Chickie Wah Wah

Wonderful atmosphere, great live music, and friendly staff, on the Canal Street streetcar line — in the middle of the city. • 2828 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119 

chickie wah wah nola places photo - june, 2020

GO FOR: Is it a music bar or a bar with music?

Either way, this locally-owned gem is a streetcar ride away from pretty much everything in town. The music is as eclectic as the décor. Live music is offered every day of the week and regular local acts include Jon Cleary, Meschiya Lake & Tom McDermott. They may charge a cover at the door, but 100% of the proceeds go to the band that is performing. It’s usually how they get paid. Jazz, blues, R&B, even a band jamming tunes from the 60’s and 70’s; all excellent performers. Other musicians are often invited to jump on stage to jam with the band. Thank you Shamarr Allen! Acoustics are great too.

Ambiance, ambiance, ambiance. Outside the building are multicolored Christmas lights, a few chairs and tables and a huge oak tree right on Canal Street. When you walk in, it feels like you have stepped into someone’s really cool back room. Tin signs hang on the wall of places long gone. Dolls, lava lamps, buddha and other “works of art” are scattered behind the bar. Dim red lights make you feel like you entered into a hip, locals joint. You have. Copper top bar is to your left with excellent staff that wait on you like you are old friends. The stage is super intimate and seating is limited so if you want to sit, get there early. Music can start as early as 5pm. There is also outdoor seating with the music piped in and the band on closed circuit tv.

Food when available is pretty good. But you are not really here for the food. It is the music and camaraderie that pulls you back. Prices are reasonable for their delicious libations. Craft and draft beers also on tap.

True New Orleans performances. – christine sory