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Where to Eat, Drink, and Party in New Orleans for Mardi Gras 2024

Do it up big this Carnival season with VIP parade access, special restaurant menus, block parties, and more

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Mardi Gras is packed full of action, from the endless parties and balls to parades quirky and traditional. Navigating it all is the trick, managing the logistics, excess, sleep deprivation and oh, yes, staying employed while hopelessly distracted. Here are some more options to throw into the trick bag, from special dinners and events to some of the restaurants that offer easy access to both the parade route and meeting life’s basic needs: drinks, food, and a handy bathroom.

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Chef Sue Zemanick is having her annual private Endymion watch party at Zasu on February 10 from 1 p.m. until a half hour after the parade wraps up. Pay $175 per person ($75 for kids 3 to 10), and enjoy an open bar, all day spread from chef Sue, bathrooms, security, and a front-row seat. Sweet.

Ray's on the Avenue

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Want a front-row seat to Zulu this Mardi Gras? Ray’s on the Avenue in historic Treme is ground zero for the action. The restaurant and bar is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with everything from $10 restroom wristbands, parking discounts, and $100 passes including food, bar tickets, and inside seating.

The Elysian Bar

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Stop by Elysian Bar and Hotel Peter and Paul on Sunday, January 28 for the first annual Fete de Carnival Mardi Gras block party. There will be a live brass band, a DJ, food and drink pop-ups from local restaurants, and interactive workshops in the Church. The Elysian Bar will be offering signature cocktails and Mardi Gras vibes all day long. 

Palm & Pine

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Located just steps from Canal Street, Palm & Pine is hosting a collaborative pop-up with the Curry Boys, a Texas BBQ x Southeast Asian Curry joint based in San Antonio, on February 6 from 4 to 8 pm. Think lemongrass fried chicken gumbo and curry lamb boudin. On Bacchus Sunday, February 11, there’s a special brunch menu and wine specials — buy one bottle from the “Permission to Ball” list and get the second 25 percent off.

The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

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Besides ordering fried chicken to go from The Fountain Lounge for $20 per box on February 1, 3, 10, 11, and 13, drinks are flowing at the always festive Roosevelt Hotel. For those still tweaking their Mardi Gras Look, the Waldorf Astoria Spa will offer a pop-up makeup bar in the lobby with estheticians ready to customize your Mardi Gras look. Add lashes, and glitter along with accessories including masks, headbands, and jewelry on February 2, 3, and 10 through 12.

Luke is a primo spot for watching the parades as they roll toward Canal Street. The elegant brasserie in the Hilton is offering wristbands along with French and German fare for every parade. Priced from $35 to $75 depending on the day, the access is for the bathroom and viewing stands, with food and drink to be purchased separately.

The Windsor Court

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Enjoy a special Mardi Gras-themed tea on January 27 and 28 at Le Salon in The Windsor Court. Carnival happenings include Mardi Gras Indians showcasing their culture and a book signing by Matt Haines, author of The Big Book of King Cake and The Little Book of King Cake, written for kids. Besides fancy loose-leaf variety brews and savory English tea sandwiches, there are scones served with toppings from Devonshire crème to lemon curd and vanilla bean whipped cream. Priced at $65 for adults and $45 for kiddos 12 and under, including tax and gratuity. Reserve on Open Table.

Commons Club New Orleans

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Reserve a spot at the Commons Club for Mardi Gras-themed brunch, on January 28 and February 9, with delicious bites and seasonal cocktails set to the groove of DJ Rusty Lazer. Or, plan for the Lundi Gras bounce brunch on February 12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the spotlight on drag queen Laveau Contraire and DJ Mikey Offline. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.

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Devil Moon Barbecue

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Devil Moon’s Mardi Gras fare includes sweet and savory (smoked ham!) king cakes, smoked-fried chicken, bottled cocktails from single-serve to jumbo, Saint X cans, and more for pickup from noon to 4 p.m. each day. There’s also classic barbecue meat and sides available. Brewery Saint X, right next door, plans an unlimited food and drinks package for Endymion and unlimited drinks/bathroom access for other parade days.

Plates Restaurant & Bar

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Join Plates in the Warehouse District on Friday, February 9 for a three-course carnival lunch inspired by classic Mardi Gras street foods. Menu items include shrimp corn dogs, fried chicken, debris mac and cheese, and beignets. There will be live entertainment and costumes are highly encouraged! Reservations can be made here.

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Lula Restaurant Distillery

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The family-friendly Lula Gras 2024 is priced at $20, $65, and $80, depending on the guest’s age and parade day, and includes an all-you-can-eat buffet — think jambalaya, gumbo, red beans, chicken tenders, king cake, biscuits with gravy, and a cash bar. There’s a VIP private balcony for watching the action and the all-important restroom access all day.

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The Bower

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Need a little giddy-up before heading to the parades? The Bower Bar offers a caffeinated cocktail menu through Fat Tuesday, cocktails that feature house-made brews, matcha, and more, balanced with ingredients from partner farm, Sugar Roots.

The Chai Chai cocktail from the Bower.
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Avenue Pub

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Open every day, Avenue Pub offers a $10 daily bathroom access and upstairs parade viewing when it’s not booked for a party. Lots of Mardi Gras specials on the menu, frozen Irish coffees, Jell-O shots, tons of beer, and Avenue Pub logo ice chests to take with, $40 including a six-pack.

Columns

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The Columns has been a local fave for decades. Perfectly positioned along the parade route, pay $25 a day for full property access. Reserved tables for up to either six or eight guests are available, otherwise, seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Book here.

The Chloe

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The Chloe is an oasis of hospitality and chic on St. Charles Avenue. Pay $50 for access to restrooms and bars or book at a table of four on their patio which includes a full-service menu and crazy good views. Also check out the VIP ticketing option, an all-parade Mardi Gras All-Access Pass for $250.

Rosella

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Rosella, the funky Mid-City neighborhood spot around the corner from Mandina’s, is steps off the Endymion parade route. That Saturday, February 10, owners Alix Petrovich and Paul McCaige plan a to-go window for drinks, boozy punch, and tasty eats like corndog poppers and chili. Parade-goers can also expect an earlier-than-usual opening that day.

Outside Rosella.
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Mister Mao

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Mister Mao chef Sophina Uong, a James Beard Award 2024 semifinalist, will host a special Mardi Gras barbecue on Monday, February 5 featuring another semifinalist, guest chef Hunter Evans of Elvie’s in Jackson, Mississippi. The menu spotlights live fire cooking with items like flambadou oysters with crab fat sausage and barbecue rub and hush puppies and caviar. The regular menu is also available. Reserve a spot here.

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Dakar NOLA

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Dakar Nola James Beard award nominated chef Serigne Mbaye gets that Mardi Gras makes it tricky to show up at the Magazine Street restaurant during parades. So from 2/6 to 2/9, he’s offering curbside take out for a few of his classic modern Senegalese favorites. Come by from 10 am to 2 pm - first come, first served - for dishes like jollof rice, chicken yassa and hydrating ataya iced tea along with pastry items from pastry chef Sharde Cole.

Zasu

Chef Sue Zemanick is having her annual private Endymion watch party at Zasu on February 10 from 1 p.m. until a half hour after the parade wraps up. Pay $175 per person ($75 for kids 3 to 10), and enjoy an open bar, all day spread from chef Sue, bathrooms, security, and a front-row seat. Sweet.

Ray's on the Avenue

Want a front-row seat to Zulu this Mardi Gras? Ray’s on the Avenue in historic Treme is ground zero for the action. The restaurant and bar is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with everything from $10 restroom wristbands, parking discounts, and $100 passes including food, bar tickets, and inside seating.

The Elysian Bar

Stop by Elysian Bar and Hotel Peter and Paul on Sunday, January 28 for the first annual Fete de Carnival Mardi Gras block party. There will be a live brass band, a DJ, food and drink pop-ups from local restaurants, and interactive workshops in the Church. The Elysian Bar will be offering signature cocktails and Mardi Gras vibes all day long. 

Palm & Pine

Located just steps from Canal Street, Palm & Pine is hosting a collaborative pop-up with the Curry Boys, a Texas BBQ x Southeast Asian Curry joint based in San Antonio, on February 6 from 4 to 8 pm. Think lemongrass fried chicken gumbo and curry lamb boudin. On Bacchus Sunday, February 11, there’s a special brunch menu and wine specials — buy one bottle from the “Permission to Ball” list and get the second 25 percent off.

The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

Besides ordering fried chicken to go from The Fountain Lounge for $20 per box on February 1, 3, 10, 11, and 13, drinks are flowing at the always festive Roosevelt Hotel. For those still tweaking their Mardi Gras Look, the Waldorf Astoria Spa will offer a pop-up makeup bar in the lobby with estheticians ready to customize your Mardi Gras look. Add lashes, and glitter along with accessories including masks, headbands, and jewelry on February 2, 3, and 10 through 12.

Luke

Luke is a primo spot for watching the parades as they roll toward Canal Street. The elegant brasserie in the Hilton is offering wristbands along with French and German fare for every parade. Priced from $35 to $75 depending on the day, the access is for the bathroom and viewing stands, with food and drink to be purchased separately.

The Windsor Court

Enjoy a special Mardi Gras-themed tea on January 27 and 28 at Le Salon in The Windsor Court. Carnival happenings include Mardi Gras Indians showcasing their culture and a book signing by Matt Haines, author of The Big Book of King Cake and The Little Book of King Cake, written for kids. Besides fancy loose-leaf variety brews and savory English tea sandwiches, there are scones served with toppings from Devonshire crème to lemon curd and vanilla bean whipped cream. Priced at $65 for adults and $45 for kiddos 12 and under, including tax and gratuity. Reserve on Open Table.

Commons Club New Orleans

Reserve a spot at the Commons Club for Mardi Gras-themed brunch, on January 28 and February 9, with delicious bites and seasonal cocktails set to the groove of DJ Rusty Lazer. Or, plan for the Lundi Gras bounce brunch on February 12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the spotlight on drag queen Laveau Contraire and DJ Mikey Offline. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.

Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

Devil Moon Barbecue

Devil Moon’s Mardi Gras fare includes sweet and savory (smoked ham!) king cakes, smoked-fried chicken, bottled cocktails from single-serve to jumbo, Saint X cans, and more for pickup from noon to 4 p.m. each day. There’s also classic barbecue meat and sides available. Brewery Saint X, right next door, plans an unlimited food and drinks package for Endymion and unlimited drinks/bathroom access for other parade days.

Plates Restaurant & Bar

Join Plates in the Warehouse District on Friday, February 9 for a three-course carnival lunch inspired by classic Mardi Gras street foods. Menu items include shrimp corn dogs, fried chicken, debris mac and cheese, and beignets. There will be live entertainment and costumes are highly encouraged! Reservations can be made here.

Randy Schmidt/Plates

Lula Restaurant Distillery

The family-friendly Lula Gras 2024 is priced at $20, $65, and $80, depending on the guest’s age and parade day, and includes an all-you-can-eat buffet — think jambalaya, gumbo, red beans, chicken tenders, king cake, biscuits with gravy, and a cash bar. There’s a VIP private balcony for watching the action and the all-important restroom access all day.

Nora McGunnigle/Eater NOLA

The Bower

Need a little giddy-up before heading to the parades? The Bower Bar offers a caffeinated cocktail menu through Fat Tuesday, cocktails that feature house-made brews, matcha, and more, balanced with ingredients from partner farm, Sugar Roots.

The Chai Chai cocktail from the Bower.
The Bower/Official

Avenue Pub

Open every day, Avenue Pub offers a $10 daily bathroom access and upstairs parade viewing when it’s not booked for a party. Lots of Mardi Gras specials on the menu, frozen Irish coffees, Jell-O shots, tons of beer, and Avenue Pub logo ice chests to take with, $40 including a six-pack.

Columns

The Columns has been a local fave for decades. Perfectly positioned along the parade route, pay $25 a day for full property access. Reserved tables for up to either six or eight guests are available, otherwise, seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Book here.

The Chloe

The Chloe is an oasis of hospitality and chic on St. Charles Avenue. Pay $50 for access to restrooms and bars or book at a table of four on their patio which includes a full-service menu and crazy good views. Also check out the VIP ticketing option, an all-parade Mardi Gras All-Access Pass for $250.

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Rosella

Rosella, the funky Mid-City neighborhood spot around the corner from Mandina’s, is steps off the Endymion parade route. That Saturday, February 10, owners Alix Petrovich and Paul McCaige plan a to-go window for drinks, boozy punch, and tasty eats like corndog poppers and chili. Parade-goers can also expect an earlier-than-usual opening that day.

Outside Rosella.
Katherine Kimball/Rosella

Mister Mao

Mister Mao chef Sophina Uong, a James Beard Award 2024 semifinalist, will host a special Mardi Gras barbecue on Monday, February 5 featuring another semifinalist, guest chef Hunter Evans of Elvie’s in Jackson, Mississippi. The menu spotlights live fire cooking with items like flambadou oysters with crab fat sausage and barbecue rub and hush puppies and caviar. The regular menu is also available. Reserve a spot here.

Katherine Kimball/Eater NOLA

Dakar NOLA

Dakar Nola James Beard award nominated chef Serigne Mbaye gets that Mardi Gras makes it tricky to show up at the Magazine Street restaurant during parades. So from 2/6 to 2/9, he’s offering curbside take out for a few of his classic modern Senegalese favorites. Come by from 10 am to 2 pm - first come, first served - for dishes like jollof rice, chicken yassa and hydrating ataya iced tea along with pastry items from pastry chef Sharde Cole.

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