It’s Mardi Gras season right now, and Fat Tuesday, and the final day of the Carnival season is next month, Tuesday, February 25, which is where people celebrate America’s finest excuse for weekday drinking, and eating tons of cake and crawfish. Grab that king cake, and hit up these restaurant and bar events fully loaded with New Orleans cocktails and food.
Everything below takes place on Tuesday, February 25, otherwise noted. This guide will be updated throughout the month. If there's a Mardi Gras celebration missing below, let Eater know through the comments or the tipline.
ABGB’s Mardi Gras Dog Parade
The brewpub’s dog-friendly 5th Annual Mardi Gras party will feature a parade of costumed canines, related food specials (gumbo, king cake), and music. Donations will be raised for Pug Rescue Austin.
Where: ABGB, 1305 West Oltorf Street, South Austin
When: Saturday, February 22, 2 to 6 p.m.
Whisler’s Crawfish Boil
The East 6th Street bar’s annual Fat Tuesday celebration comes loaded with crawfish at 3 p.m., New Orleans-inspired cocktails, king cake from Haydel’s Bakery in New Orleans, a brass band, and beads.
Where: Whisler’s, 1816 East 6th Street, East Austin
When: Tuesday, February 25, 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Scholz Garten’s Crawfish Boil
The downtown beer garden’s Fat Tuesday party features a crawfish boil, live music, and beer and Hurricane specials.
Where: Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto Boulevard, Downtown
When: Tuesday, February 25, 5 to 10 p.m.
Cosmic Crawfish, Shrimp and Crab Boil
The sprawling South Austin beer garden is teaming up with Eastside Boilers for a seafood extravaganza featuring crawfish, shrimp, snow crab legs, and New Orleans drink specials. Buy tickets in advance.
Where: Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden, 121 Pickle Road, South Congress
When: Sunday, February 23, 1 to 6 p.m.
Fat Thirsty Tuesday
Lefty’s Brick bar is hosting an all-inclusive Mardi Gras party with Cajun bites (from crawfish egg rolls to king cake), drinks, and a brass band. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 plus tax at the door.
Where: Lefty’s Brick Bar, 1813 East 6th Street, East Sixth
When: Tuesday, February 25, starting at 5 p.m.
Cypress Grill’s 18th Annual Mardi Gras Party
The South Austin restaurant’s bash features Zydeco music, specials on hurricanes & Abita beer, lots of beads, and kid-friendly face painting. Cypress will also be selling Gambino’s King Cakes from New Orleans.
Where: Cypress Grill, 4404 West William Cannon, Oak Hill
When: Tuesday, February 25
Parlor & Yard’s Fourth Anniversary
The West Sixth game bar’s fourth anniversary falls on Fat Tuesday, so its party will feature King Cake cheesecake bites, cajun catering, and live music.
Where: Parlor & Yard, 601 West 6th Street, West Sixth
When: Tuesday, February 25, 6 p.m. to midnight
Rock and Rolls Sushi Lounge Mardi Gras Party
The Cedar Park sushi spot will host a Mardi Gras party with a crawfish boil, king cake, live music, gator bites, and other specials.
Where: Rock and Rolls Sushi Lounge, 1850 South Lakeline Boulevard, Cedar Park
When: Sunday, February 23, starting at 2 p.m.