Mexican or not, chances are you will declare yourself Mexican on May 5, in honor of Cinco de Mayo. If you are pondering your partying options, we have you covered; there are plenty of options to choose from. So now, the big question is: “Where to go (to drink)?”
Tampa may not be the “Cinco de Mayo capitol” of the U.S., like Los Angeles or San Antonio may be considered, but is making strides towards that goal, with Cinco de Mayo events and Mexican drink specials aplenty:
CANTINA LAREDO 2000 Piazza Ave., Wesley Chapel, 813-907-3068, cantinalaredo.com. If shopping and partying are on your Cinco de Mayo agenda, head to the Shops at Wiregrass for both activities. The outside area near Laredo will be closed to make room for the stage, where two bands will be playing. Drink specials include $3 tequila shots and Coronas and $5 margarita. (The $5 cover may go towards food purchase inside Laredo.)
CARMELITA'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT 5042 E. Bay Drive, Clearwater, 727-524-8226; 5211 Park St. N, St. Petersburg, 727-545-2956, carmelitas.net. Enjoy drink specials while listening to the sounds of live Spanish guitars. Carmelita's has been in business for almost thirty years, and has received numerous awards.
CASA TINA 369 Main St., Dunedin, 727-734-9226, casatinas.com. The street outside Tina’s will be closed in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Enjoy live Spanish music outside while grabbing a beverage from a tent. Drink specials include margaritas and sangrias for $8.
ESTELA'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT 10478 Roosevelt Blvd. N, St. Petersburg, 727-578-5380; estelas.com. Put on your dancing shoes and head to the Cinco de Mayo Dance Party. Fiesta begins at 11 a.m., and drink specials will be available all day. Enjoy the giveaways and prizes, including a free Tablet.
LIME 915 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, 813-868-LIME, thelimetampa.com. Block off your evening for this charity Cinco de Mayo block party. Drink specials will be available in addition to the full menu. Shake your hips along with the salsa dancers. A stilt walker and Nacho Libre will be there as well. Music will be provided by several DJs. Proceeds go to Children’s Home. Fiesta begins at 5 p.m. Lime offers 22 craft beers on tap.
LODGE RESTAURANT AND BAR 516 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, 813-251-5634, lodgetampa.com. Put on your favorite sombrero and receive a free drink at Lodge’s Cinco de Drinko. If you feel like a dunce in a sombrero, several drink specials will be available, whether or not you’re sporting a sombrero. Specials include $2 Jell-O shots, $3 Coronas, $4 tequila shots and $5 margarita pints. Fiesta begins at 11:30 a.m.
MIGUEL'S MEXICAN CAFE 3035 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 813-876-2587, miguelscafe.com. Cinco de Mayo will be for three days at Miguel’s (May 4 – 6), with live music each day. Corona will be available for $3 on May 5.
RED MESA CANTINA 128 3rd St. S, St. Petersburg, 727-896-8226, redmesacantina.com. Forget just one day of Cinco de Mayo; Red Mesa Cantina is hosting Fiesta Week. Win a big prize in the big raffles on May 3 and enjoy Corona, Tecate, tequila shot and margarita specials. Enjoy those same drink specials at First Friday Fiesta. Cinco de Mayo Festival will include drink specials from five bars and live music from several acts.
SALTY RIM GRILL 9524 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach, 727-851-9955, thesaltyrim.com. Raise a salty glass in honor of Cinco de Mayo (and Kentucky Derby) at this Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, located merely seconds from the Gulf. Sport a sombrero or derby hat and receive a free drink. Enjoy specials such as $12 Corona buckets and $3 margaritas. Fiesta begins at 11 a.m.
TAMPA BAY BREW BUS tampabaybrewbus.com. All aboard for an afternoon of cruising and boozing on Tampa Bay Brew Bus. Consider this your Cinco de Mayo pre-party. $55 plus tax; 12 – 6 p.m. Will meet at Cigar City Brewing (3924 W. Spruce St., Tampa, 813-348-6363), head to Tampa Bay Brewing Company for lunch, then to Pour House. For more information, visit facebook.com/tampabaybrewbus.
TIJUANA FLATS tijuanaflats.com. Walk in and be greeted by (male and female) staff sporting mustaches. Once you finish laughing at the petite blond with a ‘stache, take advantage of the $2 beer special, occurring all day. Balloons and face painting will add to the festivities. These Cinco de Mayo specials are available at all Tampa Bay locations.
With all of these Cinco de Mayo options right here in Tampa Bay, who needs to be in Los Angeles or San Antonio? So select your destination(s), put on your sombrero, grab a Corona and do the Mexican Hat Dance!