Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in DC

cinco_de_mayoIt’s almost 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.

Pre-Cinco de Mayo Fiestas

May 1, 2, and 5
On Tap magazine’s Cinco de Mayo Mobile Mania offers participants a four-night five-bar tour of the Washington, DC Area. Tours happen on Thursday, April 30 in D.C.; Friday, May 1 in Arlington; Saturday, May 2 at National Harbor; Tuesday, May 5 in Fairfax (day tour starting at noont); and Tuesday, May 5 in D.C. (starts at 7 p.m.). The bus tour is free but in order to win a seat on the bus tour, you have to enter your name into an online contest . Winners will be notified via e-mail. To enter your chance to win a seat enter here

May 1-2;  4- 5

Ceiba is offering a week long promotion of $5 House Margaritas and $5 Select Appetizers (Hours 2:30 p.m. – close Friday-Tuesday). Enjoy specials: Guacamole de Molcajete, Baja Mexico Style Crispy Fish Tacos, “Bubbling Cast Iron Skillet” Queso Fundido, Yucatan Shrimp Ceviche “Cocktail”, and Shredded Chicken Mole Empanadas all just $5. (701 14th Street, NW)

May 3
The 18th annual Cinco de Mayo festival at the Sylvan Theater on the Mall will have food, live music, and dance performances, including one by the Maru Montero Dance Company. The event, which runs from noon to 6, will also have workshops and other activities for children.

May 5 – Cinco de Mayo

In Washington, DC

  • 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)citron
  • Cafe Citron: Win $100 cash for being the sexiest or funniest Mexican around in Citron’s costume contest. Compete at 8 p.m. and midnight for the prize. From 5-7 p.m. enjoy tasting samples of Jose Cuervo margaritas topped with Grand Marnier from 5 to 7 p.m. with lots of free giveaways and prizes. Hurnito tequila shots for $5, $6 cuervo margaritas, $4 megro modelos, Coronas, and Dos Equis, and half-priced appetizers from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (1343 Connecticut Ave NW; pictured on right)
  • Cantina Marina: Enjoy free samples of Jose Cuervo Margaritas topped with Grand Marnier, lots of giveaways; 5-7 p.m. (600 Water St., SW)
  • Ceiba: $5 Marguerita’s & $5 appetizers all day from 11:30 a.m. – close (701 14th Street, NW)
  • Chi-Cha Lounge: Hope House, an organization that helps children and families with imprisoned fathers, is holding a Cinco de Mayo happy hour at Chi Cha Lounge. The event will feature a silent auction. $15 suggested donation; 6 PM. (1624 U St. NW)
  • Lauriol Plaza: Three floors of activites. Opening at 11a.m., Lauriol Plaza will have several promotions from Dos Equis and Cointreau with free giveaways and some live music. For a more low key approach you can check out their sister establishment on Wisconsin Avenue, Cactus Cantina. (1835 18th St. N.W. – Washington)
  • Lima: Latin-inspired restaurant and lounge offers a modern Hispanic menu, mojitos and margaritas. Cinco de Mayo is one of their busiest days and they plan to roll out their new summer drink menu on May 5. Regular Happy Hour offers open bar 5-6 p.m. with complimentary hors d’oeuvres til 7 p.m.  Now open: outdoor patio on the sidewalk. (1401 K St. N.W)
  • Lucky Stripe: Dos Equis at Lucky Strike, Gallery Place for just $4 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. 701 7th St., NW
  • Mackey’s Public House: From 4 to 11 p.m. for $5 cover, enjoy Jose Cuervo girls passing our free drinks, free sombreros to the first 100 people and a break the pinata contest. The winner gets a $50 bar tab. Enjoy drink specials that include $3.05 Coors Light and Miller Chill; $4.05 Jose Cuervo Margaritas; $6.05 Jose Cuervo Grand Margaritas; and $8 chicken soft taco platter. (L St. NW between 18th and 19th Streets).
  • Madhatter:  $3 Coronas and Mexican specialties all day and night. Starting at 8 p.m., participate in the jalapeno eating contest and have fun with the pinata filled with t-shirts, tickets for various events in town, and lots of other goodies. (1831 M Street NW)
  • Mate: Arrive early for free Dos Equis beers from 8 to 9, plus $5 sushi rolls. The night continues with a number of drink specials, including $3 Dos Equis and $6 1800 tequila shots, house pina coladas and raspberry mojitos.
    DJ Ivan spins Latin rock, house, pop, salsa and Top 40. (3101 K St. NW)
  • 51st State Tavern: 10 cent wings from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and $4 Coronas all nigth long. Try “Mangoritas” for just $5 from 8 p.m. to close. Giveaways and fun all night long. (: 2512 L Street NW)
  • The Park at 14th: DC’s Hispanic Bar Association is sponsoring a party with an open bar from 5-6 p.m. and Free buffet from 5-7 p.m. After 6 p.m. enjoy all night specials like $2 Corona’s and Dos Equis.  To get more details, click here.
  • Rosa Mexicano: Enjoy a Cinco de Mayo masquerade party with live music and a special menu. Patrons who show up in costume will be entered in a contest, and the first 200 to arrive at the restaurant will receive a shot of tequila in a collectible glass.
  • Tonic: Eat tacos all night for just fifty cents! (6 taco order minimum) 8 p.m. (3155 Mt. Pleasant Street)
  • Tortilla Coast: This Capitol Hill favorite has a great happy hour selection with great tex-mex food and pitchers of specialty margaritas. They will have their 75 cent Tuesday taco special, a live mariachi band, and several drink promotions. (400 1st St. S.E.)

In Northern, Virginia

  • Buffalo Wing University: Start your Cinco de Mayo Fiesta early in Fairfax. Starting at noon get free chips and salsa all day, Chill out with the DJ music in the background or get out and break the pinatas and win great prizes. (10312 Willard Way)
  • El Paso Cafe: Margarita tastings from 7-10 p.m. Sample featured flavors for half price.  Free live music. Sponsored by www.bluereves.com (4235 N Pershing Dr, Arlington, VA)
  • Front Page – Ballston: The party starts at happy hour with a mariachi band, and continues through the night with $3 drink specials, $1 tacos from the taco bar and half-price quesadillas. (4201 Wilson Blvd.)la-sandia-mexican-kitchen-and-bar
  • La Sandía Mexican Kitchen & Bar: Beginning Monday, May 4, enjoy Chef Richard Sandoval’s modern Mexican three-course menu for $29. This special menu will be available through May 7.  On Tuesday, May 5 enjoy live latin music from 4- 8 p.m. (7852 Tysons Corner Center); For Reservations go to Opentable.com (Inside of dining room pictured to the right).
  • McFadden’s: The Dos Diablos Party  is named in honor of a drink that combines Dos Equis beer with a shot of Two Fingers tequila. The drink will be available for $5 all night; other specials include $2 Coronas and $3 margaritas. For $10, there will be an all-you-can-eat taco bar at 8 p.m. (2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW)
  • Mister Days: Salsa lessons and Free taco bar from 4-7 p.m. (3100 Clarendon Boulevard)
  • Rock Bottom Brewery – Arlington: Free nachos while you enjoy drink specials (Ballston location; (4238 Wilson Blvd.)

MD

  • Austin Grill:  The center of Silver Spring’s shopping district, Ellsworth Drive, will be closed to make room for a stage that will host mariachi music, Latin jazz and dancers. Austin Grill is expanding its patio to create a “Mexican beer garden,” with $2 Mexican Flag shooters and $5 margaritas and beers. A kids area will be reserved for face painting and arts and crafts. Kids eat free at Austin Grill until 8 when you spend $20. Enter a cincodemeow-headraffle to win prizes, including a guitar.
  • The Montgomery County Humane Society’s Cinco de Meow party at the MCHS Private Rescue will feature live music, prizes, margaritas, and cats available for adoption. The party runs from 7 to 9; $25 mandatory donation ($40 for couples). All proceeds benefit Joey’s Friends’ Fund for special needs animals and victims of cruelty and neglect. Fetch! Pet Care will be there handing out coupons for pet sitting services and Liora Robinson from Whole Pet Central will talk about healthy feeding for optimum health and wellness. (607 South Stonestreet Ave.) 
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