5 Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Today

Julien Perry

Whether you’re just looking to unwind with a few margaritas tonight, or simply want a handful of tacos for lunch, here are five ways to celebrate the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo, which is today if you couldn’t tell by the blazing fiesta-like sun outside.

Starting after lunch at 2 p.m., Barrio will be kicking out a special food and drink menu until closing time that includes 50% off select tequila, shot and beer specials, and margaritas (house, tamarind, strawberry) for $9. There will also be an patio bar featuring ‘ritas, draft beer and paloma cocktail specials.

Cantina de San Patricio
This new Post Alley restaurant (formerly The Post) is hosting its inagural Cinco de Mayo celebration tonight with cocktails and of course, Mexican food. Specials include:  Taquitos Dorados, Pescato en Hoja Santa and the signature dish, Nopales Apretados featuring cactus stuffed with seasoned beef, vegetables and a spicy red Tinga sauce. To sweeten the pot, the outdoor patio here lends an amazing view of the waterfront. 

Cantinetta is throwing a big shindig tonight from 11:30 a.m. to close with menu and drink specials and live entertainment from 11:30 a.m. until close. Chef Gabriel Chavez and Executive Chef Emran Chowdhury will be taking their Italian flare out of high-gear and switching into Mexican mode by cooking up a five-course dinner paired with authentic craft drinks, beer and sangria. Tickets start at $39 (includes tax and grauity) and are available for either a 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. seating. The full menu is available online

King’s Hardware
It may not seem like an obvious choice, but King’s Hardware will be fiesta central with $2 Tecate and $5 housemade taquitos all evening. To top it off, the Ballard Avenue hot-spot will be showing the cult movie “Machete” on an endless loop on their outdoor projection screen.  The party starts at 3 p.m. No cover. 

Marination Mobile
Big Blue is making her Monday return in South Lake Union today and she's bringing the Taco al Pastor with her! Go say “hi” to her from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cascade People's Park near the corner of Thomas and Pontius, just down the street from REI.

Be sure to check out our picks for the Best Mexican Restaurants in Seattle if you really want to start the tummy grumblings for chips and guac early.