By Joel Furches

Cinco De Mayo is a distinctly Mexican holiday which has been co-opted by an American culture which loves eating Mexican food and drinking margaritas and tequila. There are a number of places in the Baltimore area which celebrate this holiday – going all out on food and drinks to bring a little Central American fun to the land north of the border. If you like any or all things Mexican, take some time to look out for some of the following places and events – and enjoy your May 5 in style.

1629 Thames St.
Baltimore, MD 21231
(410) 563-8800

This Fell’s Point bar and restaurant takes much loved favorites from a Mexican menu and gives them an American twist. The interior of the building has an industrial chic feel to it, and the fun spills out onto the bar’s patio which overlooks the waterfront. As a Mexican/American venue, Barcocina is proud to take part in the May 5th holiday of Mexican origins. Barcocina will be offering food and drink specials this Cinco De Mayo, along with live music for the entertainment of patrons. Consider spending your May 5th at the place that has it all.

Mt. Washington Tavern
5700 Newbury St.
Baltimore, MD 21209
(410) 367-6903

The Mt. Washington Tavern gives you plenty of elbow room as you sit and dine on light American fair or take advantage of its raw bar. The theme of the restaurant is Chesapeake Bay – not Mexico. Nevertheless, Mt. Washington has a history of throwing a party on Cinco De Mayo. To that end, this May 5th expect the Tavern to serve up some Mexican food and fun. Swing in on this holiday and enjoy the specials on margaritas that the restaurant will be serving, along with other fun festivities.

Bar Clavel
225 W. 23rd St.
Baltimore, MD 21211
(443) 900-8983

Bar Clavel comes off as a Mexican bar and restaurant if one removes the more colorful decorations that one typically associates with those venues. In a simple white room with hanging lights, patrons may order elevated cuisine and Mexican-inspired drinks. Its spare interior somehow compliments the relatively small restaurant. Like most Mexican restaurants, Bar Clavel celebrates Cinco de Mayo with drink and food specials that change up each year. If you’re looking for an elevated dining and drinking excursion this May 5th, head over to Clavel. You won’t be disappointed.

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Terrapin Nature Park
191 Log Canoe Circle
Stevensville, MD 21666
(410) 224-9771

For those of you looking for an alternative to drinking and eating south-of-the-border food, Charm City Run is hosting its annual Cinco de Miler race in the beautiful Terrapin Nature Park. The race takes off on May 7th at 7:30 a.m., and runs for five miles along nature trails that afford views of the bay and the bay bridge, placid ponds, beautiful woodlands and all of the local wildlife that wanders about in the mornings.

The proceeds from this event will go toward a benefit for the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy. Show up to the race and get your free event t-shirt. Awards will be given to winners in the race for various categories. The after-event party will be sponsored by The Jetty, and each racer will receive a free beer. So get your exercise and celebrate this holiday – all with the knowledge your money will be benefiting a good cause.

Das Bier Haus
1542 Light St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
(443) 708-8854

As the name implies, Das Bier Haus is a German beer house. As such, Cinco de Mayo isn’t really its holiday; nevertheless, this bar and restaurant owns this holiday in its own special way. Each year, Das Bier Haus goes overboard to honor this Mexican holiday with a variety of specials and features. Head on into this Federal Hill bar and restaurant this Cinco de Mayo and be rewarded with $7 Hofbrau Maibocks and Pacifico liters. Also take advantage of $15 tequila shot skis. But the fun doesn’t stop there. This May 5th, Das Bier Haus is offering $2 off boots and 2 free shots of Tequila with every boot purchase! If you want to try something different than the average Cinco de Mayo event, head on over to Das Bier Haus and experience a Mexican holiday, German style!

Related: Best Mexican Restaurants In Baltimore


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