Best bars and restaurants to celebrate Mardi Gras in Louisville

Louisville is a city that loves to party during Mardi Gras.

If you haven’t given a thought to spending this party holiday in Louisville, you will be missing out on some serious fun. Louisville has a ton of great bars and restaurants that will bring the flavor or New Orleans to Kentucky’s largest city, and if you are stumped on where to go, here are the five best bars and restaurants that will bring the Cajun flavor to the Midwest.

J Gumbo’s
2109 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 896-4046

When you hit up this Cajun spot in the Clifton area, you know you’re going to be in a night or New Orleans flavor. J Gumbo’s is an institution that sells just that, gumbo, in so many styles and flavors that you will feel like you’re eating in a restaurant on Magazine Street, not on Frankfort Avenue. If you’re not in Clifton, J. Gumbo’s has a second location at 8603 Citadel Way in the Hurstbourne area (502-493-4720)

Mitchell’s Fish Market
4031 Summit Plaza Dr., Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 412-1818

Seafood is a huge part of the Cajun culture, and this Louisville seafood spot is the cream of the crop of seafood restaurants in the city. Mitchell’s Fish Market has a wealth of great food on their menu, but the one that you should chase after is the Cajun shrimp pasta, which is basically Mardi Gras for your taste buds.

Selena’s at Willow Lake Tavern
10609 Lagrange Rd. Louisville, KY 40223
(502) 245-9004

There is nothing more southern than enjoying great Cajun cuisine on the lake, and this popular spot will give you one of the best spots in the city to enjoy this flair of Louisiana culture. Selena’s at Willow Lake Tavern has a wide range of cuisines, from seafood to American. But it’s the Cajun dishes that stand out, and the New Orleans influence will be nonmaskable from your very first bite.

The Pearl of Germantown
1151 Goss Ave., Louisville, KY 40217
(502) 996-7552

Germantown is one of Louisville’s nightlife hotspots, and this area bar is one that certainly lives up to its name. The Pearl of Germantown is a place where the good times will roll on Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras as this bar has a terrific selection of drinks that will keep the party going all season long.

Proof on Main
702 West Main St., Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 217-6360

The proof of this bar is within its strong drinks. Proof on Main is one of the best cocktail bars in the city, and everyone who walks into this establishment will instantly make this their favorite bar to celebrate Mardi Gras.