Where to get Cinco de Mayo weekend on in D.C.

Cinco de Mayo menus, specials, chihuahuas get this party started in D.C.

Cinco de Mayo is fast-approaching and the District’s revelers are ready to celebrate. Él Bebe, Commissary, Mission (Navy Yard and Dupont locations), Don Tito, and Don Taco are just a few of the restaurants that will be offering menus for the occasion and specials on food and drinks. In addition to restaurants, a bar crawl is set to take place this weekend, sponsored by Lindy Promotions. Also, if you love dogs more than tequila, then here’s a suggestion: There’s a running of the Chihuahuas at the District Wharf Saturday, May 4. It’s an event that’s perfect for these athletic best friends and the whole family.

Él Bebe Cinco de Mayo

A new gem in Navy Yard, Él Bebe taco and tequila bar, offers various specials for the Cinco de Mayo crowds Sunday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy Mexican-style appetizers and drinks on the recently-opened 12-seat patio. All people-watching spots are on a first-come, first-served basis. Enjoy $2 Salsas, including (smoky tomato, tomatillo verde and pico de gallo). For $4, snag a 16- oz Tecate or Corona Cans.

Here are the $5 specials for Cinco de Mayo:

  • Esquites (grilled corn, lime, red onion and jalapeno dip)
  • Queso Fundido
  • Guacamole
  • Clasico Frozen Margarita or Margarita on the Rocks

Él Bebe, 99 M Street Southeast, Suite 120, Washington, D.C. 20003

Él Bebe taco and tequila bar, offers various specials for Cinco de Mayo starting at 11 a.m. Get there early to snag a seat on the recently-opened 12-seat patio. Photo by Deb Lindsay.
Él Bebe taco and tequila bar, offers various specials for Cinco de Mayo starting at 11 a.m. Get there early to snag a seat on the recently-opened 12-seat patio. Photo by Deb Lindsey.


Commissary’s party is an all-day affair with guests taking advantage of the 5-6-9. That’s $5, $6 and $9 for the Classic Margarita, Jack’s Spicy Margarita and the Frozen Paloma, respectively. A menu that’s fit for the day will include Pozole Rojo con Pollo, Nopal and Avocado Toast Salad, Huarache a la Mexicana, and Cinnamon and Sugar Churros. Commissary weekend brunch will feature steak chilaquiles and Breakfast a la Mexicana.

Commissary, 1443 P Street Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20005

Mission Navy Yard, Mission Dupont take Cinco de Mayo seriously

Both locations of Mission serve up Cinco de Mayo brunch, bottomless-styles. For those opting for the bottomless brunch, they’ll enjoy unlimited guacamoles and margaritas. Also, the doors open at 11 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday for a full day of celebration. Dos Equis pints ($5.50), !6-ounce Coronoas ($6) and $7 El Jimador shots are just the beginning. For $8, enjoy Mission Margaritas by the glass (or $28 pitchers), Casamigos shots and quesadillas.

Additionally, Mission’s guests will enjoy live music and giveaways during the weekend festivities.

Mission Navy Yard – 1221 Van Street Southeast, Washington, D.C. 20003

Mission Dupont Circle -1606 20th Street Northwest, Washington, D.C.20009

Don Taco, Don Tito festivities

Don Taco and Don Tito are gearing up for a festive Sunday celebration, May 5. At Don Taco Tequila Bar in Old Town, Alexandria, customers will have a bounty of drink specials and housemade tacos to enjoy. The festivities kick off at 12 p.m. and last into the wee hours of the morning. Two DJs spin their trances all day and evening.

[Related story: Don Taco, Don Tito celebrate Cinco de Mayo]

At Don Tito, in Arlington, Va. all-day brunch is on the menu, along with its own DJ music. Cinco de Mayo at Don Tito kicks off at 11 a.m., wrapping up at 2 a.m. Monday. Read more about the festivities at these MacNac Hospitality hangout spots here.

Don Tito in Arlington, Va. hosts a Cinco de Mayo brunch celebration with food and drinks specials and DJ music.
Don Tito in Arlington, Va. hosts a Cinco de Mayo brunch celebration with food and drinks specials and DJ music. Photo by Don Tito.

Don Taco, 808 King Street, Alexandria, Va. 22314

Don Tito, 3165 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Va. 22201

8th Annual Running of the Chihuahuas

Before revving up for Cinco de Mayo celebrations, the 8th Annual Running of the Chihuahuas is an event to mark on the calendar and one not meant for any mortal. A race to be taken in stride (and amusement), it benefits the Rural Dog Rescue, which is a non-profit with a mission to save the lives of dogs in shelters who are often overlooked for adoption or rescue.

Head over to the District Wharf on Saturday, May 4 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to watch this entertaining race of 128 Chihuahuas. More information on the race, as well as chihuahua registration can be found here: www.cincodc.com.

District Pier at The Wharf, 101 District Square Southwest, Washington, D.C. 20024

Bar Crawl on Cinco de Mayo weekend

The Bar Crawl on Cinco de Mayo has various ticket options and will ring in a team effort for taking advantage of specials for wrist-band holder specials across D.C.. Access to the bar crawl, includes eligibility for drink specials at several hot spots in D.C., including Cafe Citron, Dirty Bar, City Tap House and Rosebar Lounge.

Ticket holders for the Decades Bar Crawl will enjoy also enjoy complimentary admission at the bar from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Generally, Bar Crawl participants will enjoy $3 beer, $4 margaritas and $5 tequila shots at participating spots.

We suggest double-checking ticket details for participating locations, specials and benefits prior to purchase. As of Thursday morning, there were three different ticket options still available, ranging from $15 to $20. Register online or at Decades.

Decades, 1219 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20036

Photo credit: Deb Lindsey for El Bebe (featured, inline 1), Don Tito (inline 2)

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