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The capital city of the U.S. state of Louisiana, Baton Rouge is the political hub of the state. Set right on the Istrouma Bluff just upriver from the Mississippi River Delta, this area proved to be a spot of prime business development and a hub of culture. Over time, these influences have evolved to create the city as it stands today. While Baton Rouge holds many attractions to fill a day’s sight-seeing, here are a few great spots to kick back with a cocktail at the end of it all.
Olive or Twist is a cozy little place featuring a menu of small plates, wines, beers, and of course, cocktails. The bar gets its inspiration from the golden age of bar-tending and the new age of cocktails, using the most uncommon ingredients and house made syrups, herbs, and infusions to create an eclectic range of drinks to satisfy any adventurous palate. Though the look is modern, the atmosphere takes on an air of feel-good warmth. The walls behind the bar are stacked with bottles, some only accessible by an old-fashioned rolling ladder that adds another bit of charm to the place. You may be tempted to try the boudin egg rolls, or Cajun banging shrimp, but the real treasures lay with the cocktails. You might want to try the El Chupacabra, a concoction of tequila, mescal, El Dorado spiced rum, cherry heering, damiana, lime juice, pineapple juice, passionfruit juice, mango nectar, and angostura. Maybe your taste longs for the Banana Banshee made with 360 Madagascar vanilla vodka, Kahlua, dark creme de cacao, and creme de banana. Whatever the flavor, Olive or Twist offers a little something different in the best way imaginable.
Olive or Twist, 7248 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge, LA, USA + 1 225 456 2188
Housing a stock of more than 240 international whiskey varieties, the Lock & Key Whiskey Bar boasts a staff that knows their whiskey. Whether you like it straight or made into a crafty cocktail, Lock & Key will find you a drink with the characteristics you crave. Decorated with dark wood interior and coffee-colored leather chairs and sofas, the lounge offers a warm and classy ambiance to relax and sip your drink of choice. Lock & Key also features live jazz played on a baby grand piano in the back in addition to other musical entertainment as well. If you are not a fan of whiskey, the bar also features a wine menu for those craving an after dinner glass to cozy up to. The atmosphere of the place is trendy, but laid back, a prime place to let loose and hang out for an evening of sampling some of the best whiskey around.
Lock & Key Whiskey Bar, 5110 Corporate Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA, USA + 1 225 926 1828
Beausoleil Restaurant and Bar is a casual bistro serving upscale Louisiana cuisine featuring seafood served fresh from the gulf and Cajun spices iconic of the Deep South. Popular for brunch, Beausoleil cooks up savory dishes like the Louisiana jumbo lump crab cake Benedict with poached eggs and hollandaise. Breakfast cocktails like mimosas and Bloody Marys are also a hit. A popular place for locals, the bar is also commended for using their own fresh herbs in cocktails that are conceptually crafty. Whether you prefer to stop in for a hearty Southern meal or prefer the casual cocktail and nibbles, Beausoleil Restaurant and Bar offers a comfortable environment to choose what you please.
Beausoleil Restaurant and Bar, 7731 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA, USA + 1 225 926 1172
The Radio Bar is an eclectic neighborhood hangout with an industrial vibe. With bar seating, pub tables and chairs, and garage doors that open up to an outdoor patio, the Radio Bar offers a spacious place to hang with friends or meet new people. Though the menu highlights the beer selection, the bar also churns out a list of seasonal freshly made cocktails like the Lion’s Tail made with bourbon, allspice dram, lime, and bitters or the Sugarplum mixed with Averell Damson plum gin and sparkling wine. Bringing in a friendly crowd, the Radio Bar encourages an environment where you can feel free to strike up a game of ping pong or darts with someone new. The music is usually another notable feature. With an app where patrons can help choose the song selection, the variety of music can be just as eclectic as the bar itself. For a new kind of vibe and drinks that satisfy, the Radio Bar offers a trendy take on the neighborhood get together.
The Radio Bar, 3079 Government St, Baton Rouge, LA, USA
With beach themes and nostalgic décor, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant offers a laid-back atmosphere brimming with the west coast surf vibe. With beachy rock and roll tunes to match the ambiance, Lucy’s is all about fun. Choose something from the surf and turf menu of burgers, quesadillas, fish tacos, and fajitas, or come in to enjoy a night of fruity tooty cocktails. Try Lucy’s classic Shark Attack served in a fishbowl of shark-infested Cruzan rum, or dive into the Pineapple Painkiller made with fresh squeezed orange juice, spiced rum, crème of coconut, and fresh pineapple puree, served right out of the pineapple.With some true tropical treatment, a night at Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar will feel like a mini vacation.
Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant, 151 3rd St, Baton Rouge, LA, USA + 1 225 361 0372