Cinco De Mayo is always celebrated to the fullest in the city of Seattle, with delicious Mexican brunches, dinners and lively block parties. Get an authentic experience on this Mexican holiday, that takes place every May 5, by stopping by any of these bars and lounges.
Barrio Mexican Kitchen And Bar 1420 12th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122 (206) 588-8105 www.barriorestaurant.com Barrio’s Mexican Kitchen and Bar throws a fun Cinco De Mayo celebration annually offering a variety of menu options and drink specials. Come in on Cinco De Mayo for the daily happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and then the weekday happy hour from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. Choose from authentic Mexican entrees such as rock fish ceviche, braised pork taquitos or chicken pozole. Pair any of these delicious menu items with strawberry-infused tequila, the house margarita or the La Paloma, which combines reposado tequila, lime, Jarritos grapefruit soda and agave nectar. Guests of Barrio can choose to sit inside or if it’s a nice day, bask in the fresh air at the outdoor patio bar.
Laredo’s Grill 555 Aloha St., Suite 100 Seattle, WA 98109 (206) 218-1040 www.laredosgrill.com Laredo’s Grill is another favorite spot to go for Cinco De Mayo as it offers numerous drink and menu item specials. This Tex-Mex restaurant features an outdoor deck area that can accommodate up to 30 people, so guests can relax in the sun as they dine and drink. All meats for Laredo’s Grill entrees are cooked over mesquite, giving them a smoky and delicious, southwestern flavor. Try the house specialties such as tacos al pastor or the carne asada plate. Happy hour is daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. Choose from a variety of $4 and $6 menu items, as well as drink specials on margaritas, house wines and Mexican beers.
Peso’s Kitchen And Lounge 605 Queen Anne Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109 (206) 283-9353 www.pesoskitchenandlounge.com Peso’s Kitchen and Lounge is popular eatery with local students, as the restaurant serves breakfast daily until 3 p.m. Choose from classics such as carne asada with eggs or huevos rancheros and pair it with a breakfast cocktail like the Spanish pomegranate sangria or the fiery mango margarita. Peso’s happy hour takes place daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and then again from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Its happy hour menu offers numerous choices ranging between $4 and $6, as well as specialty cocktails like The Blackbeard, the Metaxa Sidecar and the Dark and Stormy. Related: Best Gay Bars In Seattle
La Carta De Oaxaca 5431 Ballard Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107 (206) 782-8722 www.lacartadeoaxaca.com La Carta De Oaxaca is well known for its authentic Oaxacan fare as well as its mezcal cocktails. It was also voted the “Best Mexican Restaurant” in 2012 by Seattle Weekly. Although La Carta De Oaxaca is a smaller dining establishment, it is well worth waiting in line to get a seat. One unique thing about this restaurant is that it has its own salsa bar with about a half-dozen freshly made salsas including pico de gallo. The house margaritas are on the strong side, but not too sweet. For entrees, try the halibut tacos or the ceviche de camarones, which are prawns marinated in lime and cooked to perfection.
Tacos Guaymas Green Lake 6808 E. Green Lake Way N. Seattle, WA 98115 (206) 729-6563 www.tacosguaymas.com Tacos Guaymas at Green Lake participates in an annual Cinco De Mayo block party that is an all-day event starting early in the morning and running until midnight. It is considered the largest party in the Seattle area for Cinco De Mayo. Hundreds to thousands of people attend each year to eat, drink and listen to the live mariachi band and DJs spinning music. Tacos Guaymas’ daily happy hour is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. All Mexican beers on tap are $3 and you can order a variety of appetizers that range in price from $2.50 to $4. Tacos Guaymas’ menu also offers vegetarian options including veggie burritos, veggie quesadillas and veggie salads. Signature drinks include the Cadillac margarita, the 10 Flamingos cocktail and the Macarena margarita. Related: Best Latin Dance Clubs In Seattle
Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.