano. It operates the same as Mimi’s, with bars upstairs and downstairs, and there’s a kitchen offering creative small plates, with a limited menu offered past midnight daily. (2601 Royal St., annasnola.com)
pluck. This wine bar opened a year ago just off St. Charles Avenue in the Warehouse District. It has a menu of small plates and dishes by Heathcliffe Hailey, who previously ran the kitchen at the now-shuttered Mimi’s in the Marigny. There are bubbles, reds, whites, orange and pink wines by the glass, as well as a long list of bottles. It has a spare but stylish design inside, and there’s a small patio space. Pluck is open until midnight Thursday through Saturday. (722 Girod St.; pluckwines.com)
The Will and the Way. The restaurant group LeBlanc + Smith closed Longshore Tavern during the pandemic, and then remodeled the space and opened The Will and the Way. There’s seating in the sleek indoor lounge as well as on the back patio. The menu offers a handful of small plates, plus a burger, a chicken dish and desserts. The cocktail menu combines classic and creative drinks, as well as a limited selection of beer and wine. (719 Toulouse St.; thewillandtheway.com)