Atlanta may not shut down its streets for Mardi Gras like New Orleans - we’re a little too busy around here - but there’s still plenty to do on Fat Tuesday and beyond. If you haven’t made plans to celebrate next week, we have more than a few ideas for you. Read on for even more local Mardi Gras events.
Watchman’s in Krog Street Market has already started celebrating; they’re serving a special Mardi Gras-themed cocktail menu Feb. 18-25, including New Orleans classics like the French 75 and the Shark Attack. The night of Mardi Gras, Feb. 25, Watchman’s will serve a special food menu as well, with plenty of Creole classics and King Cake for dessert. The lucky diner who finds the baby will even win a free Sazerac. Visit the Watchman’s website to make reservations.
Watchman’s. 99 Krog Street N.E., Atlanta. 404-254-0141. Watchmansatl.com.
Interested in celebrating early, or doing Mardi Gras two nights in a row? On Monday, Feb. 24 in downtown Decatur, Taco Mac is teaming up with a NOLA original. For the second year, the pub will host Abita Brewing Co. for a Mardi Gras takeover, including king cakes, prizes and plenty of Louisiana beer. Taco Mac Brewniversity members will earn double points when they buy Abita beers. This is the perfect party for people who just can’t wait for Fat Tuesday.
Taco Mac Decatur. 240 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-378-4140. tacomac.com/locations/240-w-ponce-de-leon-ave-decatur-ga-30030.
Several Marlow’s Tavern locations are celebrating Mardi Gras with menu specials, so look for those Fat Tuesday flavors in Avalon, Cumming, East Cobb, Sandy Plains and Roswell. In Cumming, diners who dress in their Mardi Gras parade best will be eligible to win door prizes, while the Sandy Plains location will offer a celebratory menu available Feb. 21-25.
Marlow’s Tavern. Multiple locations. Marlowstavern.com.
For a taste of live music on Fat Tuesday, check out Dos Bocas in downtown Atlanta. On Feb. 25, the Tex-Mex restaurant is partying with live zydeco music and special food items like a crawfish boil and beignets. The libations will be flowing with drink specials on hurricanes and more. Zydeco starts at 7:00 p.m., but the party goes from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Check out the Facebook event for more details.
Dos Bocas. 275 Baker St. Atlanta. 404-704-8078. Dosbocasatl.com.
The problem with Fat Tuesday is, of course, that it falls on a Tuesday. Park Tavern is looking out for all those people who want to celebrate Mardi Gras but can’t fit Tuesday night partying into their schedule. To that end, the parkside tavern and festival specialists are hosting Mardi Gras-themed Oyster Crawfish Festival on Feb. 29 with live music headlined by the Dirty Guv’nahs. Tickets cost $30 for event entry and entertainment or $60 for the VIP experience. On the menu are crawfish by the platter, raw oysters, steamed oysters and plates of fried seafood. Read more and purchase tickets here.
Park Tavern. 500 10th St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-249-0001. parktavern.com.
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