10 Best Mardi Gras 2017 Parties in Phoenix

Two patrons of Fat Tuesday in Tempe during Mardi Gras 2015.
Two patrons of Fat Tuesday in Tempe during Mardi Gras 2015.
Benjamin Leatherman
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Everything should be taken in moderation, as the old saying goes, including moderation itself. In other words, it’s totally cool if you’d like to let loose and live large every once in awhile. And you've got a perfectly justifiable excuse to do so on Tuesday, February 28.

In case you weren’t already aware, that particular day is when Fat Tuesday, traditionally the final day of Mardi Gras, takes place this year.

And as you’d expect, it's a chance to overindulge on anything and everything – be it food, drink, or pretty much any sort of guilty pleasure imaginable – before cutting back or giving everything up for Lent.

But even if you aren't a practitioner of the Catholic faith (or even religious, for that matter), the day is the chance to celebrate, drink, dance, and debauch, which you can easily do at any of these parties and events around the Valley taking place on Tuesday.

Never attended one of ThirdSpace’s annual Mardi Gras events? You’re missing out, considering it's major fun. Each year, a local zydeco band performs in the back of a pedicab while leading a merry bike parade that departs from the bar, winds through downtown Phoenix and winds up back at ThirdSpace for a celebration featuring beads, booze, and New Orleans-inspired eats. The ride kicks off at 6 p.m. and the party goes until 10 p.m. There’s a $5 cover.

El Hefe
If it's a major holiday, you can bet that the El Hefes in Scottsdale and Tempe will have parties going. Mardi Gras is no exception, as both spots will have "Beads & Beer-Garitas" celebrations on Tuesday with $2 Tacos, $3 Dos Equis drafts, DJs dropping beats, and a variety of party favors. The Tempe location opens at 11 a.m. and will have $9 Beer-Garitas while Scottsdale gets going at 4 p.m. and will have a few shot specials and the chance to score tickets to the upcoming Future/Migos concert. Both parties are free.

DJ Dario will serve up hot spins during Q-Lounge's massive Mardi Gras party. A bevvy of beads will be given away to those in attendance, as well $1,000 in cash and prizes. Drink specials include $4 Long Islands and AMFs, $3 fire shots, and $150 bottles of Ciroc and Don Julio. The party starts at 8 p.m. Call 602-995-5985 for table reservations and more info.

Check out more Mardi Gras parties on the next page.

Fat Tuesday patrons during Mardi Gras 2015.
Fat Tuesday patrons during Mardi Gras 2015.
Benjamin Leatherman

Fat Tuesday
Given the name of this Mill Avenue mainstay, it's sort of a given that it would have a major rager planned for Mardi Gras. They’ll be partying all day long, as a matter of fact, starting immediately after doors open at 11 a.m. Hurricanes will be available for $5 until 7 p.m. and DJs will be in the mix after nightfall. Cajun dishes like gumbo and jambalaya will be served all day. The celebration goes until 2 a.m.

LUSTRE Rooftop Bar at Hotel Palomar
Live music, complimentary red beans and rice, and “beads galore” will all be a part of the Fat Tuesday festivities at LUSTRE. Its bartenders will also pour themed cocktails and libations, such as hurricanes, southern slushies, and house barrel-aged Sazerac. The celebration runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and there’s no cover. Meanwhile, the Blue Hound Kitchen downstairs will offer Mardi Gras-inspired cocktails and food.

Southern Rail
This popular restaurant and bar will have a “Mardi Gras Social Hour” menu available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a number of food and drink specials. The staff will also be giving out beads, albeit without asking patrons to perform any salacious or embarrassing stunts to get 'em, and those who dress up can win a prize.

Marc's Sports Grill & Nightlife
You can enjoy such drink deals as $3.75 Mardi Gras punch and hurricanes all day long at this Glendale bar. Ladies can also partake in $3.50 you-call-it cocktails, domestic bottles, and pint drafts from 8 p.m. until midnight. A walk-on dart tournament gets going at 7:30 p.m. (there's a $5 cash entry fee) and free Texas Hold'em games at 11:15 a.m. and 7 p.m. A variety of Cajun dishes will be served by the kitchen for $7.75 each.

This wacky Scottsdale dive, which features a midget-sized bar and a fun vibe, will offer $5 Corona bombers and its weekly goldfish races starting at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. As always, there's never a cover.

Harold's Cave Creek Corral
They tend to put on a large spread at this Cave Creek joint for Mardi Gras, and this year's celebration promises to be just as big. It's certainly going to lively, as a number of activities are planned. Live jazz music starts at 6 p.m., followed by swing dance lessons at 6:30 p.m., and a crawfish-eating contest and performance by the Acoustic Kings at 8:30 p.m. A costume contest takes place at 8 p.m. (with prizes for best mask, best costume, and best painted face) and a $16.99 Mardi Gras buffet will be available all evening. The fete gets going at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

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