Fat Tuesday, Paczki Day, Carnivale, Mardi Gras. Whatever you like to call it, the day before Ash Wednesday is one of celebration. Whether you're a practicing Catholic, a less-than-fastidious Protestant or just someone who loves a good excuse to party hard, this is the day you have to get balls-out, falling-down shit-canned and no one can judge you, because they'll be right there with you.
Now no matter the date, there are some great places to party throughout metro Detroit, make no mistake about that. But come the Tuesday before we all give up our favorite things in honor of Jesus and all things blessed and holy, there are a few places around town we'd like to suggest you stop in for some unbelievable celebrating.
Who would have guessed one of metro Detroit's finest Cajun restaurants would throw one hell of a kick-ass Mardi Gras party, right? While you can always find traditional Creole-inspired food inside this Sterling Heights establishment, there will be even more New Orleans-flavored fun on this evening of heavy drinking and over-eating. A Cajun food sampling will be just one part of the festivities, while a live jazz band will perform from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., creating a truly authentic atmosphere. Rounding out the celebratory evening, a live DJ will perform from 9 p.m. to close. As their biggest party of the year, this won't just be a one-night affair, either. You can enjoy the themed festivities on 2/8, 2/9 and the evening of Fat Tuesday as well.
As previously noted, the celebration of Mardi Gras has many a name. Here in metro Detroit, it's probably best known as Paczki Day. The day Poland's greatest gift is granted to us and not a soul will judge us for eating a 1,200-calorie donut. The city of Hamtramck is especially well-known for its no-nonsense attitude regarding the seriousness of partying on this day of carb-loading. Small's is just one of the many establishments that will be throwing one hell of a shindig, and the activities planned therein are certainly worth noting. Open from 10 a.m. til 2 a.m., you can get your fill of jelly-filled confections here as well as live music. No cover will be charged to patrons and music will be performed from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Restaurant Association Arguably the largest of all the Fat Tuesday celebrations we've stumbled upon, the Mardi Gras Music Festival thrown by the Royal Oak Restaurant Association will include performances by some of Detroit's most prestigious local bands at ten locations across the city. Sponsored by Budweiser Black Crown and Bud Light, the one-night-only festival benefits the Royal Oak Animal Shelter. Including stops at The Rock on 3rd, The Oxford Inn, Woody's, Oak City Grille, Gemmayze, Fifth Avenue, Star Lanes at Emagine Royal Oak, O'Tooles, Pronto! and Blackfinn, admission to the event also includes a free shuttle provided by Emagine and Star Lanes. While food and drink will be available at most, if not all, stopping points, the music is the real star here. Favorties like Annabelle Road will be performing at The Oxford Inn, Broken Arrow Blues Band at Star Lanes, Under Pressure at Pronto! and Royce at The Rock on 3rd. Check-in starts at 5 p.m. at the venue of your choice and the $10 minimum donation provides patrons with access to drink specials as well.
Formerly known as Fishbones Rhythm Kitchen, you can see where this Greektown restaurant would perfectly fit the bill as an establishment with the chops to throw a real-deal Mardi Gras party. Suffice it to say, you won't be disappointed with the offerings therein. Staring at 7 p.m., entertainment includes live music provided by the As Is Band. Don't be afraid to don your best court jester getup or colorful cape, either. Yes, it's that kind of party. Don't feel like fishing out your old feather headdress or satin mask? Instead delight in the deliciousness that is $5 oysters, crawfish boils, catfish beignets and hurricanes.
Another paczki-themed Fat Tuesday fete will take place at three different locations throughout the metro Detroit area and it is yet another occasion where stuffing your gob with sugar-coated confections isn't frowned upon but celebrated and encouraged. At Dooleys' Roseville, Sterling Heights and Mt. Clemens locations, a paczki-eating contest will commence at 9 p.m. and the winners will be awarded with cash prizes. Don't miss the opportunity to guzzle down dozens of donuts in honor of Jesus's ascension to heaven.
New Dodge Lounge
Another of Hamtramck's finest drinking establishments, New Dodge Lounge will also be throwing an unforgettable Paczki Day affair. While the calorie-dense confections will, as always, still be the star of the show, there will also be some pretty stellar local music to be heard inside this fantastic little dive. And the best part? The party starts at 7 a.m. That's right. You read the correctly. Before the February sun has risen, the music and donut-eating will commence. Even better? There's no cover for this day-long fete. Catch The Polish Muslims, The Party, Jo-Town, Misty Blues, DJ Blayd and Tony Paris. With the entire party broadcast on The WRIF, there will also be Miller Girls, giveaways, tons of beads and Jager, Miller, slut and bomb specials. Plus a Men's Hot Leg Contest! | RDW