Here’s Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Houston
Eight Row Flint's house 'rita will be $5 all day,
Photo by Joshua Black Wilkins
Cinco de Mayo is here, meaning you can celebrate the Mexican defeat of a French army at Puebla with tequila, margaritas, tacos and even more tequila in the form of oyster shooters. Check out Houston’s Cinco de Mayo Roundup:
5th Annual Cinco de Midtown
Pub Fiction, Irish Cowboy and 3rd Floor are kicking off a weekend full of fiestas with a huge Cinco de Midtown festival. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite. Doors open at 11 a.m.
Añejo, 1180-1 Uptown Park
Enjoy live music, $8 margaritas all day, eight new street tacos and other specials. Hang out at the bar or patio, or make dinner reservations online. The celebrations continue with specials throughout the weekend.
Arnaldo Richards' Picos, 3601 Kirby
Fiesta-goers can enjoy an extended front patio, a DJ (starting at 6 p.m.), a photo booth and great specials, including $10 perfect margaritas, $8 top shelf frozens, $2 Tecate and $2 oyster tequila shooters, all day long. The restaurant will also be continuing the Cinco de Mayo celebration throughout the weekend with a tequila dinner featuring Ruben Aceves, Global Brand Ambassador for Tequila Herradura, on Saturday, May 7.
Batanga, 908 Congress
Join the Cinco de Mayo fun at one of downtown's favorite spots, where you’ll find $5 margaritas and tequila shots, food specials, an Inferno Taco Eating Contest, piñata bashing on the patio, and live salsa, promising to make this one hot party.
Berryhill Baja Grill, multiple locations
From all-day drink and food specials to live music from late afternoon at all store locations, the Berryhill Cinco de Mayo celebration brings the holiday to all parts of the area, including The Woodlands, Champions Forest, the Heights and Sugar Land.
Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial
Bistro Provence is letting "bygones be bygones" by creating a special Franco de Mayo menu to say just that. A special three-course menu, created by executive chef Cedric Vernin, who just six months ago relocated from France and had to have this Cinco de Mayo stuff explained to him, features dishes such as stuffed fresh peppers, chicken-filled crepes with avocado sauce, and crème caramel (flan). It will be offered throughout the day in addition to the regular menu.
Cinco de Mile, a Cinco de Mayo Block Party on Main Street
Capitol Bar, Leon's Lounge, Mongoose versus Cobra, Traffic Lounge and Cle Day & Nightclub are teaming up for an epic Cinco de Mayo block party, to be held from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. The day will feature pop-up kitchens from spots like Luna Y Sol Mexican Grill and Curbside Sliderz and a Taco Scavenger Hunt. Tickets are $15 or $20 at the door, with free admission from 2 to 4 p.m.
Cyclone Anaya's, all locations
All locations are throwing Cinco de Mayo fiestas complete with DJs spinning tunes, a laundry list of margaritas, and A TON of festive prizes and giveaways.
Doc's Bar & Grill, 1303 Westheimer
The mariachi band starts at 8 p.m. to get customers in the Fiesta mood, with awesome Mexican platters at amazing prices. Casa Noble & Corona will be out having a tasting for customers throughout the night, plus there'll be Cinco de Mayo swag, shot glasses that attach to your beers, cool koozies and specials including a $25 platter with a bucket of five beers (Corona, Corona Light or Modelo), ten crispy tacos, and queso and salsa with chips; or a $50 platter for all of that plus five Casa Noble Silver margaritas.
Eight Row Flint, 1039 Yale
Eight Row Flint may be known for whiskey and tacos, but this awesome newbie also makes an excellent house ‘rita. Get it for $5 all day alongside tacos and chef Vincent Huynh’s street-food-style elote. Mothertone will be rocking the patio all night.
El Big Bad, 419 Travis
This tequila temple considers Cinco de Mayo to be its holiday, so help El Big Bad celebrate with 320-degree frozen margaritas, plus tons of live music, activities and fun. Including 12 DJs or musical acts, tequila sampling and giveaways all weekend long. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite.
El Patio - Club No Minor, 6444 Westheimer
Cinco de Mayo is not Cinco de Mayo without a blue margarita and Club No Minor. Hit El Patio for happy hour from 11 a.m. to midnight, featuring the restaurant's infamous blue margaritas for $6.25, Herradura shots for $7, and under $5 bites like chicken quesadillas, mini ceviche, tamales and flautas, plus live music with mariachi from 6 to 11 p.m. in the Club and a DJ from 5 to 11 p.m. in the restaurant. Herradura will be on hand doing giveaways all day long.
Emma's Mex Grill, 5010 West Broadway
Enjoy $3.50 pints of Santo De Mayo and Art Car IPA at the grand opening party, from 5 to 7 p.m. ($4 the rest of the day).
Hugo’s, 1600 Westheimer
From 3 to 10 p.m., enjoy happy hour food and drink specials, mariachi and folklore dancers, and live music from the house band.
Hotel Derek’s Revolve Kitchen + Bar, 2525 West Loop South
A Cinco de Mayo "Margarita Throw-Down" will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Some of Houston’s finest philanthropic groups are going head-to-head to create the best tequila concoction. Enjoy sips from your favorite teams, Southwestern bites and more. The team with the most support and best margarita will win exclusive prizes to auction off at its next fundraising event. Tickets are $15 per person (ages 21 and up) and include self-parking, two drink tickets and Southwestern bites. A cash bar will also be available. RSVP to email@example.com to secure your spot.
Cinco de Mayo at Molina's means drink specials and tasty as hell cantina fare.
Phot by Debora Small
Molina’s Cantina, 7901 Westheimer; 4720 Washington; 3801 Bellaire
Molina’s Cantina, which also celebrates its 75th anniversary this summer, is hosting its annual Cinco de Mayo fiestas at all three locations, with drink specials, live music and more. Get $5 house margaritas (rocks or frozen), $6 Sauza Blue Silver tequila shots, and happy hour ALL DAY, plus shot girls at all locations.
Nightingale Room and The Pastry War, 308/310 Main
The Pastry War celebrates the drinking culture of Mexico year-round, and the Nightingale Room will throw a party for almost any reason. So the two bars are teaming up for one killer downtown Cinco de Mayo celebration. The Pastry War is taking $2 off all house cocktails from its brand-new menu, and Mexican beers will be $3 all night, in addition to the regular happy hour (4 to 6:30 p.m., featuring $5 margaritas de la casa and free games of pool), plus Cinco de Mayo swag. If live music is more your speed, you can celebrate with a Pastry War margarita next door at The Nightingale Room, the perfect accompaniment to the bar’s special Cinco de Mayo show, Cinco de Chamba (5 to 8 p.m.), followed by Second Lovers with Daniel Eyes & The Vibes.
Ooh La La Dessert Boutique
As per usual, tons of adorable and tasty offerings for a good party, but on Thursday, Ooh La La will also have its signature margarita cupcakes available, in addition to their typical availability on Fridays as a regular cupcake of the week. These festive treats feature vanilla-key lime zest cake with key lime zest buttercream rimmed in sugar. Limited availability. For orders, call your nearest Ooh La La bakery location in Cinco Ranch, Park Row and Town & Country Village. Jumbo cupcake: $3.75, jumbo dozen: $39.95, mini: $1.75, mini dozen: $18.00.
Pistoleros, 1517 Westheimer
Hit up Pistoleros for a parking lot party from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., featuring $6 Don Julio margaritas, Comedy Lucha Libre Wrestling by Doomsday Wrestling, and Grrrrl Parts DJ all night.
Stoked Tacos & Tequila, 2416 Brazos
This brand-spanking-new tequila bar will be unveiling its "Taquitos n' Tequila" special, where guests can get $2 off all tequila and 1/2 off taquitos. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
Studio Movie Grill
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Studio Movie Grill and enjoy $5 house margaritas and $20 house margarita pitchers.
Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen, 6401 Woodway; 12637 Westheimer; 1140 Eldridge
Sylvia’s will be celebrating this ever-growing popular holiday with $1.99 house margaritas all day long, from 11 a.m.to 7 p.m., plus surprise gifts and (just to say that victory is sweet) cupcakes from 4 to 6 p.m. Want to upgrade? Sylvia’s will also be offering Cuervo palomas (Jose Cuervo Traditional tequila with grapefruit juice) for $6; 1800 margaritas (made with 1800 Silver Tequila) for $8; and Ultra-Premium margaritas (made with Avion Silver tequila) for $10.
On Cinco de Mayo (and every day), guests can enjoy TC’s happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. with the choice of margarita or domestic beer for $1.50 and the option to add a personal bean and cheese nachos, bringing the total to $3. Taco Cabana will also celebrate the annual Seis de Hangover on Friday, May 6 with a FREE taco giveaway during breakfast hours. Guests can access the coupon on Taco Cabana’s social media channels on May 5.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and enjoy $3.50 Dos Equis bottles and $18 buckets. This special is available only this Thursday.
Überrito Westhill Village, 7705 Westheimer
In honor of opening of its fourth Houston location, the new restaurant will be kicking off its grand-opening festivities on Cinco de Mayo with tastings, $5 burritos and bowls from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and buy-one-get-one-free burritos, bowls and nachos from 4 to 8 p.m. Customers at all four Houston-area locations will join in on the celebration with a chance to win food items and even complimentary burritos for an entire year by playing Überrito’s roll-to-win game.
The Westin at The Woodlands, 2 Waterway Square
The Westin at The Woodlands’ SideBar brings a slice of Mexico to the heart of The Woodlands with two festive cocktails this Cinco de Mayo. Get $5 Pineapple Margaritas and Tamarind Palomas.
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