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It might be gross as hell outside, but it’s our duty to party the night away. Forget about work (or midterms, for you college kids) it’s MARDI GRAS! Here are the perfect places to get down on the cheap (or not so cheap).

For the Youngin’s

  • McFadden’s – Happy Hour goes from 6-9pm, starting with $1 beers and hurricanes and getting more expensive by the hour. There’s also a Masquerade party, where everyone who wears a mask gets a free drink, a crawfish eating contest, and whoever wears the most beads wins $200 in cash and prizes.
  • Rumors – Head to the Bourbon Street Bash from 4pm ‘til closing fro $2 Coors Lights, $3 Blue Moons, $4 Bacardi drinks and hurricanes. There will also be Cajun food, live music, and a Cajun hot wing eating contest.
  • Town Tavern – Head to the aptly named “Beads, Babes, & Beers” party for 2 for 1 hurricanes all night, $5 domestic yard glasses and $5 Purple Haze pints from 5pm-10pm, a $10 open bar from 9pm-10pm, and $2 jello shots and kamikazes, $3 domestic bottles, $5 mixed rails & Purple Haze pints, and $10 mix ‘n match domestic beer buckets from 10pm to close.
  • Sign of the Whale – The Mardi Gras party starts at 6pm with $3 Miller Lites, $4 SoCo and Lime shots, and $5 hurricanes. The balcony bead drop starts at 7pm and each hour whoever has the most beads wins a $50 bar tab.
  • Penn Social – Head to “Mardi Gras Madness” for live music, Abita beer specials, and food specials.
  • Ventnor Sports Cafe – Head here for specials on Abita beer and hurricane’s while playing trivia.
  • Hot N Juicy Crawfish – The crawfish eating contest starts at 6:30pm, but if you’re not into competitive eating, with each pound of crawfish ordered you can get a free beer or soda. The Bud Light girls will also be hanging out from 6pm-8pm
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For the Cool Kids

  • The Passenger/Hogo/Warehouse Theater – All three of these local spots are teaming together to throw the ultimate Mardi Gras party. Check out the Yamomenem brass jazz band while sippin’ on hurricanes and sazeracs.
  • Atomic Billiards – Enjoy free donuts and bead while drinking $6 Sailor Jerry hurricanes.
  • Ben’s Next Door – Sip on $3 Heineken drafts and $5 hurricanes all day while feasting on ¢50 wings. The live music starts at 8:30pm.
  • The Brixton – Head to the rooftop at 5pm and have a $7 Captain Morgan hurricane while chatting up the Captain Morgan models. Also, “beads on beads on beads”
  • Acre 121 – Happy Hour includes $5 Abitas (Purple Haze and Light & Spring IPA) and $7 New Orleans themed cocktails, and food specials.

    For the Mardi Gras Purists

    • Black Rooster Pub – Lulu’s Club Mardi Gras Reunion starts at 5pm which includes beer and Hurricane specials, live music, people on stilts, fire eaters, cajun food, and beads.
    • Bayou – From 5pm on enjoy Abite and hurricane specials as well as an all you can eat buffet until 9pm. There will also be live music all night. Unfortunately, the parade has been canceled due to the gross weather.
    • Bayou Bakery – Tickets to the “Bayou Gras” range from $15-$30 depending on how hard you want to party. The Krewe de Roux ticket includes your choice of three different dishes (Muff-a-lotta; Seafood Jambalaya; Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, and more), the Krewe de Booze features Parade Punch and Gator-Aid souvenir cups, and Krewe de Brew involves Abita Amber beer drafts. There will also be specials on Rappahannock River oysters. You can also swing by to pick up a King Cake and take the party back home.


    For the Fancy

    • Acadiana – The $100 cover charge gets you an all you can eat and drink, including a raw bar, oyster po’boys, shrimp & grits, chicken gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish, and more. The bar will feature wine, bottles and draft beers, and specialty cocktails, and bourbon tastings.
    • The Heights – Enjoy $10-$12 New Orleans themed cocktails and food specials including beer battered rock shrimp, cornmeal crusted catfish, and more.
    • Mintwood Place – For $35 you get a three course menu, New Orleans themed cocktails, and live music from 5:30pm ‘til 10:30pm.
    • 2941 Restaurant – Head here for some New Orleans inspired dishes and cocktails, including Chef Bertrand Chemel’s Louisiana Gumbo and the Vieux Carré, which is made with rye whiskey, cognac, sweet vermouth, and bitters.