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Bars in Baton Rouge

Bars in Baton Rouge

So you're finally getting settled in Baton Rouge, LA. What are you going to do first? There are so many things to do and see, but being in a new city can be so overwhelming!

It can be good to start with something familiar, like a night out with a cocktail and good company. There are plenty of great bars in Baton Rouge to choose from. Where will you go first?

We've compiled a list of some of the best watering holes in town so you have a good starting point.

a person pouring beer into a glass in a bar

Best for Craft Beer Enthusiasts: Tin Roof Brewing Company

Tin Roof Brewing Company is a local brewery that caters to craft beer lovers and enthusiasts. If you love a good brew, you can't go wrong.

They offer a variety of craft beers, often with unique flavors, like their pink lemonade hazy IPA: Flamboyance of Flamingos. Fun!

The brewery frequently hosts events, including live music and outdoor yoga sessions, and has a relaxed outdoor seating area that's perfect for warm days and evenings with friends.

If you're hungry, the brewery doesn't serve food, but they do host rotating food trucks. You won't have a problem finding a bite to eat.

Best Craft Cocktails: Olive or Twist

Looking for a classy cocktail on a night out? This bar with a quirky book-themed pun name might be the right cocktail lounge for you in Baton Rouge.

Olive or Twist is a bar known for its focus on craft cocktails and a sophisticated atmosphere. The mixologists here create inventive and high-quality cocktails. It's a great place for those who appreciate the artistry of mixology or who just want more than an average beer.

While the bar has a heavy focus on craft cocktails and fine spirits, you won't have any trouble finding something tasty to eat. They have a full menu of unique dishes to pair with your favorite cocktails.

Best Live Music: Bottle & Tap Music Cafe

Bottle & Tap Music Cafe is a popular spot for live music events, featuring a wide range of genres. This bar has a vibrant atmosphere, making it a great spot to visit when you want to be around other music lovers.

They have a wide selection of craft beers, but also serve wine and spirits. Beer lovers can rejoice while cocktail and wine lovers can still enjoy the bar.

Prices here are super reasonable and it's a fantastic place to truly get the most "bang for your buck" when you live in or travel to Baton Rouge.

While food isn't the main highlight of this bar, you will be able to grab a snack while you're jamming to the live bands and performers.

Best Sports Bar: Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux

Are you someone who loves sports bars? There are many options in Baton Rouge, but this one is our current favorite.

Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux is a well-known sports bar with a Louisiana-inspired menu. It's a go-to spot for sports enthusiasts, offering a fun and lovely atmosphere, numerous large screens for watching games, and a menu with a Cajun twist.

There are many snacks available to eat while you watch the game, including unique finds like fried alligator and gumbo. Wash it all down with an ice-cold beer.

glasses of wine at a bar

Best Upscale Dive: Chimes East

Chimes East is another location of the ever-popular bar, The Chimes. This location, however, is known for its laid-back and dive bar feel (with an elegant and upscale twist). It's a more relaxed version of the original Chimes, offering a casual environment for patrons. It is a dog-friendly restaurant where your dog can join in the covered outdoor area.

The Chimes could also make the list as one of the best "classic Louisiana bars," but Chimes East has a more unique vibe. Both bars are great hangouts, however, depending on the type of night you want to have.

Best Patio: Radio Bar

Radio Bar is a cool neighborhood drinking hole with serious industrial vibes, making it a unique spot for a night out. The bar is actually inside of a remodeled mechanic shop!

Inside there's plenty of space to drink and congregate, but the outside patio is really where this bar shines. The patio is heated during the winter, meaning you can enjoy it even on chilly nights.

The bar hosts various events outside, so there's always something to do. If you're having a boring weekend in Baton Rouge, check out Radio Bar!

Best Wine Bar: Blend Wine Bar

Looking for a classy day out with a few drinks? It's time to head to the wine bar.

Blend Wine Bar offers a cozy and intimate setting for wine enthusiasts. The bar provides a selection of wines from various regions and offers small plates to complement the wine-tasting experience.

You can sit and snack on hummus plates, cheeses, flatbreads, and other winery staples while you enjoy a glass of your favorite red blend. This place is a total treat.

Best College Hangout: Fred's Bar

Fred's Bar is a popular hangout near the LSU campus, making it a favorite among college students. It's also both LSU's and Baton Rouge's oldest college bar! You can see a piece of history when you have a beer at Fred's.

It has a casual atmosphere and is known for its affordability, making it a go-to spot for a relaxed and lively night out. It might not be the classiest establishment in Baton Rogue, but it's a great place for you to meet new people and have fun on a budget.

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Check Out These Bars in Baton Rouge

These are just a few of our favorite bars in Baton Rouge, but trust us when we say this is only a sample of all that Baton Rouge has to offer. Whether you want a quiet night with a glass of wine or a rowdy evening with live music, you can find a perfect watering hole for you.

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