Ocho Ideas For Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Toasted Coconut Margarita from The Painted Burro, in Somerville.

Still struggling to figure out your Cinco de Mayo plans? We’ve got you covered with today’s fiesta themed deals, dinners, and a Cinco de Mayo pub crawl.

Rosa Mexicano
155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston
4pm to 11pm
The Seaport spot is serving a 3-course special menu for the table, $30 per person. Each table will choose a starter of guacamole en molcajete or queso fundido, and a dessert of shared churros en bolsa or tres leches. Diners will choose their entrees from a special menu of authentic options.

222 Berkeley Street, Boston
11:30am to 11:00pm, bar open until 2am.
The Back Bay restaurant from chef/owner Michael Schlow is offering taco and margarita specials to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory at the Battle of Puebla. A trio of sample sized margaritas: the Blood Orange, a ghost chile infused Hot and Skinny, and the Traditional, is available all day for $25. Complimentary tacos will also be served from 4:30pm to 5:30pm, and a DJ will be spinning tunes from 5:30pm to 9pm.



The Painted Burro
219 Elm Street, Somerville
11am to 11pm, bar open until 1am
The Painted Burro kicks off the fiesta early today. They are serving their regularly available menu of seasonal and locally sourced items all day, plus a special Toasted Coconut Margarita and Lobster Tacos.

The Painted Burro is serving special lobster tacos today.
The Painted Burro is serving special lobster tacos today.

Bistro du Midi
The Heritage on The Garden
272 Boylston Street, Boston
The Cafe and Bar are open from 11:30am to 11pm.
Head Sommelier Todd Lipman is going south of the border while staying true the bistro’s French concept. His Sirocco margarita ($13, named for the hot wind that originates in northern Africa and affects the southern coasts of Europe), starts with bell, poblano, and habañero peppers, macerated in blanco tequila for 8 to 10 days. He combines this house-infused pepper tequila with Liquor 43, Triple Sec, lime juice, and simple syrup, then serves it in a rocks glass, garnished with grilled pepperoncini.

Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl
Meet at the Hard Rock Cafe, 22 Clinton Street, Boston
4pm to 9pm
Grab your festive friends and head to the Hard Rock Cafe to kick off a spicy night of visiting Faneuil Hall’s best bars. Tickets are $5.99 or $12.99 with a sombrero.

40 West 3rd Street, South Boston
4pm to 1am
Chef Jason Heard’s and Elmer Sanchez (formerly of East Coast Grill) are spicing up their Southern menu with a Mexican-influenced two-for-$5 taco menu featuring grilled shrimp with chili glaze, refritos, and tomato salsa; and crispy sweet plantains with guacamole and West Indian hot sauce. They are also serving pulled pork nachos with Grandma Clarice’s Carolina mustard, and a gazpacho with cornbread croutons.

Grafton Street’s Don Julio Dinner
1230 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Dinner begins at 7:00pm
Four courses of seasonally inspired and Mexican themed dishes will each be paired with a cocktail that features a variety of Don Julio tequila. Price per person is $45. Click the link above for more information and the full dinner and cocktail pairing menu. Call quickly to reserve a spot.

Lulu’s Allston
421 Cambridge St., Allston
11:30am to 2am
The gastropub made over their menu today with taco-spiced tots, pineapple jalapeño guacamole, carnitas mac and cheese, churro-style doughnut holes, and more. Cocktails will venture across the border too; The El Burro blends tequila, Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, and lime juice.