Margaritas, Mexican food and maracas make for festive and delicious Cinco de Mayo celebrations in and around the city, including at Jose Garces' Distrito. (Photo courtesy Distrito)
Observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, Cinco de Mayo, much like every other holiday, is welcomed with festive food, music and even more festive beverages on May 5.
Here we’ve roped in our tops picks for señors and señoritas to throw back brews, bites and everything blanco around the city for the boozy national fiesta.
• Distrito: Head to modern Mexi-resto Distrito in University City, where brunch bites and tequila sips kick off the day at 11 a.m. followed by live broadcasting w/ WMMR-FM and DJs spinning from 5-7 p.m. Enjoy $5 Cinco de Mayo margaritas and Distrito’s a la carte menu which rolls out until midnight.
• El Vez: Midtown Village celebrates the day with a neighborhood block party, festive nibs and live bands outside El Vez from noon until last sombrero standing. At 7 p.m. the party heads inside with DJs and more pitchers of tasty Pink Cadillacs.
• Iron Hill Brewery Media: Start the day with a special Mexican-inspired brunch at Iron Hill Brewery in Media. Indulge in chilaquiles, tres leches french toast and poached huevos ranchero from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and wash it all down with Chili-Mailbock pale lager infused with chili peppers for an extra punch.
• Cafe Con Chocolate: After a momentary shut-down in March, the Mexican-Japanese food fusion rarity opens on Cinco de Mayo with a special menu and live mariachi music to kick your heels to.
• Cantina Dos Segundos and Cantina Los Caballitos: The NoLibs and South Philly Cantinas party rock all day long with tacos and Tecates and their traditional watermelon margaritas, white blanco sangria and of course, shots of tequila for $5.55. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes, so creepy fake mustaches and maracas are encouraged.
• Trocadero: We’re scratching our heads over the connection between 80’s music and Mexican holidays, but the tribute band, The Legwarmers, gives us a reason to snap our fingers and spin in circles as they play the decade’s favorite tunes at the Trocadero, 9 p.m.
• Interstate Drafthouse: The Fishtown restaurant and watering hole heats things up as Chef Jennifer Zavala (from Bravo’s Top Chef) roasts a 100lb. porker for her specialty tacos alongside slews of pickles, BBQ sauce and corn on the cob. $3 select brews, $4 margs and $5 boilermakers complete the feast which lasts from 4 p.m. til close.
• South Laurel Hill: In the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, tour-takers will have the opportunity to head south of the Cemetery’s figurative border to explore the many hidden gems and little-known secrets of South Laurel Hill. This walking tour will be led by military historian and administrator of Findagrave.com, Russ Dodge. It will conclude with chips, salsa and refreshments.
• Matador: Head to Wayne for drink specials and giveaways all night. Get Dos Equis Lager and amber for $5, and authentic bites like Tamales, Chalupes and more.