Don’t have any plans at the moment? Cinco de Mayo in Tampa Bay is a huge deal. Restaurants all over are bringing out all the stops with mariachi bands, margaritas galore, and tacos…SOOOOO MANY TACOS. Add these shindigs to your calendar and DON’T FORGET TO WEAR YOUR MASK:
Stop by for a Mexican-inspired dinner and release of their new can “When Life Gives You Lemons” Imperial Strawberry Lemonade Margarita Gose, a collaboration with LOKO Cuisine. Tampa location has dinner/can release/specialty drinks, their Dunedin location has the can & drink release/specialty drinks. Various locations. 7venthsun.com.
Live traditional Mexican music by by Mariachi Internacional Tapatio and a pop-up bar featuring Don Julio Frozen Margaritas in traditional blackberry flavors. Drinks start at 4 p.m. while live music is 6-8 p.m. 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa, 813-250-3725. armatureworks.com.
The taco spot invites guests to celebrate the unofficial summer kickoff with Cinco Kits with everything you need for #bartacoathome. Kits feed up to 6 people and come with Bartaco swag. A virtual party starts at noon on Cinco de Mayo. All orders must be placed before the end of the day May 4. $77-152 for kits. 1601 W Snow Ave., Tampa, 813-258-8226. bartaco.com.
Plan ahead for a night of live music with a Mariachi band and DJs. Enjoy tastings, cocktails, and flights from Patron Tequila, Don Julio Tequila & Dano’s Tequila. Reservations recommended. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. 205 Westshore Plz., Tampa, 813-287-4800. besitotampa.com.
Party all day with $5 margaritas, Happy Hour from 3 p.m.-6 p.m., and live music from DJ Yahooo. Chow down on authentic Mexican foods like fajitas, carnitas, quesabirrias, and more. 2808 E Bearss Ave., Tampa, 813-898-2860. donjuliosmexican.com.
Take you Cinco de Mayo to the next level with their Chip & Queso Party Tray or dine-in for a Baja taco or plate of nachos with a cold Beerita. Various locations. fuzzystacoshop.com.
Stay home and do your own Cinco de Mayo with one of Haven’s Fiesta Kits, which come with everything you need for a good night: snacks, tacos, sides, tres leches, and drinks. Reserve a kit online and pickup between 3 p.m.-8 p.m. on the holiday. The kits feed up to 3 people and comes with reheating instructions. $65. 2208 W Morrison Ave., Tampa, 813-258-2233. haventampa.com.
Stop by the popular Ybor City taco shop for a few specials, which include 3 Birria tacos, mulita, and a drink or $2 off their shrimp tacos or 3 quesabirria tacos and a drink. $10-16. 1604 N 17th St., Tampa, 813-242-0242. jimmystacosfl.com.
Opening at 11 a.m., guests can enjoy drinks specials like a flight with Casamigos Reposado, Dobel Diamante, and Sangrita with lime wheels and tajin and surprises from their vendors. Live music from a mariachi band is 2-4 p.m. 615 Channelside Dr., Tampa, 855-352-8676. jotoro.com.
Kick off Cinco de Mayo weekend with a fiesta bar crawl at several Tampa bars including District Tavern, GenX Tavern, and Thee Treehouse. Due to COVID, buses aren’t taking attendees to each location; this year, everyone can check in between 3-7pm and visit each bar at their leisure. Can’t make it to the crawl? Stop by Park & Rec TPA for their Cinco de Mayo party with mariachis, food & drink specials, and giveways. Purchase Bar Crawl tickets at Event Live. Various locations. youthhasnoage.com.
In addition to classics, the restaurant is launching “5 Days of Cinco de Mayo” May 1st with festive food and drinks for the holiday. Other festivities include drink specials like $10 Teremana Margaritas and Mezcal Mondays with 50% off Mezcal margs, shots, and flights. Enjoy Mexican classics from guac to nachos on the big day. 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa, 813-800-8226. roccostacos.com.
Save the date for their all-day celebration with live music during the day and a Spanish DJ for the night vibes. A street tacos station and a variety of beer and margarita drink specials are on deck for the occasion. $3-5 for drinks. Noon-9 p.m. Various locations. cantina.seadogbrewing.com.
Get all your maracas and sombreros ready for an all-day celebration with drink specials, tacos, and other tapas style offerings. 4 p.m.-close. 240 Beach Dr. NE., St. Petersburg, 727-821-4567. dinetryst.com.
Need something sweet after eating all those tacos? Their head chocolatier created two limited-edition truffle flavors: Milk, Dark & White Chocolate Churro and Milk & Dark Chocolate Margarita Truffles. Available while supplies last or get them delivered on Grubhub. 777 N Ashley Dr. Unit D2, Tampa, 813-585-1703. peterbrooke.com.
The Mexican restaurant’s “Let’s Fiesta” party features $5 Mexican beers plus free Coronas and Dobel Tequila between 5 p.m.-9 p.m. 307 W Palm Ave., Tampa, 833-962-4485. ilovexochitl.com.
It’s opening early for lunch at 3 p.m. so don’t be surprised if it’s pretty busy. Around 8 p.m. that night, a team from Dos Equis is buying beer for customers and passing out swag. 5609 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa, 813-570-6407. xtremetacos.com.
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