Cinco de Mayo is an annual indulgence in tequila and tacos and all things Mexican. That the May 5th holiday falls on a Saturday this year is a promising arrangement for sipping frozen margaritas and snacking on nachos without the workweek looming. It won't be hard to find a D.C. bar or restaurant – whether Mexican-focused or not – with menu specials. Many are also offering entertainment or food and drink discounts. Here are some of the best bets for spending the day.
1309 5th St. NE
Spend Saturday at Bidwell's outdoor patio at Union Market. The restaurant will fire up five types of tacos in its new taco truck along with $8 El Jimador margaritas. The regular brunch and dinner menu will be available and the event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
1443 P St. NW
Bar specials will include $5 margaritas, a spicy margarita, a frozen paloma and other signature cocktails for the day. The food menu will feature stuffed jalapenos, beer-braised pork carnitas tacos, grilled nopal (cactus) salad and other Mexican-inspired eats.
1727 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
This family-owned Clarendon spot will offer several margaritas on Saturday. Its best-selling Agaverita will be $11, a skinny margarita will go for $9 and the classic house margarita will sell for $8. The fiesta will run throughout the restaurant and include a pinata stuffed with prizes and free drinks.
2007 18th St. NW
Forget the thousands of whiskies that line the wall of this saloon (just for the day) – Cinco de Mayo means tacos, $10 frozen margaritas on the rooftop terrace beginning at 3 p.m and running through 8 p.m. The bar will be showing the Kentucky Derby and have a separate menu of race-inspired food and drink.
Mad Fox Brewing Company
444 W. Broad St., Falls Church
Saturday marks the patio opening at this local brewpub. Kick off Cinco de Mayo with a fresh pint of Senor Franco's Especial Mexican Lager, which will be released Saturday at 11 a.m. There will be live music, beer and tequila flights, food specials and more.
3714 14th St. NW
Sip on $7 house margaritas all Saturday and fill up on an all-you-can-eat taco bar. There's also the bar's extensive selection of mezcals and tequilas to enjoy neat, on the rocks, or in a cocktail.
600 14th St. NW
Chef Todd English's Mexican cantina is advertising a series of $7 specials to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, guests can choose from a menu of five margaritas, five tacos and five appetizers priced at $7 each. Try a habanero or blackberry cilantro margarita to drink while filling up on beer-battered mahi mahi tacos or a plate of hot queso fundito.
3100 South St. NW
Step into this posh hotel's outdoor garden and unwind with limited-edition margaritas for $10 each. Flavors include classic, pomegranate, chili mango and a floral lavender. Salsa and guacamole will be $12 and chicken empanadas will be $15. The menu will be available starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
926-928 U St. NW
Service Bar has become a favorite hangout thanks to its varied cocktail menu and all-day $7 specials. Come on Cinco de May for a slate of $12 tequila drinks like the margarita al pastor, a Cointreau margarita and a classic option. A mariachi band will play from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and there will be cotija chili chicken nachos and tacos for food. There will even be a prize-filled pinata to take swings at.
2444 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Glover Park's taco destination is teaming up with El Jimador tequila for a Cinco de Mayo filled with drink specials. Starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, the restaurant will be pouring half-priced pitchers of margaritas and Rip Tides (a fruity frozen rum drink), $20 mixed beer buckets, $5 tequila shots and $10 Bermuda Triangle combo platters of guacamole, salsa, and queso dip with chips.
Of course, if you'd prefer to spend the evening at home with friends, use our tips to create the perfect tablescape. Happy Cinco de Derby Day!