Venues Of Note
If Lafayette is the heart of Acadiana, then the Blue Moon Saloon is its aorta or right ventricle or something like that. On any given night this is the most popular watering hole for Lafayette’s musicians and for fans of all things Americana. It’s storied back porch stage is one of the most coveted small venues in the South and regularly hosts upcoming national talent like Gordon Gano, Dick Dale, Quintron And Miss Pussy Cat, and Los Lobos. Knock back a
few gunslingers and see if you can even walk home.
This downtown venue has live music almost every night of the week and one of the better stages in town. Two dollar high lifes and weekly events like janky karaoke make it one of the go to spots for Lafayette scenesters.
Although it’s mostly known as a farm to table restaurant, Saint Street Inn is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the best places to catch a show. There’s never a cover, always a great early show, and some of the best bar food in one of the best food towns in the country. Two words: “fried gumbo.”
Really the only game in town for after show eating is Mel’s Diner, a twenty-four hour diner in the center of Lafayette. This place really only gets packed after 2 AM and then its mostly with drunks crawling out of city bars and clamoring for gravy fries.
If you get out early from a show, this is the best “bar” in Lafayette. It’s a bar’s bar. It’s smoky, but not too smoky. It’s got a great beer selection that’s no too snooty, and the internet jukebox is always at least entertaining. An eclectic clientele makes for a motley musical selection.