Best Bars To Celebrate Cinco De Mayo In The Bay Area

April 30, 2015 5:00 AM

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It’s time for Cinco de Mayo, the big celebration that commemorates Mexico’s victory in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The event is famous in Mexico and is widely celebrated in the U.S. Join in the festivities and share Mexican pride at these bars and restaurants on Cinco de Mayo.

san francisco pub crawl season pass 53 Best Bars To Celebrate Cinco De Mayo In The Bay Area

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San Francisco Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl
Begin: Bar None
1980 Union St.
San Francisco, CA 94123 Events or
Date: May 2, 2015 and May 5, 2015, 5/2 Registration 3pm – 10pm, PubCrawl from 3pm – 2am, 5/5 Registration 5pm – 10pm, PubCrawl from 5pm – 2am, Registration $5 – $15

Kick-start your Cinco de Mayo celebration and get the most fun out of San Francisco’s legendary bar scene. Grab some friends for a top Pubcrawl around the City’s Marina district. Register onsite for the event that offers it all, plus you will walk to each location, so no driving tonight. Here’s the deal. Buy your ticket in advance and then check in at Bar None on the ticket date. You will receive a map of the bar locations with times they are participating in the drink specials. Register online.

1099 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 369-4730

Could any spot be better for Cinco de Mayo drinks than a restaurant offering indoor and outdoor tequila bars with a large outdoor patio for warm weather relaxation? Welcome to Milagros Restaurant, where a mélange of Latin American flavors combine for a menu that highlights its organic, seasonal produce and hormone and antibiotic free chicken and beef. At Milagros the main focus is on Tequila, Rum and Pisco based cocktails. The restaurant presents modern Latin inspired food and drinks, with a beverage menu that lures you with amazing cocktails, both familiar classics such as the Milagros Margarita ($9) and others destined to become favorites. With the kitchen and bar open until 1:00 a.m. you know the party is close to an all-nighter. The all-day party includes live music with a mariachi band. Milagros will offer on-going drink specials throughout the day, plus you can order off the full regular menu. Reservations are highly recommended as the place fills up fast.

Guaymas Restaurant
5 Main St.
Tiburon, CA 94920
(415) 435-6300

Guaymas sits in the picturesque North Bay town of Tiburon, a lovely spot for dining while overlooking the Bay. Voted one of the 21 Best Mexican Restaurants in America by Thrillist, Guaymas was inspired by and named after a fishing village in the Mexican state of Sonora, and is an authentic Mexican dining spot serving regional dishes not often seen here. Introduce yourself to Guay
mas this Cinco de Mayo at its well-priced happy hour, from 4 pm to 7 pm. Enjoy $2 Oysters on the Half Shell along with Select Tacos, $3 Ceviche Tostada and Fish Tacos, $4 Draft & Import Bottled Beer and Well Drinks, $5 Flautas and Select Margaritas, $6 Select Wines by the Glass and other specially priced happy hour menu items! Guaymas delivers a beautiful setting for a memorable Cinco de Mayo dining experience.

The Taco Shop @Underdogs
1824 Irving Street
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 566-8700

The Taco Shop calls itself “a fusion experiment combining a modern tacqueria with sports,” that results in one cool spot for the tacos and burritos. Street style tacos and a range of burrito styles and quesadillas are the stars, with a slew of starters and several weekend breakfast items. Enjoy a taco and a drink or two and stay connected to your favorite team on any of ten plasma screens mounted around the bar. Stop by on Cinco de Mayo for Happy Hour.

Lookout Bar
3600 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 431-0306

Always a fun place to enjoy with friends, the Lookout has a great reputation for good drinks and food, a great staff with terrific bartenders, and is definitely “an open arms community,” as one fan describes this Castro district spot. The Lookout is undeniably one of the top gay bar scenes around, and especially known for its events and celebrations like St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo. Comedy and karaoke nights  are a highlight each week. On Cinco de Mayo the Lookout throws a party called Pollo De Mayo, hosted by the amazing drag persona Pollo Del Mar. She adorns guests with jello injector shots and generally runs amuck entertaining guests according to Lookout. Enjoy the margaritas at the Lookout’s Do-It-Yourself Margarita Bar ($4) and new this year are boozy margarita slushees from the new slushee machine. The bar will offer specials on Coronas, Tecates, and the bar’s famed yummy fried chicken and carnitas tacos.

Melanie Graysmith is a writer, artist and educator based in San Francisco. She writes on adult education, art, culture and lifestyle topics, and enjoys writing short stories and poetry. Her work can be found at


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