5 Spots to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Snag some chips and salsa at these restaurants in Arlington and Falls Church.

Looking for a place to get into the Cinco de Mayo spirit? Try one of these area bars and restaurants. 

Tacos at Falls Church taqueria Taco Bamba. Photo via facebook.com/tacobamba

Taco Bamba
2190 Pimmit Drive, Falls Church; facebook.com/tacobamba

Snag a few $3 cochinita pibil tacos at this Falls Church taqueria. The traditional Mayan dish includes braised pork cooked in an achiote and bitter orange marinade and served topped with pickled onions, cilantro and salsa verde. The deal goes all day, with the restaurant open until 10 p.m.


Fuego Cocina y Tequileria in Clarendon. Photo via facebook.com/fuegova

Fuego Cocina y Tequileria 
2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington; fuegova.com

Cinco de Mayo drink specials start at noon at this popular Mexican spot in Clarendon. Select margaritas, draft beers and guacamole are $5, along with Patron margaritas for $8. Going big? Opt for a four-taco platter, plus a liter-sized margarita for $35.


Rosslyn's Plaza on 19th plays host to many pop-up events. Photo via rosslynva.com

Rosslyn Cinco de Mayo Beer Garden
Plaza on 19th, 1901 N. Fort Meyer Drive in Arlington

Celebrate Cinco with an outdoor happy hour in Rosslyn from 4-8 p.m. The pop-up beer garden at the Plaza on 19th will feature food from the El Chilango food truck, live music from Cecilia Esquivel, games and plenty of cerveza. The 21-and-up event is free to enter. Beer is available for purchase by cash, credit or debit cards, but El Chilango only takes cash, so be prepared. In case of rain, the party moves to nearby bar Continental. Keep an eye on Twitter.com/RosslynVa for updates.


Tacos at Mike Isabella's Pepita Cantina in Arlington. Photo via facebook.com/pepitava

Pepita Cantina
4000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; pepitabymic.com

Join chef Mike Isabella at his Arlington restaurant Pepita for all-day food and drink specials. The chef will be out on the patio spit-roasting the makings for al pastor ($2 each) and roast suckling pig tacos ($3 each). Late getting off work? Specials go until close at 11 p.m.


Mad Rose Tavern will host a Cinco de Mayo party on Thursday. Photo via facebook.com/madrosetavern

Mad Rose Tavern
3100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington; facebook.com/madrosetavern

​Stop by at 4 p.m. for a Mexican happy hour at Mad Rose Tavern, featuring discounted quesadillas and tacos. Follow up the food with dancing to the sounds of Latin rock, salsa and more played by DJ Mario Venechi.