6 Spots to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Boston

Where to go for margaritas and more on Monday
May 1, 2014
by Scott Kearnan

Want to spend Cinco de Mayo eating the best tacos in town? We've got you covered: check out our picks here. Rather spend the night guzzling margaritas? Not a problem: here are a few sips to get you started. But if you're looking for something a little different - from tequila paired dinners to a culinary culture clash - here are a few festivities with their own additional, unique spins. 

The BeehiveThe South End restaurant buzzes with live music nightly, so naturally Cinco de Mayo is no exception. And May 5 should be something special for viewers of Telemundo: the network host and singer Veronica Robles will perform with her mariachi band from 8 PM-12 AM. Meanwhile chef Marc Orfaly will lay a spread of Mexican-inspired specials, and the bar will pour tequila and mezcal cocktails. 541 Tremont St.; 617-423-0069

Grafton StreetThis American pub in Harvard Square is not a place you'd typically associate with Mexican fare. But on Cinco de Mayo, they're offering a pretty impressive four-course prix fixe paired with tequila cocktails. Dishes include salmon ceviche with watermelon and candied red jalapeno, accompanied by Don Julio Blanco, Cointreau, agave nector and cucumber; or a smoked duck confit quesadilla, paired with Don Julio Reposado and Strawberry Balsamic. 1230 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge; 617-497-0400

Olde Magoun's Saloon. Actually, every Monday night is "Taco Night" at this Somerville spot, which turns out a different meat- or fish-based variation weekly. But on Monday, May 5, they'll celebrate Cinco by serving a full Mexican spread: options include chimichangas with goat cheese, seared tuna tostadas and blackened fish tacos. 518 Medford St., Somerville; 617-776-2600

Ole Mexican GrillOf course you can head to the Cambridge Mexican on Monday for some of its predictably fantastic fare; they're serving out a special menu (including ceviche, seen here) and hosting a live mariachi band. But if you want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a twist, wait until Thursday, May 8. At 7 PM Ole will host the modern Jewish pop-up series Kitchen Kibitz, and the result is the tastiest of two cultures: expect gefilte fish a la Veracruzana, beef tongue tacos and pozole matzoball soup. Tickets are $75 and available here11 Springfield St., Cambridge; 617-492-4495

Rosa Mexicano. Head to the Seaport for the Mexican outpost's "5 Days of Cinco de Mayo" celebration. On Monday things will get a little extra festive with a live DJ and mariachi band. But from May 1 through May 5 you can find a special $35 prix fixe menu nightly, which includes tasty plates like Flautas de Pollo, Salmón Poblano, and Chile Relleno de Arroz con Queso. There are drink specials for the soirees too, including a margarita pitcher for six and the Fresa Picante, a cocktail of tequila infused with strawberry and jalapeno. 155 Seaport Blvd.; 617-476-6122

Tryst. Things that are good: tacos. Things that are better: free tacos. From 5-10 PM on Monday, May 5, Tryst will celebrate Cinco de Mayo by offering free tacos (pork confit with chili spiced pineapple and cabbage slaw). The hitch: you have to order a habanero lime rita. Oh, the responsibility! 689 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington; 781-641-2227

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