Drinking holiday Cinco de Mayo rolls around soon, and Austin is armed with tequila for the festivities. Look out a pig roast at El Chilito, hot pepper-eating contest at Craftsman, and lots of parties from Whisler’s to St. Elmo Brewing Co., among others.
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- El Chilito is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a pig roast full of $2 crispy pork tacos, mimosas, beer, and Micheladas, plus a pinata and giveaways, from 1 to 4 p.m. (2219 Manor Road, Cherrywood)
- For brewpub Brewtorium’s anniversary, it’s throwing a combination Cinco de Mayo/German spring celebration Maifest/birthday party from noon to 7 p.m. On deck will be food specials, baby goats, German beers and live music, dog adoptions, screen printed shirts, and more. (6015 Dillard Circle, Highland)
- East Austin bar Whisler’s and mezcal bar Mezcaleria Tobala is going all out for Cinco de Mayo. The upstairs bar will focus on margaritas with various flavors as well as a mezcal punch, and the main downstairs bar will serve up special cocktails and Victoria lager, all from 2 p.m. to midnight. (1816 East 6th Street, East Austin)
- The Cinco de Mayo party at Jacoby’s Mexican restaurant Grizzelda’s features a taco bar, queso, and guacamole, and margaritas with $20 tickets running from 4 to 8 p.m. (105 Tillery Street, Govalle)
- South Austin brewery St. Elmo Brewing Company is bringing back its Mexican lager, the Señor Bueno, with a Cinco de Mayo party. There’s a live performance by Conjunto Los Pinkys, and on-site Asian trailer is temporarily switching its menu with Mexican-inspired food. It runs from noon to 8 p.m. (440 East Saint Elmo Road, South Austin)
- For Cinco de Mayo, Craftsman is hosting a hot pepper-eating contest while offering specials on food and drinks. It begins at 2 p.m. (2000 East Cesar Chavez Street, Holly)
- Breakfast trailer Paperboy hosts its fourth Cinco de Mayo dinner with chef Patrick Jackson. The $55 family-style dinner will include free margaritas, beers, and cocktails. it runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. (1112 East 12th Street, Central East Austin)
- Newcomer downtown Tex-Mex restaurant Chispas is throwing its first three-day Cinco de Mayo celebration with drink specials from 3 to 10 p.m. and a Sunday night party with a DJ from 1 to 5 p.m. It takes place from Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5. (214 West 4th Street, Downtown)
- South Congress restaurant Guero’s is partying with margaritas and live music from 3 to 6 p.m. at its alfresco Oak Garden space. (1412 South Congress Avenue, Bouldin)
- Agave-obsessed downtown bar Las Perlas is throwing a pinata party plus margaritas and Mexican beers. (405 East 7th Street, Downtown)
- For the day, Asian fried chicken truck Spicy Boys Chicken (temporarily renaming itself Chicos Picantes) will serve up loaded queso, flautas, shrimp ceviche, and more. (1701 East 6th Street, East Austin)
- Beer garden Scholz Garten is throwing a Cinco de Mayo party with drink specials, fajita tacos, and live music from noon to 5 p.m. (1607 San Jacinto Boulevard, Downtown)