From a brand new boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Baton Rouge to exciting new restaurants and experiences, Baton Rouge is the place to be in 2024. Take a look at the new developments and everything to expect on your next visit to Louisiana's Capital City.

Hotels

  • 400 North Boulevard
  • (225) 224-0022

Welcome to the epicenter of South Louisiana, a bustling state capital fueled by LSU football, live blues, and legendary cuisine. The 87-room Origin Hotel Baton Rouge, a Wyndham Hotel, is poised to take its place as the city’s preferred downtown gathering spot – a boutique…

Restaurants

  • 1717 River Road N.
  • (225) 709-7777

Big Chicken fuses Shaquille O’Neal’s home-cooked childhood favorites with today’s trending flavors. From crispy chicken sandwiches and tenders to Cheez-It® crusted mac n’ cheese and hand-crafted ice cream shakes, each menu item tells a story all while offering guests an inside…

  • 7520 Perkins Road Suite 100
  • (225) 802-4607

Brasas Peru brings passion and taste that characterizes the authentic food of Peru!

  • 110 Perkins Rowe

COMING SOON TO BATON ROUGE! Late December 2023 Caroline's Cookies is a Louisiana locally owned cookie shop with locations in Lafayette & Baton Rouge. With hand made, seasonal, and thick & gooey cookies, Caroline's has 4 staple flavors always on the menu and 2 special flavors that…

  • 672 Jefferson Highway
  • (225) 349-8333

Revamped in late 2023, Jed's menu includes crowd favorites like po'boys and locally inspired appetizers, salad, and entree offerings that marry American classics with Louisiana favorites.

  • 1509 Government Street
  • (225) 910-8587

Kitchen on Klinton is first and foremost a purveyor of bar food. While its key staples are fried chicken wings — traditional and boneless — and fully loaded fries, the restaurant also has a full bar and serves fried shrimp and fish.

  • 5454 Bluebonnet Blvd., Suite B
  • (225) 505-7411

The Plantry Café is a plant-based food experience with roots in Baton Rouge, LA. With a focus on health conscience clean eating without sacrificing flavor. Prepare for scrumptious weekday meals and brunch or high tea on weekends

  • 321 North Boulevard
  • (225) 408-8088

Life’s too short to wait for great pizza! We take pride in serving Baton Rouge delicious, personalized pizzas with unmatched speed. Whether you’re a busy professional, a family looking for convenience, or an out-of-towner exploring Downtown, Town Square Pizza is the place where…

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Attractions and Experiences

  • 257 Lee Drive, Suite P
  • (225) 288-3758

BellyFire will follow a similar model as Throw Me Something, offering paint your own pottery, parties, camps, wheel lessons, and rentals, BUT with a renewed focus on the local arts community. BellyFire will offer art consignment, poetry nights, wine and painting/pottery nights…

  • 1717 River Road North
  • (225) 709-7777

With machines and gaming tables as far as the eye can see, there’s no better place to play than at The Queen Baton Rouge. Experience all of the excitement and action that is in store, with more than 700 gaming machines, 18 gaming tables and even more ways to win. Whether you’re…

  • 7450 Jefferson Hwy, Suite 375

“A great cocktail can be magical but creating one shouldn’t be mysterious.” 3 gorgeous cocktails, a private, on-site bespoke craft cocktail experience for you and your group. An entirely hands-on experience, you and your guests will explore a variety of flavors during the 2…

  • 201 Lafayette Street
  • (225) 906-5763

Our Great Gatsby style Tunnel is activated throughout the year to allow the public to come and take in a once in a lifetime experience. Travel back in time as a Flapper Girl or Clubman and hear the walls talk! Featuring classic roaring 20’s cocktails, a mysterious Absinthe…

Baton Rouge zydeco game: credit Jordan

Credit: Jordan Hefler

Baton Rouge Zydeco

Baton Rouge welcomed its second professional hockey team, the Baton Rouge Zydeco, following the departure of the Kingfish in 2003. The Zydeco's inaugural season, featuring 56 games, kicked off on October 26, 2023 with a three-game series against the Columbus River Dragons and runs through April 13, with half of the games hosted in Baton Rouge. Check out the complete schedule here and grab your tickets ahead of time!

Nightlife

  • 777 L'Auberge Avenue
  • (866) 261-7777

Socialize in style and experience live entertainment at this upscale social music lounge. Edge is the perfect setting to enjoy a late nightcap, chill with friends or unwind after a business meeting.

  • 1700 Government Street
  • (225) 250-5055

Welcome to Firehaus, a sizzling destination in the heart of Baton Rouge, LA! Located in Mid-City, Firehaus serves as a wine bar, lounge, cigar patio and roof-top bar- all in one! Immerse yourself in a warm, inviting atmosphere where you’re sure to forge memories and fun. Whether…

  • 143 3rd Street
  • (225) 256-4438

A BATON ROUGE QUEER LOUNGE. OPERATED BY QUEER PEOPLE, FOR QUEER PEOPLE. Mother’s Lounge is here! Ready to set the social scene ablaze with its dazzling inclusivity and fierce self-expression. Get ready, Baton Rouge, because this upcoming hotspot is about to redefine fabulousness…

  • 2678 Government
  • (225) 288-9827

Pelican to Mars is the newest dog friendly neighborhood bar! With craft cocktails, 46 beers and wines on tap, food trucks and pop ups, you won't want to miss trying it out. All are welcome! Cool vibes & good times!

Events

Savannah Bananas: Banana Ball World Tour Mar 14

The greatest show in sports is coming to Alex Box Stadium in 2024. Expect trick plays, dancing, and of course: Banana Ball. Tickets for the 2024 Banana Ball World Tour road games go on sale about two months before the event. You'll need to join the Ticket Lottery List before it…

What's to come

Hotel Indigo Renovation

Hotel Indigo

Exciting changes are on the horizon for Hotel Indigo as it undergoes a transformation! With renovations already underway, it will bring newly remodeled rooms, a refreshed restaurant and bar area, and an updated lobby. Completion of the projection is expected by late 2024 or early 2025.

 

BREC Zoo updates

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo

Our zoo is undergoing a major renovation to modernize the facility and enhance the visitor experience. The transformation will include a brand new entrance, a new giraffe feeding exhibit, and a taxonomic model that will offer an immersive journey through the continents of Africa, Asia, North America, and South America. The first set of updates will be completed by the summer of 2024.

The Belle rendering

Belle of Baton Rouge

Scheduled for an early 2025 debut, The Belle promises an array of dining choices, luxurious accommodations, a new sportsbook, and lively entertainment options. As the casino moves onto land, expect an expanded gaming experience with a plethora of new slot machines. 

Louisiana Lights

This new light show will allow residents and visitors to immerse themselves in a one hour journey through the Burden Museum's garden. Crafted through collaborative efforts and planning, Louisiana Lights is set to become a timeless tradition for families everywhere.