The city of New Orleans got creative in response to citywide parade cancellations, with some residents transforming their houses into floats. The image perfectly encapsulates the changes that will be felt throughout the nation on Tuesday, Feb. 16th – on Mardi Gras.

In accommodation with recommended health directives, the city of Omaha will be safely celebrating Mardi Gras in smart, creative ways. Now it’s time to festoon yourself with beads, masks and other Fat Tuesday swag! The following guide will shed some insight on where you can find some safe fun nearby.

What is a party without the jam?

Mardi Gras Open Jam

Therapy Bar and Grill

5059 S 108th St

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Therapy Bar and Grill has been holding it down for live music in Omaha throughout the pandemic. The establishment not only serves great drinks and tasty food, but they also host a weekly event considered crucial in Omaha music.

Every Tuesday, Therapy hosts the Open Jam, where musicians of all skill levels can safely join in the music-making. For beginners, this is a great opportunity to have fun, learn some new things, and get connected with other musicians.

Therapy has a reputation of being a great, family-oriented neighborhood bar and grill, “with always something going on.” And while it can get lively, especially on Tuesday nights, it’s always an easy-going and overall classy vibe. 

In short, go to an open jam for Mardi Gras. Follow social distancing measures and you’ll have a rocking time.


Beer, Hurricanes… it’s all good!

Fat Tuesday at Upstream

Upstream

514 S 11th St

11:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

Upstream has held the number one spot for best brewpub on ‘Reader’s Choice Best of the Big O’ list for the last five years. And that’s due to their unflinching commitment to amazing local drinkers.

Although their annual Fat Tuesday will have a different face this year considering the pandemic, Upstream’s celebration will go on. They ask that their customers practice logical social distancing measures – a small price given the fun to go around.

Plus, get ready to witness the wonder, as Magician Joe Cole will dazzle his audience from 6 to 9 pm. There is no cover for this.

Finally, don’t forget about the drink specials, like 7-dollar Hurricanes that will get you in the spirit. And while you’re at it, chow down on some amazing Cajun food in the form of appetizers and entrees.


Mr. and Miss Mardi Gras Pageant

The Max Omaha

1417 Jackson St

8 PM

The Max is locally known as the best gay nightclub in America, “a place where everyone is on Saturday night,” for good reason. To celebrate Mardi Gras, the Max is throwing a pageant, expected to be epic despite pandemic procedures. 

Additionally, the pageant will mark the end of what has been a difficult and highly abnormal year. Mardi Gras will be the first real celebration, and a bit of nightlife, of the new year for many.

Moreover, there will be food available – because what’s better than dancing and eating? So, not only can you see some talented pageant acts, but you can also leave with a full stomach.

Additionally, there’s no cover fee – other than health, of course: if you do not feel well, please do not come. But if you feel well and want to party, come to the Max!


Cowboy boots optional!

Mardi Gras at Bushwackers

Bushwackers Saloon

7401 Main Street, Ralston

5 pm

For only a $5 cover charge, you can enjoy a great night of drinks, beads, and live music at the Omaha-staple Bushwackers. This legendary saloon in Ralston will be hosting Mardi Gras amidst the chaotic pandemic.

To celebrate life despite the pandemic blues, The Swamp Boys Blues Band will be playing from 7 to 11 pm. What’s more, after the live band, there will be a very talented DJ to keep the party going, starting at 11 pm sharp.

The usual line dancing and bull riding mayhem are best enjoyed with Hurricanes and other great Mardi Gras drinks. Attendants are invited to toss beads – respectfully – to get into the holiday spirit.

Ultimately, if you feel up to going out, and you have an affinity for country western music, come to Bushwackers. Mardi Gras is as good as time as any.


Titanic Trivia

Goldeez

5502 N 103rd St

7 pm

Goldeez is considered the bright spot of Northwest Omaha neighborhood bars. And if you want in on a secret, they will be hosting their free weekly trivia contest night on Mardi Gras.

The trivia will center around Titanic – the greatest movie to ever take up so many VHS tapes. The staff recommends you come early, before 7 pm, to get signed up.

There will be four rounds total, each with 5 questions; followed by an all-or-nothing round, just like in the show Jeopardy! Plus, trivia night now also doubles as BINGO night, so players can play a game within a game, Inception-style.

There are many great prizes, including a $25 first prize gift card, $15 for the second, and $10 for third place. If you’re looking to incorporate Leo DiCaprio and the competitive spirit into your Mardi Gras, look no further than Goldeez.


Nobody puts Baby in a corner… unless it’s Beer Corner USA.

Mardi Gras on Beer Corner USA

Beer Corner USA

3578 Farnam St

11 AM – midnight 

Arguably hosting the year’s hottest Mardi Gras party in Omaha is Beer Corner USA. They will do so alongside Huber Haus German Bier Hall, Max & Joe’s Tavern and Tasting Room, and Crescent Moon Ale House.

While the annual event is different this year, the level of excitement, quality of food, and vast selection of drinks are the same. One major difference, though, is the lack of a cover charge this year!

Moreover, there will be delicious Cajun food from the Ale House Grill, from 11 am to 11 pm, for both dine-in and to-go. And The Huber Haus German Bier Hall will start its Haus Party at 5 pm.

Additionally, there will be great “Fat Tuesday” drink specials. Pint Night starts at 4 pm, featuring one free glass and discounted refills; and Hurricanes will be on tap, for pints, buckets, and to-go.

Moreover, there will be delicious Cajun food from the Ale House Grill, from 11 am to 11 pm, for both dine-in and to-go. And The Huber Haus German Bier Hall will start its Haus Party at 5 pm.

Additionally, there will be great “Fat Tuesday” drink specials. Pint Night starts at 4 pm, featuring one free glass and discounted refills; and Hurricanes will be on tap, for pints, buckets, and to-go.


Get your yum on at Geno’s Pub Grub for Mardi Gras at Pint Nine; perhaps some loaded fries with poutine?

Mardi Gras Food Truck – Geno’s Pub Grub

Pint Nine Brewing Co.

10411 Portal Rd. Suite 104, Papillion

5 to 8 pm

Pint Nine has made a name in Omaha over the last few years providing deliciously unique beer to local drinkers. This year, they are partnering with Geno’s Pub Grub Food Truck and Kros Strain Brewing Company to celebrate Mardi Gras.

Kros Strain, known for its Fairy Nectar IPA, and Geno’s Pub Grub, known for feeding pub-crawlers, will pair nicely with Pint Nine’s sophisticated, beery atmosphere. The results are likely to be explosive, with not only great selections of bottles and drafts but also some much-needed tasty food via Geno’s well-run truck. 

So, if you’re feeling up to the task, for not one but two great local breweries, Pint Nine is waiting. There will be social distancing measures taken to ensure people can drink and celebrate safely, and attendants are encouraged to wear masks.


Tequila Brothers, performing for Mardi Gras at The WestEnd

Fat Tuesday with the Tequila Brothers

The WestEnd

1529 S. 203rd Street, Suite 1

6-9:30 PM

The WestEnd is a self-proclaimed business casual lounge for gourmet appetizers, craft cocktails, and a wide variety of bottled beer. They will be celebrating Mardi Gras this year, in observation of social distancing measures, featuring a whole lot of style and class.

Two sister bands – the Tequila Brothers and Lemon Fresh Day – will be taking center stage. Together, the two will facilitate a great night of playing whatever cover songs you request by yelling out from the bar. 

What’s more, this is a free event. So, if you’re looking for a great live show, featuring one of Omaha’s most recognized cover bands, come on out.

If you’re in West Omaha for Mardi Gras or want to be, The WestEnd’s Fat Tuesday with the Tequila Brothers is your free, golden ticket. If you feel well enough to party, you’re in for a treat.


Fat Tuesday at the Parthenon

The Parthenon in Lincoln

5500 South 56th Street #8, Lincoln

5:30 PM

The Parthenon is one of the most well-known restaurants in Lincoln, featuring an incredible and authentic Greek-style cuisine. This year, they will be celebrating Fat Tuesday safely, yet ever so lively – which is good news for those living in, and partying around, Lincoln.

No, not that one.

They will be laying out a special Cajun/Creole menu for hungry pub-crawlers, which is expected to be a knockout. And the drink specials will be flowing with extra fervor as well.

Moreover, there will be a live musical performance from Josh Hoyer from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. The frontman of Soul Colossal will surely blow you away with his excellent, soulful renditions.

The Parthenon urges anyone who plans on attending to call ahead of time, at 402-423-2222, to make reservations. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, they expect availability to be limited.


Mardi Gras Celebration

Caddy’s Kitchen & Cocktails

103 W Broadway, Council Bluffs

5-9 PM

Caddy’s is a vibrant bar and grill’s in Council Bluffs, only a quick trek away for some Mardi Gras fun. This staple of CB has made a strong reputation for itself through great people, great food, and great drinks.

The venue asks that bargoers bring their masks. Meanwhile, the beads will be supplied, and specials for drinks and food will roll all night long.

There is no cover fee, so if you’re looking for a place with great prices and service, this should be at the top of your list. The beautiful indoors is alone worth attending.

Moreover, If you want to celebrate Mardi Gras a hop, skip, and a jump away from Omaha, come to Caddy’s. Out of all the things to do, if you’re not doing them in Omaha, you should be doing them here.


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