What’s Hot this Weekend: Cinco de Mayo

Friday, May 3rd, 2013 | What's Hot this Weekend

Time to celebrate the historical 1862 battle in Pueblo, Mexico. Year and battle not ringing a bell, don’t worry many have no idea why they celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but we all know this is a great opportunity to party. In case you are curious, a complete history lesson can be found here, otherwise, a complete weekend guide on celebrating is below.

Saturday Night:

Ready to party into the wee hours of May 5th? So are we.

HAZE nightclub

-HAZE nightclub at the Aria hotel in Las Vegas is hosting the go-to Cinco de Mayo party. Ready to dance the night away? Expect nothing less than spectacular as T-Pain will be on the ones and twos keeping the music fresh and the crowd hyped.

-The Mission Cantina in Los Angeles will celebrate in a traditional fashion with a mariachi band, Mexican food, and tequila. This relaxed restaurant has great food and feels more like a bar than an eatery. This is a great choice if a low key night is what you had in mind.

-Denver’s Howl at the Moon is part piano bar and part rock concert featuring dueling pianos playing the two genres all night. The bar’s Drinko de Mayo celebration goes beyond this weekend with month long drink specials. So if you can’t get enough of Cinco de Mayo, you have three more weekends to celebrate in Denver.


Need an excuse to day drink? Neither do we :)

-In San Diego, Baliwick celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a Fiesta on Sunday from 10 am- 2 pm. Baliwick will be serving $5 Palomas, the perfect concoction of tequila, lime and grapefruit juice. Add Mexican style brunch eats, Mexican Western movies playing on screens throughout, and you have yourself a complete fiesta.

-Can you bring your “A” game after a night of partying? Miami’s Radio Bar is asking just that. The South Beach bar will have pinatas, a cactus toss, and pin the tail on the donkey starting at 1 pm. Playing games, fun, playing games after a couple margarita punch bowls, awesome way to spend a Sunday.

-Love to get lost in the crowd? Pheonix’s 20th annual Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival will feature live performances, yummy eats to munch on, and DJ’s spinning. According to organizers, 75,000 people are expected to attend. Now that is a block party. For more details, click here.

Where to Eat:

As a California native, I have the luxury of always being in close proximity to great Mexican food. Satisfy your taco craving this weekend in honor of Cinco de Mayo.

Oyamel - Drinks and Guac

-D.C.’s Oyamel is known for unique options, such as the grasshopper tacos. Not a grasshopper eatin gal, no need to worry, the menu also has traditional staples such as chevice and tacos al pastor, as well a drink menu that is over 20 pages long. It’s always nice to have options.

- Hugo’s in Houston has great upscale Mexican food, but make sure you order dessert. The crunchy churros filled with dulce de leche and served with spiced Mexican hot chocolate are amazing. This place is always packed, so make sure to make a reservation.

Churros filled with dulce de leche and served with spiced Mexican hot chocolate

-Craving some amazing fish tacos? Then the best place to go outside of Mexico is San Diego. Featured on Food Network’s Throwdown with Bobby Flay, Mama Testa Taqueria features a deep fried fish taco. The fried catfish is topped with Mexican coleslaw and queso fresco then stuffed into a taco that’s once again deep-fried. Bobby Flay was no match for Mama Testa and her tacos.

Enjoy your Cinco de Mayo!

Love & Travel,
The Escape Artists

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