Imbibing Agenda

Where to Go on Cinco de Mayo

How convenient: May 5 falls on a Saturday this year.

By Amanda Zurita April 27, 2012

The Matador gets festive on May 5 with specialty cocktails. Photo courtesy the establishment.

For an alfresco fiesta hit up the patio at Poquitos, where chef Manny Arce is roasting a whole pig. Tear into the $3 tacos then tip back festive libations made with agave nectar like Herradura and Avion. Happy hour happens from 4–6 and 11pm–1am.

Belltown Pub
From 2–midnight the bar goes south-of-the-border and offers a bevy of Mexican eats (street tacos, Mission-style burritos) alongside a special selection of tequila-inspired cocktails. Oh, and a mariachi band. One lucky amigo can keep the party rolling by winning the trip for two to Las Vegas.

The specials here include $6 margaritas (made with Cuervo Tradicional Silver) and an $8 shot-and-beer combo. Stop in during happy hour (4–6 and 10pm–1am) for more deals.

The Gerald
It’s a busy one for this Ballard Ave newcomer. In addition to hosting a grand opening celebration Saturday, the Gerald is feting both the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo. That means themed drinks including mint juleps and specialty margs—and that a sombrero can totally function as your kooky equestrian hat.

Bottleneck Lounge
Never one to miss a holiday, the Bottleneck is also doing the dual Derby/Cinco thing. Doors open at 2 (the race starts at 3), and prizes will go to best dressed and best headwear. Derby and Cinco–themed drink specials run throughout the day.

Coa Mexican Eatery and Tequileria
It’s a family affair at Coa as they roll out a bouncy house and piñatas for the little ones from noon–3. All day drink specials include fresh añejo tequila margaritas for $5 and $2 Tecate. The Maple Leaf spot is also serving up $2 street tacos and giving away $100—that’s 20 margaritas for you and your friends.

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