Here's where to indulge on Mar. 5 (and don't forget to grab a paczki and some king cake).
There’s no French Quarter here, and although some of us would love to fly down to the bayou for delicious food and nice weather, we can’t. Fret not! Lots of local places are bringing Mardi Gras to Milwaukee. Go guilt-free this Fat Tuesday and eat all of the yummy foods your stomach can hold. Make sure to bring your dancing shoes too, because live bands and drink specials will be just about everywhere this Mardi Gras.
Mar. 2-5, 5-11:30 p.m.
You have four days to experience the Big Easy here in Milwaukee at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. You’ll be able to enjoy Cajun and Creole foods such as gumbo, jambalaya and po’ boys at the Fire Pit Sports Bar & Grill. Hurricanes other southern comfort drink specials will be available at Bar 360 and also on the casino floor. For your entertainment there will be show girls, parades, stilt walkers, tarot card readers and all the beads your heart desires.
Address: 1721 W. Canal St.
Mar. 5, 5-11 p.m.
Escape to NOLA with live performances by the Sweet Sheiks and the Hungry Williams at Pabst Brewery & Taproom. There will be free gumbo and pączki to fully indulge your taste buds without taking a toll on your wallet.
Address: 1037 W. Juneau Ave.
Mar.5, 5 p.m.
Visit the Brass Tap this Fat Tuesday for the beer and beignet special. The special will include four beers and four beignets for only $20. New Orleans style gumbo and jambalaya will also be available to purchase.
Address: 7808 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield
Available now through Mar. 5
Embracing his Caribbean roots, new executive chef Heskeith Flavien is bringing a taste of Mardi Gras to Milwaukee with a new menu that is available now until Mar. 5. The menu will include $12 fried oysters and a spin on southern favorite, fried green tomatoes, that will include jumbo blue crabmeat for $16 and other southern-inspired dishes.
Address: 25 E. Mason St.
Mar. 4, 6:30 p.m.
The Rumpus Room will be offering a 4-course dinner with four pairings for $65 per person. This special event will include NOLA inspired dishes including baked oysters, duck jambalaya, crawfish étouffée and of course a favorite Mardi Gras tradition, king cake.
Cost: $65 per person plus service charge and tax
Address: 1030 N. Water St.
Mar. 5, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Celebrate Fat Tuesday at the huge bash Dingers Pub will be hosting. All-you-can-drink, rails and domestics, will be available from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. for only $12. You will also have a chance to win $100 cash and $150 in Dingers Pub gift certificates if you have the most Mardi Grad beads by 12 a.m. If you arrive between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. you’ll automatically get 5 beads plus 1 bead for each shot/bomb purchased. How to get more? You’ll just have to visit to find out.
Address: 6139 W. Beloit Rd., West Allis
Mar. 4, 4 p.m./Mar. 5, 2 p.m.
For only two days Maxie’s will be switching their entire menu to New Orleans-inspired dishes. Alligator, coconut voodoo shrimp, oyster po’ boys, muffulettas and blackened scallops are just a few tasty plates that will be available. Drink specials include $4 Abita beers and $5 passion fruit hurricanes.
Lundi Gras will have live music from the Extra Crispy Brass Band (ECBB) from 6-9 p.m. Limited reservations are available, so act fast.
Mardi Gras will have Matt “MF” Tyner onstage from 2:30-5:30 p.m. ECBB will be playing 6-10 p.m. No reservations on Tuesday.
Address: 6732 W. Fairview