Where to Celebrate Mardi Gras in Lexington, Kentucky

Colorful Mardi Gras mask with a boa on a yellow background

Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday” is coming up next week! You don’t have to travel to New Orleans to celebrate, because a few places right here in Lexington is celebrating it up “New Orleans” style.

There is everything from music to food to drink specials to masks and beads! Be sure to check out this list of “15 Places to Celebrate Mardi Gras in Lexington, Kentucky!”

1. Fat Friday 2019 at Copper Roux!

Break out the Masks and Beads it’s time to celebrate NOLA style! Bayou Bluegrass Catering will be holding their annual Mardi Gras celebrations at Copper Roux! Fat Friday, March 1st and Fat Tuesday, March 5th. As always they will take you straight to the Big Easy with their authentic Cajun Style Cuisine.

To make a reservation give them a call at (859) 523-7915 or visit their website and fill out the contact form. See menu and pricing: HERE.

  • Date: Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Time: 11am to 7:30pm

 

2. Mardi Gras Masquerade Party at Soundbar!

Celebrate Mardi Gras on the Saturday before Fat Tuesday with masks, beads, hurricanes, and DJ Crow playing the hottest tunes. 100 free masks will be given out starting at 10pm.

  • Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019
  • Time: 10pm to 2:30am

 

3. Fat Tuesday at Bourbon n’ Toulouse & Chevy Chase Inn

The festivities start at 11am and will run late into the night!

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Alligator Etouffee
  • King Cake from Sunrise Bakery
  • Crawfish Boil starts at 6:30pm. They’ll have live crawfish flown in Tuesday morning!
  • A huge party Tuesday night at Chevy Chase Inn.
  • Beer specials at Bourbon N’ Toulouse

The Chevy Chase Inn will open at 11am to allow for more places for diners to sit (must be 21+). The party will really get going Tuesday evening at The C.C.I. with Hurricanes, Abita Brewing Company Beers and great blues music from The Tallboys (of Kentucky).

Don’t feel like fighting the crowd? Pick up our food by the quart and by the gallon. Please pre-order no later than Monday night at 9pm by calling 859-335-0300.

  • Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
  • Time: 11am to 11pm

 

4. FAT (tiki) Tuesday! and Cajun Cook-Off at Tiki Java

There will be food and drinks and lots of fun 5pm to 9pm on both the Tiki side and the Lantern side.

They will have traditional crawfish boil plates for sale (probably ten bucks, but they have to wait and see how much they are going to cost) BUT they also are opening this up as a CAJUN COOK-OFF POTLUCK thing!! Bring your best Gumbo or Jambalaya or Étouffée or whatever!

  • Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
  • Time: 5pm to 9pm

 

5. Fat Tuesday at Winchell’s Restaurant and Bar

Come out on March 5th for their Fat Tuesday celebration from 11am until 11pm. The menu Includes:

  • Crawfish Etouffee
  • Sausage and Chicken Gumbo
  • Cajun Red Beans and Rice with either Blackened Chicken or Catfish
  • Fried Okra and Crawfish Tails
  • Seafood Jambalaya
  • King Cake

There will be drink specials all day! Reservations are not required, but recommended for groups of 6 or more. Call now for reservations 859-278-9424.

  • Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
  • Time: 11am to 11pm

 

6. Fat Tuesday at The Cellar

They are going to have some amazing Fat Tuesday specials, such as: Jamabalaya, Beignets, Hurricanes, Shrimp or Chicken Creole, and Gumbo.

  • Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
  • Time: 11am to close

 

7. Fat Tuesday 2019 at Copper Roux!

Break out the Masks and Beads it’s time to celebrate NOLA style! Bayou Bluegrass Catering will be holding their annual Mardi Gras celebrations at Copper Roux! Fat Friday, March 1st and Fat Tuesday, March 5th. As always they will take you straight to the Big Easy with their authentic Cajun Style Cuisine.

To make a reservation give them a call at (859) 523-7915 or visit their website and fill out the contact form. See menu and pricing: HERE.

  • Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
  • Time: 11am to 7:30pm

 

8. Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party at Soundbar

Celebrate at Soundbar with $4 Hurricanes All Night Long! There will be NO COVER! Tuesday is Game Night, so the N64, Nintendo WII, PS4, Giant Connect 4, Pong Table, and GIANT Jenga will be set up. There will be a Pong Tournament at 10pm with CASH PRIZES! There will be $3 FIREBALL shots and $10 Beer Buckets all night long!

  • Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
  • Time: 9pm to 2:30am

 

9. Mardi Gras at Shamrock Bar & Grille 

March 5th is Fat Tuesday! Come Enjoy our Drink and Food specials then cheer on the Cats to another victory!
  • Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
  • Time: 12pm to close

 

10. Mardi Gras Crawfish Boil Extravaganza at Buddha Lounge 

This will be your first look at Roulay, downtown’s newest restaurant!

Menu includes:

  • Crawfish Boil with Red Potato, Corn, and Haricot Vert
  • Andouille Sausage and Chicken Gumbo
  • Shrimp Étouffée
  • Jambalaya
  • Vegetarian Red Beans and Rice
  • BBQ Shrimp Appetizer
  • Gulf Oysters on the Half Shell
  • Peach Cobbler Bread Pudding

The bar will be open for your enjoyment, as well as their specialized New Orleans themed cocktail menu!

  • Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
  • Time: 4pm to 10pm

 

11. Mardi Gras 2019 at Proud Mary BBQ

Doors open at 3pm!

Menu includes the following items, as well as a Mardi Gras buffet:

  • Boiled crawfish
  • Crawfish Etouffee
  • Red Beans & Rice
  • Fried Catfish
  • Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya
  • BBQ Shrimp
  • Pork
  • Brisket
  • Ribs
  • Smothered Cabbage
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Green Beans
  • Mardi Gras Slaw
  • Bread Pudding
  • King Cake

There will be drinks served such as Hurricanes and Abita Beer. In addition, there will be a King & Queen Contest and live music by Shades of Grass!

  • Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
  • Time: 3pm

 

12. Mardi Gras Celebration at Creaux

Come dressed in your Mardi Gras best for a chance to win a $100 gift card! Bring beads, share beads, give beads…whatever…just come have a great time!

Live music by the Baja Yetis, playing all of your New Orleans favorites from 7-10 pm. All night drink specials including 2 for 1 Hurricanes and daiquiris, $12 Slurricanes, and $3 whiskey shots. Our full-service dinner menu is available all night long until 11:00 pm including gumbo, red beans and rice, king cake, and more!

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased: HERE.

  • Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
  • Time: 6pm to 11pm

 

13. Mardi Gras Mania at Red Mile

Celebrate Fat Tuesday March 5th with their $3,000 Mardi Gras Mania Freeplay drawing from 6p, to 9pm. There will be delicious chicken gumbo and rice food specials ($6.99), tasty Hurricanes and king cake shots, plus beads and more!
  • Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
  • Time: 6pm to 9pm

 

14. Mardi Gras, Gastro Reunion, and UK at Blue Stallion Brewing Company

It’s Fat Tuesday! They’re celebrating with the return of their Hot Peppered Helles AND the infamous Gastro Gnomes (yes, THOSE GNOMES!) crawfish boil reunion!

  • Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
  • Time: 11am to 11pm

Check out what they’ve got in store for you:

  • All day: Hot Peppered Helles on tap!
  • 11am to 9pm: Dad’s Favorites specials!
  • 6pm to ???: GASTRO GNOMES crawfish boil! Come say hello to our dearly missed friends! They’re sticking around until the food is gone!
  • 6pm to 9pm: Zydegators zydeco music!
  • 9pm: UK battles Ole Miss on the big screens!

 

15. $5 Mardi Party Roll at Drake’s

The first Tuesday of every month is $5 Day at Drake’s! Check out a new $5 deal every month. On Fat Tuesday, March 5, come play for a $5 Mardi Party Roll and pair it with a $5 Carnival Cocktail! Available all day and for dine-in only!

 

I’ll be sure to update this list as I find out about more Mardi Gras specific events!

 

Be sure to get the word out about what’s going on for Fat Tuesday aka March 5, 2019!