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It’s that time of the year again, where we all cuddle up with our good buddy tequila and say a heartfelt “Adios!” to reliable liver function. Forget about all of Mexico’s problems for one night (Swine flu? So 2009! Narcotraficos? Only a problem for Tejas! Montezuma’s revenge? Simply a cheap and local laxative, mis amigos) and celebrate with margaritas at DC watering holes. Bars will be carding everyone regardless of age. Pretend you’re in Arizona and be prepared to show ID.

The only thing more annoying than white-non-Hispanic people pronouncing it “Mehh-hi-co” are those claiming that Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican independence. That day is September 16. Memorize this little fact for the bar tonight and las chicas guapitas will be fawning all over you.

Aqui es el “roundup” de las fiestas del Cinco de Mayo. Ahora, matelo!

Practically Everywhere

  • The aptly named “Corona de Mayo” will be at every other bar that’s not mentioned below. Click to find locations.

Columbia Heights

  • Social: May 5:  $5 margaritas/$25 pitchers, plus $1.50 fish tacos and $3 guacamole


  • Farmers & Fishers: Tequila Week, May 3–9, 2010
    Siembra Azul Founder David Suro will share wisdom and insight about liquid gold (tequila) while sampling Siembra Azul product. Chief Mixologist Jon Arroyo and guest mixologists will be shaking up special cocktails in celebration.
  • Mansion at O Street: Cinco de Mayo Martini, Hot Hot Hot! May 5 , $15  Mix, mingle and munch while you explore over 100 rooms and 32 secret doors at this festive celebration.  (side note: O Street Mansion is definitely one of those places to visit before you leave DC)
  • Alero (all locations): Cinco de Cuervo, starts at 3:00 PM Cuervo de Mayo! Celebrate Cinco with Jose and his friends at Alero from 3pm-1am. You’ll get discounts on Cuervo Margaritas and Cuervo Silver Shots and meet the Cuervo girls for a complimentary margarita. See you on Cinco!
  • McFadden’s: $2 Coronas and $3 margaritas until closing.
  • 51st State: $5 taco platter, $5 gold and silver Cuervo shots, $5 Mangorita (whatever the hell that is, sounds like a bad Spanish porno) and $3.50 Corona. Giveaways promised, big hats encouraged.
  • Cafe Citron: It’s Cafe Citron. Practically every night is Cinco de Mayo, complete with Latin men in skintight pants gyrating all over the place. Anyways: $5 Jose Cuervo margaritas, $2 shots of Cuervo Silver tequila, $2 bottles of Dos Equis and $5 Red Bull and vodka drinks.
  • Science Club: $4 margaritas and $5 Patron shots
  • Ceiba: $5 House Margaritas and/or specialty Mexican Street Food.  Also featuring their “Movable Fiesta! Celebrating Mexico” fest May 1-8, with $39 Prix Fixe Dinner Menu / $59 with Wine Pairings.
  • BlackFinn: $4Coronas/Corona Light, Cuervo shots and margaritas for $3.
  • Masa 14:  Masa 14 will be offering five different flavors of margaritas: hibiscus, blueberry, tamarind, coconut, and the signature house margarita. Also featuring a “Banderita,” or tequila tasting sampler, which will include three separate shot glasses filled with lime juice, homemade Sangrita, and El Jimador Silver Tequila.

Adams Morgan

  • Asylum, Taco Eating Contest, May 5: $5 entry fee for the contest, but watching the Mexican-tinged reenactment of the gluttony scene from “Seven” is free. Whomever eats the most in three minutes wins a $100 bar tab. Since it’s Asylum you get your choice of vegetarian or beef tacos.
  • Lauriol Plaza, 5:00 – 7:00 PM: Celebrate Cinco with Jose and his friends at Lauriol Plaza. Discounts on Cuervo Margaritas and Cuervo Silver Shots and meet the Cuervo girls for a complimentary margarita.
  • Town Tavern: Looking to get schwasted? Look no further: $10 all-you-can-drink bottles and mixed drinks from 8:00 pm – 10:00 PM. $3 Corona bottles and tequila sunrise cocktails all day, and $6 shots of Ambhar tequila or two for $10.

H Street

  • H Street Country Club: Discounts on Cuervo Margaritas and Cuervo Silver Shots. $3 Dos Equis, $5 Puebla Margaritas, $8 Club House Margaritas.

Cleveland Park

  • Cactus Cantina: $7.99 Golden Margaritas

Your Apartment

I get it. Cinco de Mayo crowds can be awful, the drinks can be watery, and you’ve hated Mexico since that time you almost drowned in Cancun when you were 12 and a Mexican lifeguard broke your sternum (true story. not my story, but a true story). Celebrate solo this evening with this tried-and-true (read: tried by me. many times) recipe:

Easiest and Best Margarita Ever

  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz Cointreau (triple sec will work, but the drink would end up being less potent. if you’re looking to forget your troubles, go with Cointreau)
  • 1 1/2 oz tequila

Shake and strain into a salted-rim cocktail glass. Disfruta!


(by Ellen Lovelidge)
Last night the BYT staff got graciously invited by Don Julio Tequila for a lesson, tasting, and mixology class on how to make the most of different flavors of tequila in cocktails you may not expect. Here are some recipes which you can put to the test TODAY:


Jalapeño Margarita

  • 1 shot Blanco tequila (white)
  • 3 shots pineapple juice
  • about a tablespoon Agave nectar (great natural sweetener you can get from specialty stores or Whole Foods)
  • 1-2 slivers of fresh jalapeño
  • ice

Shake well to spread the jalapeño taste throughout the drink. You can always add less or more depending on how spicy you’d like it. Serve with ice.

Red Rose

  • 1 shot Reposado tequila (dark)
  • ½ shot of amaretto (dry taste) or Chambord (sweet taste)
  • tablespoon of lime juice
  • about a tablespoon of Agave nectar
  • optional: dash of St. Germain for extra sweetness

Shake well and serve with ice.

Mexican Manhattan

  • cover the bottom of the glass with Agave nectar
  • fill glass with ice
  • 1 ½ shots Añejo tequila (extra dark)
  • dash of bitters
  • garnish with a cherry and orange peel

Serve with a straw and mix in the Agave nectar depending on how strong you like your drink.

And if you haven’t had enough of this particular kind of party, make sure to stop by THE OCHO, BYT’s return to Summer Camp @ Capitol Skyline this Saturday (shameless plugs r us-ed)

Got any more to add? Comments! Ahora mismo!

Masa 14 will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo by offering five different flavors of margaritas on Wednesday, May 5th.  Priced at just $5 each, the flavors include hibiscus, blueberry, tamarind, coconut, and the signature house margarita. Additionally, the restaurant will be pouring a “Banderita,” or tequila tasting sampler, which will include three separate shot glasses filled with limejuice, homemade Sangrita, and El Jimador Silver Tequila.