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How to Celebrate Mardi Gras in the Mile High City

Recreate Bourbon Street at some of these Southern inspired spots around town.

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No matter what the occasion, Denver knows how to celebrate. Next week, before the Easter fast begins, locals and bars are taking the opportunity to infuse some New Orleans flavor into the Mile High City with all sorts of different Fat Tuesday celebrations. As one would expect, there will be countless plastic beads, babies in cakes and lots of seafood and spirited beverages. Some places, like RiNo's Exdo (host to a large format party) and Oskar Blues in Longmont are going full bash with everything from a parade to a community cake while others, like Devil's Food and Bayou Bob's, are focusing on traditional food. Many places bring the hurricanes and live music to the mix to add some bling to the celebration.

So get out those feathered masks and put on your game face, 'cuz for Mardi Gras in the Mile High, laissez le bon temps rouler ... or, let the good times roll!

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bayou Bob's

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1635 Glenarm Pl
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 573-6828
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Dare if you will to try Bayou Bob's Fat Tuesday "Liquid-ation," as the deep south inspired restaurant serves up crawfish cakes, alligator tails, fried picked, chicken wings, hush puppies and more.
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2. Devil's Food

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1020 S Gaylord St
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 733-7448
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Devil's Food will host a latte art throw down for Fat Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with swag and prizes from La Marzocco, Mahlkonig, Middle State Coffee, and more. While you're at it, get some appropriately served crawfish, gumbo and drinks at The Cookery.
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3. Exdo Event Center

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1399 35th St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 468-5443
Bourbon Street gets recreated in the heart of Denver as 2,000 of your nearest and dearest wander around the event center and Tracks Nightclub, collecting beads and sipping on hurricanes. With live music, a slushy bar, jesters, drum leaders, a crawfish boil with etoufee and gumbo, it'll be a sight to see.
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4. Katherine's French Bakery

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728 S University Blvd
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 282-5888
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Through February 28, Katherine's is baking up fresh-to-order king cakes – a cross between a coffee cake and French pastry – with your choice of cinnamon sugar, raspberry, chocolate, pecan or almond fillings. Covered in white icing and topped with colorful Carnaval colors – purple (for justice), gold (for power) and green (for faith), bring your appetite and competitive spirit as friends and family plot to find the plastic baby inside.
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5. Lil Devils Lounge

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255 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 733-1156
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Two New Orleans style parties on Saturday, Feb. 25 and Fat Tuesday – the 28th – include live musical performances, discounted hurricanes and lots and lots of beads.
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6. Lucile's Creole Cafe

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275 S Logan St
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 282-6258
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At one of the six Lucile's locations they say, "Everyday is Mardi Gras..." with the consistent creole and cajun fare. For the holiday, the restaurants will have king cake and hurricanes, as well as beignets, shrimp and grits.
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7. Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids

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1555 S Hover St
Longmont, CO 80501
(303) 485-9400
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Ceck out the new event space in Longmont just in time for a Mardi Gras-themed bash. Featuring, tunes, beer, and killer Cajun food – from oysters to gator bites – at the Tasty Weasel, wait for the a parade and community king cake to close out the evening.
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8. Stoney's Bar and Grill

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1111 Lincoln St
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 830-6839
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Saturday, Feb. 25 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Stoney's celebrates their 6th annual Mardi Gras Crawfish Boil with live music by the BlueKrewe, beads, king cakes and, of course, countless pounds of crawfish.
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9. The Pig & The Sprout

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1900 Chestnut Pl
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 321-4010
For "swine, wine and a good time," come to The Pig & The Sprout on Fat Tuesday for a crawfish boil with turbo dogs, hurricanes and music by the Louisiana lobsters. The boil starts at 3 p.m.
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10. ViewHouse Eatery, Bar & Rooftop

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2015 N Market St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 204-4202
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Bop over to the Ballpark neighborhood to celebrate 2017's Mardi Gras with a special menu and cocktails galore on the Monday the 27th and Tuesday the 28th.
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11. Wibby Brewing Company

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209 Emery Street
Longmont, CO 80504
(303) 776-4594
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For a Fat Tuesday feast, chock full of crawdads, poutine, moon pies and king cake cupcakes, trek up to this Longmont taproom, where Wood Smokehouse will be serving up heaping plates for just $10.
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12. Big Choice Brewing

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7270 W 118th Pl Unit A
Broomfield, CO 80020
(303) 469-2616
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Bringing New Orleans to Broomfield, the cajun saison beer, made specially for the Mardi Gras season, is spiced with paprika, thyme, cayenne and a touch of lemon. Alongside some king cake and beads, you've got yourself a celebration.
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13. Nono's Cafe

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3005 W County Line Rd
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
(303) 738-8330
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With an eclectic menu in the suburbs of Denver, enjoy the cajun and creole style fare for Mardi Gras at this Littleton cafe.
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14. The Asian Cajun

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2400 W Alameda Ave
Denver, CO 80223
Though these two cuisines might not immediately go hand in hand, this might just be the closes thing to Bourbon Street you get in the Mile High. Try the mix of Vietnamse cuisine with cajun and creole influence.
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1. Bayou Bob's

1635 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80202
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Dare if you will to try Bayou Bob's Fat Tuesday "Liquid-ation," as the deep south inspired restaurant serves up crawfish cakes, alligator tails, fried picked, chicken wings, hush puppies and more.
1635 Glenarm Pl
Denver, CO 80202

2. Devil's Food

1020 S Gaylord St, Denver, CO 80209
Facebook
Devil's Food will host a latte art throw down for Fat Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with swag and prizes from La Marzocco, Mahlkonig, Middle State Coffee, and more. While you're at it, get some appropriately served crawfish, gumbo and drinks at The Cookery.
1020 S Gaylord St
Denver, CO 80209

3. Exdo Event Center

1399 35th St, Denver, CO 80205
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Bourbon Street gets recreated in the heart of Denver as 2,000 of your nearest and dearest wander around the event center and Tracks Nightclub, collecting beads and sipping on hurricanes. With live music, a slushy bar, jesters, drum leaders, a crawfish boil with etoufee and gumbo, it'll be a sight to see.
1399 35th St
Denver, CO 80205

4. Katherine's French Bakery

728 S University Blvd, Denver, CO 80209
Katherine's French Bakery & Cafe Facebook
Through February 28, Katherine's is baking up fresh-to-order king cakes – a cross between a coffee cake and French pastry – with your choice of cinnamon sugar, raspberry, chocolate, pecan or almond fillings. Covered in white icing and topped with colorful Carnaval colors – purple (for justice), gold (for power) and green (for faith), bring your appetite and competitive spirit as friends and family plot to find the plastic baby inside.
728 S University Blvd
Denver, CO 80209

5. Lil Devils Lounge

255 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
Andra Zeppelin
Two New Orleans style parties on Saturday, Feb. 25 and Fat Tuesday – the 28th – include live musical performances, discounted hurricanes and lots and lots of beads.
255 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209

6. Lucile's Creole Cafe

275 S Logan St, Denver, CO 80209
Foodspotting
At one of the six Lucile's locations they say, "Everyday is Mardi Gras..." with the consistent creole and cajun fare. For the holiday, the restaurants will have king cake and hurricanes, as well as beignets, shrimp and grits.
275 S Logan St
Denver, CO 80209

7. Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids

1555 S Hover St, Longmont, CO 80501
Oskar Blues Facebook
Ceck out the new event space in Longmont just in time for a Mardi Gras-themed bash. Featuring, tunes, beer, and killer Cajun food – from oysters to gator bites – at the Tasty Weasel, wait for the a parade and community king cake to close out the evening.
1555 S Hover St
Longmont, CO 80501

8. Stoney's Bar and Grill

1111 Lincoln St, Denver, CO 80203
Stoney's Facebook
Saturday, Feb. 25 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Stoney's celebrates their 6th annual Mardi Gras Crawfish Boil with live music by the BlueKrewe, beads, king cakes and, of course, countless pounds of crawfish.
1111 Lincoln St
Denver, CO 80203

9. The Pig & The Sprout

1900 Chestnut Pl, Denver, CO 80202
Facebook
For "swine, wine and a good time," come to The Pig & The Sprout on Fat Tuesday for a crawfish boil with turbo dogs, hurricanes and music by the Louisiana lobsters. The boil starts at 3 p.m.
1900 Chestnut Pl
Denver, CO 80202

10. ViewHouse Eatery, Bar & Rooftop

2015 N Market St, Denver, CO 80205
Andra Zeppelin
Bop over to the Ballpark neighborhood to celebrate 2017's Mardi Gras with a special menu and cocktails galore on the Monday the 27th and Tuesday the 28th.
2015 N Market St
Denver, CO 80205

11. Wibby Brewing Company

209 Emery Street, Longmont, CO 80504
Facebook
For a Fat Tuesday feast, chock full of crawdads, poutine, moon pies and king cake cupcakes, trek up to this Longmont taproom, where Wood Smokehouse will be serving up heaping plates for just $10.
209 Emery Street
Longmont, CO 80504

12. Big Choice Brewing

7270 W 118th Pl Unit A, Broomfield, CO 80020
Big Choice Brewing Facebook
Bringing New Orleans to Broomfield, the cajun saison beer, made specially for the Mardi Gras season, is spiced with paprika, thyme, cayenne and a touch of lemon. Alongside some king cake and beads, you've got yourself a celebration.
7270 W 118th Pl Unit A
Broomfield, CO 80020

13. Nono's Cafe

3005 W County Line Rd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Nono's Cafe Facebook
With an eclectic menu in the suburbs of Denver, enjoy the cajun and creole style fare for Mardi Gras at this Littleton cafe.
3005 W County Line Rd
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

14. The Asian Cajun

2400 W Alameda Ave, Denver, CO 80223
Thrillist
Though these two cuisines might not immediately go hand in hand, this might just be the closes thing to Bourbon Street you get in the Mile High. Try the mix of Vietnamse cuisine with cajun and creole influence.
2400 W Alameda Ave
Denver, CO 80223

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