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Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2016 in Philadelphia

by Jessie Donofrio on May 3, 2016 in Roundups
Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2016 in Philadelphia
Many folks get Cinco de Mayo confused with Mexican Independence Day, which is actually celebrated in September. Cinco de Mayo, rather, commemorates Mexico’s underdog style victory over France in the Battle of Puebla, which occurred on May 5, 1862.

Now that we’ve gotten that history out of the way, we all know Philadelphians love their Margarita Mondays and their Taco Tuesdays, so it comes as no surprise we also love to an excuse to party on Cinco de Mayo.  Here’s where you can get your tequila and taco fix on May 5th in La Ciudad del Amor Fraternal, or the City of Brotherly Love! 
 
Bainbridge Street Barrel House will be offering their usual $5 margs, but will also host some fun events for the Craft Brewers Conference. From 4 - 6 PM, they’ll have a happy hour featuring Lakefront Brewery — who will be sending some special brews, including Black Friday. Then, at 7 PM, the Brewery will be taking over the taps with their brews, including crowd favorite Chocolate Rain. Check their Facebook page for a full list of beers and more info on the events. (625 S 6th St.; 267-324-3553)

This authentic Mexican BYOB will be serving two special Puebla dishes: the Chile Relleno & the Pollo Mole to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. They’ll also offer a special three tacos for $8.50 all day, and to wash it all down, carafes of margarita mixers will be available if you plan on bringing your own booze. (2025 Washington Ave.; 215-278-7579)

Visit this No Libs hang out for Cinco de Mayo happy hour from 4 - 6 PM featuring $2 Off drafts, $2 Mexican beers, $20 pitchers, and $5.50 margaritas and sangria. (931 N 2nd St.; 215-629-0500)
 
This University City spot is throwing a Mexican fiesta all day long starting at 11am. Stop by for $2 Tecates, $2 tacos (pollo or carnitas), $2 chips and salsa, $5 chips and guac, $5 margs, and a $5 Mexican citywide. A DJ will play from 5 PM to close. (3945 Chestnut St.; 215-222-1657)

Visit El Rey for their 2nd Annual Cinco de Mayo block party! Mexican street fare such as corn on the cob, quesadillas, tacos and churros will be sold alongside  margaritas, select beers, and Mexican sodas. The event is running all day from 12PM - 10 PM with a special family friendly portion of the afternoon until 4 PM, & don’t miss the mariachi band, which will perform live for half the day until a DJ takes over for the evening session. RSVP on Facebook. (2013 Chestnut St.; 215-563-3330)

Head to this Stephen Starr cantina for a DJ, festive decor, and an extended seating area. (121 S 13th St.; 215-928-9800)

Jose Pistola’s is throwing their annual Cinco de Mayo block party, and this year will feature Yards Brewery! Plenty of Yards brews will be on tap, along with margaritas, tequila, a DJ, piñatas, and lots of food from the grill! The party starts at 3 PM — RSVP on Facebook. (263 S 15th St.; 215-545-4101)

Chefs Marcie Turney & Valerie Safran’s delicious Mexican restaurant will be celebrating Cinco with an extended happy hour and specials all day. Visit from 3 - 5 PM for $6 Blood Orange margaritas, half-priced nachos, and $3 tacos. From 10 PM - 12 AM, they’ll also be running a “Mexico City Wide” special featuring a can of Tecate, a shot of tequila, and a carnitas taco for only $10. (106 S 13th St.; 215-546-7100)

Join this Old City spot for four days of Cinco fun! The fiesta begins on May 5 with $5 food and drink specials all day long. The rest of the weekend continues with DJs, no covers, and many more drink specials. Check out the Facebook event for more info. (207 Chestnut St.; 267-761-9209)

Visit this Mexican food hotspot any time on May 5 — they’ll be opening at 9am serving up Breakfast Burritos and “Eggchiladas.” All-day drink specials will be offered, including $5 22oz Dos Equis pours and $1 off all Mexican beer bottles and cans. Stop by for a chance to win free food for a year! (3401 Walnut St.; 215-382-2221)

Enjoy $3.50 bottles of Corona and Corona Lite & $5 margaritas all day until 10 PM at this South Street spot. (512 South St.; 215-627-7427)

This classic Center City spot will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo Irish-style. Stop by all day for a slew of frozen drinks, including the McGillin’s Margarita (Tequila, Triple Sec, Sour Mix and fresh lime) or the Blue Margarita (with blue Curacao). Pair your slushie cocktails with one of their Cinco inspired food creations, including Burger Con Queso, Corona Battered Fish and Chips, and the mysterious “Irish Chimachanga.” (1310 Drury St.; 215-735-5562)

$5 Margaritas will be served all day long at this beautiful Old City spot. (212 Walnut St., 2nd Floor; 215-238-0499)

Sip on 1/2 price drafts, $17 pitchers of margaritas and sangria, and $2 Tecate cans from 4 - 6 PM at this Fishtown eatery. This week’s specials also include $10 beer flights, 12 oysters for $12, and crab and smoked bacon guacamole. (19 W Girard Ave.; 267-324-3530)

Taproom on 19th is welcoming South Philly Barbacoa, which will serve up authentic Mexican cuisine. The delicious offerings for the night will be barbacoa, pancita, and consume tacos, which are all $4 each (cash only). The featured drink of the night will be Tequila Por Mi Amante (tequila infused with strawberries or raspberries, agave, & lime juice). The party starts at 5 PM and goes until they’re sold out! RSVP on Facebook. (2400 S 19th St.; 267-687-7817)

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo twice at this spot! Starting at 4 PM on Thursday and 1 PM on Saturday they’ll be serving up $5-$8 bar bites, $6 margaritas, $3 Tecates, & $3 draft beers. 
(408 S 2nd St.; 215-238-7280)
 
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