Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Atlanta: Top spots for deals and festivities

Cool off with a margarita on Cinco de Mayo.
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There’s nothing quite like the delicate crunch of a crisp taco filled with fresh veggies and savory meat. Pair it with an ice-cold margarita, frozen or on the rocks, with myriad flavor options: ¡El paraiso! Luckily for Atlantans, there’s no shortage of establishments specializing in this combo for Cinco de Mayo. We’ve narrowed them down so you can find the perfect fit, whether it’s a neighborhood, family-friendly spot, or a bigger, party-centric venue.

Tin Lizzy’s Cinco Days of Cinco

This three-day celebration marks this season’s reopening of a favorite rooftop hangout for many Atlantans. Situated high above the city on the Sky Terrace at the top of the Epicurean Atlanta hotel, this go-to spot will feature lawn games and gorgeous views along with live music on Sunday afternoon. Indulge in refreshing specials: tacos (two for $5) and $5 cocktails.

Location: Aerial Kitchen and Bar; Website: epicureanhotelatlanta.com; Dates: Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5; Time: Friday and Saturday - 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Admission: Free

Cinco de Mayo at Mr. Taco

Show up for delicious food and drink, and stay for the great DJs during Mr. Taco’s Cinco de Mayo kickoff in Alpharetta! An all-out celebration will take place with more live music and the restaurant’s signature street tacos and margarita flights - think classic, skinny or spicy!

Location: Mr. Tac0 - Alpharetta; Website: facebook.com; Dates: Friday, May 3 and Sunday, May 5; Time: Friday - 6-11 p.m.; Admission: Free

Cinco de Mayo celebration at Punch Bowl Social

What’s better than margarita specials paired with free chips and salsa? Nothing - except having access to those things the entire Cinco de Mayo weekend at Punch Bowl Social! A featured playlist will set the mood and keep it going, and guests can find treasure in hidden mini piñatas all weekend throughout the venue. Discounted margarita specials will be in limited supply.

Location: Punch Bowl Social Atlanta; Website: eventbrite.com; Dates: Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5; Times: Friday - 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday - 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday - 10 a.m to 11 p.m.; Admission: Free

Hobnob/Eclipse de Luna Cinco de Mayo festival

In Alpharetta, two neighborhood standbys, Hobnob Neighborhood Tavern and Eclipse di Luna, are partnering to bring Cinco de Mayo festivities to Halcyon. Tacos, margaritas and adult snowcones will abound at this two-day, indoor/outdoor festival with live music and DJs, multiple bars, and food tents with taco stations, paella and a pig roast!

Location: The green at Halcyon/Alpharetta; Website: hobnobatlanta.com; Dates: Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5; Time: Saturday - 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday - noon to late; Admission: Free; RSVP for table

Cinco de Mayo at Fogón and Lions

Fogón & Lions will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo all day beginning with a Mexican-themed brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mariachi band “Mariachi America de Atlanta” will perform from 4-6 p.m. Enjoy a taco de cochinillo pibil special from 3-7 p.m. and 50% off house margaritas throughout.

Location: Fogón & Lions - Alpharetta; Website: resy.com; Date: Sunday, May 5; Times: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Admission: Free

Cinco de Mayo at Mezcalito’s Cocina and Tequila Bar

Cinco de Mayo gets a feisty makeover with fire breathers and body art featured during this one-day celebration at Mezcalito’s Cocina and Tequila Bar near Grant Park. Enjoy drink specials and giveaways alongside a delicious regular menu that includes dishes like briny sea fried shrimp, carne asada tacos and Mexican street corn.

Location: Mezcalito’s Cocina and Tequila Bar; Website: mezcalitoscocina.com; Date: Sunday, May 5; Times: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Admission: $5

Sior ATL Cinco de Mayo Brunch-o

Kick back with abundant food and drink, or come out to network at this outdoor event. Enjoy live music and specials: $15 food orders, $5 margaritas and $10 desserts! Plan on spring day party attire - this is a day to see and be seen.

Location: Sior ATL; Website: instagram.com; Date: Sunday, May 5; Times: noon-6 p.m.; Admission: Free

Cafe Circa Trap de Mayo Rooftop Day Party

Rove between the restaurant’s main room and rooftop as you enjoy a Mexican buffet and tequila bar! If the hi-hat, sub-bass and snare of trap music are your thing, this all-day celebration at Cafe Circa is not to be missed with its trap mariachi band and dance floor.

Location: Cafe Circa; Website: eventbrite.com; Date: May 5; Times: 3 p.m. to midnight; Admission: Free until 5 p.m.

Cinco de Mayo at Botica

Not ready to move past Cinco de Mayo? Botica lets you carry it forward through Monday this year. Enjoy tacos and tequila in various presentations alongside a brunch menu as you listen to live DJs and instrumentalists on the patio.

Location: Botica; Website: eatbotica.com; Dates: Sunday, May 5, and Monday, May 6; Times: Sunday - 10 a.m., Monday - noon; Admission: Free, no reservations taken for this event

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