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Atlanta Cinco de Mayo Events

5 May 2015

Since today is Cinco de Mayo, we’ll throw in a quick history lesson. The tequila-sipping celebration actually commemorates the 1861 battle of Puebla, when Mexican forces defeated the French (Mexican Independence Day is September 16).

While the holiday isn’t big in Mexico, the U.S. is happy to use the date as an excuse to to over-indulge on Mexican food and tequila. To celebrate, take a longer lunch or an early happy hour during one of the many delicious events happening around town.

photo by Jeremy Adamo

Tin Lizzy’s house margarita

Starting at 11 a.m. today, Southern barbecue joint, Sweet Auburn Barbecue, is transforming into a Mexican spot with barbacoa beef and pollo tinga tacos ($3 each), $4 tequila shots and $5 margaritas.

Gorge on tacos and take a long liquid lunch at The Westside’s ultimate porch-sitting destination, Bartaco. Discounted drinks and eats begin at 11:30 a.m.

Expect citywide celebrations at Tin Lizzy’s Cantina’s multiple locations. Sip on drink specials like the $6 Cincorita, $3 Grand Marnier floaters and $7 Herradura tequila shots. Do good while you drink and donate to Bert’s Big Adventure while you’re there.

Starting at 11:30 a.m., Westside nosh spot Bellwoods is offering up a range of special tacos to commemorate the date. On the menu? The sauteed grouper taco, roasted chicken taco, guajillo short rib taco, seasonal vegetable taco, and mole pork taco.

The Original El Taco is toasting the day with a range of drink specials as well as others dictated by the “wheel of taco,” starting at 4 p.m.

At Superica, you can catch live music on the patio at 3 p.m. and inside starting at 6 p.m., as well as a slew of special street tacos, fajita nachos and puffy tacos. Check the recipe for Ford Fry’s Superita recipe here!

Get your fill of the summery Hornito cocktail (watermelon and tequila) as well as other food and drink specials at Ceviche Taqueria on Roswell’s Canton Street.

Noche is running $2 Tecate, $6 El Jimador margaritas (add extra punch with a $2 topper) and $5 sangrias starting at noon at all four locations.

Can’t get enough of margaritas? Check back at Park Tavern May 21 for Creative Loafing’s Margarita Wars. For $20, you can watch the competition, hear live tunes and sip six margs.