Cinco de Mayo — guacamole, chips, drinks and this year, Taco Tuesday. But before the fun, a quick history lesson: Cinco de Mayo isn’t Mexican Independence Day. It’s actually the anniversary of a surprise Mexican victory in the Battle of Puebla. Mexican Independence Day is September 16th, and is a much bigger holiday, celebrated with nationwide parades and military exhibitions, not Margarita machines and two-for-one specials.
Now, if you’re going to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a little food and drink, head on out to these area spots for a specials:
à la minute
A Cinco de Mayo treat is being offered for those with a sweet tooth at its three locations — a grapefruit custard topped with a Parliament candy Lucas Powder Tequila Syrup.
à la minute, 19 E. Citrus Ave. in Redlands, Orange 117 N. Glassell Street in Orange, and Claremont 532 W. 1st Street Space 536 in Claremont.
Brewcakes Dessert Gastropub
2 for 1 Margaritas and Lager-n-lime.
Brewcakes Dessert Gastropub is at 1150 Brookside Ave #J1 in Redlands.
Cuca’s Mexican Food
$1 street tacos and $2 regular chicken or shredded beef tacos. Drink specials are being offered but vary by location.
Cuca’s Mexican Food is at 527 E. State St and 1752 E. Lugonia Ave in Redlands.
Darby’s American Cantina
Fajita skillet with choice of steak, shrimp or chicken, onions, peppers, sour cream, guacamole, tortillas and a side of Cantina beans and rice for $9.99.
$2 off all taco platters
$4 Dos Equis XX and Corona Light drafts, $4 Corona and Pacifico bottles, $4 Jose Cuervo shots and $6 Patron shots.
Darby’s American Cantina is 1 E State Street in Redlands.
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, LLC & Tasting Room
Hangar wants to know what your first beer of Cinco de Mayo is going to be?
To celebrate, the brewery is bringing live musical entertainment featuring the Inland Empire’s own Quita Penas, a tropical Afro-Latin combo that’s bound to get you moving. The band takes the stage from 7:30- 9:30 p.m.
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery is at 1710 Sessums Drive in Redlands.
The District Vapor Lounge & Bar
$5 tequila shooters will be offered throughout the night along with $2 well drink until 10 p.m.
The District Vapor Lounge & Bar19is at E. Citrus Ave. Ste 101, Redlands.
Rok n Fondue
“Tini Tuesday” Enjoy ½ off all signature martinis all day long! Additional happy hour specials are available from 4 – 6p.m.
Rok n Fondue is at 25 E. State Street in Redlands.
Time in a Bottle Bar & Bistro
In celebration of Cinco de Mayo the bar and bistro is whipping and shaking up some special fresh fruit margaritas with watermelon, blood orange and its very own 120 proof Lime Cello.
Time in a Bottle Bar & Bistro is at 344 Orange Street Redlands.
The list of Cinco de Mayo celebrations is featured on aboutredlands.com
To learn more or about additional events, visit the website at www.aboutredlands.com