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Amidst the sparkle of beads, intoxicating cocktails, jazz and a New Orleans state of mind, here’s a selection of bars to get your Mardi Gras celebration going strong. Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday and what could be better than indulging in decadent paczkis than getting together with the gang and going out for a wild night on the town? Fat Tuesday falls on February 17, 2015. Be sure to pick your poison for one of the Detroit Metro-area’s Mardi Gras hot spots.

400 Monroe St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 965-4600

Fishbones is a New Orleans-style bar/restaurant that features live music in a fun and funky atmosphere. It is located in downtown Detroit in the heart of Greektown, right next to the Greektown Casino. Fill up on some delicious fare while you imbibe on creative cocktails. The menu is heavily steeped in Creole-style cooking offering classic New Orleans dishes such as jambalaya and crawfish etouffee. If you’re not in the mood for the New Orleans fare, you can always try some of the exquisite sushi creations or a number of other great dishes. And if you’re feeling extra sassy, head next door to the casino and let it ride.

Gator Jake’s
36863 Van Dyke Ave.
Sterling Heights, MI 48312
(586) 983-3700

Gator Jake’s brings the Mardi Gras party to you with beads, booze, babes and good times. If you forget to eat before you go out, don’t worry because Jake’s offers a full menu just in case you need to soak up some of that Mardi Gras celebration booze. Be sure to try the Mardi Gras supreme nachos. The bar has a younger crowd and fills up fast for the annual New Orleans-themed celebration. If you’re feeling festive, grab your friends and head out to one of the area’s hottest Mardi Gras party destinations.

Howe’s Bayou
22848 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 691-7145

Howe’s Bayou is draped in New Orleans grandeur. It starts with the dark and mysterious interior and ushers in the happy chatter of guests enjoying themselves on any given night. Howe’s offers up some of Detroit’s finest New Orleans fare in a fun and friendly atmosphere. The jambalaya and crawfish etouffee is absolutely divine. Howe’s Mardi Gras celebration is accented with live music, bright sparkly beads, cool cocktails served with a smile and king cake.

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Mr. B’s Pub
215 S. Main St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 399-0017

Mr. B’s celebrates Mardi Gras with all the glitz, glam and gluttony of a seasoned professional. It’ll be serving up great drink specials, music, fun and food for a party you won’t want to miss. This is a great place to head to with a big group of you and your friends and especially if you’re single and on the prowl. B’s promises to be fun for the masses. People are still recovering from last year’s celebration. Don’t be left out of the fun this year.

Woody’s Diner
208 W. 5th St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 543-6911

Make Woody’s Diner a stop on your Mardi Gras itinerary as it’s always a party when you’re with good friends in the right spot. Woody’s will be offering sweet drink specials, great food and it’s right in the heart of downtown Royal Oak, which will be abuzz with fun Mardi Gras activities. And don’t forget to come back after the Mardi Gras fun when the weather gets nice because Woody’s features a great rooftop bar.

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Natalie Sugarman has had a passion for writing and music since a very young age. She currently works for Renaissance Media and handles all social media for the company. Natalie is also a freelance music writer in Detroit. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.