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Pittsburgh isn’t exactly known for its Cinco de Mayo scene. The holiday frequently coincides with the Pittsburgh marathon, making for a very busy downtown. Although Pittsburghers can usually find a party or two sprinkled in the mix, it depends on how the holiday falls. This year, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Thursday, and the Pittsburgh marathon is scheduled for the previous weekend on May 1. That means you have all weekend to enjoy the downtown scene without the extra traffic. Even if there are a lack of Cinco de Mayo parties, there is no lack of tasty Latin cuisine in Pittsburgh. Here are some fun places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the area that are sure to spice up your night.

Round Corner Cantina
3720 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 904-2279
www.roundcornercantina.com

Round Corner Cantina is a casual restaurant specializing in tacos, tequila and Mexi-Cal inspired dishes. You can expect a fun atmosphere with music, a fun crowd and delicious food. Taste a wide selection of tequila with your friends while snacking on house made chorizo tacos. Or try the grilled whole fish adabado for a new taste experience.

Steel Cactus
1831 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 431-3535
www.steelcactuspgh.com

Steel Cactus is a favorite venue for celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Pittsburgh. You can expect fun taco and drink specials. The restaurant specializes in Mexican dishes with a unique spin in a cantina party atmosphere. Enjoy burritos and tacos in your favorite combinations and be sure to try the “Yinzerita,” which you can only find at Steel Cactus.

Old Mexico
125 Murtland Ave.
Washington, PA 15301
(724) 250-7899

For Cinco de Mayo, you want the real deal. If you are looking an authentic Mexican experience for Cinco de Mayo, then a visit to Old Mexico is in order. This restaurant serves delicious house made chips and salsa along with crowd-pleasing margaritas. All of your Mexican favorites are available on the menu from burritos and tamales to tacos and enchiladas.

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Mad Mex
2 Robinson Plaza
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
(412) 697-3120
www.madmex.com

The folks at Mad Mex are always looking for a reason to party, and Cinco de Mayo is no exception. Expect a nice crowd and margarita and draft specials. Snack on chips and Mad Mex’s fantastic dip options such as queso, black bean, guacamole and salsa. Try the signature Mad Mex burrito or some tasty taquitos if you are in the mood for a meal.

Seviche
930 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 617-3120
www.seviche.com

If you are looking for a fun night out, Seviche is a great place to go. The hip art deco interior and blast of salsa music makes for an upbeat and enjoyable atmosphere. Seviche specializes in Nuevo Latino cuisine and mojito cocktails and is the perfect place to enjoy a Cinco de Mayo happy hour. You can expect tapas, cocktail, wine and Latin beer specials from 4-6 p.m. The perfect way to start the night.

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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.