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. 25 giving you the excuse to be as debaucherous and glutinous as you want.
From southern-inspired snacks to hurricane drink specials, check out four spots to celebrate Mardi Gras here in L.A. (flashing optional).
Preux & Proper
Parade yourself to Preux & Proper, Downtown L.A.’s preeminent Southern house, to celebrate Mardi Gras 2020 on Fat Tuesday and Preux & Proper’s 5th Anniversary on Feb. 25 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Owner and Operator Joshua Kopel and Executive Chef and Partner Sammy Monsour are turning up the Southern charm and hospitality with the biggest Fat Tuesday celebration this side of the Mississippi. Guests are welcomed into their restaurant turned home, located in the historic turn-of-the-century flatiron wedge building to enjoy their version of a traditional Mardi Gras with a Southern California twist. Preux & Proper knows the importance of partying for a good cause and they are doing just that by collaborating with local Los Angeles Street Artist Jimmy Warhol, who will join the 5th Anniversary fun by featuring and selling Southern culture-inspired art pieces with 10% of all the donated directly to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Knowing your gallivanting gives back, start partying the proper way with cutting edge Southern dishes prepared by Executive Chef Sammy Monsour like the Louisiana Crawfish Boil, Red Beans and Rice, Cast Iron Seafood Gumbo Pot, Seasonal Rabbit Jambalaya, Po’ Boys and Fried Willapa Bay. Definitely don’t miss out on Preux & Proper’s famous Pâte à Choux Beignets with “Bananas Fosters” dulce de Leche and powdered sugar. Wash all of this deliciousness down with ALL $5 ALL NIGHT beverages pulled straight out of The Big Easy, prepared specially and only for Fat Tuesday. Start off with a Boilermaker including Preux & Proper’s Blonde Ale and a shot of Legent Bourbon. For a sipper that is simple yet mighty, try the French 75 made with Bombay gin, lemon, cane sugar, and Prosecco. Pump up the party with a big bevvie from the Frozen Daiquiri machine just like on Bourbon-Street or bring your Krewe to Preux & Proper where it feels like the French Quarter in Los Angeles and share Copalli Rum Hurricanes, comprised of rum, passionfruit, lemon, lime and house-made grenadine.
840 South Spring St., Los Angeles, PreuxandProper.com, @preuxandproper
Every day is Mardi Gras at Georgia’s Restaurant at the Long Beach Exchange with their “soul-delicious” dishes and drinks! Sip on Bourbon Street cocktails such as the Hurricane crafted with rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and grenadine, or the French 75 prepared with gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and Champagne. Feasting on Fat Tuesday is a MUST and Georgia’s Restaurant’s Southern-style Blackened Chicken Pasta made with white creole sauce, bell peppers, and linguini noodles, and Nana Gretchen’s famous Beignets will transport guests to the French Quarter in NOLA-time.
4104 McGowen St., Suite 155, Long Beach, Georgias-Restaurant.com, @georgiassoul
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
The Raymond 1886
Bring the Krewe over to The Raymond 1886 this Mardi Gras and celebrate by sipping and savoring Bar Manager Jesus Gomez’s Grasshopper. The crowning carnival cocktail made with Crème de Cacao White, Crème de menthe Green, Crème de menthe White, fresh cream, and Comandon Cognac V.S., topped with a mint garnish.
1250 South Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, TheRaymond.com , @raymondrestaurant
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