Oakland's Miss Pearl's Jam House in Jack London Square celebrates Mardi Gras all weekend beginning Friday with happy hour specials, zydeco and live music, daiquiries and hurricanes, southern comfort food and of course beads. The fun ends on Fat Tuesday.
Also Friday is Drake's Brewing's monthly First Friday open house from 4 to 8 p.m..$15 tickets get you a souvenir tasting glass and 3 tokens for 3 full pours with a voluntary $5/person donation to James Madison Elementary School, this month's non-profit.
On Saturday, Berkeley's Donkey & Goat will host its spring release party with Gather Restaurant from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the winery. Tickets are $18 in advance or $25 at the door (cash only) and include a Riedel glass, or bring your own glass and get $10 off any wine purchase of $35. Donkey & Goat specialize in Rhone varietals.
Miss Pearl's Jam House
1 Broadway, Oakland
1933 Davis St. Ste 177, San Leandro
Donkey & Goat
2323 B 4TH St., Berkeley