Cinco de Mayo in San Diego

Carne Asada Tampiquena at Casa Guadalajara
Carne Asada Tampiquena at Casa Guadalajara

Make your plans for Cinco de Mayo and enjoy food and drink specials, and great music!

Pechanga Resort Casino

Looking for Cinco de Mayo plans that are out of the ordinary, along with Cinco de Mayo drinks that are far from the usual? Pechanga Resort Casino has the answer for both of your quandaries this May 5.

On the get-away-from-the-ordinary front, Pechanga’s always popular meeting spot, Kelsey’s, is your go-to. The upscale pub not only has its 48 draft beers on tap and its delectable barbecue dishes available, but offers two special Cinco de Mayo dishes for guests.

The first is a Steak Ranchero: an 8oz steak topped with bell peppers, onions and jalapeños and accompanied with rice and beans for $22.95. Should your taste for spice lean toward the water, Kelsey’s is also offering Shrimp or Fish Tacos with rice and beans for $11.95. And you can wash all of that down with $12 buckets of Corona (four bottles) or the always-reliable Patron Margarita for $8.25.

Speaking of Margaritas, the Round Bar and the new Corner Bar – Pechanga’s latest meet-me-for-a-drink happening spot – are offering two special Margaritas on Cinco de Mayo. Guests can go for the Peach Berry Margarita or a Mango Margarita for $9.25.

Pechanga’s twists on the Margarita extend to The Cove, which offers $7 Spicy Mango Margaritas, along with $5 Coronas and a taco special: two beef or chicken tacos with rice, beans and a can of soda for $10.

In addition to that, Mariachi Del Mar will be performing throughout Pechanga on Cinco de Mayo, starting at noon at the Casino Entrance, before serenading themselves to the Hotel Lobby, the North Entrance and the Bus Entrance by Kelsey’s.

For more information on Cinco de Mayo or any other of Pechanga’s numerous dining options, please visit www.pechanga.com.

Casa Guadalajara

In honor of one of Mexico’s most iconic holidays, Diane Powers’ Casa Guadalajara restaurant and Bazaar del Mundo Shops will team up to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Old Town, Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5.

Outside the entrance to Casa Guadalajara Mexican restaurant, guests will be welcomed into a charming and lively marketplace filled with Mexican folk art, crafts, handmade clothing, accessories, plus delicious traditional Mexican street food for purchase and activities for kids.

Inside, Casa Guadalajara will be bursting with festive colors and decor. Guests can enjoy “Cinco” inspired fare, such as “Cincoritas”, delicious strawberry, kiwi, and lemon-lime margaritas decked out in the colors of the Mexican flag; and “Enchiladas Banderas,” a savory sampling of chicken, cheese and beef enchiladas served with three different sauces — rojas, verde, and blanca (red, green, and white).

In the Bazaar del Mundo Shops, next to Casa Guadalajara at 4133 Taylor Street, visitors will find more artists displaying their Cinco de Mayo-themed crafts and collectables. Traditional Mexican clothing, carefully hand-selected folk art, jewelry and home decorations in vibrant colors will also be available for purchase and decorating inspiration.

Throughout the weekend, delightful performances from lively Ballet Folklorico dancers, Chinelos dancers and Casa Guadalajara’s world-class mariachi band will take place. The word “Chinelo” comes from the Nahuatl tzineloa, which means shoulder and hip movement. This unique dance is performed by many dancers dressed in elaborate, colorful costumes and is popular in Mexico but rarely seen in the United States. There will be multiple performances on both Saturday and Sunday.

“Cinco de Mayo is a day to come together and celebrate Mexican culture, cuisine and music,” said Bazaar del Mundo and Casa Guadalajara owner Diane Powers. “On this day of festivities there’s no better place to be than Old Town, the historic heart of San Diego.”

Recognized every May 5, Cindo de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla, in which vastly outnumbered Mexican forces defeated the Imperialist French Army of May 5, 1862. This festive celebration has been adopted in many of the border cities in the U.S. over the last several years.

Bazaar del Mundo and Casa Guadalajara’s marketplace and celebration activities will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Guests may park for free across the street at Caltrans or take the trolley, which stops one block south west of Casa Guadalajara in Old Town.

El Chingon

El Chingon, GBOD Hospitality Group’s “Bad Ass Mexican” restaurant located at 560 Fifth Ave. in the Gaslamp Quarter, will host a party in honor of the Battle of Puebla with signature brunch drinks and dishes on Cinco de Mayo, Sunday, May 5.

In celebration of the holiday, El Chingon will offer a featured brunch menu, including Chingon Breakfast Burro, a flour tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, bacon, chingón cheese blend, french fries, avocado and sour cream; huevos rancheros,  tostada topped with refried beans, two eggs, ranchero sauce, sliced avocado and sour cream; El TJ Dog, bacon-wrapped jumbo hot dog topped with chingón cheese, caramelized onions, jalapeño and chipotle mayo, served with french fries; and more.

Brunch beverages will also be available for Cinco de Mayo, including Madero, made with Azuñia blanco tequila, house-made watermelon cordial, lime and tajín; Super sunDIA, a shareable cocktail made with Dos XX, fresh watermelon, house-made michelada mix and chaca chaca, served in a halved-watermelon with a chamoy and tajín rim; among others. Bottle service packages will be available, including El Chapo, a bottle of Patrón silver tequila, Grey Goose and champagne; and La Madrina, a bottle of Patrón silver tequila, Grey Goose and two bottles of Moët and Chandon.

More information about El Chingon and the complete menu is available at www.ElChingon.com.

barleymash

On Sunday, May 5th, celebrate Cinco de barley at barleymash, a high-energy, vibrant Gaslamp District spot for great eats and delicious drinks! Sip festive cocktails like their Coconut Margarita or Afternoon Delight, made with Herradura Reposado, pineapple, jalapeño, lime and agave. You can also snack on dishes like the San Diego Fries, topped with red chili braised short rib, pepperjack beer cheese, sour cream, spicy guacamole and salsa fresca.

Mavericks Beach Club

PB’s top party destination, Mavericks Beach Club, is going big this year with a Cinco De Mayo Lucha-Mania fiesta. From Noon to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 5th, the beach bar will have a full-size wrestling ring with professional luchadores from Mexico, announcers and wrestling matches, including a battle royale at the end of the evening! There will also be a ring-side bar, street taco station, taco eating contest during half-time of the wrestling competition, tons of giveaways and much more! The first match will begin at 2:30 p.m.

The Smoking Gun

Head to the Gaslamp District to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at The Smoking Gun! Specialty cocktails, available all day long, include Tijuana Lady, with Olmeca Altos, lime and honey, Jalisco Scout made with El Jimador, curacao and Angostura Bitters, and the one-of-a-kind Al Pastor Taco – El Jimador, lime, pineapple, vinegar and taco seasoning. Food specials consist of an $8 TJ Bacon Wrapped Hotdog, nachos and queso, and three tacos (your choice of brisket, chicken or fish) for $7.50.

Death by Tequila

Death by Tequila (DxT) will fiesta like there’s no mañana with a weekend-long celebration and the introduction of a new margarita punchbowl, Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5.  The popular Baja-inspired restaurant will introduce a festive and flavorful new dragon fruit and tangerine margarita punchbowl in honor of the holiday, available throughout the weekend. Meant for sharing and serving four people, the 40-ounce cocktail is served in a skull-shaped goblet and priced at $45. Death by Tequila will kick off the fiesta early on Friday, May 3, with the bar opening at 1 p.m. and dinner service beginning at 5 p.m. The restaurant will keep the party going on Saturday, May 4, opening the bar at 1 p.m., serving up signature cocktails and its impressive selection of curated tequila and mezcal. Brunch will begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 5, with an array of signature Baja-inspired dishes and drinks. A sampling of offerings includes: smoked salmon served with dill cream cheese, pickled onions, Meyer lemon, capers and artisanal toast; huevos rancheros, two eggs over easy served with chorizo, queso fresco, cherry tomatoes and warm tortillas; eggs “benedicto,” English muffins topped with country ham, slow-poached eggs and hollandaise served with home fries; chilaquiles carnitas served with two eggs over easy, salsa verde, queso fresco and cherry tomatoes; French toast, vanilla custard-filled French toast topped with fresh local berries and agave maple syrup; among others. More information about DxT, including the complete menu, is available online at deathbytequila.com or by calling (760) 230-6108.

The Whiskey House

There’s more than whiskey business to be found at The Whiskey House, the Gaslamp Quarter’s premier whiskey bar. Featuring the largest commercially available whiskey collection in the world with over 3,000 bottles, The Whiskey House’s extensive craft cocktail menu and unrivaled bar selection make it the ideal destination for some festive sips this Cinco de Mayo. Snag a seat for their holiday Happy Hour special of a $5 Beer and Shot combo of El Charro tequila, available from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM! 420 Third Avenue, San Diego

Natural Style Chicken

Let’s taco ‘bout the Cinco de Mayo special at Natural Style Chicken, Hillcrest’s newest hometown BBQ eatery! Boasting a menu of fresh rotisserie chicken, ribs, beef and plenty of creative Asian eats, this go-to neighborhood staple for Korean-influenced flavors and perfectly cooked meats promises to be a hit for the whole family. This Cinco de Mayo, Natural Style Chicken will be offering ice-cold $4.50 Hite Beers and $2.50 Tacos including their signature chicken tacos, shrimp tacos and Asian-fusion bulgogi tacos. 501 University Avenue, San Diego

The Taco Stand is a bonafide taco staple in America’s Finest City, slinging local favorites including their coveted Al Pastor, packed with flavorsome rotisserie-marinated pork, cilantro, onions, cilantro sauce and pineapple. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with one of their signature creations in-hand, as you sip $3 beers, available all day at La Jolla, Downtown, Encinitas and North Park locations!

Head to Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp and soak up Downtown’s energetic vibes matched with live music Friday – Sunday, plus $5 Pacifico and Modelo drafts, and $10Jalisco Margaritas. Foodies can get their fill with brunch and dinner food specials all weekend long, so don’t miss out on this Cinco de Mayo hotspot.

Get hoppy this Cinco de Mayo at Pacific Beach’s first and only brewery, Pacific Beach AleHouse, and delight in $5 Pacifico drafts and $8 Don Julio Margaritas all weekend long, plus a sunset mariachi on the 5th! Pair this with Grilled Fish Tacos, crafted with marinated mahi, chipotle aioli, jalapeño cream, purple cabbage, pineapple papaya salsa and cotija cheese rolled into a warm flour tortilla, served with a black bean and corn skillet for good measure.

Raise a glass to the vibrant Mexican culture at Jalisco Cantina, an Oceanside tequila and mezcal bar! Named for the home region of the magnificent blue agave plant, Jalisco carries an exclusive selection of some of the finest tequilas and mezcals in the world – and what Cinco de Mayo is complete without tequila? Sip on tasting flights of tequila and mezcal or toast with house specialty margaritas including the Cilantro Smash, the Mango Serrano, and the Pineapple Jalapeno. This Cinco de Mayo, Jalisco Cantina will also be offering $5 house Micheladas to celebrate all day long!

Tahona in Old Town will celebrate Cinco de Mayo on May 5 with the launch of its first ever brunch service, to feature dishes like Chilaquiles with Tesajo (a traditional Oaxacan-style dried meat), Frenchican Toast (French toast with a Mexican twist), Breakfast Sopes (twist on eggs benedict with a sopes-style thick corn tortilla bottom) and Guacamole Avocado Toast. Tahona will further round out Cinco de Mayo festivities with tequila pairing samples, cocktail specials and the debut of brunch cocktails such as the Bloody Mayahuel on May 5. Following Cinco de Mayo, Tahona’s brunch menu will then be served every Saturday and Sunday for those hoping to enjoy San Diego’s favorite mealtime and brunchy craft cocktails next door to Old Town’s historic El Campo Santo cemetery. Tahona, 2414 San Diego Avenue, San Diego, CA 92110 www.tahonabar.com

At BANKERS HILL Bar + Restaurant, located at 2202 Fourth Ave., guests can celebrate with the restaurant’s signature cocktail, The Stalker, made with jalapeño-infused tequila, lime, celery syrup, smoked salt and a garnish of fresh greens to create a vibrant, spicy flavor combination.

Primavera Ristorante, the family-owned Italian restaurant located at 932 Orange Ave. on Coronado Island, will pull inspiration from its neighbor to the south to celebrate with the Primarita, a combination of gold tequila, fresh lime juice, Triple Sec and a float of Grand Marnier.

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