Venue Status: Open
Sidney’s Saloon is Kermit Ruffins’ latest enterprise, and it is one of the most authentic neighborhood bars in the city. Soon to be renamed Kermit’s Jazz Saloon, the Treme institution features a jukebox that includes Sammy Davis Jr., Beyoncé, John Coltrane, Marvin Gaye and more. Sidney’s is home to Kermit and many of his musician friends. It is sprinkled with an array of well-dressed oldtimers and some funky hipsters. While my friends and I sat at the bar, an older gentlemen who was all dressed up—tiepin and all—told me stories about the days when St. Bernard Avenue was the place to be. With a stage area and a full kitchen, where Kermit, depending on the day, whips up crawfish, turkey necks or red beans and rice, Sidney’s is one of the last surviving saloons in the city!