Wherever you are in America on May 5th, there’s a Cinco de Mayo fiesta honoring the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla with Tequila and Mezcal crafted cocktails. We put together a sampling of innovative bars across the nation observing the Mexican-turned-drinking holiday.
Where to Fiesta on Cinco de Mayo All Across America
Barely Disfigured – Brooklyn NY
A chic and seriously seductive cocktail bar, named after a poem by French surrealist poet Paul Eluard, located in the site of a former brothel in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
Dirty Old Man
Premium Mezcal, Tequila, Red Chili Pepper infused Aperol, Pineapple, Agave, Lime and Peychaud Bitters.
257 Smith Street (Carroll Gardens), Brooklyn, NY; barelydisfigured.com
Roy Boys – Washington DC
A new fried chicken and fresh oysters spot, with craft cocktails, in the heart of Shaw, a hip city neighborhood in Washington, DC.
Premium Mezcal and House Bloody Mix including Green Tomatillo, Poblano Pepper, Jalapeño, Green Apple, Cucumber, Green Tabasco Sauce, Olive Juice, Lime, Horseradish and Celery Salt. Served with a salt & pepper rim, and garnished with pickled okra, -or, upgrade to skewer (chicken wing, shrimp, bell pepper, onion, okra).
2108 8th Street NW (in the Atlantic Plumbing building), Washington DC; royboysdc.com
SolToro Mexican Cantina – Uncasville CT
Sol Toro, a breezy Mexican cantina located in the Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort, is offering festive and sparkling new twists on Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo.
Premium Blanco Tequila, Triple Sec, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup and Cava (Spanish sparkling wine).
Premium Blanco Tequila, Orange Juice, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup and Cava.
1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard (inside Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort), Uncasville CT; soltororestaurant.com
Guerrilla Tacos – Los Angeles
Celebrated chef Wes Avila’s contemporary fast-casual style restaurant and bar in Downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District that originated from a food truck plating experimental tacos with local ingredients.
Premium Mezcal, Pulque (a milky Mexican alcoholic drink made by fermenting the sap of maguey plants), Lime, Orange, Pineapple, Fresno Chili, Avocado and Grapefruit Oil.
2000 E 7th Street, Los Angeles CA; guerrillatacos.com
Fifth and Rose – San Diego
Inspired by a host’s living room, Fifth & Rose is a classic cocktail bar in a comfortable room in the Pendry San Diego hotel located in the historical Gaslamp Quarter.
Las Manos de Ochoa
Premium Mezcal, Ginger, Lime, Amaro Nonino and Orinoco Bitters.
550 J Street, San Diego CA; pendryhotels.com/san-diego/fifth-rose
Whislers – Austin
This rustic-chic, in downtown Austin, features handcrafted cocktails, and a second floor Oaxacan style mezcal bar that carries a broad selection of wild varietals of mezcal.
Premium Mezcal, Pomegranate Liqueur, Lemon, Honey, Ancho Chile Liqueur and Sal de Gusano (grounded agave worms).
1816 E 6th Street, Austin TX; whislersatx.com
Kitty Cohen’s – Austin
A retro Palm Springs-inspired patio pool bar, in East Austin, serving specialty drinks and punches in a spacious yard with shaded poolside seating.
Premium Mezcal, Passionfruit, Kitty’s Bitters and Lime.
2211 Webberville Road, Austin TX; kittycohens.com
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Icehouse – Austin
When on the hunt for killer drinks and memorable nights, head to downtown Austin’s drinking den, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Icehouse and Bar (WTF).
Frozen Mezcal Margarita
Premium Mezcal, -and the rest is a well-kept secret crafted by WTF bartenders, Chase Ware and Seth Gnader.
701 W 6th Street, Austin TX; wtficehouse.com
Tiny Victories – Dallas
Cozy lounge in Dallas’ Oak Cliff neighborhood featuring a small patio for enjoying craft classic cocktails.
ibiscus Agave Syrup, Lime, Cointreau and Premium Mezcal.
604 N Tyler Street, Dallas TX; tinyvictoriesoc.com
Fleming’s Steakhouse – Nationwide Locations
The upscale steakhouse is partnering with an ultra-premium single estate & single vintage tequila, and Baccarat, the world-renowned fine crystal manufacturer to offer a $100 Prime Margarita beginning May 1 through the rest of the month.
Extra Anejo Tequila (valued at well over $100), Grand Marnier Cuvee du Centenaire, fresh Lime Juice and Simple Syrup; garnished with a lime wheel and pineapple leaves.
Served in Baccarat’s uniquely designed Diamant Tumbler (valued at well over $100), guests will take home the glass in Baccarat’s iconic red box.
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