Officially, Cinco de Mayo marks the date of a victory in the Franco-Mexico War. Unofficially, it's an excuse to drink margaritas.
The date isn't anywhere near the big deal in Mexico it is at various cities across the U.S. But if it sparks some business at Dallas-area bars and restaurants, then that's not such a bad thing.
In 2018, May 5 is not only Cinco de Mayo but also the Kentucky Derby, so this list has hybrid events that morph from brunch to Derby contests on the very same day. Check out the list:
Parking lot will transform to a party destination for guests of all ages to dine in and enjoy live music from 6-10 pm. Beer and margarita specials include $5 margaritas (Sunshine Margarita, 3 G's Please, and the Cabo Flip); $4 for Mexican imported beer; and $3 for domestic beers.
Day long celebration will feature taco specials made with chef Anastacia Quinones' infused masa tortillas, and special cocktails from bartender Leann Berry, including serving $5 Monte Albán frozen and rocks, and a special hibiscus and elderflower cocktail featuring Ambhar tequila called La Batalla. 11 am-11 pm. 214-928-7700.
Day-long celebration includes $5 house margaritas, a mechanical bull from 5-11 pm, and live mariachi music from 7:30-9:30 pm. 214-741-1986.
Downtown Carrollton restaurant throws its inaugural Cinco de Mayo block party. Festivities include a live DJ, outside bar, food, and drink specials, including $5 margaritas (rocks & frozen); $5 bloody Marias with chipotle-infused tequila; $3 El Jimador Blanco shots; $5 Dos Equis (16-ounce); and $4 Tecate Light (16 -ounce). Bounce house and games for kids. 12-9 pm.
Ritz-Carlton's finest will serve $7 happy hour cocktails and $10 appetizers, a first for a Fearing's weekend afternoon. The menu features two-bite lobster tacos, sloppy Dean sliders, and bacon-wrapped jalapeño quail. Beverage specials include Dean’s margarita, A Fish Called Wanda, the Scottish Cowboy, and Paul’s Select Red or White Wine. Festivities will take place both at the Rattlesnake Bar and outdoors on the Live Oak Patio. 11 am-9 pm.
Special promotio will feature the Fiesta Pizza, a unique signature 10-inch pie with chipotle sauce, mozzarella, beef, black olives, jalapeños, red onions, cheddar, pico de gallo, and a creme drizzle. $5. May 4-6.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Steakhouse is partnering with Tequila Herradura ultra-premium agave tequila and Baccarat, the fine crystal manufacturer, to offer a $100 prime margarita from served in Baccarat's Diamant Highball, which guests will take home in Baccarat's iconic red box. The drink includes Tequila Herradura’s Selección Suprema, the world’s first extra-añejo tequila, aged for 49 months. This tequila was first introduced by Casa Herradura in 1995 and has garnered awards for its notes of rich vanilla and dried fruit. May 4-6.
Deep Ellum restaurant-bar has a special cocktail, Dusk till Dawn, served during those hours. Conceived by veteran barman Alex Fletcher, it combines tequila, fresh watermelon, serrano peppers, lime juice, agave nectar, and tajin seasoning. $7.
Holy Grail Pub
Annual taco fest features house-made tacos served street-style along with jalapeno infused cocktails, Tapping Epic Brewing Company Los Locos, Oskar Blues Brewery Beerito, and Avery Brewing Company El Gose. Choose from honey bourbon chicken, blackened cod, habanero pork, carne asada, or citrus glazed shrimp. May 5-6.
Combination Cinco de Mayo party with the restaurant's one-year anniversary will feature tequila and mezcal tastings all day, from 11 am–7 pm including Don Julio, Cointreau, Casamigos, and Luna Azul. From 4 pm–5 pm, play Loteria and win prizes.
La Popular Tamale House
East Dallas spot will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with its fifth anniversary by servin all-you-can-eat tamales for $10, plus free margaritas, for dine-in only. 11 am-10 pm.
First adult-only Cinco de Mayo piñata party will include a steak-and-chicken fajita plate for $11, along with four custom piñatas filled with scratch tickets, drink tickets, candy, and dollar coins. A raffle for restaurant gift cards, movie theater cards, Kroger certificates will be held after the last piñata; must be present to win.
Mexican Sugar Cocina y Cantina
Second annual Cinco de Mayo Block Party features live music by DJ UneeqMuzik and a mariachi band. Exploring food tents and pop-up bars with margaritas, steak tacos, and churros, starting at $4. The Keeper will serve tiki cocktails and seafood skewers starting at $7. 11 am-12 am.
Mi Dia From Scratch
Margarita specials will include a $5 Mi Dia Frozen Over, the house frozen margarita featuring Sauza Blue Silver, Triple Sec, lemon juice, and agave nectar; and a $5 Mi Dia Rita Rocks, the house rocks margarita. 11 am-10 pm.
Mutts Canine Cantina
Day-after Hair of the Dog Happy Hour will cure your hangover with $3 mimosas and $3.50 breakfast tacos. Pets welcome. May 6, 11 am-2 pm.
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille
Steakhouse debuts the Rita Rosé Olé, a wine-based cocktail made with Mexican wine and Mexican tequila: Casa Madero Rosé wine and Código 1530 Rosa Tequila. Available through May 10 for $15.
Pinstripes Fort Worth
Drink specials include $2 Neato Banditos, $2 Pacificos, and $3 Margarita Italianos, a refreshing cocktail made with Don Julio Silver, Koval Limoncello, Royal Rose Sour Mix, Frothee Splash, lime juice, Pom pomegranate juice, and lime wedge. Neato Bandito is the Mexican-style lager from Deep Ellum Brewing Company, and Pacifico Clara is a Mexican pilsner.
RJ Mexican Cuisine
West End restaurant will boast a special Mexican flag margarita for $12.50, with red, white, and green in three layers: frozen strawberries, tequila, pineapple juice, coconut cream, white rum, and Midori. "RJ Fiesta" includes chicken chile relleno with queso, two chicken enchiladas, rib eye taco, cheese quesadilla, red rice, and choice of beans, for $21.
Playground Bar Uptown
Live mariachi band, a raffle for a trip to Mexico, and $2 tacos, $4 Dos Equis, and $5 Sauza Margaritas until 10 pm.
Cinco de Derby begins with brunch from 10 am-2 pm, with a live mariachi band. At 2 pm, the Derby action begins with three Derby Best Dressed categories and one Cinco de Mayo/Derby combo category, judged by local celebrities.
Statler hotel will host a weekend-long celebration titled Cinco de Statler, with a rotation of live entertainment and notable DJ’s along with passed shots from Uno Por Favor tequila. Beverage director Kyle Hilla has three, off-menu margaritas at Scout: a simple margarita, passionfruit, and hibiscus, for $10.
Special Cuatro De Mayo fiesta will be sponsored by Espolon Tequila and Paula's Texas Orange Liqueur. Festivities include free samples of Espolon, Paula's Texas Orange Liqueur, and two raffles (one for Espolon and one for Paula's). Margaritas will be $6 all day.
Tex-Mex food and drink specials at all TC restaurants include $3 margaritas, $4 frozen vodka raspberry lemonade, and one dozen flautas for $10. May 4-6.
Taqueria La Ventana
Block party at the downtown location will feature DJ xClusive, music by Tambarrazo de Arranque, street tacos for $2, margaritas, and beer. 4-11 p.m. Addison location will feature DJ Kurve, food, and drink specials. 4 pm-12 am.
South of the Border menu will include guacamole and chips, queso dip, smoked chicken nachos, Southwest chicken salad, jalapeno pepperjack burger, carnitas or fish tacos, green chili chicken sandwich on ciabatta, and chicken enchilada stack. Drinks include passion fruit mojitos, sangria, and margaritas in flavors such as spicy grapefruit and blood orange. Kentucky Derby races will air on TV, with mint julep specials.
Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse
West End eatery will celebrate Cinco de Mayo as well as Dallas' West End Fest, which falls on the same day, with half-off appetizers. A Tex-Mex margarita, served throughout the month of May, combines jalapeno-infused Y.O. Tequila Blanco, Cointreau, lime juice, and club soda, with a festive, tri-color ice cube, for $10.