Mardi Gras 2012 in NYC

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Mardi Gras in NYCMardi Gras is the custom of power-loading your gluttonous behavior into one night before Ash Wednesday (hence the name Fat Tuesday).  The first Mardi Gras in America was celebrated in Mobile, Alabama (then the capital of French Louisiana). New Orleans has become known as the capital of Mardi Gras, but if you can’t make it to The Big Easy, you can catch the New Orleans flavor, party atmosphere or live jazz right here in NYC. Below are some suggestions.  Foursquare users can check out our hand Mardi Gras list here. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Bourbon Street on Restaurant RowMardi Gras at Bourbon Street on Restaurant Row
Every day is Mardi Gras at Bourbon Street Bar & Grille, but they kick it up a notch for the real thing.  They will be holding their Mask Ball on Saturday night. Their chef Paul Simon will be cooking their delicious gumbo in Sunday’s Gumbo Cook Off at Jimmy’s No. 43.  They have also added Gambino’s king cake, live boiled crawfish, and traditional muffelettas to their menu.

Bourbon Street Bar & GrilleBourbon Street
346 W. 46th St.
(between 8th & 9th Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 245-2030

Tuesday, February 21Mardi Gras at T.G. Whitney's
Mardi Gras at T.G. Whitney’s
Midtown’s Biggest party for the last 10 years
Lots of Free beads
Zydeco music all night
$4 Hurricanes, $3 beers
Abita Purple Haze on tap
Food Specials
call reserve a table: 212 888-5772
the fun starts at 4 pm
T.G. Whitney’s
244 E. 53rd St. (between Second & Third Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 888-5772

Mardi Gras at Bourbon Street, BaysideSaturday, February 21
Fat Tuesday at Bourbon Street
Traditional New Orleans style menu
live music by Dave Clive’s Nawlins Funk Band

Bourbon Street
40-12 Bell Blvd.
718 224-2200
Bayside, NY


Tuesday, February 21
Fat Tuesday
Hurricane specials, food specials, beer specials
There is no party like Mardi Gras
225 E. 44th St.
(between Second & Third Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 682-7266

Mardi Gras Party at Austin'sTuesday, February 21
Fat Tuesday Special

Special Mardi Gras menu
Happy Hour 4-7pm w/ complimentary Fat Tuesday Buffet
Special cocktails, hurricane Jell-O shots, Bayou beers, margaritas & more
House DJ sinning Mardi Gras favorites
Austin’s Steak & Ale House
82-70 Austin St.
Kew Gardens, Queens, NY
(718) 849-3939

Tuesday, February 21
AOH Division 7’s Mardi Gras Party and Reunion
$35 per person for 2 hours of open bar and appetizers
131 W. 33rd St. (bet. Sixth & Seventh Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 695-1122

Tuesday, February 21
Mardi Gras Party at Croton NYC
Socialize, party & celebrate Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday
Everyone will be offered FREE Beads.
Prizes will be given for those with most.    Enjoy $4 beers, $6 well drinks, martinis & margaritas, among other Mardi Gras drink specials.
Live DJ spinning the Ultimate Party Music
Members of the NYC Happy Hour Group, among other Meetup groups, will be co-organizing this event. Free admission with RSVP.
5-10pm on the lower level at:
Croton NYC
108 W. 40th St.
(between Broadway & 6th Ave)
New York, NY
(212) 997-6835


Fat Tuesday, Texas StyleTuesday, February 21
Fat Tuesday Texas Style at Johnny Utah

$5 Hurricanes
$5 Hand Grenades

No cover with your Mardi Gras mask
Free bull riding all night long

And a chance to win $250 for best Mardi Gras Mask
Johnny Utah’s
25 W. 51st St.
(between Fifth & Sixth Ave.)
Rockefeller Center
(212) 265-UTAH

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Two Boots presents…

Mardi Gras Ball at Le Poisson Rouge
A Benefit for the Lower Eastside Girls Club
featuring Los Po-Bo-Citos
Plus MC Murray Hill, Lady Rizo, Rays Bras Band, DJ Trio “Us Girls”, Lady Circus, Middle Church Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
$100 VIP Ticket (includes open bar until 10pm, dinner, and reserved seating)
Doors open 7pm.
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St. (bet. Sullivan & Thompson St.)
New York, NY
(212) 505-FISH

Tuesday, February 21Mardi Gras at Ulysses
Fat Tuesday
Bourbon Street meets Stone Street
Cajun food
Hurricane specials
live music by zydeco band:
The Dirty Water Dogs
win a trip to New Orleans
95 Pearl St. / 58 Stone St.
New York, NY


Tuesday, February 21
Mardi Gras at Rodeo Bar
featuring fried alligator, shrimp po’ boys with Cajun fries, jambalay, hurricane drink specials.
no cover
Live music by Brian Mitchell, Grammy winning piano player for Levon Helm, w/special guests
Rodeo Bar
375 3rd Ave. (27th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 683-6500

Tuesday, February 21
Celebrate Fat Tuesday With The House of Brews
$5 Hurricanes, Soco Lime Shots, and Abita drafts
Beads, giveaways, and debauchery all night
The House of Brews
31 W. 51st. St. (Eighth Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 541-7080

Tuesday, February 21
Mexican Carnival at Mad Dog & Beans
$5 Mad Dog Carnival Margaritas
Plus, the foursquare mayor will be crowned Mad Dog Royalty
Mad Dog & Beans
83 Pearl St. / 50 Stone St.
Financial district
New York, NY
(212) 269-1177

Fat Tuesday at Fraunces TavernTuesday, February 21
Fat Tuesday at
The Porterhouse at Fraunces Tavern

Cocktail specials
including The New Orleans Sazerac Louisiana Shandy
All Abita bottles $5
all day
The Porterhouse
at Fraunces Tavern

54 Pearl St. (Broad St.)
New York, NY
(212) 968-1776


Tuesday, February 21
Fat Tuesday at Blind Pig
jambalaya & gumbo
Hurricanes by the yard:
$15 giant yard glass that you can keep

Blind Pig
233 E. 14th St.
(between 2nd & 3rd Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 209-1573

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Mardi Gras at Legends
Legends is home of the LSU NY alumni chapter
$5 Hurricanes and Louisiana Lightnings
$4 domestic beer
Jambalaya, Oyster Shrimp Sliders
Po Boy Sliders
Alligator bites with Cajun remulade.
Crawfish beignets with lemon aioli
6 W. 33rd St. (between 5th Ave. & Broadway)
New York, NY
(212) 967-7793

Tuesday, February 21
Greater NY Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association
8th Annual Mardi Gras
$20 donation in advance, $30 at the door
54 W. 21st St. (between 5th & 6th Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 989-0096

Tuesday, February 21
Mardi Gras at Billy Hurricane’s
Serving NOLA inspired drinks including Abita beer and their infamous hurricane
Specials for Tulane, LSU and UNO alumni
Billy Hurricanes
25 Avenue B (Between 2nd & 3rd St.)
New York, NY
646 692-6216
New York, NY

Mardi Gras at S.O.B.sTuesday, February 21
Mardi Gras at S.O.B.s
featuring live music by
Sugar Tone Brass Band
204 Varick St. (W. Houston)
New York, NY

Tuesday, February 21
Mardi Gras at Delta Grill
$25 admission includes a free Hurricane, all you can eat cajun buffet including crawfish boil, jambalaya, chicken creole and red beans & rice plus music by Citigrass
Doors open 5pm, food  starts 6pm, music 7pm – midnight
Delta Grill
700 9th Ave. (W. 48th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 956-0934


Tuesday, February 21
Mardi Gras Party at Parkside Lounge
Abita is throwing a party. Let them buy you a beer (11:30pm)
Parkside Lounge
317 E. Houston St. (Attorney St.)
New York, NY
(212) 673-6270

Tuesday, February 21
Radio Amateur Open Stage #12: Mardi Gras Edition
Fat Tuesday at 116 Bar.
8 minutes of stage time to do whatever you desire. This week’s featured acts are Nan Turner, Eliel Lucero & John F O’Donnell.
Plus a surprise special guest
Masks and beads encouraged.
No cover, no minimum.
116 MacDougal St. (between Bleecker St. & Minetta Lane)
New York, NY
(212) 254-9996

In Hoboken, NJ
Tuesday, February 21
Mardi Gras at Oddfellows
Featuring music by The Voodudes
7 piece Bourbon Street Roadhouse
80 River Street (across from PATH)
Hoboken, NJ 07030
(201) 656–9009

But wait, there’s more…

Third & Long: 523 Third Ave. (35th St.) New York, NY (212) 447-5711.
$3 Abita Purple Haze & S.O.S. pints, $3 Hurricane shots & giveaways all night.

Dive Bar: 732 Amsterdam Ave.  (between 95th & 96th St.) New York, NY (212) 749-4358.
Broadway Dive: 2262 Broadway (between 101st & 102nd St.) New York, NY (212) 856-2662.
Dive 75: 101 W. 75th St.  (bet. Amsterdam & Columbus Ave.) New York, NY (212) 362-7518.
Mardi Gras: Three upper west side bars are hosting an Abita tap take-over. Sample a great selection Abita beers. 7pm

The Caulfield: 119 E. 27th St. (bet. Park & Lexington Ave.) New York, NY 212.686.5500.
Mardi Gras Specials: 2 for 1 Margaritas, $2 Tacos, $5 Hurricanes, 5pm-Close.

Bierhaus: 712 Third Ave. (45th St.) New York, NY 212-867-BEER (2337)
Fat Tuesday: live New Orleans Swing and Jazz music tonight, starting at 6pm

The Bell House: 149 7th St. Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY. (718) 643-6510.
Featuring The Hungry March Band & The Underground Horns, plus DJ Peter Gunn.

Duke’s (Gramercy): 99 E. 19th St. (Park Ave. S.) New York, NY (212) 260-2922
Duke’s– (Murray Hill): 560 3rd Ave. (37th St.) New York, NY (212) 949-5400
Mardi Gras at Duke’s: $5 Hurricanes all night w/beads, masks, Creole cooking

Bourbon Street: 407 Amsterdam Ave.  (between 79th & 80th St.) New York, NY (212) 721-1332

Harlem Tavern: 2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd (116th St.) New York, NY 212.866.4500
Fat Tuesday party w/ jambalaya, creole spiced catfish, Tasso mac & cheese, & lobster. Live music by Baby Soda. 7-10pm.

The Gin Mill: 442 Amsterdam Ave. (bet. 81st & 82nd St.) New York, NY (212) 580-9080.
Fat Tuesday: Time to let your hair down and make sure your drinking shoes are all ready for tonight. $2 and $3 Drafts, $3 Frozen Margaritas and $4 All Bombs.

Tap Room No. 307: 307 Third Ave. (between 23rd & 24th St.), New York, NY (212) 725-4766.
Tap Room cancelled their Trivia night tonight so they can have a Mardi Gras party.

City Swiggers: 320 E. 86th St.  New York, NY  212-570-2000
Mardi Gras w/Beads, Abita, and Zydeco. 6 different Abita beers on tap, 8 in bottle.

and previously…

Karneval Kickoff at BierhausIn Germany, Mardi Gras is celebrated as Karneval. You can party German-style in New York at Bierhaus…
Thursday, February 16
Karneval Kickoff

featuring drink specials all night
and live music
712 Third Ave. (45th St.)
New York, NY
212-867-BEER (2337)

Friday, February 17
Tasting presents…
Mardi Gras 2012230 Fifth Rooftop
hosted by Andy Troy
Discounted Prices On Hurricanes, Mardi Gras’ signature drink, all party long
There will be dancing, drinking and general merriment, and of course, lots of beads
For further info: 917-754-4329 OR
230 Fifth
230 Fifth Ave. (27th St.)
New York, NY

Friday, February 17
Mardi Gras at Burke’s Bar
$1 draft beer 8-10pm
live music by Mashwork Orange
half price drinks 12 – 2am
$4 Bacardi coconut & Arctic Grape
4 pounds of wings for $40
Burke’s Restaurant & Bar
645 Bronx River Road
Yonkers, NY
(914) 237-5137


3 Days of Mardi Gras at Overlook

Friday, February 17
$4 Miller Lites & $5 Vodkas
Give aways, N’Orleans  cuisine and yes…BEADS!

Saturday, February 18
The Celebration Continues
$15 Unlimited draft beer or vodka from 9pm-11pm
Give aways and yes….MORE BEADS!
all Leading to…
Tuesday, February 21
Fat Tuesday
Hurricane specials, food specials, beer specials
There is no party like Mardi Gras
225 E. 44th St. (between Second & Third Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 682-7266

Saturday, February 18 & Sunday, February 19
Mardi Gras Ball(s)
Featuring Kermit Ruffins, Bonerama
with special guest Marco Benevento
and Outer Borough Brass Band
Saturday general admission $40 [get tickets]
Sunday general admission $50 [get tickets]
doors 7pm, showtime 8pm
Hiro Ballroom
at the Maritime Hotel
88 9th Ave. (between 16th & 17th St.)
New York, NY

Saturday, February 18Mardi Gras Pub Crawl
Lindy Promotions presents
Second Avenue Mardi Gras Stroll
$10 w/2 cans of food to be donated to City Harvest
($15 without) [buy tickets]
Enjoy $2 draft beers, $4 hurricanes plus food & shot specials from 1pm – 9pm at participating bars:
Turtle Bay: 987 Second Ave. (bet. 52nd & 53rd St.)
T.G. Whitney’s: 244 E. 53rd St. (bet. Second & Third Ave.)
The Irish Exit: 978 Second Ave. (bet. 51st & 52nd St.)
plus Traffic, Keats, Opal, Niall’s on 52nd

Register at:
T.G. Whitney’s
244 E. 53rd St. (between Second & Third Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 888-5772

German Karneval at BierhausSaturday, February 18
German Karneval
featuring a costume contest:
dress up in a karneval costume to receive a free stein & prestzel

Live music by Alpine Squeeze
dancing, shot skis
Masskrugstemmen (stein holding contest)
& more
712 Third Ave. (45th St.)
New York, NY
212-867-BEER (2337)

Sunday, February 19
Chefs for the Marcellus
Gumbo Cook-Off event for chefs both, professional and amateur. $20 at the door includes unlimited tastings and benefits Chefs for the Marcellus (protecting our farms, food and water from fracking).
Brunch, beer and wine also available for purchase.

Co-hosted by Hilary Baum from Chefs for the Marcellus, a group of chefs, restaurateurs, and other food professionals who have come together to protect our regional foodshed from the dangers of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas (fracking).
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St. (between 2nd & 3rd Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 982-3006

Dirty Water DogsMonday, February 20
Lundi Gras

live Cajun/Zydeco/Funk by
Dirty Water Dogs

no cover (tip basket)
The Ear Inn
326 Spring St.
(bet. Greenwich & Washington St.)
New York, NY
(212) 431-9750

Pre-Mardi Gras PartyMonday, February 20
Los Po-Boy-Citos Mardi Gras Pre-Party
Having just played at d.b.a. in New Orleans, New Orleans-based boogaloo band Los Po-Boy-Citos head north to d.b.a. Brooklyn, in preparation for their Mardi Gras gig at Le Poisson Rouge.
King cake will be served
RSVP via facebook
d.b.a. Brooklyn
113 N 7th St.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

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