Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo: Celebrate the Philly Way

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with several Philly spots that are offering drink and meal specials. 

Count me in as one of the many that do enjoy the festivities that surround the annual celebration of the Mexican army victory, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza, over French forces back in 1862, on May 5th. Count that as your history lesson on the significance of what the world over, except maybe France, now celebrates as Cinco de Mayo.

There are a number of great ways to celebrate in Philly with a selection of bars and restaurants that are offering specials on drinks and meals and just straight-up festive vibes. Here is a shortlist of the ones that have our attention here at dM…

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The Red Owl Tavern is offering lunch and dinner specials along with four versions of Lead Bartender Christopher Devern’s celebratory Margaritas (Mango Mezcal, Passionfruit, Dragonfruit, and Classic) that guests can enjoy. Food item highlights include Barbacoa Quesadillas (pickled red onion, crema, and queso Oaxaca) and Baja Fish Tacos (fried cod, cabbage slaw, radish, and adobo verde).

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The party continues at Patchwork, located on the second floor of the Hyatt Centric, which is hosting a Cinco de Mayo Pop Up. This is a collab with the Brooklyn, NY Mexican eatery, Alta Calidad to offer a festive spread that includes Guacamole or Queso Fundido, Octopus (with pork belly and confit potato pintxos), a tempting Taco Flight (with charred fish, chipotle mayonnaise, and mango and jicama salsa), Brisket Adobo (cucumber escabeche and salsa cruda), and Pea Shoots (with black bean purée, crispy chickpeas, and habanero salsa). 

The party starts at 5 pm. Reservations are encouraged.

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Juana Tamale is hosting Cinco de Birthday, combining both the holiday and the birthday of owner Jennifer Zavala, until 7 pm. This celebration is not to be missed as Stickman Brews provides libations to accompany a selection of popular menu items that include Chili Verde Tacos, Beef Birria Tacos, Tamales, as well as Queso Birria Ramen and Chicharrones Preparados Caesar. The festivities conclude with a performance by Latin locals QLEBRAS

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1800 Tequila is sponsoring a Cinco de Mayo party at Sor Ynez with live music, food, and drinks, and is the only celebration that I am aware of that will have a snow cone machine (making both alcoholic and virgin cones). Menu items include a Carnitas Platter (with pickled vegetables, pinto beans, tortillas, cilantro, lime, and habanero salsa) and a Coli-Asada (a vegan option of cauliflower steak grilled and served with black refried beans and a creamy almond arbol pepper salsa). The party begins at 4 pm with live jazz music with Larry Toft at 5 pm. DJ XTINA closes out the jam from 6 pm to 9 pm. 

Here are a few other notable mentions of where and how you can get your Cinco on:

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Art in the Age and Milagro Tequila are hosting AITA X Milagro: Cinco de Mayo Cocktail Workshop at 116 North 3rd Street from 5 pm to 7 pm. Guests will learn a few pro tips for creating two special Milagro Tequila cocktails. Tickets for his workshop are limited and will cost you 50 bucks. 

Manatawny Still Works is celebrating the holiday with the release of its new gin aged in tequila barrels with drinks featuring the new gin, churros with chocolate and dulce de leche. The event will take place place from 5 pm to 10 pm, at their East Passyunk tasting room. 

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Revolution Taco is running Cinco de Mayo only items: Chicken Chorizo Queso Fundido, Mango Lychee Margarita Mixer, and a complimentary Michelada for dine-in orders with a $10.00 purchase


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