Last Minute Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Options
It's Cinco de Mayo, meaning it's mariachi's moment in the sun tonight. Numerous restaurants and bars are featuring mariachi bands–which traditionally consist of of violins, trumpets, an acoustic guitar, and a vihuela and guitarrón (a high-pitched, five-string guitar and a large acoustic bass, respectively)–leading one to wonder if there's demand for these ensembles at any other point in the year. Celebrate these musicians' employment–however short-lived–and the Mexican victory against France in the Battle of Puebla in 1862 tonight with margaritas and Coronas at the following places:
Alero–Drink specials, DJ and mariachi bands, and models in nothing but body paint.
1301 U St. NW. (202) 462-2322.
Bossa Bistro and Lounge–Drink specials including $4 house margaritas, $3 Coronas, and $3 Tecates, as well as a live salsa band.
2463 18th St. NW. (202) 667-0088.
Café Citron–$3 bottles of Dos Equis, specials on Bacardi, Red Bull, and Absolute.
1343 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 530-8844.
Ceiba–$5 house margaritas and $5 Mexican street food, bar and lounge only.
701 14th St. NW. (202) 393-3983.
DC9–Nayas perform Latin music with a dash of rock and reggae. With Machetres and DJ Rockactivo. 9 p.m. $10.
1940 9th St. NW. (202) 483-0666.
D.C. United Tailgate–Even if you don't want to attend the game, you can still come out to parking lot 8 for Mexican food booths, Latin music, limbo competitions and piñatas before the game against the Kansas City Wizards. Inside the stadium, you'll find Corona and margarita specials. Tailgate at 5 p.m., game at 7 p.m.
RFK Stadium, 2400 E. Capitol St. SE. (202) 587-5000. $25.
Guapo's–Specials on margaritas, Mexican beer, and tequila.
4515 Wisconsin Ave. (202) 686-3588.
La Frontera Cantina–Specials on margaritas and Mexican beer.
1633 17th St. NW. (202) 232-0437.
Lauriol Plaza–Food and drink specials, mariachi bands, and freebies from Dos Equis and Corona.
1835 18th St. NW. (202) 387-0035.
The Park at Fourteenth–Networking happy hour featuring drink specials on Dos Equis and Ambhar Tequila cocktails, a mariachi band, and a complimentary buffet and passed appetizers from 5-7 p.m. Doors at 5.
920 14th St. NW. (202) 737-7275. Free with RSVP to RSVP@LatinVIP.com.
Porters–$5 Cuervo margaritas and $5 Cuervo Silver shots, as well as appetizer specials, games, and prizes.
1207 19th St. NW. (202) 775-3797.
Rosa Mexicano–Piñatas, live music, and drink and appetizer specials. Also a special Cinco de Mayo menu.
575 7th St. NW. (202) 567-6320.
Rumors–$5 Cuervo margaritas and $5 Cuervo Silver shots, as well as appetizer specials, games, and prizes.
1900 M St. NW. (202) 466-7378.
Town Tavern–$10 all-you-can-drink domestic bottles and mixed rails from 8-10 p.m. $3 Coronas and tequila sunrises all day and night.
2323 18th St. NW. (202) 387-8696.
Top image courtesy of southernliving.com.