Margaritas and Mexican lagers are going to make our Sunday this weekend extra festive. Yes, that's right, Cinco de Mayo is back with all the tequila and beer we can handle. But where to go? We know where to go.
Below, here are some suggestions of Austin bars and restaurants celebrating Cinco de Mayo. (Looking for Derby Day events, too? Head to this roundup after reading the one below. We are going to have a very full weekend, y'all.)
Be More Pacific, 7858 Shoal Creek Blvd. How about margaritas with a Filipino twist? The Filipino-focused restaurant is serving up a trio of margaritas that, yes, have tequila in them and will pair well with Be More Pacific's flavorful cuisine. On offer is the Manga margarita (with mango), the Mansi (Calamansi, that is, or Asian lime) and the Pina (pineapple).
The Brewtorium, 6015 Dillard Circle Ste. A. The massive brewpub has many reasons to celebrate on Sunday. The Brewtorium's Cinco de Maifest doubles as a one-year anniversary party and combines German Maifest and Cinco de Mayo "all in one crazy day." What does that mean? Well, expect baby goats, live music by German party band Froetzel, 5 German beers including the Hard Yes Maibock and "mai-garita" beer cocktails.
Compadre Brewing, 16920 Joe Barbee Dr., Pflugerville. There's a reason you probably don't recognize the name of this Pflugerville brewery. Compadre has replaced the short-lived Idle Vine and celebrates its opening weekend with Cinco de Cele(Brew)Cion, which features Round Rock Folklorico and Tiana's Empanadas.
Corner, 110 E. Second St. The Corner restaurant at the JW Marriott is celebrating Cinco de Mayo the way it's meant to be enjoyed — with tacos and tequila. The $45 tickets to this afternoon event include a Corner Margarita that you'll receive upon arrival, four tokens for tequila tastings of your choice and a taco bar featuring some of Corner's most popular offerings. Plus, a tequila expert will be on hand to share how tequila is made and the history of each one being poured.
Craftsman, 2000 E. Cesar Chavez St. The Cinco de Mayo event at this East Austin bungalow is sure to get a little hot. Spicy hot, that is. Craftsman's hot pepper-eating contest kicks off at 2 p.m. with a simple rule — whoever can finish the hottest pepper first wins a $50 gift certificate to Craftsman. Cool down your palate afterward with cocktails featuring El Jimador and Herradura tequilas.
Drink.Well, 207 E. 53rd St. How about a little education with your booze? The North Loop cocktail bar hosts the final spring installment of its Libation Bible School, which dives into a different spirit each Sunday. Fittingly, in honor of Cinco de Mayo, the class is all about tequila and margaritas, guiding you through the agave spirit's history, how it differs from mezcal and how to combine it in a margarita perfect for your palate.
El Arroyo, 1624 W. Fifth St. The Mexican restaurant with arguably the most famous marquee sign in town hosts a Cinco de Mayo block party from 1 to 5 p.m., during which the sign plays a big role. If you have a clever idea that ought to be on the marquee, submit it during an hourly contest. There will be margarita specials galore, too.
El Chilito, 2219 Manor Rd. Bring the whole familia to one of the taco joint's signature pig roasts in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. From 1 to 4 p.m., El Chilito will offer $2 specials: crispy pork tacos, mimosas, beer and micheladas. A piñata and live music will round out the event.
Guero's Taco Bar, 1412 S. Congress Ave. Lounge in Guero's Oak Garden from 3 to 6 p.m. on Cinco de Mayo for an afternoon of margaritas and music. The SoCo Rita — one of Guero’s most popular margaritas made with Cazadores Reposado, Cointreau and fresh lime — will be the featured cocktail for the afternoon, in addition to a variety of Cazadores tequilas that you can sample.
Manuel's, 310 Congress Ave. The original location of this locally owned Mexican eatery is offering a Cinco de Mayo brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday that will feature one of the best margaritas in town (no, really — try Mario's Maraca) as well as classic Cuban, Colombian and Mexican bolero music by Rey Arteaga.
Ranch 616, 616 Nueces St. Tequila Cazadores hosts the ¡Dame Cinco! fiesta at the West Sixth-area restaurant. There will be $5 food and drink specials, a game show-like sampling experience that challenges you to name 5 Mexican people, places or things when prompted, and a few rounds of "kariachi" — karaoke with mariachis.
Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd. Traditional German food is typically on offer at the oldest, continually running biergarten in the U.S., but for the Cinco de Mayo fiesta from 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Scholz will have sizzling fajita taco specials. Also expect micheladas, draft margaritas, and Gem & Bolt mezcal. And did we mention the Selena tunes playing on repeat throughout the event?
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St. Elmo Brewing, 440 E. Saint Elmo Rd. Feeling more like a Mexican lager than a margarita? The South Austin brewery is here to please with Señor Bueno, a Mexican-style lager, returning to the tap wall. Plus, on-site food truck Soursop is temporarily turning into the Guanabana Taqueria, and local band Conjunto Los Pinkys plays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday (though the all-day party runs through 8 p.m.)
Whisler's, 1816 E. Sixth St. Whisler's on-site mezcal bar, Mezcalaria Tobala, is turning into a margarita bar to celebrate Cinco de Mayo starting at 2 p.m. Sunday. Choose from a variety of flavored margs, as well as a special Montelobos mezcal punch in case you want to change it up with a different Mexican spirit. The main bar will also have Cinco de Mayo drink specials. Mariachi Relampago performs.