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Where to Eat, Drink, and Make Merry
for Cinco de Mayo in Dallas

photography by Matthew Shelley

Yep, it’s that time of year again: time to celebrate the Mexican army’s glorious victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862.

Now, how about a margarita? Here are your best bets for making the day a grand fiesta.

Brackets
Booze: $2 Dos XX, Coronas, margaritas, tequila shots
Food: $2 street tacos, Mexican pizzas, and nachos
Tunes: Live DJ music
When: 7 pm to 2 am

El Ranchito
Booze: $5 El Jimado tequila shots, $3.50 regular margaritas, $4.50 large margaritas, $2 drafts, $2.50 domestic bottles, $3.50 imports
Food: $5 choriqueso, cheese enchilada dinner, or half orders of nachos
Tunes: Mariachi music starts at 7:30 pm
Extras: all day happy hour
When: 11 am to 10 pm

La Calle Doce
Booze:
$3 margaritas and draft beers, $5 El Jimador tequila shots
Food: $5 food specials like shrimp cocktail, cheese enchilada platters, and half orders of nachos
When: 11 am to 10 pm

Urban Taco
Booze: $5 house margaritas, Sangria, Bloody Maria, Limonada Corrupta, Tequila Slammer, and Silver Azul Blanco tequila shots and half-priced drafts
Extras: all day happy hour
When: 10 am to 11 pm

Mattito’s
Tunes: Salsa and Mariachi band
Extras: The famous Bob Armstrong queso-eating contest
When: 5 pm

photography by Jerry McClure

Rock ’n’ Taco
Booze: $4 well margaritas from 2 pm to 6 pm, $5 house tequila, and $7 top shelf margaritas
Tunes: DJ Joe Vega
When: 11 am to 2 am

Blue Goose
Booze: $2 Tecate and Dos XX all day and $4 house margaritas from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm
When: 11 am to 11 pm

Richard Avila’s Mextopia
Booze: $5 Tequila Sunrise and $3 tequila shots and frozen margaritas
Food: $2 tacos and $2 tamales
Tunes: Live music from 7 pm to 10 pm
When: 11 am to 11 pm

Café San Miguel
Booze: $5 margaritas
Tunes: Mariachi band from 7 pm to 9 pm
When: 11 am to 2:30 pm and 4 pm to 10 pm

Chuy’s
Booze: $3.75 sangrias and $3 Coronas
Food: Free nacho cart during happy hour
Extras: Happy hour from 4 pm to 7 pm includes $3.75 margaritas and $7.25 Texas martinis
When: 11 am to 10 pm

Iron Cactus
Booze: $3 Dos XX and $5 Patron margaritas
Food: Half-priced appetizers from 4 pm to 7 pm
Tunes: Mariachi band at 5 pm and live music at 6 pm
When: 11 am to 10 pm

Lochranna’s Irish Pub & Eatery
Booze: $2 margaritas
When: all day

The Loft Bar at NYLO
Booze:$5 frozen margaritas, $9 popcorn candy martini, and $3 theater candy and popcorn
Food: $10 Mexican flatbread, chicken flautas, and beef fajitas, $8 beef tacos, and $5 cinnamon sopapilla
Extras: Featuring “Desperado” movie at 8:15 pm
When: 4:30 pm to midnight

The Quarter Bar
Booze:$3 Dos XX, Pacifico, Corona, Corona Light, and frozen margaritas
Food: Free Mexican-themed buffet at 4 pm
When: all day