Cinco de Mayo in the Twin Cities

Cinco de Mayo officially commemorates the victory of Mexico over France in 1862, but let's face it--it's really an excuse to party on a Wednesday. Ready for some cervezas and tequila? See the best places in the Twin Cities to celebrate on May 5.

Updated: April 29, 2010

Cinco de Mayo Restaurants, Events and More

Pancho Villa Restaurant

2539 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

With some of the cheapest after-work and late-night happy hours in the Twin Cities, this Eat Street Mexican joint promises plenty to celebrate on May 5, including Cinco de Mayo drink and food specials all night long.

Castillo Park

149 Concord St., St. Paul, MN 55102

The Cinco de Mayo celebration promises to be one of the largest in the United States, serving up music, dancing, a low-rider parade and more. This is as authentic as it gets.

Salsa A La Salsa

1420 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Another favorite Eat Street eatery, Salsa a la Salsa offers up traditional Mexican fare and some of the best margaritas around. Everything is served up fresh and delicious here, including the must-have guacamole.

Boca Chica Restaurante

11 Concord St, St. Paul, MN 55107

Not far from St. Paul's day-long Cinco de Mayo celebration, Boca Chica restaurant offers an expansive menu and a glimpse into one of the Twin Cities' most vibrant immigrant neighborhoods.

El Nuevo Rodeo Mexican Restaurant

2709 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Dine in at this Lake Street favorite, gorging on sopas, tacos, quesidillas and every sort of delicious, cheesy and hearty Mexican dish under the sun, before heading upstairs to the nightclub where the best dancers don their cowboy hats and alligator boots for a dancing celebration.

La Sierna Gorda

920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

You might not be able to dance under the moon in Mexico, but you can get a little taste of that sweet border saltwater at La Sirena Gorda. The lovingly made dishes here come straight from the sea, and straight from the recipe book of the owner's fisherman grandpa.