Celebrating Cinco de Mayo Deliciosamente! Ole!
It’s time for Cinco de Mayo! Dining in DC is making it easy to celebrate all week long with this roundup of fiestas, margaritas, and music. Here are just a few places to do tequila shots and have your photo taken with a donkey wearing an oversized sombrero!
Alero: U Streets, Alero celebrates with Grand Margarita tastings (Jose Cuervo Margarita with Grand Marnier), $4 Cuervo Margaritas, $6 Cadillac Margaritas, Nuvo body painted ladies in the Nuvo VIP section, free samples of Nuvo, tons of giveaways, food specials, etc. 4 p.m. to close. (1301 U St. NW)
Asia Nine: Might be a good place to go and dodge the madness … enjoy $5 Margaritas and $7 Tequila shots all day! Saturday, May 5, 2012, from open to close. Includes specials like Berry Margarita & Tequila Sunrise. Patio specials include: $4 Bottles of Singha Beer and $5 Sake Bombs. (915 E Street, NW)
Cafe Citron: Known as the place to go salsa dancing, celebrate early with Wednesday, May 3rd for their annual carnival festival with drink specials ($5 Caipirinhas; $4 Dos XX( and live samba dancers. On Cinco de Mayo, enjoy plenty of drink specials: Corona and domestic beers are $4; margaritas and shots are $5. (1343 Connecticut Ave., NW)
Cantina Marina: Pacifico, OnTap Magazine, and Cantina Marina are offering a truly unique event for Cinco de mayo this year: the Running of the Chihuahuas 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.! The puppies run at the 7th Street Landing, then come over to Cantina for the after party. Sign up your dog at OnTap’s website, for a chance to win $500! Race proceeds go to Paws Southwest to build a dog park in Southwest DC. (600 Water St., SW)
Ceiba: Stylish celebrations at this Downtown South and Central American’s svelte bar/lounge will be sparked by $5 margaritas and $5 street-food dishes like tacos al pastor, Mexican-style fish ‘n’ chips and ceviche (May 2–4, 3 PM–close; May 5, 2:30 PM–close; (701 14th Street, NW) 202-393-3983).
El Centro: Chef-owner Richard Sandoval will open his blockbuster 14th Street, NW taqueria with a huge party on May 5th, featuring unlimited aperitivos for $20. $5 Margaritas. $4 Dos XX and enjoy complimentary Mexican Flautas, Tortas, Tacos, Quesadillas and more. Party animals can start their celebration early with Bottomless Brunch (11 a.m.- 5 p.m.) $35 all you can eat & drink. PRE BOOK TICKETS | call 202.328.3131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org A cash bar will showcase the restaurant’s tequilas, and a DJ will spin tunes on the rooftop (5 PM–2 AM).
Guajillo: This festive Courthouse cantina really revs up on May 5 with tequila-based drinks and shooters, and souvenir gifts for customers (703-807-0840).
Hill Country Barbecue Market: Cinco De Mayo falls on the same Saturday this year as the Kentucky Derby and if you can’t choose between celebrating Cinco de Mayo or the Kentucky Derby, head over to the latest hot-spot in town: Hill Country where you won’t have to. They’re throwing a Cinco de Derby party and serving Beef Short Ribs, Beef Barbacoa, Elote (Mexican corn on the cob) and Flan with carmelized peanuts. Wash it all down with a few Mexican Juleps, a tequila-based drink with fresh mint and cactus puree. Sounds like you can get the best of both worlds! 410 7th St., NW; (202) 556-2050
La Tasca (Washington, DC): La Tasca is home to some of the best Spanish tapas and sangria, and with five restaurants in the DC-area, one of the locations is sure to be convenient for you to celebrate and get your drink on. 722 7th St., NW
Jake’s American Grille: After brunching on some of Jake’s delicious grub which includes eggs, waffles, and burgers, make your way downstairs to the recently-opened “Boiler Room”. There, you can watch the races, play video games, and hit up the billiards table all while sipping on some margaritas and other tequila cocktails. 5018 Connecticut Ave., NW
Masa 14: On Saturday May 5th | 5PM to close enjoy 5 Specialty Margaritas for $5; Choose from Tradicional, Modesta, Mango, Mixed Berry & Strawberry. $10 Rooftop Access; No Cover on the Main Floor. Hungry for Masa 14’s menu of Latin Asian small plates? Their regular dinner service will be available in the dining room.
Mio: This Downtown Latin will honor its heritage with hors d’ oeuvres and a tequila tasting hosted by Anibal Gomez Toledo, head of the consular section of the Embassy of Mexico in DC (6–8 PM; $50, $20 for members of GWHCC). From May 2–7, a special three-course, $38 prix fixe will be served in addition to the regular offerings (202-955-0075).
Perry’s: On the 5th, enjoy pork and bean tacos ($5) – along with its usual eclectic fare and cool drinks – at the rooftop bar of this Adams Morgan New American (202-234-6218).
RIS: Offering a special Mexican themed menu, serving chicken, lime and tortilla soup with chilis and sour cream on Saturday, May 5. On May 6 the soup calendar turns to new Mexico with a green chile and pork posole with corn bread and honey. Both are available all day each day as part of RIS’ ongoing soup program. Cup – $5; Pint – $8; Quart – $12; also available to-go.
Rosa Mexicano: May 5th means party time at this Mexican’s Penn Quarter and National Harbor locations, which are offering special dishes and margaritas, as well as festive decorations, music, and lots of prizes and giveaways! Enjoy a Cinco de Mayo fiesta with live music and a special menu. (Penn Quarter: 202-783-5522; National Harbor: 301-567-1005).
The Park at 14th: Beach attire is encouraged at Living Social’s Park at 14th fiesta — think flip-flops to sombreros. For $30 dineros, enjoy a buffet of quesadillas, empanadas and nachos; a free margarita made with Corona beer, and $20 buckets of Corona bottles. Entertainment comes from the Dance Party, the local-band-gone-L.A. whose pop-punk sound is infused with ’80s new-wave energy, DJ EPX and, for early arrivals, a mariachi band. (920 14th St., NW)
Tortilla Coast – Logan Circle: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo everyday this week (May 2-5). Take your picture with a life size cut-out of The Most Interesting Man in the World, and enjoy a Dos Equis happy hour all day Wednesday. Win fun prizes while sipping on Cazadores tequila during happy hour on Thursday. Margaritas will be blended with Cointreau Noir tableside during happy hour on Friday. On Saturday, the Tanteo Jalapeno Margarita makes its debut, made with infused jalapeno tequila, agave syrup, and fresh lime juice.
Tortilla Coast – Capitol Hill: Get your Mexican on this week starting on Wednesday with specials such as Sauza Gold Coast margaritas and Sauza Hornitos Plata shots. On Thursday CoronaRitas are $10 all night and on Friday Dos Equis Amber drafts are only $4. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with $5 Sauza Plata shots all day and a surprise live mariachi band! (400 1st St., SE)
National Cinco de Mayo Festival
Sylvan Theater at the base of the Washington Monument
Madison Dr. and 15th St. NW.
Washington, DC 20001
Date: May 5th, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. rain or shine
On May 5, everyone is Latino, or so says the slogan of this year’s National Cinco de Mayo Festival. Held at the base of the Washington Monument, this family-friendly festival includes dance performances, live music, delicious Latin dishes and even a Mexican market. The fiesta continues in the children’s pavilion where the little ones can make pinatas and dancing puppets, play Mexican bingo for a chance to win prizes and participate in fun workshops. Organized by the Maru Montero Dance Company, the festival is said to celebrate not only Mexicans and their heritage but all Latinos in our country.