by Liz Miller
Whether you observe Drinko de Mayo, or its less quippy counterpart Cinco de Drinko, we all unite this Sunday, May 5, to drink fishbowl margaritas in the streets of St. Louis. It might not be a real national holiday in Mexico or America, but that doesn't halt our revelry, and in the spirit of al pastor and top-shelf tequila, Gut Check has rounded up our best bets for local Cinco de Mayo festivities.
Amigo Joe's Mexican Restaurant and Cantina (5901 Southwest Avenue; 314-645-1995): Amigo Joe's is hosting a party on its patio complete with live music, giveaways and drink specials. Sunday, May 5. Free and open to the public.
Amigos Cantina (120 West Jefferson Street, Kirkwood; 314-821-0877): Enjoy live music and food and drink under the party tent at Amigos Cantina from 4 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. Free and open to the public.
Atomic Cowboy (4140 Manchester Avenue; 314-775-0775): Spend the afternoon relaxing on Atomic Cowboy's big back patio munching on its lunch and dinner "Baja Fresh"-style menu, and sip on its margarita and beer specials. The bar will have live music from 5 p.m. to close at 3 a.m. There is no cover or admission fee for the event, just for food and booze.
Carniceria Latino Americana (2800 Cherokee Street; 314-773-1707): Carniceria Latino Americana will be participating in Cherokee Street's Cinco de Mayo festivities with food and drink specials on Sunday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Chimichanga's (5425 South Grand Boulevard; 314-352-0202): The street will be closed off for a Cinco de Mayo block party. Rocket 88 will play for the crowd from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Cherokee Street Cinco de Mayo (Iowa Avenue and Cherokee Street): A festival featuring live music on two stages with more than fifteen bands performing throughout the course of the day. The main stage at California and Cherokee streets with showcase traditional Latino music, and the gringo stage at Nebraska and Cherokee streets will feature a diverse local lineup. There will also be authentic food and drink, arts and crafts, street entertainment and the People's Joy Parade at 1:11 p.m. starting at Minnesota and Cherokee. Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Cinco de Mayo Parade: A celebration to honor the spirit of community on Cherokee Street and the creations of local artists. The People's Joy Parade features crepe-paper floats, minstrels, puppeteers, art cars, bike brigades, moving art installations, Elvis impersonators, Mexican wrestlers and more. Parade route: Starting at Minnesota and Cherokee Streets at 1:11 p.m.; east on Cherokee to Nebraska; north on Nebraska to Utah; east on Utah to Iowa; south on Iowa to Cherokee; east on Cherokee to Texas. Saturday, May 4, 1:11 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Diablito's Cantina (3761 Laclede Avenue; 314-644-4430): Diablito's will be hosting a three-day party from Friday, May 3, to Sunday, May 5, to celebrate Cinco de Mayo from 11 a.m. to 11:55 p.m., with $4 margaritas available all weekend. Food and drink specials (including $1 chorizo tacos), live music, games, prizes and giveaways are just some of the fun to expect this year.
Don Carlos Restaurant (2800 Cherokee Street; 314-773-1707): Don Carlos Restaurant will be participating in Cherokee Street's Cinco de Mayo party and will be offering food and drink specials, including pina coladas served in pineapples. Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free and open to the public.
El Paisano (3315 Watson Road; 314-645-7455): On Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, El Paisano will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with live music, contest and giveaways, as well as $12 beer buckets, $12 margarita pitchers and $4 tequila shots, among other specials. Free and open to the public.
El Torito Supermercado (2753 Cherokee Street; 314-771-8648): El Torito will be participating in Cherokee Street's Cinco de Mayo party, complete with parade, art, vendors and food and drink specials. The festivities on Saturday, May 4, last from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Flaco's Cocina (8400 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-395-4343): For Flaco's Cocina de Mayo party, there will be food and drink specials all weekend, live music on the patio from John Henry and Robbie Live, belly and fire dancers in the outside tent and a DJ in the lounge. This three-day party runs from Friday, May 3, to Sunday, May 5. Free and open to the public.
Garduno's Mexican Food (2737 Cherokee Street; 314-776-2315): Garduno's will be participating in Cherokee Street's Cinco de Mayo party, complete with parade, art vendors, and food and drink specials. Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Hacienda (9748 Manchester Road; 314-962-7100): Billing its party as, ahem, the "original Cinco de Mayo," Hacienda in Rock Hill kicks off an all-day affair with live music all day and night beginning at 10 a.m. Festivities include food and drink tents outside and live music by Unanimous (1 to 3 p.m.), Fat Pocket (4 to 7 p.m.) and DJ Edwin Productions. Sunday, May 5. Free and open to the public.
Hispanic Festivals' Cinco de Mayo Village (Parker Road and Waterford Drive; Florissant): The Florissant Civic Center will host this Cinco de Mayo Festival featuring dancing, children's activities, puppets, live music, food vendors and much more on Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Free and open to the public.
La Tejana Taqueria (3149 North Lindbergh Boulevard; 314-291-8500): La Tejana will have food and drinks specials all day, including steak tacos for 99 cents and chicken fajita taco for $2.99. Sunday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Las Palmas (7356 Manchester Road; 314-645-3364): Las Palmas will have outdoor music and live music inside Friday, May 3, to Sunday, May 5. There will also be drink specials and giveaways. Free and open to the public.
Maya Cafe (2726 Sutton Avenue, Maplewood; 314-781-4774): Maya Cafe is celebrating Cinco de Mayo (or "Maya") Sunday, May 5, with an art festival, live music and food and drink specials. Free and open to the public.
Milagro Modern Mexican (20 Allen Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-962-4300): Milagro will be business as usual this weekend, with (weather permitting) the patio open. Its one nod to Cinco de Mayo will be a $6 sixteen-ounce house margarita special.
Mi Ranchito (887 Kingsland Avenue, University City, 314-863-1880): Mi Ranchito is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with drink specials all day: $3 Sauza tequila shots, $14.99 Lime-a-Rita pitchers and $15 buckets of beer. Sunday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Free and open to the public.
Nachomama's (9643 Manchester Road Rock Hill; 314-961-9110): Though normally closed on Sundays, Nachomama's will be open on Sunday, May 5, for CInco de Mayo. Its patio will be open, and its regular food and drink menu will be available all day.
Rosalita's Cantina (1229 Washington Avenue; 314-621-2700): Rosalita's Cantina will be closing down Washington Avenue between Tucker and 14th Street for a two-day Cinco de Mayo celebration on Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5. There will be a large tent party with tables and an outdoor bar, live music, drink and food specials including house margaritas, beer, tacos and burritos and activities like a petting zoo and face-painting.
Senor Pique (14870 Manchester Road; 636-394-3455): Z107.7 FM will be broadcasting live, and there will be live music from Super Majik Robots from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. Bacardi, Cazadores and Corona girls will be partying at the fiesta, which begins at 11 a.m. and includes food and drink specials, live music, giveaways, prizes, a balloon artist and a dunk booth. Free and open to the public.
Siete Luminarias (2818 Cherokee Street; 314-932-1333): Siete Luminarias is particpating in Cherokee Street's Cinco de Mayo festival, offering specials on margaritas, Mexican beers and its street tacos, and much more, on Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina (1137 St. Louis Galleria): Vida is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a three-day party from Friday, May 3, to Sunday, May 5, with $2 street tacos, $3 Corona bottles and Mexican drafts and $4 Cinco margaritas all weekend.