A corner bar at the very northern edge of the Quarter, Donna's has become one of the top spots for great local music, including the revival of the brass-band experience and a variety of jazz and blues traditions. But the main asset may be Donna herself, often monitoring the door to make sure you don't bring in drinks from outside and making sure you do order something inside. She's been one of the true boosters of new generations of New Orleans music (she's managed both the hip-hop-edged brass band Soul Rebels and the new-funk ensemble Galactic) and has helped promote awareness of veteran brass bands like Treme and Olympia. As with most real New Orleans hangouts, atmosphere is minimal, but spirits (liquid and otherwise) are high. The cover charge for performances is usually no more than the cost of a good mixed drink. Donna's must be included during an evening of club hopping. Note: Donna's is in a transitional neighborhood, so be careful upon entering and leaving.
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- Very Highly Recommended 2009
- Very Highly Recommended 2010
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