Doing something fun for Mardi Gras? If you're like most, you'll probably seek out Cajun-based eateries where Fat Tuesday is practically synonymous with New Year's Eve.
But if you'd rather skip the gumbo and just go for a "N'Awlins"-inspired bash, that will be a bit trickier . One reason is that this year the day falls on March 8, and with so many local St. Patrick's Day parades taking place on either the weekend prior or after, many bars and clubs are going to be focusing on the crowds in green looking to have some Irish-inspired fun after the street festivities wrap.
But a few nightspots have found a way to sneak some 21-and-over Bourbon Street-style celebrating in anyway! Here are three that refuse to pass on passing the beads this year:
"Fat Saturday" at Harbor Crab in Patchogue: Starting at 8 p.m., there will be live music and a DJ playing dance music all night. The bar will offer drink specials until midnight, including $3 "Hurricanes" (very popular in New Orleans).
"Mardi Gras Party" at Lily Flanagan's in Islip: From 8:30 -11:30 p.m., the usual Tuesday night $13 all-you-can-eat wing + beer special will still be in effect -- but holiday beads and masks will be given out aplenty, with prizes for the woman who obtains the most beads while the guys can scrap it out during a wing-eating contest. Resident DJ Epic will also be in the house, spinning his usual party mix.
"Party Hardy Gras" at McFadden's Rockville Centre: Female patrons will have the opportunity to collect beads -- with a prize for the most successful collector. There'll also be a special Cajun menu and drink specials -- along with some beverages served in elongated "yardstick" glasses. Doors open at 6 p.m., but the party should get going around 9 p.m. (with a $5 cover).