Cinco de Mayo in DC – 2013

Cinco de Mayo – Sunday May 5th 

As mentioned in my post yesterday about the Kentucky Derby, this upcoming weekend is one of the more underrated ones on the calendar. This post will focus on Cinco de Mayo festivities in the District, trying to list all the “Mexican” restaurants and other noteworthy parties (hard to find info on a lot of them) Events are Sunday, May 5th unless otherwise stated. [UPDATE: Posted updated to reflect good info from DC After Five, WaPo GoG, Washingtonian After Hours]

Tortilla Coast (Logan Circle/Capitol Hill)

  • Thu. May 2: $3 Dos XX
  • Fri. May 3: $10 Coronaritas
  • Sat. May 4: $5 Sauza Hornitos lime shots
  • Sun. May 5: $4 mimosas, bloody marys & bloody marias

El Centro D.F. & Masa 14 (Logan Circle)

  • $5 margaritas in entire bars (including rooftop). Strawberry, spicy mango (El Centro), mango (Masa 14), fresh lime (Masa 14) & vanilla (El Centro D.F) flavors included

H Street Country Club (H Street)

  • Celebrate Thu.-Sun. May 2-5
  • $2 Dos XX, $5 margaritas & $2 tacos during happy hour
    • 5-8p Thu., 4-7p Fri-Sun
  • opens at 11a for human cockfights
  • Music & Sauza specials all weekend

Bandolero (Georgetown)

  • $4 Tecate, PBR, & Espolon shots,  $5 Pacifico, $6 Margaritas
  • $5 food specials (crazy corn, pork, or chicken tacos & Mexican pizza at bar)

Cafe Citron (Dupont)

  • opens Noon Sun.
  • $5 margarita, $6 mojito margarita, $4 Dos XX, $4 Hornitos tequila shots
  • Mexican apps $7 and less
  • Sexiest Mexican costume contest @ 4p wins $150 cash & $200 bar tabs
  • Free t-shirts & mexican hats

Crios Modern Mexican (Dupont)

  • $5 bottomless mimosa (w/ brunch), $5 margarita, $5 off Don Julio,
  • $5 tacos, $5 off dinner entrees

Alero (U Street)

  • All day Sat-Sun May 4-5
  • “DJs -Drinks Special – Food Special – Body Painting – Photographs – Souvenirs – Dancing – Ice Luge – Giant Search Light – Models, and more”

Surfside (Glover Park)

  • $19 buckets of Mexican beer
  • $5 cocktails during 11a-3p brunch

Zengo (Chinatown/Penn Quarter)

  • $5 margaritas & Latin beers after 5p Sun.

Austin Grill (Chinatown/Penn Quarter)

  • Fri. May 3rd: $4 Dos XX drafts, $3 house tequila shots, $15 Mexican beer buckets (5)
  • Sat. May 4th: $4 Dos XX drafts, $5 tequila infusion, $15 Quesadilla + 2 pints of Dos XX, $4 nachos
  • Sun. May 5th: $15 Mexican beer buckets (5), $5 tequila infusion, $4 Sauza & Hornitas shots $5 nachos, $5 pretzel + queso, Dos XX and Sauza girls

Ceiba (Downtown)

  • Fri May 3rd – Sat. May 5th (3p – close)
  • $5 margaritas & $5 street food, inc. chicken tamales, mole-glazed pork ribs, Mexican hot dogs & churros (bar & lounge only)

Casa Oaxaca (Adams Morgan)

  • Sat-Sun May 4-5
  • $4 Coronas, $5 house margarita 3-6p
  • dinner & drink specials
  • Barred in DC has been here a couple times for Cinco de Mayo, cozy downstairs, solid margaritas, kind of hectic though

Impala Cantina (H Street)

  • Noon-6p on patio
  • pig roast w/ live electro-tropical music
  • $5 Three Stars beers, $7 margaritas

Mama Chuy (Columbia Heights)

  • Specials all day Fri-Sun May 3-5 (closes @6p Sun)
  • New patio seating

El Tamarindo (Adams Morgan)

  • Special brunch menu

Cantina Marina (SW Waterfront)

  • $10 Corona-nitas on Sundays
  • deck/patio right on water

Other DC Mexican/Latin Bars having Potential Celebrations

El Chucho Superior (Columbia Heights)

Fiesta DC (Dupont Circle)

Lauriol Plaza (Dupont Circle)

Oyamel (Penn Quarter/Chinatown)

Cactus Cantina (Cathedral Heights)

Guapo’s (Tenleytown)

Gringo Bars

The Brixton (U Street)

  • Noon-8p
  • “Circus de Mayo”
  • All 3 floors including hidden back patio + dunk tank
  • $4 Coronas, $6 Hornitoas sno-cones, $7 frozen Sauza margaritas
  • Dunk/drunk tank, games, cotton candy, sno cones 

Town Tavern (Adams Morgan)

  • “Cinco de Mayo Mayhem”
  • live burro/donkey on patio, seriously
  • $12 all-you-can-drink margaritas & tacos from noon-3p
  • $5 margaritas & tequila shots from 3p-close
  • $3 Coronas, tequilas sunrises & taco baskets all day

Eden (Downtown)

  • Fri. May 3rd, doors open at 5p
  • 12th Annual Cinco De Mayo Networking Happy Hour sponsored by latinvip.com
  • $5 admission with RSVP; $10 if none
  • complimentary buffet 5-7p
  • mariachi & drink specials on Coronas & Model

The Mighty Pint (Dupont)

  • $3 Dos XX, $4 Coronas, $5 Margaritas

Public Bar (Dupont)

  • $10 admission
  • rooftop party on Sat. May 4th  2-9p
  • $3 Coronas, $4 Cuervo shots, $5 margaritas

Dirty Martini (Dupont)

  • $3 tacos, $6 quesadillas
  • $4 Coronas, $5 Margaritas, $8 Patron shots, $4 tequila shots

Fado (Chinatown/Penn Quarter)

  • Opens at noon
  • $7 mint juleps & margaritas & Mexituckys (can of Dos Equis & shot of Bulleit)
  • $4 Coronas, $4 Dos XX, $4 Cuervo shorties
  • Taco specials

Park at Fourteenth (Downtown)

  • $30 (use “DrinkResponsibility” code for 50% discount) inc. 2 drinks & brunch buffet
  • $3 Coronas, $3 punch, & $5 margaritas from 11a-2p, along with live mariachi band
  • $5 Coronas, $5 punch & $20 Corona buckets from 2p-7p

Uptown Tap House (Cleveland Park)

  • open at 9a
  • complimentary Mexican brunch buffet
  • $5 Tecates, tequila and tacos from 11a-2p
  • Live Latin music from Noon-4p

Sign of the Whale (Dupont)

  • $3 Tecate & Dos XX
  • $4 Margaritas & Cuervo shots
  • $5 soft tacos, burritos, and nachos

Ventnor’s Sports Cafe (Adams Morgan)

  • $4 Coronas
  • $5 margaritas
  • 1/2 price quesadillas
  • $1 tacos

Duffy’s Irish Pub (U Street)

  • $3 Tecate & Dos XX
  • $5 16 oz. margaritas
  • free quesadillas 3-7p
  • $6 Tecate + Cuervo shot

Ugly Mug (Eastern Market)

  • Sat. May 4th evening
  • $6 margaritas, $5 Malibu Red Hurricane, $15 Corona buckets

Bottom Line (Downtown)

  • open at 11:30a
  • $3 Corona, Corona Light, Tecate & margaritas
  • 25% off Mexican food

Rumors (Dupont)

  • Sat. & Sun. May 4-5
  • $3 Coronas, $4 Yuenglings, $4 Old Mexico drinks
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The Derby in DC – Saturday

The Derby in DC – Saturday, May 4th, 2013 (Updated Post)

One of the more underrated weekends of the year, this upcoming weekend claims both the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo.  I’ll have a post later this week about the 5th of May (that’s Cinco de Mayo translated, word) parties, but I’ll focus on the Derby here.  Check out the already comprehensive posts from Girl Meets Food and, of course, the Post’s Going Out Gurus for further details on Kentucky Derby watch parties (lot of overlap) [UPDATE: Washingtonian’s Best Bites Blog with its own post], but I sum up the info below and a few spots that could be a wild card to check out after Game 2 of the Caps-Rangers series (12:30p-3p), in order of cheapest (free) to most expensive [Bars added after initial posting in brown]:

Jack Rose (Adams Morgan)

  • Free admission
  • 4-7p on both rooftop and saloon
  • Free snacks from 4-6
  • $9 mint juleps, $7 bourbon sweet tea
  • Barred in DC went here last year, crowded but not overwhelmingly so, was able to get a seat early

Bourbon (Adams Morgan/Glover Park)

  • Free admission
  • 11a-7p at both locations
  • 8th annual celebration in Adams Morgan; 10th annual in Glover Park
  • craft juleps, derby punch & complimentary Kentucky cuisine
  • Barred in DC made this a couple times, good spot to watch, guessing less crowded now Jack Rose hosts

The Brixton (U Street)

  • Free admission
  • Opens at 2p – rooftop party
  • Derby punch, mint julep specials, Miller Lite buckets
  • Burgers & dogs
  • Best Southern gentleman/belle dressed prize

Fado (Chinatown/Penn Quarter)

  • Free admission
  • Opens at noon
  • Ridiculous hats & seersucker suits gets free Bulleit drink from 5-7
  • Hot Browns & Derby Pie for sale        
  • $7 mint juleps & margaritas & Mexituckys (can of Dos Equis & shot of Bulleit)

Bourbon Steak (Georgetown)

  • Free admission
  • 5-7p
  • Patio and lounge
  • Appropriately dressed chance to win bottle of restaurant’s private-label bourbon
  • “Julep bar” on patio also with $60 (seriously) Mint julep called the “Prescription Julep”; $16 juleps with Southern food specials

Acadiana (Penn Quarter/Chinatown)

  • Free Admission
  • 4-6:30p
  • $5 mint juleps
  • $5 burgoo stew, derby pie, & hot browns; free samples of Bulleit bourbon

Vinoteca (U Street)

  • Free Admission
  • Opens at 11a (Great patio)
  • $8 mint juleps

Red Derby (Petworth)

  • Free Admission
  • Mint juleps until 6:30p
  • Free Derby pie

Occidental Grill (Downtown)

  • Free Admission
  • Woodford Reserve tasting 4-6p
  • patio party, $200 prizes for best hat & seersucker
  • 1st 30 guests to order mint julep get free keepsake glass

Old Glory BBQ (Georgetown)

  • Free admission
  • 11 screens (including back 2nd floor deck)
  • $5 mint julep after 6:30

RFD (Chinatown/PQ)

  • Free admission
  • $5 mint juleps after Caps game (roughly 3p)

Little Miss Whiskey (H Street)

  • $5
  • opens at 5p, race shown on big screen upstairs
  • includes one sample of Angel’s Envy bourbon, mini Crunckcake
  • DC Brau porter & Angel’s Envy Rhubarb Punch + bbq on back deck

Bayou (Foggy Bottom)

  • $20/25 advance/door
  • Benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • 3-7p
  • includes appetizers and souvenir cup
  • $3 Mint julep, $2 PBR/Bud light, $4 all other beers
  • raffles and prizes

Penn Social (Penn Quarter/Chinatown)

  • $25/30 advance/door
  • Hosted by Perry Center
  • 4-7p
  • lots of prizes, guest DJs, best dressed competition

BYT Presents: Prancin’ A Derby Day Party at Hill Center (Eastern Market)

  • $64/$74 advance/day of advance
  • Full open bar with mint julep takes, beer, wine
  • Free from Spike (burgers & street corn)
  • Real horses/ponies!!! to ride, free music

Round Robin (Downtown)

  • $75
  • 27th annual Bonnets & Bow Ties parties
  • Includes two juleps (or other cocktails) & a buffet
  • Live music, prizes, & raffles