Mardi Gras 2014: Five Fat Tuesday celebrations happening tonight

Check out our last-minute guide to parties, food and music to transport you to New Orleans.… Just keep your shirt on, please.

Photograph: Jolie Ruben

Sometimes we wish NYC were a little bit more like the Big Easy—especially on brutally cold days like this one. One convenient solution for today to bring your spirits up is to drink the winter blues away and pretend you're in sunny New Orleans. It is Mardi Gras, after all.

Kick back tonight with a bayou beer, some plastic beads and Southern tunes at one of these five shindigs. And if you're looking to celebrate Fat Tuesday from a purely gastronomical perspective, check out our favorite restaurants serving BBQ and soul food.

Mardi Gras Drinktacular at BrisketTown

  • Free

One of our favorite smoked-meat eateries in town is doing it up Crescent City–style this evening. Owner Daniel Delaney is promising a free keg of Abita Mardi Gras Bock for his patrons. Plus, the Williamsburg joint will be serving up special Cajun-rubbed ribs in addition to the usual menu. 5pm

  1. Briskettown

Annual Mardi Gras Party at the Way Station

  • Free

Tonight, the quirky Prospect Heights drinkery will (briefly) shift its focus from Doctor Who to N'awlins for its third annual Mardi Gras bash. Toss back Abita brews and on-special Sazerac cocktails—you'll need them to stay warm when swing band Buhre Station Stomp Society comes at 10pm and leads a second line down Washington Ave. 8pm

  1. The Way Station

Mardi Gras All-Star Brass Band at Brooklyn Bowl

Give your feet a workout (instead of your stomach) at this down-South shindig. Local musicians including members of Medeski Martin & Wood, Lettuce and more will combine forces as Brooklyn Bowl's All-Star Brass Band for a night of pure NOLA-style revelry. 8pm; $12, advance $10

  1. Brooklyn Bowl

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