Along with St. Patrick’s Day and Halloween, Cinco de Mayo has quickly become one of the most popular nights to head out on the town in Atlanta and other large cities across the nation. Cinco de May translates into “May 5” if you don’t know Spanish, but the day is really about celebrating everything great about Mexico. That means a fiesta, or a party to go along with food and drink specials at bars and restaurants all over town. So here are some great places where you can enjoy a cerveza or two.
1784 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30309
El Azteca in Buckhead is a great Mexican restaurant any day of the year. Come Cinco de Mayo, all of the stars seem to align and make this Buckhead institution a perfect destination. You can expect beer and margarita specials, but El Azteca has offered some of the best Mexican food in the Atlanta area for years. Go with the combination plates or the seafood burritos, and try nachos in a number of ways. Start your Cinco de Mayo at El Azteca in Buckhead.
Nuevo Laredo Cantina
1495 Chattahoochee Ave. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30318
Many think Nuevo Laredo Cantina is the best Mexican restaurant in Atlanta and therefore it is the best place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. The food is great, the drink specials are generous and the staff is attentive and efficient. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration at Nuevo Laredo, but what makes it great are the people. It’s a day to gather, a day to appreciate and a day to eat. Nuevo Laredo Cantina is the perfect place to do all of that.
Cantina Taqueria & Tequila Bar
3280 Peachtree Road N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30305
Buckhead’s hottest Mexican restaurant is going to be sizzling on Cinco de Mayo. The weather may be warm on a hot May night in Atlanta, but it will also be warm inside Cantina Taqueria as crowds turn out to eat and drink. Cinco de Mayo may be on a Monday this year, but you still need to get to Cantina Taqueria early to get a prime spot. Whether you like to hang out on the patio or belly up to the bar, try the cheese dip and the Mexican pizza. You won’t be sorry if Cantina Taqueria & Tequila Bar is your Cinco de Mayo destination.
1314 Glenwood Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30316
Holy Taco is not only one of the best Mexican establishments in Atlanta, it’s one of the best eating and drinking locations in the entire metro area. Chef and part owner Robert Phalen loves going “local” as most of the ingredients come from local farmers and grocers. This is Mexican fusion and if you’ve never tried it, Cinco de Mayo is the perfect day to show up and see what all the talk is about. It will leave you saying, “holy taco!”
The Original El Taco
1186 N. Highland Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30306
This is The Original El Taco and that means a huge fiesta for Cinco de Mayo. Located right in the heart of the Virginia Highlands, El Taco has been making Cinco de Mayo a priority for years. Enjoy a cold margarita and a green chili relleno to start the night. Then go right for any of the great beers (cans, bottles or draft). Feeling bold? Try a frozen mojito and just enjoy the rest of your Cinco de Mayo.
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