Best Bars To Celebrate Mardi Gras In Baltimore

February 7, 2013 6:00 AM

Can’t make it down to Louisiana for Fat Tuesday? No worries! Baltimore has enough bars to satisfy your appetite for the  pre-Lenten celebration. Put on some gold, green and purple beads and enjoy some of the best bars in town and you’ll forget that you aren’t on Bourbon Street in no time.
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Ale Mary’s

1939 Fleet Street
www.alemarys.comWant some classic Mardi Gras action? With delicious jambalaya and crawfish, this tavern near Canton gives an awesome atmosphere when it comes to visiting historic Fells Point. Look out for drinking games and beads all night long. Ale Mary’s quality is exceptional when it comes to food and an extraordinary social experience. Plus, the extensive beer selection will keep even the pickiest local beer fanatic coming back for more.



Kooper’s Tavern
1702 Thames Street

Kooper’s Tavern is located in historic Fells Point and has drinks and food specials every day and you can expect something extra special for Fat Tuesday. Last year’s Mardi Gras special was a burger with beads. Any day the tavern does not disappoint with its crawfish and New Orleans style jambalaya. Great deals on drinks, such as beer and wine with nice service, allows this tavern the ability to keep a good crowd of loyal patrons. Whatever else this year brings, expect a festive atmosphere at Kooper’s for Mardi Gras.

Cat’s Eye Pub
1730 Thames Street
Fells Point, Md. 21231
(410) 276-9866

Named as one of Baltimore’s 25 Best Bars, Cat’s Eye Pub has been a staple of the Baltimore community since the 1700’s. A nice, small, quaint pub in Fells Point Cat’s Eye provides multiple cold, fresh beers on tap. For Fat Tuesday,the pub will have beads, live music and “Hurricane specials.” This place gets high marks for bringing in good local bands, so don’t plan on talking all night. The party goes long into the night with the pub’s wonderful variety of lagers, ales and stouts.

MadRiverMad River Bar & Grille
1110 S Charles Street
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 727-2333

Located in Federal Hill, Mad River Bar and Grille provides a youthful atmosphere that appeals to the college crowd. The bar offers drink specials most years on Mardi Gras, and employees say that this year’s Mardi Gras bash will be no different. Expect the bar to be packed (as usual) for the holiday, but don’t let the crowds keep you away. This place is always worth a visit. Bonus: Regulars rave about Mad River’s wings!


Mother’s Federal Hill Grill
1113 S Charles Street
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 244-8686

This bar and grill is just down the street from Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium. The Mardi Gras party seeks to replicate the Southern roots of Mardi Gras, from beads to succulent gumbo.  Good music throughout the night also keeps the party raging and the extravagant evening includes free giveaways. Mother’s provides a wild and fun time for Fat Tuesday in the city.

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Nelson Barnes II is a freelance writer covering all things Baltimore. His work can be found on

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