10 places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Toronto

Free frozen margaritas, piñatas, live music and heaping platters of authentic Mexican food - these are just some of the perks when celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Toronto this year! Whether you want to celebrate on the hottest rooftop patio in town or go on a bar crawl, there’s plenty of ways to get in on the action in 2017.


485 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K4

This year tequila bar El Caballito teams up with Baro for the ultimate Cinco de Mayo bar hop! Tickets to the CincoFest Bar Hop gets you two Tromba tequila drink tickets, one at each venue, and some serious swag! Ticket holders check in between the hours of 3 pm and 4 pm, at either El Cabalitto or Baro, get their party on, and then head to the next bar up the street to continue the festivities! When: May 6, 3 pm Admission: $25

Macho Tex Mex Radio Bar

92 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 4A7

Get ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Macho Radio Bar. The Tex-Mex hot spot celebrates with $5 tequila shots, $5 Dos Equis, tacos and a live DJ! The Cinco de Mayo party is being combined with FriYAY Fridays. Show up between 5 pm and 6 pm and you’ll get a complimentary frozen margarita! When: May 5, 5 pm Admission: No cover


461 King W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K4

Brassaii is celebrating a little differently this year with a Cinco de Luau. Offering a Polynesian twist on the traditional Mexican festivities, Brassaii promises live music, Hawaiian tacos and specialty cocktails! Get ready for a fun night, Brassaii always knows how to host a good party. When: May 5, 5:30 pm Admission: No cover

Drake One Fifty

150 York St, Toronto, ON M5H 3S5

Chef Donnie Masterton of The Restaurant in Mexico, hosts a Cinco de Mayo pop-up dinner at the Drake One Fifty! Torontonians can get a taste of his brand of Mexican cuisine with an exclusive four-course dinner. The dinner will be paired with Altos Tequila cocktails. Reservations are required. When: May 5, 5 pm Admission: $75

Smiling Buddha

961 College St, Toronto, ON M6H 1A6

Channel your inner Bluth family member this Cinco de Mayo, because Smiling Buddha is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Day after Cinco de Cuatro: Arrested Development PARTY. The party includes illusions, a live band, $4.25 tequila shots and $5 margaritas. And, it wouldn’t be a Bluth party without frozen bananas. When: May 5, 8 pm Admission: No cover

The Addisons Residence

456 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1E3

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at The Addisons, Toronto’s ultimate house party venue. Chic and modern, The Addisons’ Cinco de Mayo fiesta includes Tequila Cazadores shots and taco combos for just $10! With drinks, food and beats from the house DJ, it sounds like the best way to spend your Cinco de Mayo this year. When: May 5, 8 pm Admission: No cover

The Porch

250 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H 1X6

The Porch is so excited about Cinco de Mayo this year that they’re starting the party at noon. There’ll be plenty of food and drinks on one of Toronto’s best rooftop patios. The party serves up delicious tacos, margaritas and tequila to celebrate. The event promises many surprises including a piñata! When: May 5, 12 pm Admission: No cover

Nickel 9 Distillery

90 Cawthra Ave, Toronto, ON M6N 3C2

The Inamorata Dance Collective celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a fundraiser for their upcoming production in the Fringe Festival. The party includes Mexican cuisine, free dance lessons, live performances and a piñata to smash at midnight! Eat, drink and dance the night away at Inamorata’s Cinco de Mayo party. When: May 5, 8 pm Admission: $15 At the Door: $20

Alliance Banquet Hall and Event Venue

501 Alliance Ave, York, ON M6N 2J1

Alliance Banquet Hall is flying three bands directly from Mexico for its Cinco de Mayo party. The fiesta also includes music from DJ Mexx and DJ John Lopez. You can also look forward to loads of authentic Mexican food. When: May 5, 7 pm Admission: $40

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