Cinco De Mayo in Dallas: Where to Down Those Tequila Shots and Don Those Sombreros

Cinco de Mayo at Mattito's. photography by Jerry McClure

It’s that time of year again. Time to load up your amigos and head to the local Mexican watering holes for mariachi music, discount drinks, and too much tequila. Check out our list of 10 best bets for getting in the spirit of the annual fiesta.

11 am to 11 pm
Drink This: All day happy hour with $3.95 house margaritas, $7.25 house Texas martinis, and $2.75 domestics along with Corona specials and onsite alcohol promotions
Festivities: Tune in to the sounds of a mariachi band at 7 pm.

11 am to 11 pm
Drink This: $5 margaritas
Festivities: It’s a whole block party full of live music, mariachis, and DJs. If you get bored, head to the dunk tank, onsite photo booth, or giant Jenga. Bring a receipt and prove you caught a cab there, and the $5 cover is waived.

11 am to close
Drink This: Five different drinks for $5 (Limonda Corrupta, Bloody Maria, Sangria, Tequila Slammer, and Gran Centenario Azul Silver Tequila shots), $3 Dos XX
Festivities: Live music, mariachi band, and $2 chicken and steak tacos

Cinco de Mayo at Primo's (photography by Jerry McClure)

10 am to 10 pm
Drink This: Bring a sombrero to participate in drink specials: $2 Dos XX, $4 house margaritas, $3 Bloody Mary bar, and $5 El Jimador top shelf margaritas.
Festivities: The best sombrero wins a trip to Cancun for two and children’s area for hat decorating and face painting.

2 pm
Drink This: Free tequila tastings and all-day drink specials.
Festivities: This party is one of the most beloved Cinco celebrations in town. Find live music, DJs, mechanical bull rides, games with prizes, Tex-Mex noshes, and, of course, the Bob Armstrong Queso Eating Contest at 8:15 pm.

11 am
Drink This: $5 fruit-flavored tequilas and Margarita al Dia
Festivities: Grab a discount on favorite plates like $5 tamale and nachos combos, $7 fajita skewers

2 pm to close
Drink This: $3.50 Dos XX, Tecate, and Tecate Light
Festivities: Live music until 10 pm

Cinco de Mayo at Mattito's (photography by Jerry McClure)

11 am to close
Drink This: $5 margaritas and beer
Festivities: A tent will house live music all day, a mariachi band, and Corona promotions

11 am to midnight
Drink This: The usual suspects. Although there are no particular drink specials, Monica’s makes the list because it is always a fun spot to shoot tequila and let loose.
Festivities: Live music during the evening includes the weekly salsa, Latin jazz, and blues lineup.

11 am to midnight
Drink This: Happy hour specials all day, $4 El Jimador margaritas, $4 Brugal mojitos, $10 buckets of Coronitas, $4 Herradura tequila shots, $10 bottomless mojitos (bottomless mojitos until 3 pm)
Festivities: Live music.