Where would we be without tequila, without margaritas? In a much sadder place, that is certain. That’s why we’re thrilled to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican-American holiday that celebrates Mexican heritage and culture, including the wonderful culinary contributions it has made. May 5 falls on a Sunday this year, and celebrations are going down all over Philly — just check our guide, below, to find out where to go. ¡Vámonos de parranda!
Bainbridge Street Barrel House: The Bella Vista beer bar is doing $5 margaritas all day long on Sunday, May 5.
Cantina Feliz: From noon to close on Sunday, May 5, the Fort Washington bar is hosting a fiesta with freshly roasted pig. Look for sangria, Mexican beers, more than 50 kinds of tequila, and three special margaritas on offer to go along with the pig platters.
Chaddsford Winery: Spend noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 4 or Sunday, May 5, on the rolling hills of the winery’s estate and enjoy Mexi-style mixed wine drinks such as the Niagarita at the on-site bar, along with special Mexican-themed eats.
Cheu Noodle Bar: Get a free can of Tecate with any food purchase at the hot new (currenly BYO) noodle bar in Wash West on Sunday, May 5.
Chestnut 7: Out in Chestnut Hill, this bar will serve a special menu of Mexican food and offer $3 Modello drafts, $4 Corona and Corona Lights, $5 white sangria, and $5 margaritas from 11 a.m. onward on Sunday, May 5.
Copabanana: On South Street, the tropical tavern is celebrating the holiday with $5 margaritas and mexican food specials all day long on Sunday, May 5.
Devil’s Alley: From 4 p.m. to close, the Rittenhouse bar is serving $5 margaritas, $4 Coronas, and Mexican-themed food specials.
Distrito: Jose Garces’ University City Mexican is throwing an all-day fiesta. Brunch starts at 11 a.m. with special "cinco for cinco" dishes for $5 each. At noon the DJ and drink deals start, including $3 Corona Light drafts and Modelo Especial cans and $5 El Jimador margaritas. Also look for even more $5 to $7 food specials.
El Vez: The Stephen Starr Mexican is hosting a huge block party in Midtown Village for the second year running. From noon to 9 p.m., 13th Street between Sansom and Walnut will be closed to traffic and you’ll find pop-up food and drink stands instead. Performer "El Vez" will provide live music and Elvis covers.
Fergie’s Pub: The Irish never miss a chance to get in on drinking fun, and on Sunday, May 5, you can score a Corona and shot of Cuervo for $6.
Interstate Draft House: For the Second Annual Pig Roast in Fishtown, set for 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, specials include $3 drafts, $3 Tecates, $4 pint-sized margaritas, and plenty of pig.
Johnny Mananas: Stop in between now and May 5 and enter to win a trip for two to Cancún. Winners will be picked on Sunday, May 5, when you can also find $5 margaritas or $6 flavored margaritas.
Le Viet: In South Philly, this Vietnamese restaurant doesn’t want to be left out of the game, so the happy hour on Friday, May 3, is dedicated to Cinco de Mayo. From 5 pm. to 7 p.m., you can score $3 Coronas, $5 margaritas, and a Taco Mex plate with two Viet-Mex tacos for $7.
Loco Pez: The Fishtown cantina is doing $1 tacos all day on Sunday, May 5, along with specials on Milagro tequila drinks. Also, free sombreros!
Lolita: For the Midtown Village block party on Sunday, May 5, Marcie Turney’s Midtown Village BYO is opening early, and will be serving a special tacos, tortas and tamales for $5 to $12. Bring your own tequila and mix it with pitchers of mixers in traditional, blood orange, or mango flavors.
Mad Mex: On both Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, the West Philly bar is offering $1 off all Mexican bottled beer, $5 22-ounce Dos Equis drafts and margarita happy hours.
Matyson: The Rittenhouse BYO’s Monday through Thursday tasting menu is all about Cinco de Mayo. For $45, you get five courses including duck and foie gras empanadas, carne asada, and more. Bring your own cervezas or wine.
McGillin’s Olde Ale House: It’s a Cinco de Mayo party with an Irish twist, with two special drinks named after celebrities with an Irish-Mexican heritage: The Martin Sheen Margarita Beer and the Anthony Quinn Shot and Beer Special. The day starts with Mexican brunch and margaritas and finishes with Mexi-karaoke from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
North Bowl: From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, the Northern Liberties bowling alley is hosting a Cinco de Mayo record swap. Look for deals on margaritas and PBRs, as well as tacos and a Mariachi band.
The Piazza: All the bars in the Northern Liberties complex are getting into the action with the sixth annual March of the Sombreros festivities. From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, look for the follow drink specials at nine different bars: $3 Corona Light drafts, $4 Corona bottles, $5 Bacardi and Cazadores cocktails, $6 Limona Coronas, and $7 Coronaritas.
Sbraga: Kevin Sbraga’s special chef’s counter tasting menu is dedicated to Cinco de Mayo. Make a reservation at $75 per person for a six-course meal including mole poblano with smoked duck and roasted squash.
Verdad: Out in Bryn Mawr, Verdad is offering a $55 five-course tequila tasting menu from Friday to Sunday, May 3–5, including bites like crisped halibut with ramps and five different tequila pairings. On Sunday, May 5, you can score $5 premium margaritas and $5 strawberry guacamole.
Vintage: For the Midtown Village block party on Sunday, May 5, the wine bar will offer $5 red sangria and $4 Tecate cans.
Xochitl: The Headhouse Square Mexican is opening at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 5 and offering $3 Corona Light drafts, $5 house margaritas, and $2 chicken tacos, all day long.