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BMC Balcony Music Club

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French Quarter
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Address: 1331 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116-2609
Phone Number:
+1 504-301-5912
15:00 - 03:00
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Sun - Sat 15:00 - 03:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Balcony Music Club (or "BMC") is conveniently located on the...

Balcony Music Club (or "BMC") is conveniently located on the corner of Esplanade and Decatur. Although this music venue is in the French Quarter, it isn't technically on Frenchmen, but definitely a part of the Frenchmen culture.

You will find a wide range of music at BMC! Brass, jazz, blues, folk, funk, rock, and country. 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 weekends. And since there's usually no cover, you can pop in for a few songs, take a stroll, and come back at your leisure.

BMC, also affectionately known as the Center Of The Universe, showcases live bands seven nights a week. Since the venue is larger than most in the area, it's usually not as cramped, but on busy nights, you likely will not find seating. In which case you can relax at their indoor/outdoor patio bar, stand, or dance the night away. Either way, the staff is friendly, drink prices are reasonable, the entertainment is always on point and you will not be disappointed.

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Late afternoon jazz

After walking around NOLA we headed to Frenchman Street and BMC was one of the earliest venues for live music. We were lucky to listen to a 5-piece playing an excellent range from... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

After walking around NOLA we headed to Frenchman Street and BMC was one of the earliest venues for live music. We were lucky to listen to a 5-piece playing an excellent range from Ella Fitzgerald to Amy Winehouse. It wasn't too busy so bar service was quick ams we were more than pleased to tip the band for their 2... More 

Thank MQandMK
Newburgh, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fun place. We enjoyed the music and the service was awesome. They do have a balcony upstairs and it tends to be a little quieter up there and there is another bar back in the courtyard area. We will be going back here.

Thank Blake812
Camillus, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice crowded bar with very loud musuc. Nice mix of crowd. There is a passage way on the left of the main room from the street that goes to a quaint little bar. Can still hear the music and also hear yourselves talk.

Thank Jerry Z
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My fiance and I were drawn in here by the sounds of the female musician singing. We were questing toward Frenchman Street (which in my 10 years of travelling here I have seen steadily decline. So much so I didn't even wanna head much further up than the first few blocks) Luckily we didn't have to trek too far before... More 

Thank AnthonyAlyssa
Williston, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

Quick overnight in New Orleans and wanted to find that "Locals" club, laid back with original artist. On my early evening run down Esplanade, "Thru a downpour" ran by this club and it looked promising. Came back a couple hours later and enjoyed a low key, comfortable evening listening to Heidi Jo. Tuesday night so almost had the place to... More 

Thank Madwatson802
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

If you're going to BMC for the food...forget about it. We visited in December of 2016, and it took the longest time to have someone come to our table to take our drink orders. We enjoyed the band that was there that night, but we never saw our server again that evening. Finally, after about an hour, I went to... More 

Thank George K
New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

While not on Frenchmen, BMC has been upgrading their acts. As we live a few blocks away we have been starting to come more. They have a great kitchen in the back for upsacle bar food: gyro, slides, cuban, pork sliders. Heard Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Helraiseers. They were going strong for over 90 minutes without literally a single... More 

Thank tbII
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Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Wonderful venue! Listened to Jazz and Blues singer, Marie Olsen and her Jazz Band on a Sunday night.PHENOMINAL group.. EXCELLENT piano player!! A must see!!

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bmc13312015, Manager at BMC Balcony Music Club, responded to this review

Thank you Tracey for your kind words, I'll be sure to pass them on to her! Ruth Marie Olsen is truly a gem, and we're honored to have her band perform every Sunday at the Center Of The Universe...BMC! Thanks again! More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017

The BMC is a welcoming, energetic music spot. Heard fantastic female singer accompanied by a 4 piece band (inlcluding trombone and sax.)

Thank Margaret M
bmc13312015, Manager at BMC Balcony Music Club, responded to this review

Thanks Margaret for the kind words! We're extremely happy to share the great music and talent of New Orleans! We look forward to seeing you again at the Center Of The Universe...BMC!!! More 

Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 271 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Great bar with no cover charge, fantastic music (we saw the jazzmen) and a great vibe inside. Some nice cocktails on the menu and just a really cool bar we really enjoyed on our way from jacksons square to Frenchman street

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bmc13312015, General Manager at BMC Balcony Music Club, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review! We strive everyday to make your experience a memorable one and appreciate you sharing your thoughts via TripAdvisor, it means a lot to us! Come back soon, and we'll see you again at the Center Of The Universe....BMC! More 

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