Boston’s Best Bars For Cinco De Mayo

April 24, 2014 6:00 AM

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There are a bevy of bar options for Bostonians to visit this Cinco De Mayo, with many spots offering drink and food specials designed to celebrate this Mexican holiday with traditional fare. Both restaurants and bars open their doors to revelers seeking to indulge in classic Mexican cuisine and margaritas until the wee hours of the morning. Here are five primo spots in Boston to celebrate Cinco De Mayo.


Cactus Club Restaurant & Bar
939 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 236-0200

With a ‘best margaritas’ website url, you know that the Cactus Club Restaurant & Bar means some serious Cinco De Mayo business. This is indeed true as this Back Bay spot specializes in deliciously traditional Mexican fare like frijoles, tacos and of course, massive margaritas. While Cactus Club Restaurant & Bar is a popular after-work spot for the college and business crowds on any day of the week, the Cinco De Mayo holiday promises to bring larger crowds than normal, so early arrival is definitely recommended.

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439 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 338-8884

Masa is a South End staple that serves as an under-the-radar option for Cinco De Mayo; a delicious spot that somehow still runs under the radar on a yearly basis among revelers seeking out a celebratory place at which to hunker down. Brunch and breakfast may serve as a specialty of Masa, particularly its huevos rancheros, but don’t count out its nighttime activities. Masa’s bartenders pour some seriously strong tequila cocktails to go along with an evening of Mexican munchie staples. Masa is definitely worth a visit this Cinco De Mayo.

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Taqueria Jalisco
291 Bennington St.
Boston, MA 02128
(617) 567-6367

Heading to East Boston for our next Cinco De Mayo choice, Taqueria Jalisco is another under-the-radar spot for lunch or evening celebrations; a diamond in the rough for those who really want to indulge in all of the food and drink that defines the Cinco De Mayo experience. With so much of the holiday centering around the shared, communal food experience, Taqueria Jalisco is a small, no-frills operation that nevertheless celebrates the traditional, homemade technique when it comes to preparing Mexican food with the utmost authenticity.

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La Catrina
1620 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02135
(617) 383-5015

La Catrina is a killer, cool Mexican spot located on Commonwealth Avenue, right in one of the most heavily trafficked areas of Boston proper. Hip and fun decor sets up the perfect atmosphere for a Cinco De Mayo party, as diners pour in for beef burritos, fish tacos, open-faced chorizo sandwiches and other delicious Mexican dishes. La Catrina isn’t so much a “sit down” spot as it is a place to congregate with friends, order some cervezas or margaritas and simply celebrate a good Cinco De Mayo.



Temazcal Tequila Cantina
250 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 439-3502

For many Cinco De Mayo fans, the words “Tequila Cantina” could serve as an oasis in a desert for someone dying of thirst. Temazcal Tequila Cantina certainly sets the stage for this vibe on the Boston Waterfront, as the Northern Avenue spot combines a picturesque view of the Boston harbor with forward-thinking Mexican fare, such as the lobster guacamole and chile-lime skirt steak fajitas. Massive margaritas are also on the menu at Temazcal Tequila Cantina, mixing up delicious drinks with the solid service and upscale sense of flair most fans associate with this superior Cinco De Mayo choice.

George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at