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Sugary Mardi Gras doughnuts at Astro Beer Hall.
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Where to Eat, Drink and Party for Mardi Gras in D.C.

Bring on the beads and booze for Fat Tuesday

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Sugary Mardi Gras doughnuts at Astro Beer Hall.
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Fat Tuesday is tomorrow, February 25, and plenty of bars and restaurants are celebrating the epic New Orleans holiday in a big way.

Between a foie gras feast at Hazel, fried gator po’boys at Republic Cantina, and yard-sized servings of Hurricanes at Black Jack, there’s no shortage of calories, liquor, or Big Easy-themed fun to go around.

Here’s where to go all out on the eve of Ash Wednesday:

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hazel

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808 V St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 847-4980
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Executive chef Robert Curtis celebrates “Mardi Foie” with a full-blown foie gras menu takeover at his typically Turkish-leaning spot in Shaw. Think grilled foie gras with ras el hanout and apple butter or gnocchi with foie ragout and sheep tomme. A “Foie Feast” that evening includes whole roasted foie spiced with baharat. There’s even a foie-washed Rob Roy.

Hazel
Hazel
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2. McClellan's Retreat

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2031 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-6270
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McClellan’s Retreat has been featuring New Orleans cocktails all month. On Fat Tuesday, indulge in $10 Hurricanes and “Improved Brandy Cocktails” (Pierre Ferrand “1840” original formula cognac, simple syrup, Peychaud’s Bitters, & herbsaint rinse) all night.

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3. Black Jack

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1612 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 319-1612
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The party at this Logan Circle bar starts with “Indie-Gras” tonight (Monday). The industry night includes special guest bartenders from Service Bar, DJ Nate, and a family meal. Fat Tuesday will bring food and drink specials all night long and a performance by Crush Funk Brass Band. Dishes include fried green tomatoes with chipotle remoulade, crawfish cheddar chive biscuits, Cajun pizza, and Muffuletta bites. Frozen Hurricanes (passionfruit, strawberry, orange, and lime) are served in a proper yard stick.

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4. Dock5

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1309 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(301) 347-3998
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The 4th annual Mardi Gras Extravaganza (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.), headlined by New Orleans native David Guas, Spike Mendelsohn, and Gina Chersevani, brings the party with drag queens, jazz funk brass bands, a costume contest, and Hurricane cocktail competition. Proceeds from each all-you-can-eat-and-drink ticket ($50) benefits DC Central Kitchen. Drinks include Abita Beer, Admiral Nelson’s Rum, Appleton Estate Rum, Bayou Rum, DC Brau, and Maker’s Mark. An epic raffle for a two-night trip to NoLa includes a stay at International House and dining at Brennan’s, Napoleon House, and Redfish Grill.

5. Republic Cantina

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43 N St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 997-4340
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Truxton Circle’s Tex-Mex cafe celebrates its Gulf neighbor (5 p.m. to 11 p.m.) with themed bites like fried gator po’ boys and a crawfish taquito that pair well with ice cold Abita Andygator beers. Hurricanes can be filled in $2 to-go “Don’t Mess w/ DC” cups (but must be consumed on-site). A Zavala Sazerac (cognac, mezcal, rye, absinthe rinse, mole bitters, demerare sugar) is a nod to shared Mexican and French-Cajun roots of East Texas. Lorenzo de Zavala is a a Mexican politician turned Texas empresario whose holdings included the area of East Texas next to Louisiana.

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6. Hotel Fairmont Washington D.C. Georgetown

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2401 M St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 429-2400
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Fat Tuesday calls for half-priced cocktails and a Big Easy buffet in this hotel lobby bar downtown. During happy hour (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.), a Sazerac, Criollo and Mardi Gras punch is $7.50 a glass, with gold, green and purple Mardi Gras beads for all. A limitless buffet from executive chef Jordi Gallardo includes shrimp-corn, chorizo jambalaya, oyster fritters, spinach artichoke dip, Cajun-style chicken wings, crêpes and pancakes ($25).

7. America Eats Tavern by José Andrés

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3139 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 450-6862
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The José Andrés restaurant that pays tribute to the evolution of American cooking is sending out NoLa dishes like shrimp jambalaya, fried oysters, and trout meunière with dirty rice. Chef Claudio Foschi will fry up pączki doughtnuts, a traditional Fat Tuesday splurge. Hurricanes will be flowing all night, with live music from Laissez Foure on the first floor from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Shrimp jambalaya at America Eats Tavern.
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8. Astro Beer Hall

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1306 G St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 737-1797
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Astro Beer Hall rings in its first Mardi Gras with boozy doughnuts and Hurricane specials all day. A rum pastry-filled doughnut for adults is topped with a citrus passion fruit and Grenadine glaze, festive-colored sugar, and a small shot of the famous New Orleans Hurricane cocktail ($5.25). Full-sized Hurricanes are $8.

9. Union Pub

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201 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 546-7200
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Pair Fat Tuesday with a Tuesday debate at Capitol Hill’s resident watering hole. From 5 p.m. to close, sip Abita’s Mardi Gras Bock and Purple Haze drafts ($7.50) and Hurricanes and Carnival Queen cocktails ($8). The South Carolina Democratic Debate Watch Party starts at 8 p.m., and trivia night starts early at 7 p.m. (usually 8 p.m.).

10. Bayou Bakery

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1515 N Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 243-2410
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Chef David Guas kicks off the annual party at 6 p.m., slinging $5 Cajun favorites like Camellia red beans and rice, muffalettas, jambalaya, beignets, cocktails and Abita beers. B. B King Cake slices are $2. There’s also plenty of platters to take the party home.

11. Due South

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301 Water St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 479-4616
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Navy Yard’s Southern spot teamed up with NoLa brewery Abita for a big Mardi Gras bash (4 p.m. to 10 p.m.). Tickets ($30) include the first beer and an an all-you-can-eat buffet (5 p.m. to 10 p.m.), shrimp and chicken jambalaya, Cajun fried chicken and catfish, pulled pork barbecue, Andouille sausage gumbo, and King Cake. Live music from Zachary Smith & the Dixie Power Trio will go until late.

12. The Salt Line

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79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 506-2368
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Ahead of its highly-anticipated spring opening downtown, incoming Louisiana-style restaurant Dauphine’s will host a Fat Tuesday menu preview (4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.) at its popular sibling eatery in Navy Yard. Expect seafood gumbo and “boucherie” meat boards from chef Kyle Bailey, with festive cocktails from Neal Bodenheimer of New Orleans’s Cure Co.

The outdoor bar at Salt Line features raw seafood, cold beer, and cocktails.
The outdoor bar at Salt Line features raw seafood, cold beer, and cocktails.
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1. Hazel

808 V St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Hazel
Hazel
R. Lopez

Executive chef Robert Curtis celebrates “Mardi Foie” with a full-blown foie gras menu takeover at his typically Turkish-leaning spot in Shaw. Think grilled foie gras with ras el hanout and apple butter or gnocchi with foie ragout and sheep tomme. A “Foie Feast” that evening includes whole roasted foie spiced with baharat. There’s even a foie-washed Rob Roy.

808 V St NW
Washington, DC 20001

2. McClellan's Retreat

2031 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
McClellan’s Retreat/official photo

McClellan’s Retreat has been featuring New Orleans cocktails all month. On Fat Tuesday, indulge in $10 Hurricanes and “Improved Brandy Cocktails” (Pierre Ferrand “1840” original formula cognac, simple syrup, Peychaud’s Bitters, & herbsaint rinse) all night.

2031 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

3. Black Jack

1612 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Black Jack/official photo

The party at this Logan Circle bar starts with “Indie-Gras” tonight (Monday). The industry night includes special guest bartenders from Service Bar, DJ Nate, and a family meal. Fat Tuesday will bring food and drink specials all night long and a performance by Crush Funk Brass Band. Dishes include fried green tomatoes with chipotle remoulade, crawfish cheddar chive biscuits, Cajun pizza, and Muffuletta bites. Frozen Hurricanes (passionfruit, strawberry, orange, and lime) are served in a proper yard stick.

1612 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Dock5

1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

The 4th annual Mardi Gras Extravaganza (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.), headlined by New Orleans native David Guas, Spike Mendelsohn, and Gina Chersevani, brings the party with drag queens, jazz funk brass bands, a costume contest, and Hurricane cocktail competition. Proceeds from each all-you-can-eat-and-drink ticket ($50) benefits DC Central Kitchen. Drinks include Abita Beer, Admiral Nelson’s Rum, Appleton Estate Rum, Bayou Rum, DC Brau, and Maker’s Mark. An epic raffle for a two-night trip to NoLa includes a stay at International House and dining at Brennan’s, Napoleon House, and Redfish Grill.

1309 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

5. Republic Cantina

43 N St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Republic Cantina/official photo

Truxton Circle’s Tex-Mex cafe celebrates its Gulf neighbor (5 p.m. to 11 p.m.) with themed bites like fried gator po’ boys and a crawfish taquito that pair well with ice cold Abita Andygator beers. Hurricanes can be filled in $2 to-go “Don’t Mess w/ DC” cups (but must be consumed on-site). A Zavala Sazerac (cognac, mezcal, rye, absinthe rinse, mole bitters, demerare sugar) is a nod to shared Mexican and French-Cajun roots of East Texas. Lorenzo de Zavala is a a Mexican politician turned Texas empresario whose holdings included the area of East Texas next to Louisiana.

43 N St NW
Washington, DC 20001

6. Hotel Fairmont Washington D.C. Georgetown

2401 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037

Fat Tuesday calls for half-priced cocktails and a Big Easy buffet in this hotel lobby bar downtown. During happy hour (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.), a Sazerac, Criollo and Mardi Gras punch is $7.50 a glass, with gold, green and purple Mardi Gras beads for all. A limitless buffet from executive chef Jordi Gallardo includes shrimp-corn, chorizo jambalaya, oyster fritters, spinach artichoke dip, Cajun-style chicken wings, crêpes and pancakes ($25).

2401 M St NW
Washington, DC 20037

7. America Eats Tavern by José Andrés

3139 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Shrimp jambalaya at America Eats Tavern.
ThinkFoodGroup/official photo

The José Andrés restaurant that pays tribute to the evolution of American cooking is sending out NoLa dishes like shrimp jambalaya, fried oysters, and trout meunière with dirty rice. Chef Claudio Foschi will fry up pączki doughtnuts, a traditional Fat Tuesday splurge. Hurricanes will be flowing all night, with live music from Laissez Foure on the first floor from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

3139 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007

8. Astro Beer Hall

1306 G St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Astro Beer Hall rings in its first Mardi Gras with boozy doughnuts and Hurricane specials all day. A rum pastry-filled doughnut for adults is topped with a citrus passion fruit and Grenadine glaze, festive-colored sugar, and a small shot of the famous New Orleans Hurricane cocktail ($5.25). Full-sized Hurricanes are $8.

1306 G St NW
Washington, DC 20005

9. Union Pub

201 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Pair Fat Tuesday with a Tuesday debate at Capitol Hill’s resident watering hole. From 5 p.m. to close, sip Abita’s Mardi Gras Bock and Purple Haze drafts ($7.50) and Hurricanes and Carnival Queen cocktails ($8). The South Carolina Democratic Debate Watch Party starts at 8 p.m., and trivia night starts early at 7 p.m. (usually 8 p.m.).

201 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

10. Bayou Bakery

1515 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA 22201

Chef David Guas kicks off the annual party at 6 p.m., slinging $5 Cajun favorites like Camellia red beans and rice, muffalettas, jambalaya, beignets, cocktails and Abita beers. B. B King Cake slices are $2. There’s also plenty of platters to take the party home.

1515 N Courthouse Rd
Arlington, VA 22201

11. Due South

301 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Navy Yard’s Southern spot teamed up with NoLa brewery Abita for a big Mardi Gras bash (4 p.m. to 10 p.m.). Tickets ($30) include the first beer and an an all-you-can-eat buffet (5 p.m. to 10 p.m.), shrimp and chicken jambalaya, Cajun fried chicken and catfish, pulled pork barbecue, Andouille sausage gumbo, and King Cake. Live music from Zachary Smith & the Dixie Power Trio will go until late.

301 Water St SE
Washington, DC 20003

12. The Salt Line

79 Potomac Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
The outdoor bar at Salt Line features raw seafood, cold beer, and cocktails.
The outdoor bar at Salt Line features raw seafood, cold beer, and cocktails.
Greg Powers/Greg Powers Photography

Ahead of its highly-anticipated spring opening downtown, incoming Louisiana-style restaurant Dauphine’s will host a Fat Tuesday menu preview (4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.) at its popular sibling eatery in Navy Yard. Expect seafood gumbo and “boucherie” meat boards from chef Kyle Bailey, with festive cocktails from Neal Bodenheimer of New Orleans’s Cure Co.

79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

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