Phatt Tuesday!

 March 4, 2014
Posted by jenn

Or do we mean Fat Tuesday – Same, Same.

OK…before we reveal some of the Fat Tuesday fun for tonight in San Francisco we’re going to answer for you that question that has been nagging you all day.  Or maybe it didn’t even occur to you…but here it is and you need to read it before we do the big reveal!

What IS Fat Tuesday?

How did Mardi Gras begin?

Fat Tuesday is Mardi Gras, the festival New Orleans, Louisiana, is famous for. “Gras” is French for fat and “Mardi” is French for Tuesday.

The annual festivities start on January 6, the Twelfth Night Feast of the Epiphany, yadda yadda three kings arrive,  yadda yadda Ash Wednesday, dirty forehead, Lent begins and there’s no fun for 40 days.

Mardi Gras is a legal holiday in New Orleans. It is scheduled to occur 46 days before Easter. Since the actual date Easter occurs on changes yearly, Mardi Gras can happen on any Tuesday between February 3 and March 9.

For two centuries it has been an annual event in New Orleans, except during the two World Wars.

There you go… you are prepared and dangerous.  And, have earned the right to what is happening tonight:

Town Hall
342 Howard Street
San Francisco, Ca
(415) 908-3900
Town Hall

Town Hall’s Fat Tuesday celebration is a nonstop evening of food, drink and live music that many have dubbed the best Mardi Grad celebration outside the Big Easy. The evening kicks off at 6pm with unlimited buttermilk fried chicken, etouffee, gumbo, oysters, BBQ shrimp, jalapeno cornbread, Abita beer, Hurricanes and Caipirinhas. Featuring live music from D’Amphibians, you can get your face painted and a balloon animal of Harry Connick Jr. (kidding, Harry) with your $60 advance ticket. Buy early, bargain hunters. Tickets at the door are $75.
mardi gras sf Bay Area Mardi Gras Hot Spots

San Francisco’s Fillmore District
1290 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA
Mardi Gras San Francisco

San Francisco historic Fillmore District is your ground zero for Mardi Gras West! The 5th Annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball and Fundraiser has become a 4-day celebration of music and tradition with kick-off activities on Saturday, March 5th, culminating with annual Masquerade Ball on Fat Tuesday, March 8th. “The Fat Tuesday” Ball features Lloyd Gregory, a DJ, dancing, dinner, beverage, a $300 prize for best costume and a silent auction with all proceeds from Mardi Gras benefiting The Village Project’s summer programs for children.

Ruby Skye
420 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 693-0777
Ruby Skye

The Friday and Saturday preceding the actual Fat Tuesday means San Francisco’s super-club, Ruby Skye transforms itself into Bourbon Street. Ruby really goes all out for mardi gras. It’s kinda their “thing.” Park yourself at a “Hurricane Station” and watch acrobats fly through the club, dazzling the raunchy revelers. A $40 weekend pass gets you in both nights. Sure, Ruby Sky is a little more ‘Night at the Roxbury’ than you might prefer, but it’s Mardi Gras baby! Voulez vous coucher avec moi?
roux Bay Area Mardi Gras Hot Spots

Roux Louisiana Kitchen
3055 Olin Avenue
San Jose, CA
(408) 249-8000
Roux Louisiana Kitchen

It’s Mardi Gras all year long at San Jose hotspot, Roux. The sultry ambiance of Roux evokes the unique experience of wandering through New Orleans’ fabled French Quarter. Guests sip Dixie Beer and Hurricane cocktails while snacking on crawfish or crab cakes at comfortable seating in the lounge, while tables spill out onto the sidewalk that, with a little imagination, feels a bit like Bourbon Street. This year, celebrate Mardi Gras at Roux with delicious drink specials, DJs spinning the latest hits and authentic Louisiana appetizers.
miss pearls Bay Area Mardi Gras Hot Spots

Miss Pearl’s Jam House
1 Broadway
Oakland, Ca
(510) 444-7171
Miss Pearl’s Jam House

Miss Pearl’s Jam House celebrates Mardi Gras Louisiana style. This five day celebration begins Friday, March 4th until Fat Tuesday, March 8th. Come enjoy live music, Southern comfort food, a gumbo throwdown, giveaways, daiquiris, Hurricanes, and other Happy Hour specials. This five day event kicks off at sunset on Friday (3/4) with the David Landon Blues Band till 11pm. Saturday begins with a gumbo throwdown from 1-4pm, followed by Joey Altman & the Back Burner Blues Band hopping on stage to rock you into the night. Happy Hour lasts all weekend long, getting you to Fat Tuesday. Celebrate official Mardi Gras with the Craig Caffall Band for some steamy soul music and all of the free beads your outfit can handle.

Have fun tonight and be safe!