Best Bars To Celebrate Mardi Gras In The DC Area

February 7, 2013 8:00 AM

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Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is known as the last day to eat and drink to your heart’s content before fasting begins on Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Of course, the most famous celebration in the United States is in New Orleans, but If you’re looking for a place to eat, drink and be merry closer to home, check out one of these best bars to celebrate Mardi Gras in the DC metro area.

Bayou DC

2519 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 223-6941

When the saints come marching in, chances are they make their way to Bayou DC, a full-service restaurant and bar with authentic New Orleans cuisine and cocktails. Feast your taste buds on the dynamite shrimp appetizer, po’ boy platter or the crawfish and andouille sausage cheesecake. Tasty adult beverages include the Bayou bloody Mary and the whiskey pickleback, which consists of a shot of whiskey with a pickle juice chaser. Friday and Saturday nights feature a rotation of both local and nationally known singers, bands and other live entertainment. Guests will also enjoy daily food and drink specials as well as Sunday brunch.


2121 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-9672

Full of Big Easy charm, funky Southern artwork plus an abundant amount of natural light, Eatonville feels like an establishment on Bourbon Street. Enjoy authentic Cajun cuisines, like the honey cornbread muffins, fried green tomatoes or the catfish and grits. Eatonville also features a diverse dinner and brunch menu plus New Orleans-inspired drinks, like homemade sweet tea and the voodoo punch. Stop by on Friday nights for live music and entertainment. The popular restaurant and bar also features monthly special events including storytelling, author readings, wine dinners and bourbon tastings.

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Blue’s Alley

1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-4141

Why not enjoy some soulful jazz tunes with your soul food? At Blue’s Alley, that’s exactly what you get. Calling itself the “nation’s finest jazz and supper club,” Blue’s Alley features both locally and nationally known jazz and blues artists, such as Roy Ayers and DC piano legend Dick Morgan, and authentic Creole dishes, like Joe William’s jambalaya and Maceo Parker’s chicken muffuletta. Located in Georgetown, seating at the cozy concert hall works on a first come, first served basis so get there early. In addition to ticket prices (see the website), there is a $12 food or beverage minimum limit that must be met per person.

Chasin’ Tails

2200 N. Westmoreland St.
Arlington, VA 22213
(703) 538-2565

If you’ve got a hankerin’ for crawfish, crab legs or other crustaceans, then head on over to Chasin’ Tails, where you’ll find “no plates, no forks, no rules.” That’s right, each meal is delivered in a bucket full of southern spices and flavors and dumped on your table for you to enjoy, so it’s best not to come in your Sunday’s best. Order a pound of crawfish, shrimp, clams or mussels. Chasin’ Tails also provides snow and king crab legs, lobster and blue crabs. Or try some fried fixin’s, like the catfish or gator bites. This casual Cajun-style seafood restaurant also features authentic New Orleans-inspired adult beverages plus mega-sized draft beers. With flat screen televisions throughout the restaurant, Chasin’ Tails makes for a great spot to enjoy great food and catch all the latest local sports.

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Camden Pub

647 W Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 20201
(410) 547-1280

For a sports bar with Cajun-inspired cuisines, check out Camden Pub. Located within a few blocks of Camden Yards and the M&T Bank Stadium, this laid-back neighborhood bar features delicious entrees, including the Cajun chicken strips and Bourbon Street wrap, plus domestic draft beers and tasty adult drinks. Camden Pub makes for a great place to visit before an Orioles or Ravens game as well as a great place to catch your favorite sporting event. Enjoy daily food and drink specials and an eclectic collection of sports memorabilia.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at

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