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Best Places for Bounce Music in New Orleans

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Big Freedia, the Queen of Bounce performs at Jazz Fest (Photo: Justen Williams)

Just like jazz, bounce music is an original New Orleans genre that has shaped not only local culture but also the American musical landscape. On the surface, bounce music is typically known for its explicit lyrics, undertone ad libs, creative use of samples, and of course, its lively beats. But bounce doesn’t stop there.

Bounce music channels and promotes feminine power and energy in all its forms. It celebrates New Orleans’ many unique neighborhoods, and most importantly, it encourages self-expression through dance and movement, making any bounce song the perfect party anthem. Bounce music has earned the adoration of millions of music lovers both within New Orleans and beyond.

While often replicated, it can never be duplicated. Bounce music is unique to New Orleans, and that’s where it’s done best. During your next trip, check out some of the best places to listen to bounce music in the city. We guarantee you’ll unwind and have a great time.

The Hangover Bar

This North Claiborne hangout draws a hefty crowd on just about any given weekend. Stop in for chargrilled oysters, nightly drink specials, and house DJs running bounce beats all night long.

Lyve Nite Club

Recommended as a good bounce music spot by Big Freedia the Queen Diva herself, there’s always something going on at Lyve Nite Club. It’s been the venue of choice for a number of local bounce artists’ birthday bashes, concert after-parties, Saints watch parties, and more.

The Tremé Hideaway

Located under the Claiborne Bridge, the Tremé Hideaway is one of New Orleans’ best-kept secrets. Enjoy drinks, special guest DJs, and live performances in a relaxed ambiance.

Jay’s Place

Going above and beyond to serve that BEAT all across the Crescent City, some of the biggest names in bounce have graced the stage for live performances at Jay’s Place including Ella on da Mic, Vickeelo, Supah Badd, Sissy Nobby, and more.


Not quite ready to go out and bounce the night away? A private TwerkShop Party by Twerk NOLA with a group of your closest friends is a great way to loosen up and experience New Orleans’ bounce music in an intimate setting. These classes are perfect for bridal showers, bachelorette parties, birthday groups, and women’s empowerment.

Another great option is a party bus. On just about any Friday or Saturday night in New Orleans, you can hear the sounds of bounce beats through the cracked windows of a party bus. Book your own experience and invite a group of friends for a fun night out and around New Orleans.

Mariah Hickman is a Minneapolis native who landed in the Crescent City by way of Dillard University, and stayed to feed her festival fever. She loves writing about the hidden stories of New Orleans, and shedding light on diverse and locally-owned businesses. She is a self-proclaimed listicle queen, so get ready to write down a few of her suggestions for food and fun in New Orleans.

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