The iconic destination for Mardi Gras celebrations may be primarily known as “The Big Easy” New Orleans, but Bostonians have their own ideas of what constitutes indulging in a little fun and excess on this yearly Carnival celebration. Whether it’s a great big meal, drinks or dancing the night away, here are some great ideas for Mardi Gras celebrations in the city of Boston.
604 Columbus Ave.
Boston, MA 02118
Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen knows how to celebrate the deep, soulful comfort of Southern-styled cuisine and hospitality, particularly around the Mardi Gras season. This popular dining spot and hangout offers down home cuisine like catfish, jambalaya and red velvet cake alongside live jazz and blues music, providing the perfect New Orleans-style backdrop to a Mardi Gras night of reveling and carousing.
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541 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116
The folks over at this South End joint know what they’re doing when it comes to celebrating all things Mardi Gras and The Big Easy. The Beehive, located on Tremont Street in between Hanson Street and Milford Street, decks out the dining and drinking space with Carnival-themed decor with a decadent menu to match, serving up Southern-style classics to a party-hungry crowd. Live music cranks up the beat on a nightly basis to get the party started almost immediately.
907 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02115
For those looking to get their dive on this Mardi Gras season, The Pour House is the right place to stop, either to kick off or wind down a night out of reveling with friends. This Boylston Street spot, located in between Hereford Street and Gloucester Street near the Hynes Convention Center Station in the Back Bay, offers cheap beers and affordable eats with a no-nonsense dive bar aesthetic. It’s perfect for hanging loose and enjoying some relaxed conversations without any worries about keeping up appearances.
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Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Boston, MA 02109
Tourists who are new to the city of Boston might do well visiting this popular themed eatery located in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Most out-of-towners have a great time at Dick’s Last Resort, a joint that has a reputation for a sarcastic wait staff and big, funny hats that are all part of the charm. A visit to Dick’s Last Resort on Mardi Gras will be virtually guaranteed to include tons of gaudy costumes, beads and plenty of accusations from the wait staff as to how said customers got those beads. In other words, it’s a fun place to bring the folks or first-time Boston friends for a night out in the famous Faneuil Hall.
10 Brookline St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
TT the Bear’s Place has long been a destination spot for music fans here in the city of Boston, as this Brookline Street spot in Cambridge’s Central Square area often features some of the country’s best tour packages, as well as local artists and dance nights on a weekly basis. TT the Bear’s also presents a fun Mardi Gras celebration. Only a cheap and affordable cover stands between a group and a night of indulgence, great music and fun!
George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at Examiner.com.