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The Top 9 Places to Celebrate in Philly this Cinco de Mayo

With April coming to an end, that means two things: First, more ‘May the Fourth Be With You’ jokes; Secondly and more importantly Cinco de mayo is right around the corner. Cinco de Mayo ,or the fifth of May, is the holiday that celebrates the Mexican 1862 victory at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The holiday has become a popular celebration in the United States for all nationalities willing to celebrate any historical landmark that involves a chance to drink and eat carbs. This year Cinco De Mayo falls on a Friday which means you get to double down on the debauchery since you can take all weekend to recuperate. If you’re not able to head South of the border to celebrate, perhaps you can head to the Northeast--specifically Philly. Our nation’s first capital city of Philadelphia comes alive more than just on the Fourth of July and offers a host of places to visit and festive atmospheres to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Here’s our short list of 9 great places to celebrate the holiday in the city of brotherly love 2017

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Wahoo's Fish Taco

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To be honest, this Mexican fusion restaurant located in University City is pretty fun any day of the year. Maybe it’s the funky decor and outside games like human sized Jenga and bean bag toss. Add tasty tacos and a happy hour Monday-Friday 5:30-7:30 and what else do you need for a fun night out?

El Camino Real

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This Tex Mex restaurant located in Northern Liberties is the perfect middle ground between a Mexican Cantina and Midwestern smokehouse. If you are one to barhop, you can begin your night at El Camino and work your way down the popular 2nd Street. El Camino will be offering happy hour specials from 5pm-7pm.


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Ahhhhh...Copas. Come for the Margaritas available in zillions of flavors but stay for the spanish fries. The only location currently open is the University City which is always full of life as the college students hang out after a long week of boring lectures and exams. Copabanana offers happy hour specials on nachos, quesadillas, beers and cocktails from 4pm-7pm.

Mad Mex

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If anybody knows how to party, it’s Mad Mex. This year the University City spot is letting you get the party started early as they open their doors for Breakfast. Enjoy all day specials plus fun games and the competition to win Free Mex for an entire year.


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If you are feeling cooler than usual, check out Distrito which has a unique atmosphere, including swings, karaoke, and pink walls. The Cinco de Mayo turnup is real as the first floor is for dancing and some banging music compliments of a DJ. If you want to sit and relax, then head upstairs to eat and drink. You’ll need reservations for a table which is worth the extra effort because it includes specials and half price margaritas and beers. Salud!

Cantina Los Caballitos

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Located along the foodie street in South Philly, East Passyunk, is Cantina Los Caballitos. With outside seating at the perfect intersection to people watch all of the interesting characters South Philly has to offer, tasty yet strong margaritas and a menu offering Mexican fare for meat eaters ,vegans and vegetarians. Everyone will love Cantina. Get happy hour pricing on pitchers, sangrias and margaritas from 4pm-6pm.

El Vez

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Better get in early because this Midtown restaurant gets popping well before happy hour. This super trendy spot from restaurateur Steven Starr has upscale cocktails and killer guacamole.

Mission Taqueria

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For those in a fancier kinda mood, check out Mission Taqueria which was listed as one of the sexiest restaurants in America by Zagat Philadelphia. This Cinco de Mayo, Mission has decided to switch it up by offering a special on beers to try to share the love for those that aren't the biggest fan of tequila during Happy hour 5pm-7pm.

El Rey

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El Rey offers a offers cozy setting but still offers some of the best tostadas. This year they will be hosting a Block party with a live mariachi band, then a live DJ and dancing. There will be happy hour pricing on drinks, a selection of street food including nachos and tacos and street games.

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