Mardi Gras has become one of the most widely celebrated festivals in the United States, especially in New Orleans. There are tons of great bars to visit in New Orleans during this time, where people get very into the celebration. Bourbon street is where much of the partying goes on, but there is also tons to do outside of the famous street. Here’s my picks for the best Mardi Gas Bars in New Orleans.
1. Circle Bar
Lee Circle is a combination of uptown and downtown, where all different kinds of people come to party. This bar has an intimate, house party feel to it. So grab a beer and enjoy with some friends!
2. Pat O’Brien’s
Known for its famous “Hurricane” drink, this is a great spot for tourists. There is a main bar, piano bar, bourbon bar, a patio with a water fountain, and so much more. It’s located on Bourbon Street, so if you don’t want to stay in one place, you can most definitely bar hop.
3. Henry’s Uptown Bar
If you’re looking to get away from Bourbon Street (the most crowded place in the city), you can head up Magazine Street to Henry’s Uptown Bar. Founded in 1901, Henry’s is a local’s favorite. It’s located along the Mardi Gras parade route, and it is full of history and lively conversations.
4. The Columns
Located on St. Charles Avenue, The columns is in a prime spot. Many of the best parades will pass by you as you sip on a refreshing cocktail or beer in the Victorian mahogany saloon. You can check out the floats that pass by, and cheer them on with your friends.