Pittsburgh is notorious for being a drinking town, which means that the city boasts some of the best bars to celebrate Cinco De Mayo. Bar hoppers looking to celebrate the victory of the Mexican army during the Battle of Puebla 153 years ago can get in touch with their Mexican heritage on May 5 when Pittsburgh’s many bars and Mexican restaurants open their doors for a fiesta of fun and flavor. Whether you want to chill at a casual cantina or throw the private party by renting out an entire dining space, these five bars, cantinas and restaurants are the perfect pick for Cinco De Mayo.
2313 Rochester Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
For more than 35 years, Franklin Inn Mexican Restaurant has been a go-to for locals looking for a delicious and authentic selection of Mexican entrees and drinks. Since this year’s Cinco De Mayo falls on a Tuesday, you can take advantage of the restaurant and bar’s happy hour specials and weekday meal deals, such as $2 beers, discounted margaritas, and half-priced appetizers and draft beers. Ask your server about the bar’s tequila of the month. Franklin Inn Mexican Restaurant is located in Pittsburgh’s North Hills.
21 Market St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Tucked away above the Diamond Market Bar and Grill is Pittsburgh’s hidden gem Las Velas Mexican Restaurant. Raise a glass this Cinco De Mayo with your favorite cocktail concoctions from the bar’s happy hour menu or full bar that highlights the best house drinks, tequilas, imported and domestic beers and wines. Ideal for this holiday bash are Las Velas’ Chelada, traditional or flavored margaritas, daiquiris or Mayan Sunset. Find Las Velas Mexican Restaurant in Pittsburgh’s historic Market Square.
1831 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
The party never stops at Steel Cactus Mexican Restaurant and Cantina where the drinks are strong, the food flavorful and the atmosphere fun and feisty. Kick off your Cinco De Mayo festivities with its Taco Tuesday specials, featuring its $2.50 tacos that pair well with its $5 house margaritas and $2.75 Dos Equis. Happy hour runs weekdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with half-priced appetizers, $7 Yinzeritas, $3 house wines and $5 specialty drinks, so rent out the rooftop deck and party long into the evening. Visit Steel Cactus Mexican Restaurant and Cantina in the South Side as well as its Shadyside location.
152 E. Bridge St.
Homestead, PA 15120
Eat, drink and celebrate at Gran Agave, The Waterfront’s only Mexican restaurant. A colorful atmosphere and friendly staff welcome you to this casual restaurant and bar that serves classic Mexican dishes featuring enchiladas, tacos, burritos and fajitas in large portions at small prices. A full bar is sure to keep the drinks flowing all night long, especially the highly recommended margaritas. Gran Agave is located at The Waterfront in Homestead.
5491 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
If you want a more intimate Cinco De Mayo celebration, book a private party at Verde Mexican Kitchen & Cantina. This vibrant, trendy space is ideal for larger groups, thanks to its exclusive extended happy hour prices, discounted tequila and personalized crafted cocktails. You can even request a private tequila tasting complete with your own bartender who can share a wealth of knowledge about Mexico’s national spirit through this interactive, tailored experience. Pair your favorite cantina cocktails and spirits with the kitchen’s modern brunch, lunch and dinner menus that combine traditional, authentic flavors with contemporary twists. Verde Mexican Kitchen & Cantina is located in Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood.