As Baton Rouge's restaurant scene continues to expand, so does its thirst for a good craft cocktail. Over the past five years, cocktail and whisky bars have started to supplant the college dives. 

True, there are still a few of those left, and they have their charms, but if you're looking for a good drink, keep this list handy. Here are 17 Baton Rouge bars you must visit. (Presented in no order.) 

Driftwood Cask & Barrel 

An impressive craft cocktail bar in the heart of downtown.

326 N. Third St.

Hours: 4 p.m. to midnight Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday 

Info: Call (225) 478-2550 or visit

Corporate Brew & Draft

Known for its wide and delicious selection of beers and pop-up restaurants. 

2561 Citiplace Court, Suite 300

Hours: 3 p.m. to midnight Monday-Thursday, 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday-Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. Sunday 

Info: Call (225) 771-8508 or visit

The Cove

This bar has everything — craft cocktails, beer, bourbons, scotches and rare pours that can run more than $100.

2561 Citiplace Court

Hours: 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday-Friday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, 5 p.m. to midnight Sunday

Info: Call (225) 248-6457 or visit

Hayride Scandal 

A sleek whiskey bar that pays homage to the Prohibition-era in its decor and drink menu.

5110 Corporate Blvd., Suite B 

Hours: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday-Saturday 

Info: Visit

Olive or Twist 

A bar with an expansive craft cocktail menu, beers, and lunch, dinner and brunch service.

7248 Perkins Road, Suite A 

Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday 

Info: Call (225) 456-2188 or visit

The Radio Bar 

The only place in Baton Rouge where you can order a Moscow Mule and bemoan the person who requested another Bon Iver song. 

3079 Government St. 

Hours: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday-Saturday, 4 p.m. to midnight Sunday 

Info: Visit

The Bulldog 

Beers (tons of them) and late night grub are on the menu at this Baton Rouge location of the New Orleans staple. 

4385 Perkins Road, Suite 15 

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Sunday 

Info: Call (225) 303-9400 or visit

Brickyard South 

On the edge of downtown, this bar features beers and stiff drinks. On Fridays, they serve up delicious "slamburgers." 

174 South Blvd. 

Hours: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday-Friday, noon to 2 a.m. Saturday, noon to midnight Sunday. 

Info: Call (225) 505-8733 or visit


A downtown restaurant with global flavors and a cocktail menu featuring some of the more interesting drinks in town. 

445 N. Sixth St. 

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday 

Info: Call (225) 615-8826 or visit

Beausoleil Restaurant & Bar 

A local favorite, Beausoleil has a selection of cocktails, beer and wine to match its flavorful Louisiana bites.  

7731 Jefferson Highway 

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday 

Info: Call (225) 926-1172 or visit

Doe's Eat Place 

Steak, potatoes and great drinks make this a city favorite. 

3723 Government St. 

Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday 

Info: Call (225) 387-5331 or visit

The Pelican House

Featuring a wide selection of beers on tap and a separate whiskey bar to go along with its newly expanded restaurant side.

2572 Citiplace Court 

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Monday, 11 a.m. to midnight Tuesday-Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday 

Info: Call (225) 456-5200 or visit

The Overpass Merchant

Underneath the Perkins Road overpass, this small restaurant features a few beers, cocktails and wines and is a prime hangout on the weekends.

2904 Perkins Road 

Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday 

Info: Call (225) 508-4737 or visit


A comfortable and stylish wine bar in downtown.

304 Laurel St., Suite 1B

Hours: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday-Saturday 

Info: Call (225) 757-5645 or visit

Bin 77 Bistro & Sidebar

New American restaurant with cocktails and extensive wine list.

10111 Perkins Road, Suite 160 

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 4 p.m. to midnight Tuesday-Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday-Saturday

Info: Call (225) 763-2288 or visit


Enjoy cigars, cocktails and a few bites at this Baton Rouge bar. 

7949 Jefferson Highway, Suite C

Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to midnight Sunday 

Info: Call (225) 927-4211 or visit

The River Room

Sleek, modern and fashionable, offering cocktails and wines for the downtown crowd. 

222 Laurel St. 

Hours: 4 p.m. to midnight Sunday-Monday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday 

Info: Call (225) 400-9627 or visit

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