It's that time again folks, that time when it's perfectly acceptable to get day drunk in public while getting as undressed as the 51-degree forecast will allow us. That's right, Mardi Gras is this Saturday, February 9, in Soulard. If the only thing on your Mardi Gras to-do list so far is "party," then check out Gut Check's list of the top ten Mardi Gras-themed food and drink events happening in St. Louis, and maybe find a more solid plan -- that will, of course, still involve plenty of partying.
Molly's in Soulard (816 Geyer Road; 314-241-6200): VIP tents, cabanas, tables and shuttle bus packages. Food buffet, restroom access and open bar, certain packages also come with complimentary liquor of your choice. Shuttle bus package picks you up at destination of your choice and drops you off in Soulard. Saturday, February 9, at 11 a.m. Tickets cost $85 to $2,500.
The Shanti (825 Allen Avenue; 314-241-4772): Crawfish boil from 5 to 9 p.m. and Bottoms Up Blues Band from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thursday, February 7.
Bud Light Party Tent in Soulard Market Park (Lafayette Avenue and South 9th Street): Climate-controlled party tent which can hold up to 2,000 party goers with an all-you-can-eat Cajun/Creole buffet, an open bar, a cocktail tent, live music, beads and Bud Light giveaways. Saturday, February 9 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission costs $100.
Graham Grill and Bayou Bar (612 West Woodbine, Kirkwood; 314-965-2003): From Saturday, February 9 through Tuesday, February 12, Graham Grill and Bayou Bar is offering Cajun and Creole dinner specials, with a crawfish boil running February 5 through 12; 2 p.m. Saturday, February 9, and 4 p.m. Tuesday, February 12. Enjoy live music while dining, too.
Broadway Oyster Bar (736 South Broadway Street; 314-621-8811): This year for Mardi Gras, $20 gets you all-you-can-drink Southern Comfort hurricanes, draft beer and an unlimited breakfast buffet at Broadway Oyster Bar's Kegs 'n' Eggs party, from 8 to 11 a.m.; $9.95 for breakfast buffet only. Live music from Lightnin' Bottle Band at 8 p.m., Andy Frasco and the U.N. at 3 p.m. and Dash Rip Rock at 8 p.m. $5 cover gets you in the door for live music.
Three Monkeys (3153 Morganford Street; 314-772-9800): On Saturday, February 9, Three Monkeys hosts a Mardi Gras party with a $15 shuttle to the parade in Soulard, 24-ounce hurricanes, a breakfast buffet, as well as other food and drink specials. Its shuttle runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Joanie's Pizzeria (2101 Menard Street; 314-865-1994) Party package includes unlimited buffet, beer, well drinks and Hurricanes and live music all under Joanie's heated tent. Saturday, February 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $85.
Hwy 61 Roadhouse (34 South Old Orchard Street, Webster Groves; 314-968-0061): Various Cajun/Creole inspired food specials, live music and Mardi Gras drink specials daily for the Roadhouse's "Pardi Gras 2013." $10 bus service to the Soulard Mardi Gras Parade Saturday February 9, a $40 ticket includes breakfast buffet and endless Hurricanes and an assortment of beer along with shuttle service. Saturday, February 9.
Boogaloo (7344 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-645-4803): From Saturday, February 9, to Tuesday, February 12, Boogaloo in Maplewood is hosting a crawfish boil. The bar and restaurant is also offering hurricane specials on Saturday, February 9, and Tuesday, February 12.
InsideSTL Party Tent: (9th and Geyer Avenues, Soulard): InsideSTL partners with Miller Lite for the third annual Mardi Gras tent party in Soulard. Events under the heated tent include live entertainment, Mardi Gras giveaways, an afternoon food buffet, as well as six drink tickets with entry. Saturday, February 9, 11 a.m. to 7 pm. Cost is $65.