Who’s ready for Mardi Gras?
This year the celebration is not a street festival but a club crawl through seven bars and clubs in Chinatown and Downtown: Scarlet Honolulu, The ARTS at Marks Garage, Bar 35, NextDoor, Manifest, Downbeat and Square Barrels. You buy one wristband which gets you admission to all seven spots.
In addition, several Chinatown eateries including Grondin, Dumb Coq, Restaurant Epic and HASR Bistro are serving special Mardi Gras dishes and drinks and offering a 10 percent discount to festival-goers who show their Mardi Gras wristband. Here’s a breakdown!
16th Annual Mardi Gras Club Crawl
Fat Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 6 p.m. to close
Chinatown and Downtown
Early bird discount wristbands $7, regular price $10, must be 21+
Tickets and a full schedule available here
The music & special attractions
● ‘Sambadrome’ at the ARTS at Marks Garage featuring 2DoBem (Brazilian funk), DJ Caju and samba dancers
● ‘Burnin’ on the Bayou’ at NextDoor featuring Good Foot (soul, funk, afrobeat)
● ‘Rio By Night’ at Scarlet Honolulu, featuring Honolulu Zouk (Brazilian zouk), Fusion Dance Company (samba fusion) and Kalalea Lights (LED light show)
● ‘Zydeco Square’ at Square Barrels featuring Captain Gris Gris
● ‘Brasileira Samba’ at Manifest, with samba lessons and a dance contest
● ‘Beerdi Gras & Costume Contest’ at Bar35
● ‘Americana Corner’ at Downbeat Lounge featuring Discord & Rye and Serpico and the Sinners
The roving performers
● Aloha Samba’s sexy samba dancers, in traditional outfits, will be roaming about the neighborhood and performing inside and outside each participating venue
● Batucada CDO, a Brazilian percussion ensemble, will also be traveling from venue to venue. Batucada is an African-influenced sub-style of samba, performed by an energetic ensemble
● Reggie Padilla & The Stella Bean Bass Band: Tenor saxophonist Reggie Padilla, backed by an all-star lineup of local musicians, brings a fun, high-energy, foot-tapping sound to the Mardi Gras lineup. Catch them playing at five of the venues at different times throughout the night
Here’s where you’ll find sinful treats inspired by Louisiana, Brazil and beyond:
● Free king cakes (an old Catholic tradition which celebrates the visit of the Magi to the Christ child, the king cake is closely associated with Mardi Gras traditions and is served throughout the Carnival season in many regions) at Smith & Kings (69 N. King St.) every hour on the hour from 6 to 10 p.m. The lucky person who gets the baby in each cake wins a Smith & Kings gift certificate
● Do Braza Hawaii at The ARTS at Marks Garage (1159 Nuuanu Ave.)
Serving coxinha (chicken dumplings), empedinha (mini pies (shrimp, chicken or heart of palm) with a light, flaky crust), pastel de carne (beef empanadas) and doce de leite cheesecake (cheesecake with a wonderful Brazilian twist). All of Do Braza’s scrumptious treats are handmade by Andrea De Oliveira Quiming, originally from Rio de Janeiro
● La Roux at Nextdoor (43 N. Hotel St.)
Onolicious shrimp po’boys, jambalaya and bourbon bread pudding. La Roux is owned and operated by Louisiana native Corey Collins, who hails from Lafayette, and his wife Sheri Collins
● J.J. Dolan’s (1147 Bethel St.)
Serving shrimp gumbo and Cajun alligator pizza until 11 p.m.
● Guava Smoked at Scarlet Honolulu (80 S. Pauhi St.)
Mouthwatering smoked meats cooked with strawberry guava wood, served in a variety of styles. All meats are marinated with a Kauai family recipe, slow-smoked with Hawaiian strawberry guava wood and finished off onsite on a piping-hot grill
● Il Gelato Hawaii at The ARTS at Marks Garage (1159 Nuuanu Ave.)
Dark chocolate gelato, Tahitian vanilla, sea salt caramel, mango sorbetto, acai sorbetto, pitaya (dragonfruit) sorbetto + pitaya and acai bowls
● Wow Wow Lemonade on Hotel Street (between Manifest and Downbeat)
● Maria Bonita (15 N. Hotel St.)
Serving homemade Mexican flan
● Grondin French/Latin Kitchen (62 N. Hotel St.)
Serving the Grondin Sazerac: absinthe, Sazerac rye, simple syrup, Peychaud’s bitters and lemon zest
● The Dumb Coq (12 S. King St.)
Serving shrimp fried wraps (lemon and garlic marinated shrimp, sautéed with roasted peppers and sweet onions with jack cheese wrapped in a flour tortilla, topped with watermelon and lime reduction slaw). Slow-roasted pork tacos (slow-roasted pork shoulder, onion, cilantro topped with fresh pineapple and caramelized onion roasted tomato salsa). Moules frites (10 oz. fresh Penn Cove mussels, white wine, garlic, parsley, topped with shoestring fries and bread). Specialty coqtails: White Peach Margarita (tequila infused peaches muddled shaken with tequila reposado aged for eight months, and fresh lime juice). Hot Coq Margarita (bruised mandarins with cascabel pepper-infused tequila fresh lime and Cuervo tequila).
Laissez les bons temps rouler!