When it comes to celebrating Cinco de Mayo, Americans know how to do it right. Though historically, May 5 commemorates the Mexican army’s victory of the French in 1862, Cinco de Mayo is virtually ignored in Mexico. Yet, the revelry continues across the border with Americans celebrating Mexican heritage by offering traditional fare, Margaritas, tequila-based beverages and entertainment from Mariachi bands and more. What’s not to celebrate? If you need help planning, here are some of our favorite Cinco de Mayo promos going on this year!
If you’re in Chicago, start your night at Moe’s Cantina. At the Wrigleyville hot spot, Cinco de Moe’s is a true fiesta. Nosh on $1 tacos while sipping on $5 Olmeca Altos Margaritas, $3 Coors Light or $4 ABSOLUT, Malibu and Jameson cocktails. It doesn’t end there, as there will be drinks and dancing all night, as well.
At Calico Jack’s in Glendale, Ariz., you can start the day at 10 a.m. with Burros and Huevos. Outside, live music, Mexican dancers and Mariachis will perform starting at 12:30 p.m. while a DJ will be spinning the hits all day inside. Guests also have a chance to win $1,000 in cash and prizes during contests that include: The Biggest Burrito eating contest, a Shake It Like Shakira contest and a Hot Tamale eating contest. This all-day celebration also will feature special guests 3 “Little” Amigos.
Elsewhere in Arizona, Dos Gringos is having huge Cinco de Mayo parties at all four of its locations (Scottsdale, Mesa, South Tempe and Chandler). Doors open at 11 a.m., where the Margaritas will be flowing all day. This year’s celebration features live bands, DJs, drink specials, prizes, games and giveaways. At the Tempe location, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Community Asset and Resource Enterprise (CARE) Partnership in Mesa, Ariz.
In New York City, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in a variety of ways. Alma in Brooklyn is going a more low key by featuring a signature freshly-squeezed blood-orange Margarita. At Centrico, the outdoor bar will be serving signature Cinco de Mayo drinks such as the Jalapini (silver tequila infused with pineapple and jalapeno) and the Mentha Magico (spiced rum and agave), satiating thirsty revelers. If you’re looking for some adventure, check out El Maguey y La Tuna and try its flaming tequila shots, sign up for raffles and the historical Mexican trivia contest or participate in “popo,” the race to see who can drink beer spiked with tequila the fastest.
If downing Margaritas isn’t for you, Pampano in NYC, is offering a $50 Cinco de Mayo tasting menu from Chef Richard Sandoval’s signature Coastal Mexican Cuisine featuring Pampano Tricolor Ceviche Spoons (mahi-mahi, halibut, corvine), Sopa de Lima (lime broth, lump crab meat, crispy tortillas, avocado) Callo de Hacha (jumbo scallop, huitlacoche tamale, roasted corn-epazote relish) with Postre (cheese panacotta, pomegranate reduction, caramelized pumpkin seeds) for dessert and more. Start the night early by going to happy hour at the Tequila Bar & Lounge from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and order the $5 guacamole, tacos and torts, $4 cervezas, $6 vinos and $8 Margaritas/Latin Cocktails.
Mercadito in Chicago is offering live music, DJ performances and a shareable Cinco de Mayo menu including guacamoles, salsas, tacos, sides and desserts to share for $40. If you’re with a large group, order a bottle of Missionary (Repo)sition Tequila Punch, created by Tippling Bros., and made with reposado tequila, red wine-pear syrup, falernum, fresh lime juice and garnished with fresh citrus.