As the last big hurrah before Lent (if you are of a religious persuasion) or a random reason to down half-price Hurricanes and collect colored beads, Fat Tuesday is manifesting in myriad ways in the Queen City.
Fat Tuesday at Allyn's Cafe — There will be an all-you-can-eat crawfish boil, plus a full menu of Cajun classics. Look for an Abita tap takeover and Hurricane specials. Kitchen open until 9 p.m. and bar open until midnight. Starts at 4 p.m. Allyn's Cafe, 3538 Columbia Parkway, Columbia Tusculum, facebook.
Braxton Fat Tuesday Crawfish Boil — It’s Fat Tuesday and Braxton is partnering with Rich’s Proper Food & Drink for a traditional Louisiana-style crawfish boil: crawfish, potatoes, corn and sausage all boiled up in a pot and served by the half-pound plate. The party comes complete with King Cake — if you find the baby in the cake, you get a prize. Cincinnati band The Hot Magnolias will provide New Orleans-style party music. 5-10 p.m. March 5. $10 for half-pound of boil and king cake. Braxton Brewing Co., 27 W. Seventh St., Covington, braxtonbrewing.com.
Eighth & English $1 Oyster Fat Tuesday — It isn't crawfish, but 8 & E is hosting a NOLA-leaning seafood party in honor of Fat Tuesday with $1 oysters, $10 po' boys, biegnets, Sazeracs and more. 5-9 p.m. March 5. Eighth & English, 2038 Madison Road, O'Bryonville, facebook.
Mardi Gras Parties
Mardi Gras at Woodburn Brewery — The brewery will be tapping a single keg of King Cake Baby beer, brewed to taste like puff-pastry, stuffed with hazelnuts, caramel and a hint of coffee (and not babies). They will also be serving Busken King Cake. Masks and beads not required, but encouraged. Starts at 3 p.m. Free admission. The Woodburn Brewery, 2800 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills, facebook.
Mardi Gras at Nine Giant — The brewery will be serving a blackened Cajun burger with fried shrimp and remoulade, plus Drew's andouille and chicken gumbo and beignets with strawberry coulis. There will be a Bananas Foster Irish stout to drink and Carmen's Boozy AF Hurricanes. Starts at 4 p.m. Nine Giant Brewing, 6095 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge, facebook.
Mardi Gras at The Birdcage — On Fat Tuesday (March 5), head to The Birdcage for Hurricanes, Voodoo punch, King Cake, beads, karaoke and more. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. March 5. Free admission. The Birdcage, 927 Race St., Downtown, facebook.com/birdcagecincy.
Mardi Gras in Mason — This progressive beer dinner and beer pairing features Cajun and Creole foods with local brews. Stop at Sonder Brewing to sample a beer with food from BrewRiver then head to 16 Lots for a Mad Monks Creole pizza. Next up is a stop at Common Brewing Co. with King Cake and beer. 7-11 p.m. March 5. $69.99. Leaves from Sonder Brewing, 8584 Duke Blvd., Mason, cincybrewbus.com.
Fat Tuesday at Queen City Radio — A NOLA-style party featuring Hurricane slushies, DJs, a photobooth, Cajun food and beads. Bring a masquerade mask, if you have one. 6-10 p.m. March 5. Free admission. Queen City Radio, 222 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/queencityradiobar.
Mardi Gras at BrewRiver Creole Kitchen — Check out BrewRiver's new digs with a Cajun party featuring live music from the Ben Levin Trio. 7-10 p.m. March 5. Free admission. BrewRiver Creole Kitchen, 4632 Eastern Ave., East End, facebook.com/brewrivercreolekitchen.
Tusculum Street Fest Mardi Gras Fundraiser — On Fat Tuesday, Streetside hosts a Mardi Gras party to raise funds for the Tusculum Street Fest. A dollar from every pint sold and 50 cents from every half pint goes to the cause. 6-9 p.m. March 5. Free admission. Streetside Brewery, 4003 Eastern Ave., Columbia Tusculum, facebook.com/streetsidebrewery.
Mardi Gras Benefit at Rosedale OTR — This party benefits the students of Roselawn Codon Elementary. There will be beads, masks, music and more to help raise funds to get the kids to the Cincinnati Zoo for a field trip. There will be a Mardi Gras mask contest, raffles, a wheel of fortune and $6 Big Easy cocktails. 5:30-8 p.m. March 5. $15; $20 at the door. Rosedale OTR, 208 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/RosedaleOTR.
Mardi Gras at Marty's Hops & Vines — It's "Marty" Gras at Marty's with King Cake and beer (and swag) from New Orleans' Abita Brewing Company. 7-9:30 p.m. March 5. Free admission. Marty's Hops & Vines, 6110 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, facebook.com/MartysHopsandVines.
Fat Tuesday at Tillie's — Tillie's will be serving Hurricane specials all night, with beads and King Cake. Mardi Gras attire is strongly encouraged. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. March 5. Free admission. Tillie's Lounge, 4042 Hamilton Ave., Northside, facebook.com/TilliesLounge.
Mardi Gras at the St. Clair — The bar is hosting NOLA drink specials with $2 Long Islands and $3 colored "Joose." 8 p.m.-2:30 a.m. March 5. Free admission. The St. Clair, 245 Calhoun St., Clifton, facebook.com/TheStClairBar.
Mardi Gras Masquerade at Igby's — On Fat Tuesday (March 5), the bar will be serving a Mardi Gras menu; if you get a slice on King Cake with the baby in it, you get a $25 4EG gift card. The Mardi Gras menu includes Hurricanes, a New Orleans Buck (rum, orange juice, ginger syrup, lime juice and bitters) and a Fleur-de-Tea (Tito's, Tanqueray, triple sec, rum, midori and Sprite). 4 p.m. March 5. Free admission. Igby's, 122 E. Sixth St., Downtown, facebook.com/Igbys.
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