Since Cinco de Mayo is on a Monday this year, you can kick off the celebration as early as you like. Revelers are taking advantage of the calendar to stretch the holiday throughout the weekend and some are starting even earlier. Dos Equis is throwing a big Dos de Mayo party on Friday at Little Woodrows in Midtown. Its reservation list has reached capacity, but there are a lot of other fun festivities.
We've rounded some of up the best places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the Houston area. If you know of others, add them in the comments section below.
Friday, May 2
Titanium Tequlia Happy Hour at The Terrace Bar at Cook & Collins
Start your Cinco de Mayo festivities early at the opening of The Terrace Bar at Cook & Collins. From 5 to 7 p.m., enjoy bar bites, happy hour prices on signature craft tequila cocktails and prize giveaways.
Saturday, May 3
For a truly unique Cinco de Mayo celebration, head to El Big Bad for crawfish and Yucatan roasted pig. The event also features a keg of Karbach Brewing Co.'s FUN Series 007, a limited production of Hellfighter aged in Four Roses Bourbon barrels. DJ Ebonix from 104.1 KRBE will spin from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m., and don't miss out on liquid nitrogen margaritas.
Known for its Tex-Mex fare, Cadillac Bar is hosting Cinco de Mayo parties on both Saturday and Sunday at its Kemah location. The festivities include giveaways, a taco stand and buckets of beer — along with a mariachi band.
Starting at 7 p.m., celebrate Drinko de Mayo with Howl at the Moon, one of the city's best dueling piano bars. The bar will feature specials on Dos Equis, Jose Cuervo and the 86 oz "Mega Margarita" buckets.
Sunday, May 4
Check out the Cinco de Mayo Pre-Bash at El Pueblito for cozy cabanas, delicious Latin American cuisine and exotic drinks at one of Houston's best patios from noon to 8 p.m. Entertainment includes DJs spinning all evening, go-go dancers and a guest appearance by up-and-coming bachata artist, Manny Loam.
Enjoy $7 Jose Cuervo margaritas and Bacardi mango-pineapple bellinis, as well as crawfish and taquitos at Proof Bar's Cinco de Mayo "Mustache Bash." Six DJs will be spinning throughout the night, with festivities starting at 11 p.m. Don't forget to wear a mustache or sombrero!
Monday, May 5
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Hugo's for authentic Mexican cuisine and great top-shelf margaritas. From 5 to 10 p.m., the restaurant is offering happy hour, food specials and live music by house band Viento, as well as a $65 per person four-course tequila pairing dinner.
Join Pistolero's for its first-ever Cinco de Mayo celebration, featuring tequila specials from open-to-closing. Specials include $4 margaritas and $5 palomas, as well as tasty tacos.
TQLA is hosting a Cinco de Mayo party featuring tons of drink specials, including $4.50 margaritas and $3 Dos Equis and Corona Light drafts. Get your Mexican food fix with tacos, guacamole and queso, or opt for something different like crawfish and hush puppies. Want to celebrate early? TQLA is also offering $6 Maestro Dobel margaritas starting on Saturday, May 3.
Cinco de Mayo at Cafe Adobe
With live DJs, Budweiser girls and Corona on tap, Cafe Adobe is a great place to get your Cinco de Mayo party on. The event features $3 frozen margaritas, $8.50 premium margaritas and $5 flavored margaritas all day.
Bayou City Bar is hosting a Cinco de Drinko party, featuring a Selena look-a-like drag contest at midnight. The festivities also include $1 frozen margaritas and Coronitas all night, as well as a Mexican loteria (bingo) hosted by drag family The Crawfords.
Cinco de Mayo at Cadillac Bar — Shepherd
Celebrate the holiday at the original Cadillac Bar, with live DJ entertainment, a taco stand, giveaways and specials on margaritas, buckets of beer and Fireball Whisky shots.