Neon signs are aglow in Baton Rouge. Here’s where to find them

Even at night, Baton Rouge still shines thanks to the colorful light of neon signs. 

Drive down streets like Perkins Road, and it’s impossible to miss restaurants like Zippy’s or DiGiulio Brothers cast in a hazy-hued glow. Vintage and new neon signs are model mediums for advertising or Instagrammable backdrops—and they’re all over town. 

Though they are as trendy as ever, neon signs are nothing new. Genuine neon dates back to around 1910, when glass tubing was lit by glowing neon or argon gas. Technicolor signs were all the rage from the 1930s to the ’60s. In the past decade, the lights have made quite the comeback in the design world, inspiring both LED versions and signs created by skilled genuine neon craftsmen.

Bridget Tiek, one of the principal interior designers for Tiek ByDay, says the nostalgic signage is back in full force in commercial and residential interiors. Tiek ByDay has incorporated neon in designs for clients like Mother’s Lounge, Lotus Lounge and Gatorworks. 

“Colored neon signs immediately give off a vibe,” she says. “A large use of (neon) is going to douse the space in color.”

LED versions using bendable, lightweight tubing are the go-to for those looking to hop on the trend without a larger investment. Despite this, Tiek says Tiek ByDay always uses genuine neon signs over the LED dupes.   

“LED has limitations,” she says. “(Neon) is also a richer quality of light versus an LED.”

Traditional neon is not practical for all businesses, though—and cost isn’t the only deterrent. Maintenance can be tricky, as it’s hard to come by workers who can service it. 

Still, it’s hard to walk into a new or trendy local business and not see a neon sign—or an LED version that gives off similar vibes.

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Some local spots with eye-catching lights—whether you’re looking for a moody photo backdrop or simply want to hunt down vintage-inspired signs:

Mochinut — 7673 Perkins Road

Photo by Ariana Allison

Pho 97 — 15540 George O’Neal Road

Photo by Ariana Allison

Zippy’s — 3155 Perkins Road

Photo by Ariana Allison

Lotus Lounge — 5050 Government St.

Photo by Collin Richie

Downtown Baton Rouge Coca-Cola sign — Above the corner of Third Street and Florida Boulevard

Photo by Kristin Selle

Main Lobby — 668 Main St.

Photo by Ariana Allison

Modesto — 3939 Burbank Drive

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SoLou7246 Perkins Road

Photo by Haskel Whittington

Gov’t Taco5621 Government St.

Photo by Ariana Allison

Schlittz & Giggles 2355 Ferndale Ave., 301 Third St.

Photo by Kristin Selle

DiGiulio Brothers Italian Cafe 2903 Perkins Road

Photo by Collin Richie

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More neon

Duvic’s Martini Lounge

2854 Kalurah St. 


3739 Perkins Road

Mike Anderson’s

16400 Airline Hwy

Parker Barber

2544 Government St. 

The Radio Bar

3079 Government St.

Superior Grill

5435 Government St.  

and 7333 Highland Road 

Supper Club

10480 Perkins Road 

The Tunnel

201 Lafayette St. 

Varsity Theatre

3353 Highland Road  

Wanderlust by Abby

4221 Perkins Road

What are your favorite local neon or neon-inspired signs? Tell us at [email protected].

This article was originally published in the November 2023 issue of 225 magazine.