How to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Toronto
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Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner which means so are some major Mexican Fiestas. For some, Cinco de Mayo is an annual drinking holiday – but it actually represents a day of pride for Mexicans. The holiday commemorates the Central American army’s unlikely defeat of the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1962.
But for others, the significance of Cinco de Mayo goes beyond that in Mexico. The date has since come to celebrate Mexican culture – from the good food, good music and the even better margaritas. Whether you’re Mexican or not, there’s no better excuse to spend the day sipping tequila and downing tacos.
This May 5, grab your friends, some sombreros and head to the nearest Mexican bar to celebrate the special day right here in Toronto. Take a look at how to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Toronto below:
Cinco de Macho at Macho Radio Bar
92 Fort York Blvd.
This Tex Mex cantina is going all out for its first-ever Cinco de Mayo celebration. You can expect lots of tacos and a live DJ for a wild patio party. But what’s a Cinco de Mayo party without the tequila? Macho Radio Bar will also be featuring $5 Don Julio Tequila and $5 Dos Equis for the occasion along with complimentary cocktails and canapes. RSVP by reserving a table online.
El Catrin’s Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
18 Tank House Lane
Known as one of the best places in the city for authentic Mexican cuisine, the Distillery District’s El Catrin will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo in a major way with their annual fiesta. Kicking off at 4 pm on their patio, El Catrin’s annual Cinco de Mayo bash will include delicious Mexican eats, tequila sampling, drink specials, DJs and lots of dancing.
Cinco de Mayo with Chef Donnie Masterton at Drake One Fifty
150 York St.
Drake One Fifty is bringing back guest chef Donnie Masterton for their Cinco de Mayo bash. Masterton, of the critically-acclaimed The Restaurant in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, will be serving up a Mexican-inspired menu for the occasion. The mouthwatering eats are available a la carte or as a four course prix fixe for $75. Paired with Altos Tequila cocktails and Latin tunes, this Cinco de Mayo party is one you won’t want to miss.
942 Queen St. W
Fonda Lola throws a massive Cinco de Mayo party every year, and this year is no exception. Fonda Lola will host their party on the patio (weather permitting) where you’ll find festive piñatas and food and drink specials – most importantly $5 margaritas – all night long. So sit back, try some signature dishes, sip some Mexican beers and get into the Cinco de Mayo spirit.
Cinco de Mayo at The Addisons
456 Wellington St. W
If anyone knows how to throw a party, it’s The Addisons. Sponsored by Tequila Cazadores, The Addisons Residence will be holding their regular Cinco de Mayo fiesta on May 5 featuring $10 tequila and taco specials, all starting at 8 pm until late.
Steam Whistle’s Annual Cinco de Mayo Party
255 Bremner Blvd.
At Steam Whistle Brewery, you can party for a good cause this Cinco de Mayo in support of The Ontario Ride to Conquer Cancer. There will be margaritas, Mexican street food, pinatas, a DJ, a photo station and of course, freshly brewed Pilsner. Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door (is available). All proceeds will go to supporting The Ontario Ride to Conquer Cancer.
La Carnita Cinco de Mayo
Toronto favourite, La Carnita, will be throwing down on the big day with extended hours from 4 pm to 1 am. Prepare to get rowdy El Cinco-style with special cocktails: Habaner-Watermelon margaritas and Mexican Mules, in addition to $5 shots of Tromba. Pair with their delicious tacos and you’ll be well on your way to having one of the best fiestas of your life.
Milagro Cantinas Cinco De Mayo
5 Mercer St. / 783 Queen St. W
Milagro Cantinas will be celebrating Cinco De Mayo at both locations with a handful of tequila and Mexican eats (of course!). Drink specials include $7.50 Tromba blanco, $5 Jimador reposado, $11 Herradura Reposado, $6.50 Dos Equis Pints. and $59 Cantina food platters. So come come hungry and come thirsty!
El Pocho Cinco de Mayo Cocktail Party
2 Follis Ave.
Feel like being less of a mess and a little more classy this Cinco de Mayo? El Pocho has you covered with their cocktail party happening from 5 pm to 11 pm. All cocktails will be priced at $7 for the night, along with $3 shots of tequila. Classy and affordable – that’s definitely something we like!
El Local Loco Fest
9 Church St.
El Local Loco wants you to celebrate Cinco de Mayo the proper way; with tacos, margaritas, tequila and some real Mexican music. Sit back and soak up tunes from their live Mariachi band from 7:30 pm to 8:39 pm and then let the real partying begin when the DJ starts at 9 pm. Thank God it’s Friday, right?!
CincoFest at El Caballito and Baro
220 King St. W / 485 King St. W
If El Caballito’s Cinco de Mayo regular kick off party isn’t enough for you, don’t worry because the Mexican bar is going to keep the party going all weekend long! Teaming up with Baro and Tromba Tequila, El Caballito brings you CincoFest – a post-cinco bar hop party. CincoFest will take place on Saturday, May 6 with a $5 menu, plus two free Tromba drinks per person. Tickets are $25.
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