Lake Charles Rolls Out The Blue Carpet

Are you a proud McNeese State University student looking to embrace your cowboy spirit? Look no further than Downtown Lake Charles, where you'll find accessible parking and a gorgeous view of the lakefront, with an array of unique shops and eateries offering the perfect McNeese gear and student specials. In this blog, we'll take you on a tour of the best places to shop for McNeese apparel and uncover some delightful surprises awaiting you in the heart of the city. 


Where to Shop for McNeese Gear in Downtown

Back to Top of List

PaperSmith – Cowboy Candle

Immerse yourself in the essence of cowboy life with the exclusive Cowboy Scented Candle at PaperSmith. Crafted with care, this scented candle captures the spirit of McNeese and makes for an ideal keepsake or gift for fellow students. Address: 311 Broad St.


Bux Kajun Korner - 10% Off 

When it comes to showcasing your McNeese pride, Bux Kajun Korner has got you covered. Step into this delightful store to find an impressive selection of McNeese gear, from logoed hand towels to earrings and face paint, ensuring you'll always stand out as a true blue McNeese Cowboy. Recieve 10% off these goodies with your student ID. Address: 729 Ryan St.


McNeese face glitter and earringsBux Kajun Korner McNeese stickersMcNeese Art at Bux Kajun Korner Market


Candice Alexander Art Studio - 15% Off Any Item

Looking for something more artistic to commemorate your time at McNeese? Candice Alexander Art Studio is your destination for stunning creations that blend the essence of Lake Charles spirit. Explore their unique art pieces that celebrate your university journey with this special discount when you show your student ID. Address: 900 Ryan St #102.


Bespoke Hat Co. - 20% Off One Item 

Be invited into the charming boutique with Bespoke Hat Co's display of McNeese-themed apparel, custom blue and gold hatbands, and a special offer of 20% off one item with a student or faculty ID during the month of August. Address: 725 Ryan St.


Mia's Downtown - 10% Off Purchase

Mia's Downtown is a classy, size-inclusive women's Boutique that is your one-stop shop for all of your Game Day Hotness, Rush Attire & Bid Day Gifts! During August, receive 10% off your entire purchase with your McNeese student or faculty ID. Address: 312 Pujo St.


Mia's Downtown Clothing Apparel


Navarra's Jewelry - 10% Discount

Navarra's Jewelry has served the Lake Charles community since 1962 and is offering a special discount for your student ID. Address: 1025 Ryan St

Downtown Restaurants Offering McNeese Specials

Back to Top of List

Pujo Street Café - McNeese Tailgate Bundle Special Menu

Before cheering on the Cowboys, fuel up at Pujo Street Café with their exclusive McNeese Tailgate Bundle Special Menu for just $22, available the entire month of August. Savor delicious treats while bonding with fellow McNeese students, creating memories that last a lifetime. Address: 901 Ryan St.

Choose Your Appetizer:
Cowboy Caviar
A cold dip perfect for Summer. Black beans, black-eyed peas, roasted corn, and diced tomatoes served with house-made corn chips
Cajun Sticky Ribs
Cajun spiced pork ribs tossed in a pepper jelly BBQ sauce 

The Cow Poke Burger
A double meat smash burger with cheddar, BBQ sauce, onion crisps, lettuce, and house-made pickles on a house-made brioche bun served with fries.


A graham cracker and chocolate brownie set in chocolate ganache topped with a brûléed, house-made marshmallow.

Smores Brownie from Pujo Street Cafe

Botsky's - 10% Off

Botsky's in Downtown Lake Charles offers a variety of gourmet hot dogs with creative toppings, burgers, and more! Receive 10% off your purchase with your McNeese ID. Address: 104 W Pujo St. 


Panorama Music House - 10% Off & Cowboy Specials 

Lively spot with a rooftop bar overlooking Downtown and a regular line-up of live music and weekly Zydeco brunches. Panorama Music House's wide variety of music, beverages, and food makes it a must-visit. In addition to special menu items, McNeese students receive a discount on food menu items with their student ID. Address: 331 Broad St.

Cowboy Burger and Cowboy Kicker Cocktail (mocktail available)

Panorama Geaux Blue Special


Cotten's Downtown - Blue and Gold Burger Special

Indulge in true southern flavors at Cotten's Downtown and relish their McNeese special Blue and Gold burger or chicken sandwich that will delight your taste buds. Address: 110 Broad St.

Blue and Gold Special Burger or Chicken Sandwich

Served atop a toasted bun with cheddar cheese, purple onion, lettuce, tomato, and house-made blue cheese sauce.

Cotten's Downtown Blue and Gold Burger


Subway - Free Cookie

One of only two chain restaurants located in Downtown Lake Charles, Subway is a staple to satisfy any quick lunch craving. Show your ID for a free cookie and special discounts.  Address: 108 Broad St.


The Kitchen - 20% Discount every Wednesday

Calling all McNeese State University students, families, faculty, and staff - savor the flavors at The Kitchen with an exclusive 20% discount every Wednesday with your student ID! Address: 417 Prewitt St.


Tia Juanita's Fish Camp - 10% Discount 

Tia Juanita's is a fun, eclectic restaurant in the heart of downtown serving up fresh seafood. Students will receive a discount with their McNeese ID. Address: 723 Ryan St.


1:16 Nutrition - Pokes Tea Special and $1.50 Off

Looking for healthy and delicious options? 1:16 Nutrition offers mouthwatering loaded teas perfect for the on-the-go McNeese student and a special discount with your student ID. Don't miss their delightful specials catering to your busy university lifestyle. Address: 619 Ryan St.

Pokes Tea Special

Pokes Tea McNeese Special !;16 Nutrition

OB's Bar and Grill - Free Entrance on Friday Nights

Enjoy Friday nights to the fullest with free entrance from 9 pm to midnight at OB's Bar and Grill by showing your student ID!  Address: 1301 Ryan St. 


Evan's Corner Store - 20% discount

Fuel up for the school year at Evan's Corner Store with a mouthwatering 20% discount on their delectable hot breakfast and lunch options for McNeese students (valid with ID)! Address: 3531 Ryan St. Suite A

McNeese Window Art & Light Displays

Back to Top of List

As you stroll through Downtown Lake Charles, keep an eye out for the vibrant McNeese window art and light displays. Various businesses and landmarks participate in this celebration of the McNeese spirit, adorning their windows with creative displays and blue-and-yellow lights.


Window Art

PaperSmith, 311 Broad St., art by Jessica Broussard and Corrin Aguillard
Bux Kajun Korner, 729 Ryan St., art by KB Designs
Cotten's Downtown, 110 Broad St., art by PaintbyWhitney
Barbers on Broad, 102 W Broad St., art by PaintbyWhitney
Luna Bar & Grill Downtown, 719 Ryan St.
Visit Lake Charles, 1205 N. Lakeshore Dr., art by Jessica Broussard and Corrin Aguillard
Panorama Music House, 331 Broad St.
The Villa Harlequin, 324 Pujo St.


Light Displays

1911 Historic City Hall, 1001 Ryan St.
Lake Charles Event Center, 900 Lakeshore Dr.
- First Federal Bank, 1135 Lakeshore Dr.
Millennium Park, 900 Lakeshore Dr.
- Johnson’s Law Firm, 1419 Ryan St

Other Businesses With McNeese Deals

Back to Top of List

Barbers on Broad - 10% Discount

Look your best while saving some bucks! At Barbers on Broad, present your McNeese student ID to enjoy an exclusive discount on haircuts and grooming services. Address: 102 W Broad St.


Lake Area Adventures - $25/month membership

Experience a world of thrills and excitement with Lake Area Adventure's exclusive $25/month student membership at their Family Entertainment Complex, just a few minutes from campus. Address: 1337 Country Club Rd.


Black Bayou Boarding - 10% Discount

Even your pets get a little extra love! Black Bayou Boarding is offering a 10% discount with your McNeese student ID. Address: 8802 Roy Road


Visit Lake Charles - Free Cowbell

Make some noise for your team with a free cowbell from Visit Lake Charles! Swing by our downtown visitors center near North Beach to get more information about what there is to do in Southwest Louisiana and pick up your complimentary cowbell to cheer on the Cowboys in style. Address: 1205 N. Lakeshore Dr.


Captain's Cove Apartments - $99.00 move-in special

Captain's Cove Apartments, managed by Magnolia Properties, is offering a $99.00 move-in special for beautifully remodeled 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartments for only $695 per month. With convenient washer/dryer connections in each unit, stainless appliances, granite countertops, and new flooring, it's the perfect place to call home near campus. Address: 1604 W McNeese St 


BONUS: Take Part in Exciting Contests


444 Angels, LLC - Social Media Contest $50 Gift Certificate

From now until August 20th, we're running an exciting social media contest that gives you the chance to showcase your love for our amazing local businesses participating in the "Rolling Out the Blue Carpet" campaign! See the details on DBA's Facebook page.


Downtown Lake Charles welcomes all McNeese State University students with open arms, offering an unforgettable experience filled with shopping, dining, and delightful surprises. Embrace the Cowboy spirit and dive into the heart of the city that's brimming with McNeese pride and camaraderie. While you're out and about, #GetDowntownLC and #VisitLakeCharles! Happy exploring!