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Six places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Toronto with mariachi bands and more

The day is finally here. It’s time to break out the tequila shots, enjoy some tacos, and celebrate Cinco de Mayo. The day commemorates the anniversary of Mexico’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, but has become known for the massive celebrations that take place across the globe.

In Toronto, many restaurants are getting involved in the festivities. Here are the best places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Toronto.

Starving Artist 

This waffle and espresso bar is transforming into a full-blown Mexican fiesta thanks to Mom Halo and Kitch Catering. The 19+ event takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. and offers unlimited tacos and tortilla chips. Tickets are available online, and come in two packages: the $75 version includes drinks such as margaritas, whereas the $50 is for the food-only option.


Of course, a restaurant with tons of Latin influence is hosting a ticketed Cinco de Mayo event. The King West hotspot is offering a curated prix fixe dining experience that includes some of Baro’s signature dishes and drinks. The five specialty offerings are some of the spot’s most popular items such as Choripapa and OG Duck Chaufa, which are complemented by four drink pairings.

Casa Mezcal 

If a huge party is what you’re after, look no further than Casa Mezcal. The restaurant is celebrating the day with a mariachi band and a live DJ as well as flair bartending. If you dare, you can even get tattooed on-site during the festivities.

El Mocambo

Live salsa music, cerveza, margaritas and even salsa dancing lessons are all included in the ticket price for this celebration. Tickets are available online, but El Mocambo is also hosting a Cinco de Mayo giveaway that’s offering up tickets to the party, merch, and more. Toronto’s historic live music venue even supplies its famous neon palm trees to dance under.

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Don Julio sponsored this event, which boasts margaritas and $5 food specials. Live DJ sets will ring through the walls, courtesy of Jeff Eager and DJ Michel Brack. Spicy Palomas, Don Julio sours and passion fruit margaritas will be available at the bar, and the snacks include street corn and an array of unique tacos, from mushroom to chicken tinga.

El Catrin 

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Annually, El Catrin hosts a three-day event for Cinco de Mayo. But, this year is extra special, as it’s the first with the restaurant’s two new chefs, Executive Chef Carlos Zamora and Chef De Cuisine Jonathan Alvarado. Only on May 5, the celebration will feature exclusive menu items and an in-person mariachi band alongside Herradura tequila tastings, but the rest of the weekend will host a live DJ and other specials.

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