Boston may be a long way from Mexico, but that does not keep people from celebrating with great drinks and food. Businesses and schools within the city and its surrounding area always put on a little something for everyone to enjoy. Whether it is a good deal on a traditional food or a full-swing celebration, it happens around Cinco de Mayo. Get ready to heat things up this spring with friends, family or on a truly spicy date.
48 Winter St.
Boston, MA 02108
Mojitos is a multi-level restaurant and club in Boston. With events like Latin Thursdays and weekly salsa lessons, this place already has the Mexican spirit year-round. However, it also puts on special events for holidays like Cinco de Mayo. Expect upbeat music, good food and, of course, Mojitos. The bar serves up several kinds of Mojito, but guests who prefer something else will enjoy the full bar menu. All of Latin America is represented, so do not be afraid to stray from the typical Corona and margaritas.
MexiCali Burrito Co.
500 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
Few places in the U.S. are quite as Mexican as MexiCali. This burrito joint may not be there, but it embraces the spirit of American-Mexican food well. The food is inspired by San Diego style Mexican and changes with the seasons to include fresh local vegetables. Cater a Cinco de Mayo event with delicious burritos, tacos and sides from MexiCali, or just come in for a taste of Mexico on the most Mexican day of the year. It is the next best thing to flying out to southern California.
18 Brattle St. #352
Cambridge, MA 02138
Date: May 3, 2015
Just a few days before Cinco de Mayo, Harvard Square is going to be bustling with the annual MayFair. This is a combination spring and Cinco de Mayo festival that includes arts, vendors and lots of fun. There will be chalk art on the streets, performers all around and lots of food. The event is family-friendly, so anyone who is looking for a Cinco de Mayo event that is not soaked in tequila, this is it.
Holidays that traditionally call for some drinking are the best times to go on a pub crawl. Boston and the surrounding area have plenty from which to choose come Cinco de Mayo. This one from PubCrawls hits some of the best bars in Boston. The main focus is Faneuil Hall. It is a great spot for pub crawls, thanks to the bars all in close proximity to one another. What better way to stay safe and bar hop than to do it all in one or two buildings within walking distance of each other?
Related: Boston’s Best Bars For Cinco de Mayo
East Coast Grill
1271 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
East Coast Grill is offering up a few treats for Cinco de Mayo. The menu will have Mexican dishes that the restaurant promises to give its own twist. The bar menu will have a list of margaritas and other drinks specifically tailored for the holiday. Come in with friends or family to feast and drink in Mexican style. The restaurant is taking reservations for the evening, so call ahead to get a good table at a good time. If just a few drinks are more what the evening calls for, simply belly up to the bar.
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