At City Club, we strive to capture the grace and elegance of the South, creating an atmosphere of relaxed luxury. Cocktails at the bar, fine dining, or perhaps just a reflective moment on our porch—an air of civility pervades this place.

This month, however, we’re going to cut loose a bit and embrace another wonderful Southern tradition. Mardi Gras—“Fat Tuesday”—marks the end of carnival season and the beginning of Lent. Historically, as communities on the Gulf Coast marked this passage from a time of celebration to a period of spiritual reflection, they elected to have one last riotous party. The trappings of Mardi Gras have become part of the popular imagination—parades, masked balls, elaborate costumes, food, drink and merriment.

Not to be left out, City Club is throwing its own Mardi Gras celebration on Friday, February 8th. And there are big things in the works. Greg Matheson, our Bartender-in-Chief, will be serving up some classic—and rarely seen—New Orleans cocktails, including the Sazarac and the famous Hurricane. Abita Brewery’s Mardi Gras Bach will also be on draft for those preferring a classic Louisiana beer. From the kitchen, we learn that our culinary magicians will be cooking up some New Orleans favorites: Alligator Etouffee, Crawfish Beignets, Jambalaya, Gumbo, Muffalettas. And as always, no Mardi Gras celebration would be complete without music. Wilmington’s own Benny Hill Trio will be performing some classic Jazz standards guaranteed to keep you in the moment.

We’re encouraging all guests to dress the part—beads, masks, costumes, the sky is the limit. Reservations are required, so please call 343-1880, extension 210 to make them. We’ll look forward to seeing you there.

Now, if you’ll excuse me. I’ve developed the profound craving for a Sazarac.