Despite the fact that May 5 is not actually Mexican Independence Day, the holiday is a hallowed tradition in Texas. Generally celebrated with plenty of tequila and tacos, Cinco de Mayo blessedly falls on a Friday this year, which means that drunken revelers will have the full weekend to recover.
Plenty of Houstonians have their favorite spots for Cinco de Mayo. But for those who are still searching for a patio to drink margaritas on, these five last-minute options could be the beginning of a beautiful new tradition.
Take in a tequila tasting at Armando Richards’ Picos
Instead of paying too much for watered-down margaritas this weekend, head to Picos for a straight-up infusion of agave. Starting at 12 p.m. on Friday, the restaurant will host a parking lot party with tasting stations for 13 different tequilas (including the good stuff) and grub from an on-site taco truck. Chill on the patio, and stop at one of the frozen margarita machines if you need a break from all that straight liquor.
Check out Fusion Taco in the Heights
If you haven’t yet made it to the newest outpost of this Houston favorite, grab your pooch and head to the Heights for all day happy hour on the restaurant’s dog-friendly patio. Tacos and pints of Corona or Modelo are just $3, and the $5 Dulce Vida margaritas will be flowing all night long.
Park on the patio at Eight Row Flint
This Heights favorite is already a solid bet for Friday night, but the addition of cheap tacos and cocktails makes it an even better choice. Margaritas and palomas are $5 all day, as are $3 Modelo Especial and Tecate. If you make it before 6 p.m., switch to whiskey for a bit while the Old Fashioneds are $5. Of course, you’ll need a taco or ten to soak up all that booze.
Gorge yourself on free queso at Molina’s
Houston’s oldest Tex-Mex establishment, Molina’s is celebrating Cinco de Mayo all day long. Its frozen margaritas are just $5, and if you sit at the bar, an endless supply of chips & queso awaits.
Drink “the coldest margarita on the planet” at El Big Bad
The margarita is already a beautiful thing, but the Cinco de Mayo party at this Downtown watering hole claims to offer the “coldest margarita on the planet,” thanks to an infusion of liquid nitrogen. Spirit tastings, food specials, and (of course) El Big Bad’s killer selection of infused tequila will be on offer. Admission to the festivities is $10.