Cinco de Mayo: 5 Houston Hot Spots For a Spicy Celebration
Monica Jones | 5/3/2016, 4:54 p.m.
It’s that time of year to talk about where to kick off your Cinco de Mayo celebration(s) to get the best bang for your buck and the best bites of authentic Mexican-fare! Annually, thousands of Houstonians flock to local eateries and bars to honor the Mexican history of the Battle of Puebla indulging in tamales, tacos, and other Tex-Mex dishes along with a tasty margarita or two. The party doesn’t end Thursday however, as most area hot spots have events taking place throughout the weekend with plenty of entertainment, food and cocktail specials to make it an eventful one. In anticipation of the festivities, we’ve compiled a list of some of hottest happenings for Cinco de Mayo around Houston.
Cinco de Midtown- 2303 Smith St.: The annual Cinco de Midtown is back for three days for an epic Cinco de Mayo bash at the newly revamped Irish Cowboy (formerly Celtic Gardens), 3rd Floor, and Pub Fiction. This event is guaranteed to serve plenty of frozen margaritas, fajitas, and taco specials as the collective of bars welcome party goers to dance the night away with a host of live music performances. With over 45,000 sqft., Cinco de Midtown will be one of the largest parties for crawlers!
El Big Bad- 419 Travis St.: Nestled in Downtown Houston, with an expansive rooftop patio, El Big Bad is your weekend destination for some of the coldest and strongest 'ritas in the city. Enjoy one of the more than 70 infused tequilas from sweet agave nectar or the liquid nitrogen margarita which boast as the coldest margarita on the planet at -320 degrees. On May 5th the Big Bad Pop Up Market will debut crafted works from local artisans including Monica Charles Designs, Rustix Unlimited, Ela Design and many more.
Anejo-1180-1 Uptown Park Blvd: If you’re looking for something a little more upscale make your way to Uptown Park as Anejo will get the party started beginning at 11am this Thursday. The festivities will run through Sunday including a special Cinco de Brunch menu. Satisfy your taco and tequila cravings with all day specials starting at $8. This Tex-Mex concept restaurant is the brain child of Lasco Entreprises which also owns the Tasting Room and Max’s Wine Dive.
Doc’s Motorworks-1303 Westheimer: This Montrose neighborhood bar will offer patrons platters at $25 featuring an assortment of 10 tacos, a bucket of 5 cervezas, plus queso and chips for you to savor with friends. The fiesta even includes a live performance from mariachi band kicking off at 8pm. Pitch in a little a more and you and five friends can sip on Casa Noble Silver Margaritas included in their $50 platter.
Gringo’s- All Houston locations: This is nacho average Cinco de Mayo celebration as Gringo’s has something in store for the whole family to enjoy this year. This year patrons will have the opportunity to win an all expense paid vacation to Mexico, a commemorative Cinco de Mayo t-shirt giveaway, and capture all of the fun with a complimentary photo booth beginning at 5pm. The sizzling fajita special of $25.99 for 2, $3 bottled imports, and $9 Corona Ritas Gringo’s isn’t too bad either.
Enjoy your Cinco de Mayo - and as with every festivity, please drive safe!