Beads, booze and big fun! We may not be down in New Orleans but Los Angeles still knows how to throw a Mardi Gras party. Fat Tuesday lands on Feb 13, giving you the excuse to be as debaucherous and glutinous as you want on a school night. From jazz performances to hurricane drink specials, check out the best places to celebrate Mardi Gras here in L.A. Flashing optional.
Opened in January of 2015 and nestled in the heart of the historic Alexandria Hotel is Little Easy, the latest venture from Downtown Los Angeles bar queen and former L.A. Derby Doll, Vee Delgadillo. Reminiscent of New Orleans in cuisine and decor, the two room, 150 person space features a bar with comfortable living room seating and a small Southern hotel lobby feel in front. A winding hallway leads to an impressive indoor courtyard with large bar, working fountain, porch swing, ample seating and a stage for live performances. On Fat Tuesday, Little Easy will be partying with live music all day, $8 hurricanes and Abita tap takeover. Happy Hour food and drinks will be served from noon to 7 p.m. and New Orleans style fare served until 11 p.m.. The beads will be flowing and festive attire is encouraged!
216 W 5th St., Los Angeles, littleeasybar.com, @thelittleeasydtla
French Quarter style drinking can be found in the heart of L.A. at Five0Four Hollywood. The super fun, no-frills New Orleans-inspired patio bar keeps the essence of the southern party town going strong. Here you’ll find their signature frozen daiquiris, served via giant round slushy-esque machines to mimic’s NOLA’s best dive bars.The menu is also stacked with the Mardi Gras classic such as Hurricanes and Cyclones as well as ridiculous cocktails such as the Dirty South with Hornitos tequila, citrus, Danny Trejo’s tears and the Redneck Riviera with Effen vodka, Aperol , tropical juices, gunpowder, both served in a human skull. Don’t be a rookie and drink on an empty stomach so take down a Crawfish Roll or authentic Pate A Choux Beignets.
6541 Hollywood Blvd. #102, Los Angeles, Five0fourhollywood.com, @five0fourhollywood
Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill
Mardi Gras is all about the music so head up to Burbank to Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill for a Fat Tuesday party that will make you dance as if you were on Bourbon Street. The Swamp Coolers jazz and blues band will be on hand for an energetic performance while you kick back drinks from the fully stacked bar. Note: The dance floor is huge so there is no excuse to not get out there and celebrate.
4311 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, Joesgreatbar.com, facebook.com/joesgreatamerican
Dive bar meets gay bar inside The Bayou. Tucked away in the Boystown area of Weho, this easygoing hole in the wall celebrates Mardi Gras all year round thanks to its Nawlins style decor, drink specials every Tuesday and its Cajun twist on its pub fare like Popcorn Chicken and its signature Bayou Burger. You also get a double dose of happy hour: the first from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.and the second from 10:30 to 12:30 a.m. The drinks here are cheap (really cheap), the crowd is hot and the bartenders are most likely shirtless. If that doesn’t sound like Mardi Gras, we don’t know what does.
8939 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, Thebayouweho.com, @thebayouweho
Hot N Juicy Crawfish
Mardi Gras is usually synonymous with drinks but it’s also the perfect opportunity to indulge in Louisiana’s best dish, crawfish. Hot N Juicy Crawfish is hosting a crawfish eating contest at 6 p.m. on Fat Tuesday. Entry is free and actual contest participants are selected by a drawing. The winner receives a $200 HNJ gift card. For those spectators, the southern-inspired hotspot is serving up limited $1 beers and $5 sangrias. Just don’t blame us for your hangover the next day.
West Hollywood Gateway, 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, Hotnjuicycrawfish.com, @hotnjuicyweho
Louisiana Charlie’s is Long Beach’s premiere Cajun and Creole restaurant, located along Shoreline Village. The waterfront eatery serves up monster-size portions of southern favorites such as Gumbo, Jambalaya, Po’ Boys, Cajun Crab Legs, BBQ Ribs, Alligator bites, Crawfish Étouffée and Shrimp. The desserts are just like a Louisiana mama would make them too, like the Peach Cobbler or Banana Pudding. From the bar, try the Blue Bayou cocktail made with rum, vodka, blue raspberry, blue curacao, and triple sec or the Juda Juice made with tequila, orange juice, pineapple juice, grenadine topped with a bottle of champagne. Louisiana Charlie’s also pours Abita beers from Louisiana that rotate monthly like the Purple Haze and Wrought Iron IPA.
429H Shoreline Village Dr., Long Beach, Louisianacharlies.com, @louisianacharlies