Falling on the cusp of spring and summer, Cinco de Mayo serves as the quintessential occasion for boozing on picture-perfect patios around town. In a city chock-full of Tex-Mex destinations, Mexican restaurants and margarita bars, there is no shortage of places to partake in festivities — and unbeatable drink specials make going out hard to resist. Many restaurants are putting their own personal twists on classic margaritas, while others are bringing in live mariachis so that you can dance while you drink.
Whether it’s a frozen mezcal-heavy cocktail, a cold brewski or a multifaceted margarita flight you seek, consider Houstonia’s picks of festive restaurants and bars going all out with drink specials in honor of Cinco de Mayo.
From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Candente will host a family-friendly fiesta, featuring complimentary paletas by Las Brisa Ice Cream, a selfie photo booth and a performance by nine-piece mariachi band UH Mariachi Pumas from 7 to 8 p.m. Quench your thirst with happy hour palomas, margaritas and frozens, available for $6 from 3 to 6 p.m.
4306 Yoakum Blvd., Houston, TX 77006 (346) 867-1156
All Molina’s locations in Houston and Fulshear will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Molina’s Margaritas on special for $6.50 all day, plus live mariachi music from 6 to 8 p.m. Complimentary koozies will be given out while supplies last.
3801 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX 77025 (713) 432-1626
The resident bar at the Heights House Hotel is set to host an epic Cinco de Mayo party with festivities, including Texas all-star wrestling from 7 to 9 p.m., live music by Mariachi Mi Mexico from 9 to 10 p.m., and a performance by Selena tribute artist Cristina Amaro from 10 p.m. to midnight. Discounted drink specials on cocktails made with Hornitos and Mucha Liga tequilas will be offered, along with a special menu of birria tacos, elote and churros.
100 W. Cavalcade St., Houston, TX 77009
Because three margaritas are better than one! Journey through Traveler’s Table’s margarita flight, available for $25 on Cinco de Mayo. The “Vaya con Margaritas” touts three unique varieties, including the pineapple-flavored Happy Wife, Happy Life the Plumed Serpent with watermelon and chili salt, and the Tranquilo Es Mio sweetened with orange liqueur and tamarind syrup.
520 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77006 (832) 409-5785
Wine bar may not be the first thing that comes to mind when searching for a destination to drink on Cinco de Mayo, but hear us out. From 4 p.m. until midnight, Camerata is offering a themed menu featuring a variety of Mexican wines, beer and snacks, along with background info on the regions represented. Go forth and learn a little something while you drink.
1830 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77098 (713) 522-8466
For Urbe’s inaugural Cinco de Mayo celebration, the restaurant is commemorating the day with a special ticketed event, One Night in Jalisco, sponsored by El Tosoro Tequila. There will be bountiful margaritas and street food classics peppered throughout food and drink stations, plus live music. Tickets are $65 per person.
1101 Uptown Park Blvd. Suite12, Houston, TX 77056 (713) 726-8273
Hunker down at Jax Grill for $5 margaritas and $4 beer, available all day long. If hunger strikes, the restaurant is offering Mexican-inspired dishes like Gulf Coast fish tacos and a mesquite fajita trio for two with seven-spice chicken breast, shrimp brochette and beef fajita, presented with all the fixins.
1613 Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX 77007 (713) 861-5529
This buzzy Lindale Park bar has no shortage of boozy events throughout the year, but Cinco de Mayo is its biggest. The fiesta begins at 11 a.m. and continues until the wee hours of 2 a.m., during which guests may lounge around any one of four bars with frozen mangonadas, Modelito margaritas and draft ranch water, listening to live mariachi music. There will be $5 food specials, boiled crawfish, and an outdoor burrito and taco stand too.
5802 Fulton St., Houston, TX 77009 (713) 842-7188
Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen
Making it a boozy lunch? Sylvia’s house margaritas are on special for $5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., while skinny margs and palomas are $10 each all day.
6401 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77057 (713) 334-7295
This Heights hangout is ringing in festivities with half-priced classic lime and strawberry margaritas, frozen and on the rocks, all day long. Prefer to conduct your Cinco celebration at home? Order curbside to go in 10- to 18-ounce varieties.
1815 N. Durham Drive, Houston, TX 77008 (713) 377-9919
Cinco de Mayo marks the return of Hungry’s popular frozen mango margarita. The refreshing beverage is a cool $10, and it will be available long after May 5, remaining on the menu throughout the summer.
2356 Rice Blvd., Houston, TX 77005 (713) 523-8652
Hugo’s is ringing in a fiesta of epic proportions, complete with discounted drinks and colorful live performances. Score $2 off on all margaritas all day or splurge on the Greatest Margarita — regularly $29 — half-off on Cinco de Mayo. Stay for live music by Viento and a Mexican dance performance.
1600 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77006 (713) 524-7744
Heights & Co.
The Heights patio and bar is celebrating double the fun on Cinco de Mayo as the restaurant celebrates its grand opening. Celebrate both occasions with margs, ranch water and salted watermelon cocktails. Purchase the house margarita and you’ll get a $5 queso.
1343 Yale St., Houston, TX 77008
Arnaldo Richards' Picos
This Houston’s Tex-Mex staple is putting meaning back into fiesta starting at 2 p.m. with a memorable celebration, including a photo booth with a Jose Cuervo flower wall to capture all of your cinco de drinko moments, a mariachi band and a DJ. If that doesn’t have you convinced already, the Sauza Hornitos Horny Hour starts at 6, and you can expect discounted light bites, $8 Cazadores Pico Ritas, 1800 Tequila drink pouches and Topo Chico ranch waters.
3601 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77098 (832) 831-9940
This posh seafood house in the River Oaks District is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a Don Julio happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m., featuring Don Julio margaritas and ranch waters for $12.
4444 Westheimer Road Suite G110, Houston, TX 77027 (832) 430-6601
The Original Ninfas
Cinco de Mayo falls on a Thursday this year, and you know what that means: a new episode of Top Chef. Coincidentally, the new episode will feature the contestants visiting yours truly, and that deserves a Cinco de Mayo-themed watch party. Ninfa’s Bar Director Angel Belman created the piña-mezcalita to honor the occasion and will be serving the cocktail from 6 to 9 p.m.
2704 Navigation Blvd., Houston, TX 77003 (713) 228-1175
Midown’s favorite outdoor social spot is kicking off the holiday with $6 house margs, frozen or on the rocks, and you can choose from its list of flavors (including the spicy pickle!). After you order, soak up the sun on the patio in one of the comfy hammocks.
1517 Alabama St., Houston, TX 77004 (713) 597-8800
La Calle Tacos & Tortas
Those in search of an authentic Cinco de Mayo experience will find themselves right at home at this bustling Downtown outpost. With festivities starting at 7 a.m. (yeah, you read that right), La Calle’s all-natural frozen margaritas will be $8.99 all day, or you can opt for a Michelada. Both will be available in the flavor of your choice.
909 Franklin St., Houston, TX 77002 (832) 735-8226
This Tex-Mex stalwart is back in action and slinging $5 margaritas from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Cinco de Mayo. Stick with tradition, or opt for a flavored marg — like mango or strawberry — for just a couple of bucks more.
4720 Almeda Road Suite A, Houston, TX 77004 (713) 360-7792