Where to Celebrate Mardi Gras in DC – 2014

Recreate this Mardi Gras Scene in DC
Recreate this Mardi Gras Scene in DC

Many DC bars and restaurants will be celebrating Mardi Gras this upcoming Tuesday, March 4th. Here’s a round-up of those events, including the more grown-up ones highlighted by the Post and the more debaucherous ones for the younger folks. Eater, Zagat, Washington Life, & Washingtonian also have solid round-ups. Bayou, Black Jack, and the Hogo/Passenger block party are my picks.

For 22 Year Olds and Others Young at Heart

McFadden’s (Foggy Bottom)

  • Masquerade Party
  • $10 Hurricane yards, $4 Abita Purple Haze
  • Happy Hour specials – 6-7p: $1 beers/hurricanes; 7-8p: $2 beers/hurricanes; 8-9p: $3 beers/hurricanes
  • Wear a mask-get first drink free
  • Person with most beads wins $200 in cash and prizes
  • crawfish eating contest

Sign of the Whale (Dupont)

  • “Mardis Gras” party
  • Starts at 6p
  • $5 Hurricanes, $4 SoCo/Lime shots, $3 Miller Lites
  • Balcony bead drops! start at 7p
  • $50 bar tabs (can only win once) for most beads each hour starting at 7p

The Mighty Pint (Dupont)

  • $20
  • Open bar from 6-10p includes 16 oz rails & Miller Lite/Yuengling/Sam Adams drafts
  • $6 Bacardi hurricanes & $4 SoCo shots from 4p-close

Rumors (Dupont)

  • Cover charge
  • Bourbon Street Bash
  • 4p-close
  • $2 Coors Lights, $3 Blue Moons, $4 Bacardi drinks & Hurricanes
  • Cajun food
  • Beads, live funk music, dancing, masks
  • Cajun hot wing eating contest

Town Tavern (Adams Morgan)

  • 2-for-1 Hurricanes all night
  • 5-10p: $5 domestic yard glasses & $5 Abita Purple Haze pints
  • $10 open bar from 9-10p (domestic bottles & mixed rails)
  • 10p-close: $2 jello shots & kamikazes, $3 domestic bottles, $5 mixed rails & Abita Purple Haze pints, $10 domestic beer buckets
  • Most beads at midnight get a free town tavern bar tab

For Adults

Bayou (Foggy Bottom)

  • $25 cover
  • Starts at 5p
  • All-you-can-eat buffet until 9p
  • Abita and Hurricane specials at the bar
  • Live bands all night, acoustic jug hillbilly bands during lunch
  • Parade from Dupont Circle starts at 4p (cancelled due to snow)

Black Rooster Pub (Dupont)

  • Starts at 5p
  • Lulu’s Club Mardi Gras Reunion
  • stilt walkers, fire eaters and live music
  • Hurricane bar, beer specials, Cajun menu & beads
  • Tented outdoor area

Shaw’s Tavern (Shaw)

  • Starts at 7p
  • live dixieland jazz
  • 2 for 1 drafts & house wine
  • pancake specials & 1/2 price burgers

Hogo/The Passenger (Mt. Vernon Triangle/Shaw)

  • Band starts in adjacent Warehouse Theater at 9p
  • Block Party Extravaganza
  • Hogo: Hurricanes & hand grenades; The Passenger: Sazeracs & other classic cocktails

Black Jack (14th Street/Logan Circle)

  • Bar opens at 6p (specials run previous days too)
  • Abita Amber & Spring IPA on tap, plus special Abita cask of Restoration Ale
  • $7 Frozen Hurricanes & Sazeracs specials
  • Special food menu

Hot N Juicy Crawfish (Woodley Park)

  • Crawfish eating contest at 6:30p
  • Get a free beer or soda for each 1 lb of crawfish ordered
  • Bud Light girls from 6-8p

The Heights (Columbia Heights)

  • Classic New Orleans cocktails ($10-12) & food specials all day

Rosebar (Dupont)

  • 9p-2a
  • $8 Hurricanes, $8 Belvedere cocktails, $5 Miller Lites

Penn Social (Penn Quarter/Chinatown)

  • starts at 7p
  • Abita beer & food specials
  • live music

Ben’s Next Door (U Street)

  • live music starts at 8:30p
  • $5 Hurricanes, $3 Heineken drafts & 50 cent wings all day

Acre 121 (Columbia Heights)

  • $5 Abita (Purple Haze, Light & Spring IPA), $7 Nola cocktails & food specials

Atomic Billiards (Cleveland Park)

  • free donut holes & beads
  • $6 Sailor Jerry Hurricanes

Ventnor Sports Cafe (Adams Morgan)

  • Fat Tuesday Trivia
  • $5 Abita & Hurricanes all night

Radius Pizza (Mount Pleasant)

  • $4 Abita beer, food specials, beads & giveaways

The Brixton (U Street)

  • starts at 5p on rooftop
  • $7 Captain Morgan Hurricanes
  • Captain Morgan models
  • beads on beads on beads

For Fancier Adults

Acadiana (Penn Quarter/Chinatown)

  • $100
  • 6-10p
  • All-you-can eat feast including raw bar
  • Open bar includes wine, select bottle & draft beer, select specialty cocktails & martini bar and bourbon tastings
  • In private rooms

Mintwood Place (Adams Morgan)

  • 5:30-10:30p
  • $35 3 course menu (a la carte also available)
  • live music & classic New Orleans cocktails

Central (Downtown)

  • 5-10:30p, live jazz begins at 7p
  • traditional New Orleans food, cocktails ($10-14) & free beads

Barcelona Wine Bar (Logan Circle/14th Street)

  • $45
  • starts at 7p
  • Carnival Celebration
  • Spanish wines, passed tapas & pintxos

Just For Happy Hour

Eatonville (14th Street/U Street)

  • Mardi Gras Happy Hour from 4-7p
  • $4 Abita beers & food specials

A Bar (Foggy Bottom)

  • Happy hour from 5-7p
  • Sazerac & Hurricane drink specials
  • King cake winner gets free happy hour (+ 5 guests)

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