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The Best Spots to Celebrate Mardi Gras 2018 in NYC

January 29, 2018 - by Merrill Lee Girardeau
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Looking for a taste of the Big Easy in the big city? New York has concerts, parties, New Orleans-themed cocktails, and plenty of beads to go around for Mardi Gras this year. Celebrate the weekend of February 9-11, or on Fat Tuesday itself, February 13. Of course, if you really want to party like it’s NOLA, you’ll celebrate all week long.

NYC Mardi Gras: Mardi Gras Concerts at Blue Note

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The Blue Note, a well-known jazz club in the Village, will bring some New Orleans sound in the weekend leading up to Mardi Gras, as well as on Fat Tuesday itself. Beginning Friday, February 9, Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers will begin their weekend of concerts at Blue Note. Ruffins got his start playing trumpet in the French Quarter of New Orleans and now leads this respected jazz quintet. February 13, Blue Note will have two shows featuring Davell Crawford, a jazz singer and keyboardist, and Pedrito Martinez on vocals and percussion. The concert will pay tribute to several jazz greats, including Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint. 131 W. 3rd St., 212-475-8592, bluenote.net

Houston Hall

Houston Hall is one of New York City’s most unique beer halls, and the rustic design and high ceilings make a perfect match between a big space and a big event. On Saturday, February 10th, celebrate The Big Easy with a DJ all day, drink specials, and a costume contest with big prizes. (You'll even be beaded on entry.) 222 W. Houston St., 212-675-9323, houstonhallny.com

NYC Mardi Gras: Mardi Gras Bar Crawl

Saturday, February 10, laissez les bon temps rouler on the Lower East Side. Start at Libation on Ludlow, and wind through the other sites on the hunt for Sazeracs and Vieux Carres. The crawl begins at noon and ends at 9 pm. Participating bars include Avenida Cantina, Bar None, Blind Pig, One and One, and Professor Thomas. Check-in at Libation, 137 Ludlow St., mardigrascrawl.com

NYC Mardi Gras: Bourbon Street Bar & Grille

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It wouldn’t be Mardi Gras without a Hurricane—the cocktail, that is. You’ll get one for $5 at Bourbon Street Bar & Grille in the Theater District, along with other Creole food and drink. Abitas and Bud Lights will go for $5, and jambalaya will be half-price. Have a po’ boy and some red beans and rice while you’re at it! 346 W. 46th St., 212-245-2030, bourbonny.com

NYC Mardi Gras: Funky Fat Tuesday at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

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George Clinton and his band Parliament Funkadelic come to bring the funk at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in Times Square this February 13. Experience Clinton’s signature brand of funk music (called Pfunk), and you’ll be transported to the '70s with his wild and unforgettable sounds. You can also have dinner (and Sazeracs, of course) while you listen along. 237 W. 42nd St., 212-997-4144, bbkingblues.com

NYC Mardi Gras: Winter Village Skating Rink at Bryant Park

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Come to Bryant Park’s beautiful skating rink before the season ends. On February 13, the rink at Bryant Park Winter Village will jazz things up for Mardi Gras. Sixth Ave. between 41st and 42nd Streets, bryantpark.org

NYC Mardi Gras: Official Day Party at 5th & Mad

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Come celebrate Fat Tuesday with free beads and outrageous costumes at 5th and Mad on February 10. This party lasts for eight hours the Saturday before Mardi Gras and will feature DJs, live music, a costume contest, drink specials, and more. 7 E. 36th St., 212-725-2353, nycmardigras.com

NYC Mardi Gras: The Amazing Mardi Gras Scavenger Hunt

Looking to throw some mischief into your Mardi Gras revelry? Slattery’s Pub in Kips Bay will host the kick-off to a Mardi Gras-themed scavenger hunt around the city the night of February 13. The hunt will take two hours, and winners will get a gift bag at the end! 8 E. 36th St., pogoevents.com

NYC Mardi Gras: Haven Rooftop

Get in the spirit of the Big Easy from an appealing altitude as Haven Rooftop on top of the Sanctuary Hotel throws down a Mardi Gras party on February 13. Doors open at 4pm, with food and drink specials, including famous NOLA cocktails like Hurricanes and the Vieux Carre. Traditional king cakes will also be served, and and complimentary beads and masks will be given out throughout the night. DJ Olivier will be getting folks up and dancing all night long. 132 W. 47th St., 212-466-9000, havenrooftop.com


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