Cinco de Mayo: The Parties, The Chihuahua Races, The Lime Shortages

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We all know that Cinco de Mayo is just an arbitrary holiday gringos picked to allow them to throw on their Party-City-bought sombreros and appropriate Mexican culture without too many consequences. But after all the debaucherous drinking and eating we can at least rest assured that Montezuma’s Revenge will be afflicting a fair share of sombreBros…..just kidding. Sort of.

Anyway, we can’t hate too much because we still love tequila and if there’s a day where margaritas are $2 and we can eat as many tacos as we want, count us in. Even if there is a crazy cartel-related lime shortage. 🙁

Since Cinco falls on a Monday this year, that means three days of sloppy decision-making. If you’re looking for a history lesson on what Cinco de Mayo is really about, we recommend this one. But if you DGAF and just want to party, check out our picks — click your city below to see what’s happening this weekend!


San Francisco

We love to eat any time of year, but Cinco de Mayo is the time when restaurants and bars come up with special treats and deals for us. Here’s what some of our favorites have on deck:


3409 24th St, San Francisco, CA
(415) 970-8815

Papalote Mexican Grill is hailed as the home to SF’s best burrito. Since you’ll probably already be drinking your way through the Mission District, stop by for a taquito or two. Guaranteed fresh food and their trademark Papalote Salsa will leave you wanting to buy them out of the stuff. Which luckily, you can! Salsa so good, even Abuela would approve.


2889 Mission St San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 285-7117

This beloved spot has been around for 30+ years, and it’s still one of our favorite places to get tacos and burritos in the Mission. There’s never a bad time to pop in, but when you’re tipsy from Cinco celebrations and looking for a burrito fans have called dubbed “massive missiles of yummy goodness,” this is a good bet.

3286 22nd Street (at Valencia Street)
San Francisco, California
This dark, piñata-filled dive bar has big, strong and cheap margaritas — everything you need for Cinco de Drinko. It’s the kind of kitsch meets dive meets hipster meets ratcheteria spot where you can make some bad decisions. But you know, the good kind of bad decisions.

In the east bay, you can’t go wrong with Comal in Berkeley or Doña Tomás in Oakland. On a taqueria budget? Then head over to El Metate, or Nopalito.


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