Austin If you ask people on the street what Cinco de Mayo celebrates, you’d probably get, "margaritas", or "Mexican Independence Day" -- the latter being incorrect. What it actually is, is a holiday to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over French forces in 1862. So, in honor of our neighbors to the South and the many delicious ways Mexican culture has shaped ours (AHEM, TACOS & TEQUILA), we give you this list:
Your Austin Cinco de Mayo guide
Monday, May 5th: Have to work on this glorious holiday? Don’t worry, in the post-work hours, Alamo Drafthouse Action Pack presents the 1986 classic in ¡The Three Amigos! Quote-Along, complete with props and taco specials! You will have a plethora of fun, jefe
Monday, May 5th: If mariachis aren’t your thing, Manor Road sports bar Haymaker will be helping you get your Cinco on with $5 margaritas all day and $10 Mexican beer buckets!
Monday, May 5th: Get down to South Lamar, where Black Sheep Lodge will have drink specials on mouth-watering cucumber and spicy margaritas, as well as experts who will be doing tequila samplings. Mmm… samples.
Anyday: Just want to relax on a patio with the perfect margarita? Jack Allen’s Kitchen has got you covered, try their Cucumber Jalapeño Rita (Tequila, St. Germain, muddled cucumber, fresh jalapeños, simple syrup, and fresh lime).
Now managed by the South Austin B&G guy, Gypsy's transformed from the rough-and-tumble ATX Sports Bar into an even sweeter East 6th watering hole, keeping the shuffleboard but overhauling the rest with a dark red paint job and rattlesnake skins.
La Condesa is the place to go if you're looking for traditional Mexican flavor with modern Austin flair. The menu, offering up handfuls of tortas, taquitos, combos, and a few other staples, is shorter than most, but there's an obvious preference for quality over quantity at this Downtown restaurant. Tacos strewn with red pickled onion, cilantro, and guacamole make the ideal warm-up round before hitting the bar, where tequila and mezcal reign supreme in customizable flights.
Incorporating the design elements of the local legend that was once housed here, Pelons is a dark, cantina-like room with dining areas where you can choose items from a massive Mexican menu. 508 is the margarita-slinging bar sandwiched between Pelons and the back patio, where you'll find the Zorro food trailer, serving up treats like gorditas and sesame-fried avocado strips.
This sports bar serves up gourmet bar bites -- pimento cheese sandos, poutine w/ Wisconsin cheese curds -- and their cocktail menu includes a SLIM JIM-TOPPED BLOODY.
South Lamar's mistiest patio is a venerable HQ for sports fans, with all the games shown on their armada of flatscreens and accompanied by Sunday specials like a $3 sangria or Bloody.
Jack Allen's has nightly rotating specials of locally sourced additions to their usual menu, but also make sure you stop by for their brunch, or even just to try a cocktail, like the Cucumber Jalapeño Rita, with Tequila, St. Germain, muddled cucumber, fresh jalapeños, simple syrup, and fresh lime.