Dining in Downtown Monroe


After the sun sets along the Ouachita River, nightlife rises across Northeast Louisiana.

From Downtown Monroe along the Riverwalk to spots tucked away in the suburbs, locals enjoy all the region’s nightlife scene has to offer — from its eclectic restaurants to socializing at an after-hours get-together or, depending upon the evening, seeing a live production or performance.

Music  fans can jam out to the sounds of southern bands like Doctor Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster or the Downtown River Jams concert series held in the heart of the city.

Live music & fine dining

Live music is a staple in Northeast Louisiana. From classic and modern rock to funk, blues and acoustic singer/songwriters, music lovers can catch almost any kind of beat at one of the local venues.

A number of eating establishments in the region, from cantinas and pubs to grills and restaurants, make a gradual shift to music venues as the evening matures. The transition means patrons can find a quiet corner and chat, enjoy live music or do both.

Given Louisiana’s mild climate, numerous restaurants and nightlife establishments offer outdoor seating and patios as well as dining opportunities overlooking the expansive Ouachita River. Grabbing a quick bite or visiting with friends by the light of the stars can be experienced year-round.