Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday this year. That’s the best news I’ve heard since discovering the wonders of day drinking. Though I usually have a “no tequila before dark” rule, margaritas are the only welcome exception. These refreshing libations are perfect for daytime consumption; just think of the lime juice as your daily serving of fruit.
Even if sipping tequila straight is your thing, this all-day drinking guide will help you find your alcoholic niche this weekend. So grab a sombrero, visit one of the following locales, and impress everyone with your 10th grade Spanish. After 12 hours of margs, you’ll be speaking Mayan:
- El Centro DF is going all out, starting with its regular bottomless brunch ($35) from 11 am-5 pm, then chugging water until 6 pm when the real fiesta starts.For a $20 cover, fist pump with $5 margaritas and $4 Dos Equis, complimentary Mexican snacks, and DJs spinning beats until close. Dinner menu not available. 1819 14th Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.328.3131.
- In case you need more time to celebrate, “Cinco de Ceiba” will offer $5 margaritas and $5 Mexican street food on May 3-5 from 3 pm-close. Enter their raffle to win an all-inclusive trip for two to Mexico (winner announced on May 6)! 701 14th Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.393.3983.
- It’s the Hunger Games over at H Street Country Club, who’s hosting a human cock fighting competition while ironically taking donations for the Washington Humane Society. Defeat your opponent with the Drunken Mick Jagger, then sip on $5 margaritas, $3 Coronas, and snack on $2 tacos starting at 11 am. 1335 H Street NE, Washington, DC. 202.399.HSCC
- With a menu of 6 premium margaritas, a comprehensive list of quality tequilas (silver, rested and aged), and several specialty tequilas and mezcals, your clothes may fall off at Rosa Mexicano. Try to keep it classy by ordering tequila flights, in which you can sample 3 tequilas accompanied by sangrita, a traditional Mexican chaser. Various locations.
- The Logan Circle location of Tortilla Coast also has an extensive menu of tequilas with the option of tequila flights ($14-$35). Try the delicious white peach margarita ($12) at 10am (when they open) or the special Tanteo Jalepeño margarita offered all day long. 1460 P Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.629.3280.
On a Budget
- Wildly popular for their strawberry swirl margaritas ($6.50 glass/$27.95 pitcher), get to Lauriol Plaza early before the guaranteed crowd. Stick to a diet of free chips and salsa as not to interfere with your drinking. 1835 18th Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.387.0035.
- Commissary, known for it’s “honest pricing,” will have a special fiesta menu and happy hour from 4-9 pm. The watermelon margarita (regularly $8.25) is a must. 1443 P Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.299.0018.
- If the $20 cover at El Centro DF is too steep for you, slide next door to sister restaurant Masa 14 for $5 margaritas all night. While there’s no cover for the bar and dining room, it’ll cost you $10 for access to the swanky new rooftop. 1825 14th Street NW, Washington, DC.
- Firefly’s cocktail menu includes a margarita that goes against everything you’ve ever believed in, and it’s totally worth it. The Salsa Verde ($12.50) mixes Milagro tequila infused with roasted poblano peppers, cointreau, fresh lime, and cilantro-agave puree served with a peppered salt rim. ¡Ole! 1310 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC. 202.861.1310.
- For a different kind of party in your mouth, try the El Regalo ($12) at Oyamel, made with Gran Centenario Azul blanco, fresh lime juice, cherries, vanilla, and ‘hibiscus air’, which hipsters have been breathing before José Andrés discovered it. 401 7th Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.628.1005.
Lisha grew up in her potty-mouthed grandma’s soulful kitchen, asked for a bread-maker on her 11th birthday, loves whiskey and once ate a whole spit-roasted guinea pig in Ecuador. Lisha has been a GMF contributor since 2011, and now lives in Oakland, CA, where the intersection of food, identity, and community has sparked her interest in sustainable and equitable dining. When she’s not working as a finance professional and dance instructor, Lisha is side-hustling as a biscuit entrepreneur.