Houston's Top 10 Mardi Gras Bars

We're pretty sure Voodoo Queen can pull off Mardi Gras in its own hip kind of way, so perhaps you should join in this Fat Tuesday if you're longing for the busy streets of New Orleans. Something about the unassuming vibe reminds us of some local haunts in Nola, like this divey little bar on St. Peters called the Red Eye. With Voodoo Queen's glowing drinks and mismatched chairs, you'll feel just like you've been lifted off of the streets of the French Quarter and plopped down in Second Ward.

322 Milby

Technically, Swampy's is outside of the metro area, but what could feel more backwoods than going halfway to Richmond for the hodge-podge of fried foods and po-boys at Swampy's? Add lots of Abita beer to wash it all down, and you'll have no trouble absorbing the Louisiana flavor. If you're looking for a low-key, Cajun kind of Mardi Gras, Swampy's hits the spot quite well.

26440 F.M. 1093, 832-222-9005

Something about Mojeaux's makes it feel a bit like a messy New Orleans home rather than a bar, but there's nothing wrong with that. It's cluttered, kitschy, and most of all Abita-heavy, and since when is that a bad thing? And even if the Turbo Dogs don't tickle your Mardi Gras fancy, the mad list of Bourbon Street-themed cocktails like the Bloody Mojeaux will. Just go, and bring us some sweet blinky-beads, please.

2024 Rusk, 713-222-6656

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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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