We tend to celebrate Cinco de Mayo regardless of what day it falls on, but since it’s on a Saturday this year, there are plenty of fiestas to choose from this weekend at a number of Austin bars and restaurants.
Here are some of your options for where to raise a glass on Cinco de Mayo — which, it’s worth noting, might be truly something for Americans to toast. The date commemorates Mexico’s victory over the major world power of France during the Battle of Puebla in 1862, a triumph that could have possibly prevented France from backing the Confederacy in the Civil War and changing its outcome.
Cinco de Cinco at Azul Rooftop. Celebrations shouldn’t just be limited to one day. The downtown Westin Austin’s Azul Rooftop Pool Bar + Lounge has been hosting five days of Cinco de Mayo festivities, and there are still four left. Wednesday is Mezcal Miercoles, Thursday will feature flamenco music from Luis Banuelos, and Friday and Saturday — the actual day of Cinco — will have you breaking out your dancing shoes for salsa nights and Dulce Vida Tequila drink specials.
GOGA Fiesta. The GOGA Goat Yoga company is going big for Cinco de Mayo with a two-day fiesta that will feature baby goats, yoga, margaritas and tacos. (And no, those tacos won’t have any cabrito meat in them.) Proceeds from the all-day classes will benefit local organization Marathon Kids.
Bidi Bidi Bom Brunch at the W Austin. The downtown hotel is hosting a Selena-themed brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. In addition to what the W is calling "Selena-friendly beats" by DJ Buck Rodgers, the daytime festivities will include themed cocktails like the Como La Flor (Dulce Vida’s grapefruit tequila, rose liquor and lemonade). Reservations are recommended.
St. Elmo Brewing is releasing its Senor Bueno Mexican Lager just in time for Cinco de Mayo, just as the South Austin brewery did last year.Arianna Auber / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Cinco de Bueno at St. Elmo Brewing. The South Austin brewery is bringing back its Señor Bueno Mexican Lager in celebration. Plus, on-site food truck Soursop will have a Mexican-themed menu with a twist.
Cinco de Mayo at Uncle Billy’s. You can still get your barbecue fix, but the Barton Springs brewery is also adding a special menu for the day with items like mini chicken mole tostadas and smoked tres leches cake. Uncle Billy’s is also debuting the Tranquilo Mexican-Style Lager with $4 pints.
Black Star Co-op’s Mexican Crawfish Boil. Enjoy Mexican-spiced crawddads and Mexican street corn, as well as a special Black Star and Zilker Brewing collaboration — a beer that will remind you of the quintessential combination of tequila, salt and lime. Festivities start at noon.
Cinco de Mayo at Guero’s Taco Bar. What better place could there be to celebrate than at the South Congress Avenue restaurant with Guero’s strong margaritas made with Dulce Vida Tequila. The Oak Garden outdoor area will also have live music.
Burro’s Breakfast Release Party at Pinthouse Pizza. Both locations of the brewpub are celebrating the release of its crisp and easy-to-drink Mexican lager with mariachi band Mariachi Amor from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Burnet pub, 5 to 7 p.m. at the South Lamar spot. Plus, the kitchen has teamed up with Tacodeli for a taco-inspired pizza.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Still Austin Whiskey. How do you feel about whiskey-based margaritas? Go with it. The South Austin distillery is hosting an afternoon fiesta with prize-filled piñatas, ring toss, giant jenga and cornhole.
Barbecue Wife Texas Smoked Honey Margarita Launch Party. The maker of one of Austin’s best Bloody Mary mixes is officially releasing a new mix for margaritas with a celebration from 2 to 5 p.m. on Cinco de Mayo — the perfect time for such a launch. Mariachi Los Trovadoras will play.
Cinco de Mayo Hot Pepper Eating Contest. Step up to the plate and eat a bunch of hot peppers. The Cesar Chavez Street bar Craftsman is hosting a contest in which participants will have to eat peppers from mildest to hottest, and whoever can finish the hottest one first wins. (And you have to eat the entire pepper for it to count.) The winner will be well-rewarded. There will also be food and drink specials, including margaritas.
Cinco de Mayo at Malverde. The private event space above La Condesa is opening its doors so that Austinites can party like there’s no mañana, with live DJs, dancing and all-night happy hour specials — including some of the best margaritas in town. A Facebook RSVP does not guarantee access, and space is limited.
Cinco de Cayman Bash at Emmer & Rye. The Rainey Street restaurant created a red snapper ceviche dish to pair with Cayman Jack, a ready-to-drink margarita. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by enjoying this delectable pairing completely complementary.
Prefer to go to a live music show for Cinco de Mayo? Austin’s got plenty of those, too.
May 5 also doubles as Kentucky Derby Day, and a host of other local venues are throwing elegant bashes that you can choose from with this list.
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