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Cocktail Culture

Where to Drink on the Mardi Gras Parade Route

New Orleans bars along the Uptown and Mid-City parade routes to hang out, enjoy drinks and food and relax during Mardi Gras.

Get ready: your second home for the next few weeks will be the parade route, as Mardi Gras 2014 is in full swing. With parades lasting the better part of the day every weekend and some weekdays leading up to Mardi Gras Day, revelers will be spending a lot of time on St. Charles Avenue for the Uptown parades and stretches of Mid-City for epic Endymion. In case you haven’t heard, we like to pair most of our holidays, celebrations, events, or really any ole occasion with some variety of libation, so knowing where to find them (and a bathroom) along the parade route is essential to the Mardi Gras experience.

New Orleans Bars On the Uptown Parade Route

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Get ready for the parades with a craft cocktail from Bellocq (Photo by Sally Tunmer)

Bellocq – While you’re waiting for the parade to reach Lee Circle and you’re in the mood for some sophisticated New Orleans ambiance and cocktails, stop in to Bellocq for one of their signature craft cobblers.

Avenue Pub – This craft beer and spirits bar in the Lower Garden District is the perfect location to grab a microbrew to enjoy before, during and after the parades. Plus, with a kitchen serving tasty bites to keep you satisfied, Avenue Pub is a one-stop shop.

Delachaise – Delachaise offers a great wine by the glass selection, plus an extensive list of spirits to choose from with an outside patio facing St. Charles Avenue, perfect for watching the floats roll by.

Columns Hotel – The Columns Hotel is a popular spot to sip classic New Orleans cocktails like a Pimm’s Cup or French 75, on the spacious front porch overlooking St. Charles Avenue – a convenient home base for parade time.

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The Columns Hotel (Photo by Sally Tunmer)

Fat Harry’s – For a fun, lively and casual atmosphere, Fat Harry’s is the place right at one of the most happening parade route intersections: Napoleon and St. Charles Avenue.

Circle Bar – Circle Bar’s warm atmosphere and neighborhood vibe make it a fun and low-key hangout right as the parade hits Lee Circle!

Igor’s – With two floors, a full kitchen serving American favorites like burgers, fries, chicken tenders, plus a variety of bar games, this dive bar has something for everyone right on the parade route in the Garden District.

Ms. Mae’s – Right at the intersection where the Uptown parades turn down Napoleon towards St. Charles Avenue is the local haunt where drinks are cheap and good company is rich.

Brothers Three – Another popular local dive bar right across from Ms. Mae’s is Brothers Three with a cozy atmosphere and stiff drinks.

Blind Pelican – Just look for the pelican on St. Charles Avenue and you’ll know you’ve found a haven for draft beers and delicious bar fare including oysters, po-boys, pizza and much more.

Café Adelaide – Right at the tail end of the Uptown parade route is this excellent craft cocktail bar owned by the prestigious Brennan culinary family.

New Orleans Bars On the Endymion Parade Route

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Catch a game of pool at Wit’s Inn before Endymion! (Photo by Cheryl Gerber)

Wit’s Inn – Make your temporary home during the biggest parade of Mardi Gras at Mid-City bar Wit’s Inn, near the beginning of the Endymion parade route. Their extensive cocktail list, pizzas, calzones and sandwiches will keep you satisfied the whole day.

Chickie Wah Wah – This New Orleans music venue and bar is a local’s favorite hangout and conveniently located on the Endymion route on Canal Street. Lounge on their patio before the parade enjoying slow cooked smoked meats and sides from Blue Oak BBQ.

Juan’s Flying Burrito – Just past where Endymion makes its turn on Canal Street is local grungy Tex Mex joint Juan’s Flying Burrito, a perfect spot for before or after parade margaritas and queso dip.

Felipe’s – Fuel up on authentic Mexican food and an excellent tequila selection at this taqueria located along the parade route on Carrollton Avenue.

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