Thursday, May 5th, is Cinco de Mayo. Wicked Cheap Boston has curated a list of the best bar specials and events to check out this Thursday!

What is Cinco de Mayo?

The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken to be Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—which is actually celebrated on September 16. Thanks Wikipedia!

Of course, the real reason you’re probably on this page is not to so much to learn about Cinco de Mayo, but rather to celebrate it, or just take advantage of the special events and deals that happen as a way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Fair enough… here ya go folks! Go out and have fun!

Bars Celebrating Cinco de Mayo on Thursday

Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl at Fanieul Hall Marketplace

Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl Tickets Boston

Event Website:

Address: Starts at Hard Rock Cafe at 22-24 Clinton St, Boston, MA 02109.

Admission: $5.99, or FREE if you click here. $12.99 for a ticket and a sombrero.

Details: A pub crawl is fun anytime of year, but it’s especially fun on Cinco de Mayo, when the tequila shots are pouring and the cerveza is flowing. Grab your amigos and explore some of the best bars in Boston this May 5 on a pub crawl through the famous Fanieul Hall Marketplace. Rich in history and packed with lively drinking establishments, it’s the perfect locale for a margarita- and mezcal-fueled ramble up and down the streets and sidewalks of Beantown. Participating bars will be having drink specials all night long and you’ll have a great time meeting new people on this marvelous Mexican holiday.

Level Up at Good Life

LevelUp Boston Cinco de Mayo Party at Good Life Bar

Event Website:

Address: 28 Kingston St, Boston, MA 02111

Admission: $5 at the door or FREE if you RSVP at and arrive before 11:00 pm.

Extra Details: DJs J. Will$, Killer Kowalski, and Fumesco will be providing the music for you to dance to.

Cask ‘n Flagon

Event website:

Address: 62 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02155

Admission: FREE

Specials: Cask Margarita for $7.99. Pulled pork and chips for $11.99. Shrimp tacos for $16.99. Fish tacos for $14.99. Chicken tacos for $7.99.

Howl at the Moon

Howl at the Moon Cinco de Mayo Party in Boston

Event Website:

Address: 184 High St, Boston, MA 02110

Admission: $5

Loretta’s Last Call

Event Website:

Address: 1 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215

Admission: $15 for the tequila tasting

Details: 5 tequila samples. Live music from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Special margarita menu, tex-mex food specials, and giveaways.

River Bar in Assembly Square

Event Website:

Address: 661 Assembly Row, Somerville, MA 02145

Details: Bulldog Paloma cocktail for $10. Chicken, pork butt, or carnitas for $13. Ample outdoor and indoor seating.

Cinco de Drink with Lord Hobo Brewing Company at Hugh O’Neill’s

Cinco de Drinko with Lord Hobo Brewing Company at Hugh O'Neill's Pub in Malden, MA

Event Website:

Address: 45 Pleasant St, Malden, Massachusetts 02148

Details: 7 – 11pm. Featuring 4 Lord Hobo beers on draft, including Consolation Prize which is only 1 of a select few in the state of MA. Also Chef Raffy will be featuring his very popular Taco menu in the Cinco De Mayo spirit.

Saloon in Davis Square

Event Website:

Address: 255 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

Admission: FREE

Specials: Brisket Tostadas for $11. Specialty cocktail “Under the Sun” for $12.

Foundry on Elm

Event Website:

Address: 255 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

Admission: FREE

Specials: Pork Belly Tostadas for $11. Oaxacan Rose cocktail for $11.

Brass Union

Event Website:

Address: 70 Union Square, Somerville, MA 02143

Admisson: FREE

Specials: Trio of Fish Tacos for $12. Paloma cocktail for $10.

The Independent

Event Website:

Address: 75 Union Square, Somerville, MA 02143

Details: Banded Horn Brewing Co’s Wicked Bueno and Oskar Blues Beerito beers for $5-8. Two chalupas poblanas for $5. Indoor and outdoor seating.

Kings Back Bay

Cinco de Mayo Bowling at Kings in Back Bay Boston

Event Website:

Address: 50 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02115

Admission: FREE

Specials: $5 unlimited bowling. $5 house margaritas. $5 fish tacos. $5 pizzas.


Event Website:

Address: 222 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

Details: They will be offering a Margarita Trio all day which will be $25 for three 1.5 oz pours of the Blood Orange, Hot and Skinny, and Traditional Margaritas. COMPLIMENTARY tacos (pork, beef, and shrimp) from 4:30pm-5:30 pm. DJ spinning jams 5:30pm-9pm.

Hops N Scotch

Event Website:

Address: 1306 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

Admission: FREE

Extra Details: DJ Mr. Mickey Grouse will be providing music to dance to.

Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar in Southie

Event Website:

Address: 412 W Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127

Details: Pork tacos for $11. Tequila snow cones for $10. Pinatas filled with prizes!

Committee in the Seaport

Event Website:

Address: 50 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210

Admission: FREE

Extra Details: DJ Ryan Brown. Dress vibrant and festive! Party goes from 9-11.


Miscellaneous Cinco de Mayo Events

Margarita Donuts at Kane’s Donuts

Event Website:

Address: 90 Oliver St, Boston, MA 02110

Details: Glazed Margarita Donuts. Open from 5:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Opera at The Middle Gray

Event Website:

Address: 6 Station St, Brookline, MA 02445

Admission: FREE

Details: Enjoy sophisticated South American cuisine and songs by Opera on Tab and Operahub from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Commemorate the Culture of Cinco de Mayo with WGBH

Cinco de Mayo at WGBH Boston Studio

Event Website:

Address: 1 Guest St, Boston, MA 02135

Admission: $35. Or you can click here to get tickets for only $20.

Details: This festive celebration of the culture of Puebla, Mexico features delicious samples of authentic Mexican food and drink, along with music to transport you south of the border. Then, a group of esteemed local professors will discuss the dramatic and decisive battle commemorated by this annual springtime fiesta.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at The Paint Bar!

Event Website:

Address: 248 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

Admission: $45

Details: Paint 2 margarita glasses and drink handmade margaritas by Wanderlush, the traveling cocktail bar. First margarita is FREE.

ArtsUnion Celebrates Cinco de Mayo in Union Square

Event Website:

Facebook Page:

Address: 253 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

Admission: FREE

Details: Enjoy Mariachi music, dancers, pinatas and kids activities! From 6-8pm the Arts Council will be providing family friendly programming. From 8pm on join us in the local Union Square restaurants to dance the night away!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Meow Cat


If you know of any other restaurants and bars with Cinco de Mayo specials on Thursday, or throughout the upcoming weekend, please feel free to add them in to the comments section below. Or you can email me at

If you miss out on Cinco de Mayo this week and are still craving Mexican food next week, check out our list of Taco Tuesday Specials in Boston. Thanks for reading Wicked Cheap Boston!