CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks for Cinco de Mayo 2018 in Central Florida

In the Orlando-area, there are several bars and restaurants that participate in Cinco de Mayo with parties and drink specials. Here are some of the best options we've found.

Cinco de Mayo is a national drinking holiday in America, which commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla.

But let’s be honest…it’s mostly an opportunity to enjoy adult Mexican beverages. Luckily in the Orlando-area, there are several bars and restaurants that participate in Cinco de Mayo with parties and drink specials.

Here are some of the best options we’ve found for imbibing during Cinco de Mayo weekend:

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MAY 4

Tijuana Flats, All Locations
Enjoy $2 tacos (ground beef/chicken) and $2 Mexican beers all day May 4-6. Visit tijuanaflats.com for more information.

Wall St Plaza, Orlando
Their Cinco de Mayo block party runs two days (May 4-5) and features live music, bull riding, drink specials, mariachi bands, mustaches, sombreros, JELL-O shots, piñatas and more. Visit wallstplaza.net for more information.

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MAY 5

Ace Cafe Orlando
Enjoy food and drink specials all day, plus Special Olympics Car Show from 11am-3pm, and live music. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Adobe Gila’s at Pointe Orlando, Orlando
It’s their 20th anniversary, too, so enjoy drink specials, $5 taco dinners, and live entertainment. Free admission. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Avalon Park Village, Tavares
Holding its first annual street party with live music and more. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Bartaco at Dr. Phillips, Orlando
Live music, summer bucket list contest, surprise giveaways. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Canvas at Lake Nona, Orlando
The restaurant will be offering $3 tacos: Barbacoa with Salsa Roja, Carnitas with Salsa Verde, or Crispy Baja Fish with Pico de Gallo and Cabbage Slaw. Visit canvaslakenona.com for more information.

Chillers – Cahoots – Latitudes and Irish Shannon on Church Street, Orlando
Enjoy a blowout celebration equipped with Coronas, Modelos, Sombreros, a Mariachi Band, and tequila. Plus someone could win a pallet of Corona. RSVP at the event’s Facebook page and you’ll pay no cover till 6p & get free margaritas from 6-7:30p.

Cocina 214, Winter Park
It’s also their 7-year anniversary, so enjoy drink samples, drink specials, and giveaways. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Crooked Can Brewing Company at Plant Street Market, Winter Garden
The 1st Annual Derby De Mayo Chihuahua Run is coming to the Crooked Can Brewing Company at this unique one-of-a-kind event to support A Cause 4 Paws Rescue. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Dead Lizard Brewing Company, Orlando
Celebrating the day the vegan way. They’ll be hosting the Mexican Salsa Stand-Off, a competition to find out who makes the best vegan salsa in Central Florida. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Four Rebels American Taco Kitchen & Bar, Orlando
Enjoy a pig roast and drink specials all day long at this family friendly event. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Frontera Cocina, Disney Springs
Enjoy drink specials all day, including a $10 Casa Noble Tequila Flight. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Graffiti Junktion – College Park, Orlando
Stop by for Specials all day. Dos Equis Street Team stopping by with SWAG! Plus a Mariachi Band. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Hunger Street Tacos, Winter Park
It’s their 2nd Annual Block Party with the debut of a new Chef-driven series, “Cooking with Friends” featuring friends Chef Bruno Fonseca and Chef Albert Desue. Drink specials, too. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Liam Fitzpatrick’s Irish Pub at Colonial Town Park, Lake Mary
The Irish pub is going Mexican with its neighbors Dexters, F&D Cantina, Corona Co., Graffiti Junktion for a block party featuring drink specials and live music. Free admission but VIP is available for various fees.Visit the event’s Facebook page for more.

Lion’s Pride, Orlando
This downtown sports club will be offering $2 Dos Equis and Tecate, plus $3 taco trios. Visit lionsprideorlando.com for more information.

Mango’s Tropical Cafe, Orlando
Cost: $35
Enjoy all you can eat chicken or ropa vieja tacos and all you can drink margaritas or shots, courtesy of Jose Cuervo. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Masons Live, Lakeland
Billing this as a “Massive Mariachi Taco and Margarita Fiesta,” expect drink specials, multiple taco trucks, free taco buffet & free nacho buffet from 5-8pm, and more. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Pepes Cantina – Church Street, Orlando
Free admission, Mechanical bull, and drink specials. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Pepes Cantina – International Drive, Orlando
This is also their grand opening party. 2x$5 tecates, $4 tequila and $5 margaritas ALL DAY. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar at Dr. Phillips, Orlando
Enjoy drink specials, music, and giveaways. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Rock & Brews at Lee Vista, Orlando
The restaurant will offer a taco plate, Oreo Churros, margaritas or El Sully Lagers for $5. For $6, guests can enjoy Pina Coladas or Mexican Mules. And, for $7, coconut margaritas will be available. For more information about Cinco de Mayo specials, call (407) 367-2840. Visit rockandbrews.com for location details.

Rock & Brews, Oviedo
The restaurant will offer $5 options including two tacos, chips with guacamole or queso (bier cheese), Cuervo shots, Micheladas, loaded Coronas and Mexican Mimosas. Taco salads and Patron shots will be available for $5.55 and Coronitos for $9.55.For more information about Cinco de Mayo specials, call (407) 956-4124. Visit rockandbrews.com for location details.

Tijuana Flats, All Locations
Enjoy $2 tacos (ground beef/chicken) and $2 Mexican beers all day May 4-6. Visit tijuanaflats.com for more information.

Tin Roof Orlando at I-Drive: 360, Orlando
Enjoy drink specials, $5 nachos, and live music. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Wall St Plaza, Orlando
Their Cinco de Mayo block party runs two days (May 4-5) and features live music, bull riding, drink specials, mariachi bands, mustaches, sombreros, JELL-O shots, piñatas and more. Visit wallstplaza.net for more information.

WopsHops Brewing Company, Sanford
Hosting a street party with drink specials and live entertainment. Also in honor of the Kentucky Derby, they will be releasing their newest brew, “Lucky In Kentucky,” with Accomplice Brewery & Ciderworks’ bourbon barrel aged cider. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

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MAY 6

Cocina 214, Winter Park
It’s their 6th annual Running of the Chihuahuas with drink specials such as $5 214 Rocks, $3 bottled Coronas, $7 Patron Blanco, $7 Tito’s Lonestar Lemonade and $10 Loaded Coronas. Enter your chihuahua in the race for $15, proceeds to benefit Winter Park Lost Pets and Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Tijuana Flats, All Locations
Enjoy $2 tacos (ground beef/chicken) and $2 Mexican beers all day May 4-6. Visit tijuanaflats.com for more information.

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As you can see, there are plenty of places around town to enjoy Cinco de Mayo the whole weekend. Wherever you choose to party, please drink responsiby and if you’re too drunk to drive call a friend/Uber/Lyft/etc. Stay safe and have fun!

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