Mardi Gras Recap

Last night was Mardi Gras, and there were two places in the Falls Church area packed with people sippin on Hurricanes and Abita beer. Both Dogwood Tavern and Chasin Tails (Arlington) held special events for Fat Tuesday and both were big hits with local residents. I went down and checked out both of them. Here's what happened.

My first stop was Dogwood Tavern. They had a special happy hour with $3 Abita Mardi Gras Bock, a beer from New Orleans, and $7 hurricanes and cyclones, two New Orleans specialties. They also rolled out a special cajun menu with items like gumbo, po' boys, red beans & rice, crawfish, and my favorite, duck & alligator sausage jambalaya.

The Mardi Gras Bock is pretty much blah, but the hurricanes were well made. While they did have all that N.O. food, I decided to get my favorite, raw oysters instead. It was also raw bar night, which is the greatest night in the city, so a dozen oysters goes for $8.

Dogwood was playing a soundtrack of bayou hits and at 7pm the Fascinatin Rhythm Band took the stage with some swing dancey music. There were beads on every table, all over the lights, and mardi gras decorations were all over the place. The best part was the staff, who were all decked out in face paint, masks, and silly hats. (view all their pics at Dogwood's Facebook)

After Dogwood, we headed over to Chasin' Tails which can only be described as a s-show. The place was standing room only, and the front waiting area / bar area was more packed than the amount of people at tables. The bartenders were slammed spending their time trying to serve an insane amount of people while having to make specialty drinks all night long. They did a very good job.

Chasin' Tails is a crawfish place and is all about the cajun feel with their menu items and beer selection. You can get like 7 different types of Abita beer there.

All night long they had $5 Bayou Blasts, Fishbowl drinks, and Hurricanes. Whatever blue frozen pina colada thing we had was the best pina colada I've ever had in my life. All the drinks were basically giant pixie sticks, loaded with sugar.

They also had their Happy Hour running late, which is known for its 34oz draft beers that run from $7-$8. However, since it was Mardi Gras, I opted for their selection of Abita (from Louisiana) beers for $3.75 instead.

When it was all said and done, I tried every single type they had. Mardi Gras Bock, Turbodog, Purple Haze, Grapefruit IPA, and Restoration Pale Ale. And according to my bar tab, there was also some Fireball involved...oh...

We got caught up in all the beer that we didn't even notice the other events that may or may not have been going on. There was supposed to be a crawfish eating contest, free desserts, hidden prizes, and raffle tickets.

At the end of the night I hit up 7-11 for pizza and the guy refused to make it for me. A sad ending to a fun night.

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