Let’s face it - if you polled your peers right now, chances are only a disappointingly small amount would be able to tell you what Cinco de Mayo really celebrates. There’s an unfortunate number of “Mexican Independence Day?” guesses (Sept 16th FYI), that awful joke about the sinking ship full of mayonnaise, and an ironic amount of yuppies in mis-placed Mardi Gras beads and sombreros.

But this story isn’t about Americans treating Mexico’s unlikely triumph over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 like the equivalent of a mariachi-themed St. Patty’s Day. This story is about drinking. May 5, 2017 occurs on a Friday this year! So whether you want to celebrate similarities, differences, the Battle of Puebla, or the end of a wretched work week, Philadelphians should know where to grab the best specials and not blow your whole paycheck.


El Rey: 2000 Ranstead St. 

For the third year in a row, El Rey is hosting a FREE Cinco de Mayo block party from 1-11PM. Enjoy margaritas, Mexican beers, nachos, and tacos.

Live mariachi music will be ongoing, with a special performance by DJ Gun$ Garcia after 6PM.

Open from noon-1AM, Lolita in Midtown is offering $6 blood-orange margaritas from 3-4:30PM and a 3 Tacos for $10 special. Round out the night with a latin take on the City-Wide: $6 Tecate and a shot of tequila!

Callowhill’s own Buena Onda boasts all day specials including $5 Classic Margaritas, $5 Nachos, and $2 Tecate cans.

If you’re able to catch their happy hour from 4-6PM a mere $3 will score you chips and salsa, classic tacos, drafts, or red/white sangria!