This is the single day of the year where you don’t have to get a cheap margarita. Fortunately there are dozens of restaurants, bars and cafes featuring some of the best deals on festive tequila cocktails and Mexican inspired bites to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  Here’s our 21 favorite spots and specials you’ll want to celebrate with your amigos this Cinco de Mayo.

 

Counter 3. Five. VII

What to Order: Counter 3. Five. VII is featuring their rereshing Paloma, with tequila, grapefruit, salt.

 

CANTINE Italian Cafe & Bar

What to Order: Cantine will be serving draft CANTINE Pinarita with tequila blanco, mezcal, pineapple, Fire & Damnation bitters, lime. 

Prickly Pear Cocktail

Isla

What to Order: Isla will have $2 Modelo Micheladas specials on Cinco de Mayo! Other drinks to enjoy like the Prickly Pear Margarita with tequila, honey rum, prickly pear, lime juice.  Also try the Pineapple Margarita with reposado tequila, pineapple juice, dry curacao, lime juice, coriander salt.

Margarita de Peached

The Peached Tortilla

What to Order: Peached features the Margarita de Peached with habanero infused tequila, thai basil, cointreau, lime juice as a spicy Asian twist on the traditional margarita. 

Jalapeno Business

Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile

What To Order: Mezcal Margarita – Mezcal, agave, lime, Trechas rim. 

Jalapeno Business: Jalapeno and cucumber infused tequila with agave, fresh lime juice and Trechas rim. 

Odd Duck cocktails 3

Odd Duck

What to Order: Draft Paloma: Tequila blanco, grapefruit, tarragon, ginger, salt foam

 

Barley Swine

What to order: Chucho: Sotol seasoned with pine and orange,  lime, grapefruit, saline –  A sotol based cocktail seasoned with pine needles and Texas oranges. Lime acid, grapefruit and saline allow those notes to pop off. Sotol is sweeter than mezcal and not smoky, the tannins from the pine needle and acidity from the citrus make this a very “spring forward” cocktail.

Hollywood Heat

W Austin 

What to Order: Having recently updated its Living Room Bar menu with a new and refreshing take on a margarita with the Papa Dulce Margarita. Their version includes Z Reposado Tequila, Sweet Potato Syrup and Lime.

 

Jaleberry Strawpeno Cocktail Searsucker 

Searsucker

What to Order: Enjoy a twist on the classic margarita at Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey’s  Searsucker  with the Jaléberry Strawpeño.  The drink features the house-infused strawberry jalapeño tequila with lime, agave and salt.  It’s the perfect complement to the social dining experience that offers guests exceptional dishes, uniquely crafted cocktails and fun, upbeat music which often evolves from a dinner dining experience to a late night, laid-back and sophisticated social scene.

 

El Naranjo

What to Order: The Interior Mexican restaurant on Rainey Street has a great selection of tequila and mezcal and guests also really love their margaritas. Their bestselling is: MEZCALIÑA AGAVE DE CORTÉS SILVER MEZCAL | MUDDLED SERRANOS | BASIL AGAVE NECTAR | LIME JUICE | PINEAPPLE JUICE

Though in addition to margaritas, Mexican Martinis, and a great tequila selection, the restaurant also has these fun options:

  • The Enzo: Grand Marnier 100, Don Julio Añejo, Bitters, Salt
  • La Fresa: Cimarron Silver tequila, Muddled strawberries, Agave nectar, lime juice
  • Tres G Manhattan: Tres generaciones Añejo tequila, Averna Amaro, Tawny Port

 

Fixe 75

Fixe 

What to Order: As a twist on the margarita using a Louisiana favorite to mix things up,  order the Abita Rita uses Avion Silver, Grand Manier lime, orange and Abita Amber.

 

Freedmen’s

What to Order: Freedmen’s Elevates their take on a Margarita with the La Flor Rota. Featured on the new spring menu, the cocktail is refreshing, slightly bitter with spiced citrus finish, featuring Pepe Blanco, lime, cinnamon syrup, and cynar. It pairs perfectly with the traditional Central Texas barbecue and housemade sides.

 

Juliet Mezcal Negroni

Juliet

What to Order: The Italian restaurant on Barton Springs offers a complete section of Negronis on its cocktail list including a Mezcal Negroni with punt e mas, cocchi rosa, campari and lime peel.

Silo 

What to Order: Jalapeño poppers + margarita on the rocks for $9 

pelon's

Pelon’s

What to Order: Pelons’ is featuring a party and booze tasting, featuring a live donkey, festive music, along with food and drink specials, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Counter Cafe East

What to Order: Early Bird Special all day
*special will run from 7:30am to 4pm 

Burn Pizza + Bar

What to Order: Personal spicy pie + a Pacifico for $10

Lustre Pearl East 

What to Order: Taco + margarita for $10

Chicon

Chicon

What to Order: Pretzel and a Modelo Especial for $5

Fukumoto

What to Order: Tako No Sebiche (octopus ceviche) + sparkling cocktail for $10 

Buenos Aires Café Este

What to Order: Tequila Tango (Azuna Blanco Tequila, Ramazotti, lemon, and Blood Orange Soda) + Empanada of your choice (Picante, Suave, Verdura, Pollo, Atun) for $9

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