As one of Baton Rouge’s trendiest neighborhoods, Mid City is a great place to spend a night out with friends. If you’re looking to plan a fun night out the Baton Rouge way, here’s our guide to Mid City’s hottest spots.
Grab a Bite
Originally a food truck, this Mid City favorite is the perfect place to get your night started. Try one of their signature burgers, like Smokin’ Joe or K.G.B., and opt for outdoor seating to enjoy the fall weather and live music. Don’t forget to grab a boozy shake before heading to your next destination!
With a variety of drinks and dishes, Bistro Byronz is the perfect place to kick off your evening. Offering fresh salads and sandwiches, savory soups and home fried to order potato chips, this neighborhood restaurant gives the setting of a quaint Paris cafe, complete with Louisiana classics you know and love.
Originating as a pop-up concept at breweries and distilleries, Gov't Taco is home to a modern, American take on tacos. Start the night with a margarita and some chips and guac before ordering tacos named for political puns, such as the Clucks & Balances, a smoked chicken thigh taco with pimento mac and cheese, Nashville hot chicken skins and white BBQ sauce.
Come in for Happy Hour on weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., and stay for wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pizza. Start out with an order of garlic knots (served with delicious whipped provolone dip) for the table, then try the Mr. Piggy or Spinach and Artichoke pizzas.
As one of the best cocktail bars in Baton Rouge, you won’t be disappointed with what this modern Asian restaurant has to offer. Make sure to try one of their freshly made sushi rolls or one of their small plates before pairing it with one of the house cocktails they're known for. Patrons can also dine on rolls and small plates at the cocktail lounge tucked into the restaurant, Lotus Lounge, while sipping on tropical cocktails.
All-day breakfast? Check. Diner favorites, like burgers and shakes? Check. Dessert bar? You got it! Spoke & Hub is a contemporary Southern diner, right in the heart of Mid City. Pile your plate high with pancakes and all the toppings, or try one of their croffles - a tasty waffle made from croissant dough. Don't forget to save room for dessert! Spoke & Hub's extensive dessert menu has everything from slices of cake to soft serve and root beer floats.
Have a Drink
Make the night what you want at Radio Bar — meet up with friends for Happy Hour or play a game of ping pong on the outdoor patio. Try Radio Bar’s seasonal fall cocktails like The Harvest Moon or enjoy your favorite beer from a wide variety of local and domestic favorites. Keep up with Radio Bar’s social media for information on events like dance nights and gin tastings.
Mid City Beer Garden is one of the local favorites for beer lovers. With an open roof concept, Mid City Beer Garden makes for the perfect evening out when the weather is nice. Have a drink and catch up with friends, or stay the whole night and try a famous Chelsea’s Grilled Cheese.
TAP 65 reimagines traditional Indian cuisine and pairs it with the perfect beverages. Offering over 65 rotating beers, wines and bourbons to the tap room, TAP 65 features a self-pour tap wall, as well as a full-service bar dedicated to craft cocktails.
Stay and Play
Looking for a one-stop shop for your night out? Red Stick Social has it all! Located in the Electric Depot, start your night with dinner options like crawfish mac and cheese or sliders, and don’t forget to pair it with a frozen boat drink. Bring the party up on the rooftop patio for fun conversation, or team up and play a game of bowling. Be sure to check their calendar for dates for live entertainment.
White Light Night (Mid City Merchants)
Each month, Mid City Makers Market takes over Circa 1857 to bring locals a night full of arts and culture. In November, MMM hosts its annual White Light Night in Mid City. On November 19, from 6 to 10 p.m., you can stroll under the white lights from the Electric Depot, winding your way down Government Street to shop for holiday gifts from local artists, grab food and drinks with friends and listen to music from local bands.
A not-your-mother's antique market, Circa hosts more than 50 vendors, each with a unique flair. Shop for original artwork and fine antiques from local artists before heading out for drinks and dinner. Join Circa for their Fall Ball on November 7, and don’t forget to stop by during White Light Night.
Once you’ve explored all corners of Mid City, check out what else Baton Rouge has to offer this season. For more ideas for your trip to Baton Rouge, visit visitbatonrouge.com/explore/seasons/fall/.