2/08/2013 01:25:00 PM

Beads, Beer and Crawfish Boils: 7 Spots to Celebrate Mardi Gras in LA

We may not be on the bayou, but LA certainly likes to kick up its heels for some Mardi Gras fun, and the good times start rolling this weekend. You'll find crawfish, jumbalaya, beignets and plenty of Abita beer to overindulge in before Lent all over town. But who's really giving up beer for Lent? Pssht. Crazy thought. Grab your beads and laissez le bon temps rouler!

The Original Farmers Market
The party starts this weekend with Cajun and Zydeco bands, food specials throughout the stalls, and a pet parade and contest - yes, the best-dressed male and female dogs will be crowned the King and Queen of Mutti Gras. Of course, you can always stop in for some gumbo, po' boys and beignets at The Gumbo Pot. Events begin on Saturday, Feb. 9 and continue through to Tuesday (6333 W. 3rd St.; 323-933-9211).

Federal Bar
The North Hollywood bar knows that you need at least a full weekend to enjoy the Carnival season. Get all sorts of Bayou-themed eats and drinks like peel-and-eat crawfish with corn and boiled potatoes, beignets, jambalaya and Abita beer from now through Tuesday (5303 Lankershim Blvd.; 818-980-2555).

The Other Door
On Fat Tuesday, the North Hollywood bar is throwing a genuine New Orleans-style crawfish boil with all the fixings and King Cake for dessert. Don't let the little baby get stuck in your teeth. Tickets are $10 per person, and must be purchased ahead of time here (10437 Burbank Blvd.; 818-508-7008).

Post & Beam
The Baldwin Hills restaurant will have a three-course menu with spicy flavors from the South on Fat Tuesday. Chef Govind Armstrong's dishes include blue crab beignets, black eyed pea gumbo with tasso ham and Gulf shrimp, a full-on crawfish boil, and sweet potato pie with praline and marshmallow for dessert. To drink, an iced tea-lemonade-vodka concoction made with Meyer lemons from the restaurant garden. Cost is $28 per person; drinks, tax and tip are extra (3767 Santa Rosalia Dr.; 323-299-5599).

Tony's Darts Away
What do vegans give up for lLetn? Swearing? The Burbank beer bar will have vegan versions of gumbo, po' boys, red beans and rice, and king's cake - and non-vegan items for the rest of us - on Tuesday. Party starts at 5 PM (1710 W. Magnolia Blvd.; 818-253-1710).

Kings Row Gastropub
It's an Abita beer tap takeover at the Old Town Pasadena pub, including Turbodog, Jockamo IPA, Vanilla Double Dog, Andygator, SOS, and Restoration Pale Ale. All beers will be at happy hour prices ($1 off for draft), and there will be giveaways, T-shirts, beeds, the works (20 E. Colorado Blvd.; 626-793-3010).

Sassafras
The Southern setting at Sassafras is a good stand-in for the French Quarter. At Tuesday night's party you'll the Muffuletta Brass Band, the Juicy Beaute Burlesque troupe, New Orleans-style libations (Sazeracs!) and some Cajun food offerings. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time. Starts at 7 PM, food served till 10 PM, bar stays open till 2 AM (1233 N. Vine St.; 323-467-2800). Photo: Izik/Flickr

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