As is underscored in these Cinco de Mayo and Derby Day roundups, May 5 holds great promise for fans of the sauce. Since those first posts went up, we’ve heard from even more establishments going all fiesta. Some of the better options are highlighted below.
Little Water Cantina
Saturday looks to be primo patio weather, and you really can’t beat the alfresco setup here. A special taco menu is on offer starting at 11am; on the drinks front are margaritas made with chilies and fresh fruits and juices. Country Lips take the stage out back from 4:30-7:30, where you’ll also find a cash bar. Oh, and a happy bday to Little Water, which celebrates its first anniversary this weekend.
Two Beers Brewing
How fortuitous. The SoDo tasting room christens its extended Saturday hours this very weekend. Stop in between 1 and 6 to sample the festive rotating tap: Heart of Darkness Imperial CDA infused with habanero plum.
Saturday’s three-course feast boasts a Mexican twist with the help of some Cinco-appropriate libations and a succulent pig from Stokesberry Sustainable Farm. For reservations call 206-257-5761 or email eat at belleclementine.com.
The Fremont taqueria is also getting piggy with it. In addition to the whole-hog roast, find $3 margaritas, a free salsa bar, and build-your-own tacos, all to be enjoyed on the spankin’-new patio. The party—and live music—starts at 4pm, while food and drink specials begin at 11am. Families welcome until 8pm; $10 cover.
The Olive Way mainstay is a no-brainer destination, with its fun-happy vibe and tasty guac. An added incentive: the bar’s new tequila passport program. Normally it costs $25 to partake, but on Saturday the sign-up is $20. Included is a spiffy booklet for tracking your tastes of the bar’s more than 80 tequilas. Discounts are offered for each pour, and after making it through the program, you get a party for you and your pals. Doors open at noon instead of 5pm.
For the early birds, the tenders are mixing up a batch of “brunch punch”: Aperol, jalapeño, and grapefruit and beet juices. Hornitas margaritas, a happy hour staple here, are $5 all night long, amigo.
Another one for those who like to get at it early. Brunch dishes and $6 morning cocktails are available 10:30 till 2, when the Saturday-exclusive menu rolls out. A patio bar is tented, and shot and beer specials are promised. Anybody able to make it out of bed Sunday can hit repeat and check out the “recovery brunch” for hangover-pleasing dishes and cocktails, again priced at $6.