As Cinco de Mayo approaches, it’s worth noting that this significant day commemorates the Mexican army’s historic victory over France in the Battle of Puebla in 1862, a pivotal event during the Franco-Mexican War. Over time, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a beloved American holiday celebrated with gusto, especially in Austin. This festive occasion brings forth a plethora of celebrations, complete with refreshing drinks and mouthwatering food offerings.

Below, you’ll find a curated list of the best spots to revel in the Cinco de Mayo spirit in Austin. Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 5, as these fun festivities await! Whether you prefer a lively party or a laid-back gathering, some of Austin’s favorite hot spots have plenty of options to choose from.

Guero’s Taco Bar

1412 S Congress Ave, Known for its authentic Tex-Mex cuisine and lively outdoor patio, Guero’s is a popular spot for Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Enjoy live music and a great selection of drinks.

El Alma

1025 Barton Springs Rd, This restaurant offers a rooftop patio with stunning views of downtown Austin. Indulge in upscale Mexican cuisine and handcrafted cocktails while enjoying the festive atmosphere.

Fiesta Austin

Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St, May 4 from 1 to 10 p.m., A celebration with live music, over 40 vendors, food, a cornhole tournament, a kid zone, and more. Tickets are $5 online and $7 at the gate.


111 E Cesar Chavez St, 5 to 8 p.m., Enjoy $14 margaritas and live Latin guitar during sunset. RSVPS are encouraged but not required.

Austin Rotisserie at Kitty Cohen’s

2211 Webberville Road, May 5 from 2 to 8 p.m., “Kitty de Mayo” pop-up featuring Mexican dishes, a live vinyl set, and a mariachi performance.

Armadillo Den

10106 Menchaca Road, All day margarita and tequila specials, a piñata, and a Tejano band.

Dainty Dillo

3201 East Cesar Chavez Street, Margarita and tequila deals, Mezcal popsicles, a piñata, and Mexican candy shot specials.


9400 Arboretum Blvd., Happy hour margaritas all day, lunch specials from 12-2 p.m., and live music from 5 to 7 p.m.


14900 Avery Ranch Blvd. and 18920 S I-35 Frontage Rd, May 5, 3 to 5 p.m., $5 margaritas and $5 Mexican beers.

Electric Shuffle

91 Red River St. May 5 from 1 to 3:30 p.m., A Cinco de Mayo drag brunch served family-style with live DJs and high-tech shuffleboard.

La Piscina

600 W 2nd St., Special menu items such as stonefruit aguachile, chocoflan, and more.

W Austin

200 Lavaca St., May 5 from noon to 6 p.m., A poolside party on the WET Deck with food specials and blend-your-own margaritas using the Patron Blender Bike. Pool passes are available for $45.

Parlor & Yard

Parlor & Yard, 601 West 6th Street – Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Parlor & Yard with all-day drink specials sponsored by Lalo Tequila and live music from Miguel St. Michael from 12 – 3pm. Enjoy $9 Cinco drinks and $6 shots, open from 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. on Sunday, May 5.

Idle Hands

Idle Hands, 85 Rainey Street – It’s fiesta time at Idle Hands with all-day drink specials sponsored by Espolon Tequila, plus live music from Oreja from 5 – 8 pm! Plus, enjoy FREE oysters from Austin Oyster Co. for the first 50 guests

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Hayden Walker is the Editor in Chief and Director of Operations for Austin Food Magazine

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