Margaritas, donuts and more for Mardi Gras in Philly

It’s pretty much Mardi Gras every day at Cantina Dos Segundos and Cantina Los Caballitos, Philly’s staple Mexican food joints, but today marks the official party.

On Tuesday, Mar. 4, from 11 a.m. - 2 a.m., join both establishments as they celebrate the festival spirit of Carnaval with $5 El Mayor margaritas, $5 El Jimador shots, $5 sangria and $3 Dos Equis Ambar drafts all day long. There will even be a photobooth at their South Philly location to snap photos of your fun night out. In addition to drink specials, you can chow down on $4 esquites, $4 chicken tinga tostadas, $5 Mexican hot dogs, $5 pork belly anticuchos, $5 vegetarian flautas, and $6 shrimp molletes.

Cantina Lo Caballitos (South Philadelphia) – 1651 E. Passyunk Ave.
Cantina Dos Segundos (Northern Liberties) – 931 N. 2nd St.


Other noteworthy local Mardi Gras celebrations:

International House (3701 Chestnut St.) – PhillyBloco presents Brazilian music at its finest! This 24-piece group features 12 Samba drummers along with a backing of vocals, bass, horns, guitar, accordion and more. Light bites complimentary of Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, and a cash bar.

McGillin’s Olde Ale House (1310 Drury St.) – Mardi Gras at an Irish Pub? Sure, why not! Hurricanes, po'boys, muffulettas and hot jambalaya plus their usual Tuesday specials” $6.50 Bud Light pitchers, $1 mugs of throwback beer (‘til the keg is kicked), 35 cent wings and $4.50 pickle backs.

City Tap House (3925 Walnut St.) – Homemade donuts and Abita Beers straight from New Orleans and a Mardi Gras-inspired quizzo at with Johnny Goodtimes. There's beads, prizes and so much more.

From Abita – Mardi Gras Bock, Jockomo, Purple Haze & Turbo Dog. The donuts – "The Elvis" is peanut butter donut with Nueske bacon & banana cream, "Chocolate Covered Strawberry" is a strawberry donut with chocolate ganache, "Bourbon Street" is a sweet corn donut with cinnamon sugar and bourbon glaze. "Turbo Dog" is a cake donut with cayenne powdered sugar and Turbo Dog caramel.