Bay Area Mardi Gras

Those who can't make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras can bring their pockets-full-of-beads-and-a-dream to some local spots for Fat Tuesday. Miss Pearl's Jam House in Oakland, will have a live band, but more importantly specials on hurricanes and jello-shots. In SF, Town Hall throws own of the best Mardi Gras bashes this side of the Mason-Dixon, with great (and endless) N'Awlins food, drinks and face painters for those who want to look the part. If Tuesday night is too early in the week for you to drink and possibly expose yourself for beads, head down to Queen's Louisiana Po' Boys, which serves perhaps the most authentic Big Easy cuisine in the city.

Updated: February 12, 2010

Fat Tuesday

Town Hall

342 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Miss Pearl's Jam House

One Broadway at Jack London Square, Oakland, CA 94607

Queen's Louisiana Po-Boy Cafe

3030 San Bruno Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134