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How to do Cinco de Mayo in Toronto

May 5, 2018

THE TIP JAR_things to do and drink

By Rucha Devarchetti

Spring is officially here when Toronto is decorated in colourful piñatas and the crackle of cocktail shakers fills the air. Yes, it’s also Cinco de Mayo, better known as party time, though in fact it marks the anniversary of the battle between indigenous Mexicans and the colonizing French. It’s going to be a warm and cozy weekend, perfect for prowling a few places that are doing it up right for May 5. So we’ve rounded up a few favourites to get you inspired. Bienvenido!


Brunch at Fonda Lola
942 Queen St. W.
Feast on the famous brunch at Fonda Lola. This weekend you’ll get a sneak peak at their revamped food and drink menu. Prepare to be delighted! The patio is open.

Visit their website for more details.

Cinco de Mayo Chef’s Party at Assembly Chef’s Hall
111 Richmond St. W.
Get some of the best chefs in Toronto to pamper your taste buds the Mexican way at Assembly Chef’s Hall. A ticket gets you five snacks, a Tromba margarita and Prosecco. Prices begin at $35 and entry starts at 4:30pm. (There are staggered entry times.)

Visit their website for details and booking your passes.

Nacho Average Party at Macho Radio Bar
92 Fort York Blvd.
Combine some heavenly sangrias and Dos Equis with a crunch of nachos at the Macho Radio Bar. The Cinco de Mayo Party will begin at 11am with $2 mimosas and guests will enjoy complimentary canapes (and music!) from 5pm to 7pm. Book your entry in advance by emailing RSVP@machoradiobar.com

Visit their Facebook page for more details.

El Local Loco Taberna Mexicana
9 Church St.
Party at El Local Loco with hundreds of giveaways and prizes. Book ahead to guarantee entry, then enjoy Tequila tastings, signature all-natural guac and chips, and $30 buckets of Corona.
Click here for more details.

Birthday Celebrations at El Rey
2A Kensington Ave.
Cinco de Mayo happens to be the second birthday of El Ray, so expect to celebrate two times here. Guests will be greeted with a welcome slushie and enjoy Altos tequila shots for $4. Expect “tons of food and drink specials.”
Click here for more details.

Tromba at Death & Taxes
1154 Queen St. W.
Soak up the flavours of Mexico at Death & Taxes along with the beats of DJ Cohen. Sample the exquisite Tromba Tequila and a special Tromba Margarita, along with, say, a carne asada tostada (2 for $15).
Click here for more details.

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Tequila Marketplace at El Catrin
18 Tank House Lane
If there is anyone who knows how to raise the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, it’s El Catrin. Celebrate here and lose yourself to the tunes of the live mariachi band and the Tequila Marketplace, where you can sample premium Tequilas. $10 gets you in.
Click here to book your tickets.