6 Festive Places to Eat and Drink on Cinco De Mayo
(Photo courtesy of Copita Tequileria y Comida)

6 Festive Places to Eat and Drink on Cinco De Mayo


Looking for good Mexican food and smooth tequila this Cinco de Mayo? Check out these hot spots around the Bay Area.

Copita Tequileria y Comida

Chef Daniel Tellez is whipping up a few festive additions to the menu for Cinco De Mayo. Available for lunch and dinner May 1st through the 5th, the menu will feature Dungeness crab and yellowfin tuna tacos, cochinita pibil baby back pork ribs, habanero chicken wings, and roasted pork belly in achiote adobo tacos, and a mango crème brûlée for dessert. They will also be offering a variety of margaritas such as spicy pomegranate and mango. // 739 Bridgeway, (Sausalito), copitarestaurant.com

Clift San Francisco

What is Cinco De Mayo without tacos? Clift Hotel is hosting a taco takedown featuring five local chefs: Juan Martinez of Matador, Ismael Briceno Pacheco of Asiento, Bronson Macomber of Macadamia Events & Catering, Pierre Tumlin from Hog & Rocks, and one unknown chef, battling it out to make the best taco. Purchasing a drink from the Redwood Room gets you five tickets to the takedown and the opportunity to taste test the tacos and vote for the best one. The showdown takes place from 5:30 - 8:30pm. Don't miss it. // 495 Geary St. (TenderNob), morganshotelgroup.com

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar

Caldo de pollo guisado, grilled mini chile rellenos, and Spanish rosè-raised duck gorditas—lawd, help us. For $55 a person you can enjoy this four-course menu created by Canela's Chef Soledad, who fused together the flavors of traditional family recipes with a Spanish twist. The night ends with tres leches cake with fresh strawberries for dessert. // 2272 Market St. (Upper Market), canelasf.com

Dirty Water

Dirty Water will be serving some of Mexico's most popular tequilas and mezcals as well as Sotols, Bacanoras, and Raicillas in their new al fresco dining area. To accompany the booze, they'll be serving charred shishito & padron peppers, crispy pig ear, and cheese and charcuterie platters from 3-6pm. // 1355 Market St. (SoMa), dirtywatersf.com

(Photo courtesy of Jaspers Corner Tap & Kitchen)

Jaspers Corner Tap & Kitchen

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1982. In recognition of this accomplishment, Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen is offering deals all day until midnight—Modelo with a shot of tequila for $10, bottled Modelo's for $5, and $7 margaritas. // 401 Taylor St. (TenderNob), jasperscornertap.com

Conservatory of Flowers

With the opening of their new exhibit, The Wild Bunch: Succulents, Cacti & Fat Plants, the Conservatory of Flowers is having a magical night with a Cinco De Mayo fiesta after party. For $175 you can experience botanical cocktails, delicious food and dancing and entertainment provided by Reyna y su Trio all night long. Proceeds from the night go to fund the Conservatory of Flowers' youth education program, historic greenhouse preservation, plant maintenance and rare plant acquisitions. // 100 John F Kennedy Dr. (Golden Gate Park), conservatoryofflowers.org

Mezcal Nightlife at Cal Academy

Learn about the rich history and future of mezcal at the spirit-focused Cinco De Mayo celebration. Sip from mezcal-inspired cocktails at local bars around the museum and observe a couple of mixology demos courtesy ofLa Urbana,Bartlett Hall,and Lolo. You'll also learn how bats and moths play a huge role in producing mezal and tequila and have to opportunity to taste test hard frescos. // 55 Music Concourse Dr. (Golden Gate Park), calacademy.org

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