Houston's Top 10 Mardi Gras Bars

All the college kids from both TSU and U of H Main hang out at the Creole for some killer Louisiana food and equally killer Louisiana imbibing. With a huge patio and sweet jazz playing most days, it may not offer the crushing madness of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but we have a feeling that some days that patio becomes a bit of the Big Easy deep in the heart of Texas.

3811 Ennis, 832-203-7337

Sure, this is a Woodrow's location, but it's Woodrows Heights, located in the old Mardi Gras Bar & Grill location. They've even kept the Creole theme, so it's totally still one of the best places to celebrate Mardi Gras if you're stuck in Houston. We're positive the bartenders know how to mix up a mean Hurricane, and you can still grab some beads without hanging off some Bourbon Street balcony. Whether or not anyone complies with the hallowed Mardi Gras bead rules, though -- that's is on you, buddy.

1200 Durham, 713-864-5600, woodrowsheights.com

8. CAFE 4212
Cafe 4212 may not be a jazz and blues bar in New Orleans, but it's a jazz and blues bar in Houston that features plenty of fine musicians from New Orleans, which is good enough for us. 4212 also offers a fine Saturday zydeco matinee (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) if you're into that, but if you happen to miss that, this cozy lounge is still a great place to celebrate your own little Mardi Gras.

4212 Almeda, 713-522-4212, cafe4212.com

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Location Info


The Creole Bar & Grill

3811 Ennis, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Woodrow's (Heights)

1200 Durham Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Cafe 4212

4212 Almeda, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Jax Grill

1613 Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Clayton's Restaurant & Club

198 N. Sam Houston Parkway E., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Red Cat Jazz Cafe

711 Franklin St., Houston, TX

Category: General

Voodoo Queen

322 Milby St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Swampy's Cajun Shack

26440 FM 1093, Richmond, TX

Category: Music

Mojeauxs Louisiana Drinkery

2024 Rusk St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club

5731 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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texmex01 topcommenter

or Ragin Cajun, they have a bar..


BB's Cajun Cafe isn't on the list? Sorry, list isn't any good without BB's

Charles Hancock
Charles Hancock

I know you only rated bars and not restaurants, but you gained HUGE credibility by not including Ragin Cajun! I wish I could help people in Houston understand the literal "bad taste" I get in my mouth when this place was or is listed as a great Cajun place! I couldn't get back home one year, so I went there for Mardi Gras. it was awful and like eating a McRib instead of going to the BBQ cookoff. Your list is good and I applaud you for the exclusion! :-)

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