Spotted Cat on Frenchmen Street.
My favorite place in New Orleans. Really great music, it will move you even, if you do not dance. Great atmosphere, nothing fancy. The Orleans Six played there, but only the trumpet player Ben, is the same Lots of local people go there too. The bucket is for the band, PWYC! I could not stay too long, because people still smoke in most of N.O. bars. If you can catch also Meschiya Lake and The Little Big Horns.