Chicago Bust out the sombreros and ponchos -- we’re rounding up five asombroso Cinco de Mayo parties that’ll have you yelling “Whoa, these Cinco parties are totally asombroso, good thing I busted out my sombrero and poncho!”
5 ways to pre-celebrate Cinco de Mayo this weekend
Pioneer Tavern Group: The good people behind Frontier, Lottie’s Pub, and The Pony are offering a complimentary “Dos de Mayo” bar crawl. Trolleys will be running from 7pm-1am on the half-hour between all three venues, which'll be stocked with Dos Equis promo girls, plenty of beer, $5 Palomas, and $6 tacos. Also: participate in Best Mustache and Best Sombrero competitions. Also ALSO: grow a mustache/bring a sombrero.
High Noon Saloon: Frontera vet Chef Ruben Beltran is adding limited-edition $3 Cinco sliders made with roasted chicken thigh, mole poblano, pasilla, ancho, and guajillo chiles to High Noon's Tex-Mex menu. Enjoy 'em with $4 Pacifico drafts, $3 tequila shots, $8 margs, and the celebratory sounds of Mariachi Mexico Vivo.
¡AY CHIWOWA!: Kill two birds with one stone at ¡AY CHIWOWA! this weekend. On Derby Day, guzzle $14 Derby 'Ritas, $5 Maker’s Mark cocktails, and bet on ponies while supporting Habitat for Humanity. Keep the festivities rolling with a Cinco de Mayo party on Monday that’ll feature $5 tortas and taquitos, $15 Corona buckets (for sharing dude, for sharing...), and $7 margs.
Tavern on Rush: Head to the Viagra Triangle for an all-day fiesta packed with $1 (!!!) steak tacos, $2 tortilla chips and salsa olé, $2 homemade pork tamales, and $3 bottles of Corona. Ole!
Bull & Bear: Hit this tavern’s all-day, all-night Cinco de Mayo party, featuring peppers stuffed with Jack, aged cheddar, Chihuahua cheese & chorizo, mini barbacoa tacos, and mini churros accompanied by RumChata-infused chocolate sauce. There’s no cover, and they’re offering three margarita varieties all served in complimentary cactus glasses (!) that you can take home afterward (!!).
It may not be the final frontier, but with ice-taps pouring 16 traditional and seasonal brews, a meat heavy menu featuring specialty sausages, steaks, and "Animal Service", flat screen TVs, and a beer garden, you won't need to explore any further. Allied: Ready yourself for Animal Service with some Smith & Forge, the hard cider that's built strong -- built from Apples and built to Refresh.
Lottie's Pub is a classic Chicago establishment offering a wide selection of beer and liquor, as well as a menu stacked with bar favorites including sandwiches, salads and burgers.
Co-founded by the guy behind Lottie's, The Pony's an upscale tavern replete with hickory-slatted walls and floors, wood-beamed ceilings, a 38ft copper-plated bar, and bucket-style stools to keep your tush securely stable during high-performance drinking.
Are you a fan of Tombstone? The 1993 film, not the popular frozen pizza brand. Because you can get an Old West feel and stop eating from the freezer section thanks to High Noon Saloon, a Tex-Mex tequila bar sporting a spur-scuffed hickory floor, olde-tyme photography, butcher block tables, and fringed leather stools.
Ay Chiwowa's a late-night cantina with cool graffiti decor, 80 different tequilas, and a menu with snacks like tacos and tortas.
Tavern on Rush's got a charcoal-grilled Wagyu ribeye chop... need we say more??
Located in the heart of North River, B&B is a perfect spot for any meal of the day. They feature the likes of fantastic burgers and especially tasty brunch options, all in a space decked out with classic, rustic materials.