Drink Here Now: Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby, and More Festive Cocktails


Derby Day and Cinco de Mayo in the same week? This could be trouble.

Countdown to Cinco de Mayo at Copita

Can't wait for May 5 to drink margaritas? Copita's got you covered. To celebrate their 2nd Anniversary, Copita Tequileria y Comida is counting down the days to Cinco de Mayo with a different margarita and $5 taco del dia every day for five days. El primero de Mayo, Executive Chef Gonzalo Rivera will be pairing the Ceviche Taco with a Cucumber Mint Margarita. El segundo de Mayo will feature a Fried Pork Belly Taco with a Lemon Basil Margarita. El tres de Mayo, try the Crunchy Rock Shrimp Taco with the Lovely Rita, or wait until Quatro de Mayo for the Duck Carnitas Taco with the Spicy Margarita. On Cinco de Mayo, celebrate with the Oyster Taco and a Copita Margarita. If you want a break from margaritas, order a Palenque Punch to sip while admiring the chalk drawings commissioned for the occasion. 739 Bridgeway, Sausalito

Dogpatch Pub Crawl on Cinco de Mayo

It's a good thing so many great bars are within stumbling distance of each other in Dogpatch. Suerte Tequila is hosting a Cinco de Mayo Bar Crawl in the heart of the Dogpatch Neighborhood on Monday, May 5 from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. If you're over 21, you can join the progressive party for free, visiting five stops serving five different Suerte Tequila cocktails, taco specials, and bar snacks. Prices range from $5 to $8 for food and cocktails. Grab a bar crawl card at any of the participating bars and get a stamp at each stop. Once you've collected four stamps, the final secret Dogpatch drinking location will be revealed. Pick up your pub crawl passport at Poquito (2368 3rd Street), Third Rail (628 20th Street), Dogpatch Saloon (2496 3rd Street), or Magnolia Brewery and Smokestack (665 22nd Street).

Cinco de Derby Drink at Trick Dog

Can't decide whether to drink Margaritas or Mint Juleps this weekend? Trick Dog has just the trick: the Gutierrez Julep. Named after Mexican-born jockey Mario Gutierrez, who appropriately won the Derby on a horse named I’ll Have Another, the Gutierrez Julep is a refreshing combination of Ocho Anejo tequila, Pierde Almas mescal, oregano, and blackberries. The multi-tasking cocktail is available May 2 to 4 only, during regular business hours of 3:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. 3010 20th Street

Derby Party at the Starlight Room

If you prefer floppy sun hats to sombreros, don your dandiest outfit for the annual Kentucky Derby Party at the Starlight Room. The doors open at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 for a fancy, four-hour party celebrating the fastest two minutes in sports. For $55, you'll be treated to a grand buffet, live dance music, and a complimentary Mint Julep and mimosas. Derby attire is requested, and prizes will be awarded for the "Best Hat" and "Best Dressed Couple." Tickets are available online, and proceeds benefit Mr. Marina, which is part of Team Slap Cancer, a group of young professionals raising money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 21st Floor, Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell Street

Derby Day Oyster Fest with Shuck and Suck Contest

Hog & Rocks, the City's only ham and oyster bar, is hosting a Derby Day Oyster Fest on Saturday with food, drink, and festivities for $30. Ticket price includes entrance, one Mint Julep, and $20 of Hog & Rocks poker chips, redeemable for food, beverages, and experience. Grazing is encouraged at the oyster bar, Po-Boy Station, Hand-Carved Ham Station, and Mixed Fry station. After you've finished your Mint Julep, you can switch to a Hog & Rocks Old Fashioned, a shot of select bourbon or rye (neat or on the rocks), a Scrimshaw Pilsner, or red or white wine. As for entertainment, you'll find an oyster luge, horse race gambling on all 11 races, a Derby Day Outfit Contest, and an Oyster Shuck and Suck Contest. The party starts at 11:30 a.m., and tickets are available online. 3431 19th Street

Bluxome Street Winery Block Party

Believe it or not, there's actually a celebration this weekend that doesn't involve horses, hats, or tequila. This Saturday from noon to 7:00 p.m., Bluxome Street Winery is closing down the entire block for an all-day, family-friendly wine, food, and fun fest. Did we mention that it's free? You can expect to find gourmet food trucks, live bands, arcade games, Bluxome wines, and 21st Amendment beer. Food trucks include Lobsta Truck, Me So Hungry, Sam's Chowdermobile, Burr-Eatery, and Frozen Kuhsterd. Musical entertainment includes Rin Tin Tiger, Owl Paws, and The Easy Leaves. Well-behaved children and dogs are welcome. Teetotalers, not so much. Bluxome Street between 4th and 5th

Send drinking suggestions to renee@grassrootspr.com.

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