It’s prime patio season here in South Louisiana! Not too hot (yet) or too cold, so a local patio is my weekend go-to for dinner and drinks or just a happy hour! Today, I’ve picked my 10 favorite patios in Baton Rouge, so the Best Patios in Baton Rouge list is not based on any scientific data at all — just what I love! And what I’m sure you do/will too! Let me know if I should add any to the list.
Rum House (2112 Perkins Palm Avenue)
This Caribbean Taqueria has been one of my favorite local patios since it first opened in Baton Rouge a few years ago. The main dining space opens up into a fairly large patio/yard area with picnic tables and a bar with SWINGS, you guys! No bar stools — but swings! And did I mention their margaritas are freaking delicious? If you can’t actually escape to a tropical island, then Rum House is at least as close as you’ll get here in town.
The Velvet Cactus (7655 Old Hammond Hwy)
In addition to the cheese grits and shrimp and chorizo cheesecake, The Velvet Cactus has a pretty solid patio situation — complete with an outdoor waterfall and pond! Their patio is perfect for any season because they have umbrellas for shade and heaters for warmth in the winter. Head their for happy hour for the best deals on margaritas!
Lava Cantina Downtown (151 3rd St)
We now have two Lava Cantina locations (one at Perkins Rowe and one downtown), but when it comes to patios, I think the one downtown gets my vote… simply because of the people watching opportunities. The patio isn’t anything special, but it’s in a prime location. You may remember it was Lucy’s (RIP), but to enjoy a happy hour on a Friday afternoon before going out on Third Street, this patio is a good go-to.
Curbside Burgers (4158 Government St)
This food truck turned restaurant is one of our newest additions to Baton Rouge. Located in mid-city, it’s outdoor area is covered with giant trees, making it seem almost like a beer garden than a patio. It’s full of picnic tables, a stage, and even a bocce ball court. While you’re there, enjoy a few beers or a milkshake with your burger!
Pelican House (2572 Citiplace Ct)
Pelican House is probably my favorite bar in town, so of course its patio has to make the list. It’s nestled right on the edge of the interstate, but the noise isn’t a distraction thanks to the giant wall making it more closed in and cozy. While you’re out there you can play life-size jenga or you can step right inside to the pool tables. Their extensive beer list makes this patio/bar a no brainer!
Los Reyes (11333 Coursey Blvd)
Los Reyes (formally Las Palmas) is Baton Rouge’s newest Mexican restaurant! The entire building got a major makeover, including the new patio, which is the best part. There’s a giant ceramic tile fountain that extends through the middle of the patio with seating on both sides. Multi-colored string lights hang from the ceiling making it all a really cool hip atmosphere — especially at night. It’s definitely a place you’ll want to have dinner and hang out a while.
La Carreta (4065 Government St + 9828 Bluebonnet Blvd)
There are two La Carreta’s in Baton Rouge — both with equally cool patios! It’s a traditional Mexican restaurant with fairly strong margaritas, so you won’t be disappointed. And I mean, how can you not be happy sitting on a patio eating chips and salsa with a margarita? That’s basically my life.
Radio Bar (3079 Government St B)
Radio Bar is one of those places I love, but don’t get to as much as I should. It’s located in mid-city at the end of a shopping center (right near La Carreta and Curbside, actually!). The entire bar has a cool atmosphere and great cocktails, but the patio makes it even better. Garage doors open up on to the patio where you can play several games like ping pong and darts. Plus, you can bring your dog! Oh, and there’s happy hour everyday from 4-7PM!
Bin 77 (10111 Perkins Rowe #160)
Bin 77 has more of a courtyard area, than a patio. But it’s definitely worth making the list when it comes to hanging out outdoors and sippin’ wine. You can enjoy live music, happy hour and just a great atmosphere all around here. Plus, since it’s in the middle of Perkins Rowe you can do some shopping before or after.
The Bulldog (4385 Perkins Rd)
If you’re more of a dog person than a people person, then The Bulldog is for you. You’ll very rarely visit and there NOT be a dog out there for you to talk to. Or you can bring your own dog (Maggie loves it!). There are outdoor TVs, so it’s even good for game day. And there’s a pretty cool fountain with beer taps for water spouts!
Alright, that’s the list! Any I left out?? Where are your favorites?