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.
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.
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!
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?!
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?
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!