Tonight: Fat Tuesday celebrations in the city -- and beyond

It's Fat Tuesday -- which means the six weeks of abstinence heading into Easter start tomorrow.

Make the deprivation worth your while by partying hearty tonight:

Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, is hosting its annual Fat Tuesday festivities -- which kick off at 4 p.m. at the sibling Wazee Supper Club, 1600 15th Street, with a pre-parade party. Then march to the Wynkoop (last year's parade is pictured above), for live music (featuring the Kent High School R&B Ensemble, directed by Stephen Holley, followed by eight-piece brass band the O-Tones), Big Easy Lager and Creole cuisine, as well as complimentary masks and beads. The Wynkoop party runs until 1 a.m.; for more info, call 303-297-2700 or visit www.wynkoop.com.

Down the street at Jax Fish House (1539 17th Street), you can celebrate at Beads, Beignets & Babies. The Denver location is offering $5 Hurricanes and Hand Grenades, live music and a four-course menu for just $33 (with an optional $12 wine pairing). And the Boulder Jax (928 Pearl Street) will be partying, too, with Hosea's Blood Orange Hurricanes for $6 and a three-course menu for $35 (with a $15 optional wine pairing). Call 303-292-5767 for Denver or 303-444-1811 for Boulder.

You can also enjoy some brews in a lower-key environment: Sample five different Avery beers for just $10 at the Avery Beer Tasting, which starts at 5 p.m. at Proto's Pizzeria Napoletana, 4670 Broadway in Boulder. Call 720-565-1050 or visit www.protospizza.com.

And, as part of Mountain Sun's Stout Month, the brewery is hosting a Usurper Vintage Tasting from 4:20 to 6 p.m. at Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery, 1535 Pearl Street in Boulder. Call 303-546-0886 or visit www.mountainsunpub.com.

Finally, Pat's Philly Steaks & Subs, 1624 Market Street, will be offering three-for-one drinks (no, that's not a typo) from 8 p.m. till close. Call 303-534-1333 or visit www.patscheesesteaks.com.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings.

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