Grown-Up Birthday Celebrations in Baton Rouge

My birthday is coming up, which makes me feel a bit overwhelmed. I honestly don’t give a flip about age; I’m more concerned about how to celebrate and what options are available nearby. With four kids, we’re not that interested in (nor can we afford) going away for a long weekend kid-free. So you won’t see any of that here. And I’m a bit beyond the big party / clubbing scene (do people still say that?). Instead, here are some options for more grown-up ways to celebrate your birthday around Baton Rouge.

Restaurants

I love a classic Saturday night out at Superior Grill, where you can combine good food and good music, but I am still such a fan of Ichiban’s Hibachi as combining food and experience. Be warned: there can be a long wait as tables fill up fast, so be sure to call ahead! Or, you can always opt for a lazy Sunday brunch at The Chimes, a favorite of everyone in my family! I suggest the boudin omelet.

We love a Chimes birthday!

Live Music

In addition to the porch at Superior and headline venues like The Varsity Theatre, Baton Rouge has seen an influx of listening hot spots like Bee Nice Music. If you’re lucky enough to have a birthday that falls during Live After Five season, head downtown for free entertainment and local talent.

Brews & Booze

What I love about Baton Rouge is that it’s small enough that I typically see someone I know whenever I go out but large enough to grow places like Tin Roof Brewing Company, Southern Craft, and Cane Land Distilling Company! Designate a driver and hit up one or a few of these local treasures!

Outdoors

Like hiking but not long drives? Be sure to check out nearby Port Hudson State Historic Site‘s trails and rich history. If you want something even closer to home, stroll through the Rural Life Museum, set right in the middle of town. And you don’t have to go out of state for horseback riding: BREC’s Farr Park has guided trail rides! How fun is that?!

Experience

If you’re feeling even more adventurous, you can rock climb indoors at Uptown Climbing or even take a cooking class at Red Stick Spice Company. Of course, you could always catch a concert and try your luck at L’Auberge Casino. Why not book a vacation in your own backyard and stay overnight?

Arts

Go downtown to the Shaw Center, home to the LSU Museum of Art and the Manship Theater to catch some culture. Or sit back and enjoy the tremendously talented Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra!

Sports

We know that in Baton Rouge, sports are king. Between LSU and Southern University, there are plenty of events going on during any given weekend. But did you know that Baton Rouge is also home to a minor league baseball team? Check out the Rougarou while you’re waiting for a bay to open at Top Golf!

Megan Southall
Megan is “Mommy! Mom! Mom-Mommy!” to four: Carson (9), Atticus (7), Evangeline (4), and Bo (8 months). She is from Port Allen and went to high school and college in Baton Rouge, getting her Bachelor’s Degree in English with a concentration in Secondary Education from LSU. Megan then moved to the ‘burbs in Zachary. She and her husband of 9 years, Ryan, are teachers, Ryan at Zachary High School and Megan at West Feliciana High School in St. Francisville, where she is also the Instructional Specialist. Megan is Nationally Board Certified in English Language Arts and has a Master's in Educational Leadership. She adores her job, as it gives her awesome opportunities: working with teenagers, gaining perspective on parenting them, and getting to pretend she’s a SAHM over the summer. When she’s not learning piano or reading, Megan can be found on the couch, talking to episodes of “Real Housewives of New York.”

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