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Cinco de Mayo drink, food offerings at Houston bars and restaurants

Candente in Montrose will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with street tacos, drink specials and a mariachi band. Photo: Shannon O’Hara

Cinco de Mayo, the holiday celebrated in parts of Mexico and the United States marking the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla (Mexico’s victory over the French in 1862), has long been marked by Mexican-inspired celebrations. In Houston, that means Mexican food and lots of Mexican margaritas and beer. These Houston bars and restaurants have food and drink so you can get your Cinco-on Wednesday, May 5:

The Annie Café & Bar: One of Houston’s best restaurants in the Galleria neighborhood will celebrate Cinco de Mayo on its patio with a party that includes all-you-can-eat appetizers, Mexican beer, cocktails (with Veneno Tequila) and entertainment from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets cost $ 75 per person and can be purchased using this link. Space is limited. 1800 Post Oak;

Bobcat Teddy Ice House: Heights Bar will feature $ 20 buckets of Mexican beer, $ 5 margaritas and palomas, and food from a local taco truck. 2803 White oak;

Candente: From 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the Montrose Tex-Mex will celebrate with street taco specials, a mariachi band, and $ 3 off margaritas during happy hour (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.). 4306 Yoakum;

Caracol: The coastal Mexican restaurant in Hugo Ortega’s Galleria neighborhood will feature half the best margarita ever sold and $ 8 special on homemade margaritas. There’s also a 3-course menu with assorted agave cocktails for $ 60 for Cinco de Mayo. 2200 Post Oak;

Chuy: Happy hour all day at all locations with discounts on tecate, local beers, Texas house martinis, and house margaritas in addition to $ 1 floats on margaritas. See for locations.

East End Backyard: Open at noon for Cincdo de Mayo, the EaDo Bar will feature live music, mariachis, and dishes from Maria’s Kitchen and Caluma Tacos. Event co-hosted by the University of Houston Hispanic Alumni Association and the Bauer College Alumni Association. 1105 Sampson;

Eighteen36: The Upper Kirby Restaurant and Bar will offer a $ 10 quesadilla and margarita combo. Three other cocktails kick off the Cinco de Mayo night: the Mr. (tequila blanco, chili liqueur, grapefruit juice, lime and jalapeno syrup; $ 12); Tres Agaves (tequila and mezcal with homemade agave syrup, lemon and grapefruit bitters; $ 11) and Dram-a for Your Mama (tequila reposado, allspice dram, vermouth, agave syrup and bitters chocolate; $ 15). 2221 W. Alabama;

8th wonder and Eatsie Boys: The EaDo brasserie will serve specialty micheladas while the Eatsie Boys food truck will be offering $ 1 off Elote fries (waffle fries topped with corn, cotija cheese, hot sauce and hot Cheetos) throughout the day. There is also a live performance by Bombon and DJ Gracie Chavez from 4pm to 9pm 2202 Dallas;

El Patio: The Tex-Mex restaurant will offer its famous Blue Margaritas for $ 5 all day on Cinco de Mayo (11 am to 11 pm). There will also be Patron Barrel Select Reposado frozen margaritas for $ 8 and mariachis at Club No Minors from 5 pm to 11 pm 6444 Westheimer;

Hugo: Hugo Ortega’s iconic Mexican restaurant will feature half the best margarita ever sold and a special $ 8 deal on house margaritas. There’s also a 3-course menu with assorted agave cocktails for $ 60 for Cinco de Mayo. 1600 Westheimer;

Jax Grill: Three locations will have Cinco de Mayo specials, including $ 2 frozen margaritas, $ 2 Dos Equis, $ 2 Cuervo Tradicional, and $ 2 street tacos. 6510 S. Rice, 1613 Shepherd and 9920 Gaston in Katy;

Cantina by Molina: The iconic Tex-Mex restaurant’s three locations will offer all-day happy hour rates on Cinco de Mayo and $ 6.50 Molina’s Margaritas. 7901 Westheimer, 3801 Bellaire and 6300 FM 1463 in Fulshear;

Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House: Hot San Leon Restaurant will mark Cinco de Mayo with all-day drink specials, including $ 1 off Coronas; $ 6 El Jimador Margaritas; and frozen flight at $ 12. 113 6th St., San Leon,

Pondicherry: Indian Restaurant Upper Kirby will mark Cinco de Mayo with special margarita options (rose, mango, strawberry, spicy) and themed dishes such as cactus curry (nopales and tomato masala with seasonal vegetables), desi queso ( queso, avocado masala, salsa and chutney) served with naan chips) and rose milk cake (a rose and cardamom version of tres leches). 2800 Kirby;

Revelry on Richmond: The Montrose Bar will feature a buildable taco bar as well as drink specials including $ 5 house margaritas, palomas, and ranch waters, as well as $ 20 buckets of Mexican beer. 1513 Richmond;

The taco stand: Heights Mexican Restaurant and Patio Bar will offer simple canned margaritas and frozen margaritas for $ 5 all day. 2018 N. Shepherd;

Traveler’s table: Montrose Restaurant will feature Mexican-inspired cocktails for $ 8, including drinks such as The Year of Living Dangerously (mezcal, grapefruit juice, soda, prickly pear juice, lime, and jalapeno. 520 Westheimer;

Tree barbs: The new Bunker Hill restaurant will offer $ 5 margaritas all day in addition to the happy hour rate from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (specials include $ 2 off the blackberry and ginger margaritas and $ 1 off the signature queso with crab and shrimp). 9655 Katy Fwy .;

Weight + measures: The Midtown restaurant will be offering $ 5 Altos Blanco margaritas all day. 2808 Caroline;

Woodshed Smokehouse: Levy Park BBQ Restaurant and Terrace Bar offers a Tacos and Tequila special with specialty tacos and homemade margaritas and jalapeno at half price. 3728 Wakeforest;

Xochi: Hugo Ortega’s Mexican restaurant, inspired by downtown Oaxaca, will offer half the best margarita ever sold and a special $ 8 deal on house margaritas. There’s also a 3-course menu with assorted agave cocktails for $ 60 for Cinco de Mayo. 1777 Walker at the Marriott Marquis Houston;

Greg Morago writes about food for the Houston Chronicle. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter. Send him news tips at [email protected] Listen to it on our Barbecue Mindset Podcast to learn more about the barbecue culture of Houston and Texas.

  • Greg Morago

    Greg Morago was editor and reporter for The Hartford Courant for 25 years before joining the Houston Chronicle as food editor in 2009. He writes on food, restaurants, spirits, travel, fashion and beauty. . He is originally from Arizon and a member of the Pima tribe of the Gila River Indian community.