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Fritzel’s European Jazz Club, a Hidden Gem in New Orleans French Quarter

fritzels I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked down Bourbon Street from one end to the other usually cringing from the loud rackets that emit from the mostly tacky clubs that cater to out-of-towners.

You just don’t see many locals walking down this street unless they have a definite destination to one of the fine restaurants like Galatoire’s or Arnaud’s.

These were established in the day when Bourbon Street has a lot more class than it does now. And stepping into these places is like stepping into a world of times gone by, oases of class admidst the rowdiness just outside their doors.

Recently I had some friends from France, a mother and her teenage daughter who wanted to spend their last night listening to Jazz. So we headed down to Fritzel’s Bourbon Street to a place I’ve never been to before much less heard of although it’s been there since 1969. Located at 733 Bourbon it calls itself a European Jazz club although I’m not really sure why.

When we got there at 10:30 the place was packed with people sitting at long benches in front of the band. We ordered drinks and sat down for some great old-time Dixieland Jazz. The club is funky and kind of run down which of course gives it its character.

The musicians were top-notch especially the young pianist Richard Scott who sits at the piano with perfect posture with a perpetual smile on his face like he lost in some kind of Jazz-induced reverie. Being a pianist myself I always seem to be drawn to watching piano players in the band.

Although this place serves alcohol there doesn’t seem to be any age restrictions since they had not problem with the 16 year old that was with us.

Well, this is my new place to take tourists when I’m looking for something to do in the Quarter. Heck I might even go there myself with some friends just for a night out on the town. It’s relaxing and fun and a great place to here some authentic Dixieland.

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  • Patrick Quince

    Know what you mean about Fritzel’s. A funky little place with some of the best Dixieland around.

  • Cathie Eustis

    Never been, but it definitely looks like a fun place to hear great music!



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