It’s Carnival season, and the culmination of Mardi Gras ends with Fat Tuesday on February 13. Although Nashville is not New Orleans, Music City has a selection of spots to get your Mardi Gras fix with plenty of beads, brass bands, crawfish, and king cakes in tow. Here’s where to find the best Mardi Gras experiences in Nashville.Read More
Where to Celebrate Mardi Gras in Nashville
Laissez les bons temps rouler (or, let the good times roll) on Fat Tuesday at these local spots
East Nashville’s Spicy Boys is hosting a Mardi Gras party on Saturday, February 10 from noon to 10 p.m. The restaurant is churning out boiled shrimp for the occasion and serving up king cakes. New Orleans Mardi Gras parades will be live-streamed throughout the day.
Liquor Lab Nashville
Try your hand at mixing up (or shaking) a Mardi Gras cocktail at downtown’s Liquor Lab this Carnival season. In the Mardi Gras cocktails class, you’ll learn how to make three drinks with expert mixologists — like the classic hurricane or daiquiri — with innovative flavors and techniques. Small bites will be served during the class with Cajun music to help set the Mardi Gras spirit. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased here.
Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar
Nestled in Printer’s Alley, Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar serves up authentic Cajun and Creole food — like a shrimp and crawfish etouffee or fried alligator — and signature cocktails, including the Big Easy Hurricane, year-round. On Fat Tuesday starting at 4 p.m., the venue will transform into a Mardi Gras haven, with drinks, live music, a photo booth, beads, and more.
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Head down to Broadway on Fat Tuesday to celebrate Mardi Gras with Acme. The Party Hardy Mardi Gras Celebration will feature the Admiral Phunk Brass Band and New Orleans-style food and drink specials. Acme is also hosting a King Baby scavenger hunt — if you find one hidden on the premises, you’ll get a free Abita Brewing Company draft on the house and enjoy $1 drafts all night long. The festivities kick off at 8 p.m. on February 13 — Mardi Gras attire is encouraged and admission is free.
Assembly Food Hall
Assembly Food Hall is bringing Bourbon Street to Broadway this year with two Mardi Gras celebrations suited for all ages. On Saturday, February 10, and Fat Tuesday, February 13, a host of restaurants will be churning out specialty Mardi Gras bites, including a crawfish boil and shrimp po’ boys from Dock Local, a trio of beignets from the Philly Special, king cake shaved ice from Cotton & Snow, and a king cake waffle from the Liege Waffle Co. Assembly Food Hall will also serve up Hurricanes and Sazeracs and feature live music. Entry is free.
The Gumbo Bros
From February 9 to the 13, this Cajun and Creole restaurant in the Gulch is curating a special menu for Mardi Gras, featuring crawfish queso, Mardi Gras jambalaya, blackened alligator, and pecan praline pudding. To wash it all down: King Cake bushwhackers, West Bank espresso martinis, and an Urban South Beer king cake sour ale. Gumbo Bros is also collaborating with FatBelly Deli this year to sell king cakes, so place your order now for pick up through February 13 (or until they’re gone). You can make reservations to celebrate on OpenTable.
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Rudy's Jazz Room
Celebrate Fat Tuesday on February 13 at Rudy’s with the Rougarou Band, a six-piece band playing a mix of traditional New Orleans Mardi Gras brass music and funk. You’ll also find authentic New Orleans cuisine at this jazz club in the Gulch — including chicken andouille and shrimp gumbo — along with various drink specials, king cake, beignets, and plenty of beads. Tickets start at $25.25 and can be purchased here.