Thursday, May 2, 2013

Gut Check's Guide to Drinko Cinco de Mayo in St. Louis: 26 Food and Drink Specials

Posted By on Thu, May 2, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina's taco platter, one of many options at its Cinco de Mayo celebration this weekend. - JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Jennifer Silverberg
  • Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina's taco platter, one of many options at its Cinco de Mayo celebration this weekend.

Whether you observe Drinko de Mayo, or its less quippy counterpart Cinco de Drinko, we all unite this Sunday, May 5, to drink fishbowl margaritas in the streets of St. Louis. It might not be a real national holiday in Mexico or America, but that doesn't halt our revelry, and in the spirit of al pastor and top-shelf tequila, Gut Check has rounded up our best bets for local Cinco de Mayo festivities.

See also: - Cinco de Cherokee: An Updated Guide to Restaurants on Cherokee Street

The People's Joy Parade on Cherokee Street kicked off the festivities at last year's Cinco De Mayo street fest. - JON GITCHOFF
  • Jon Gitchoff
  • The People's Joy Parade on Cherokee Street kicked off the festivities at last year's Cinco De Mayo street fest.

Amigo Joe's Mexican Restaurant and Cantina (5901 Southwest Avenue; 314-645-1995): Amigo Joe's is hosting a party on its patio complete with live music, giveaways and drink specials. Sunday, May 5. Free and open to the public.

Amigos Cantina (120 West Jefferson Street, Kirkwood; 314-821-0877): Enjoy live music and food and drink under the party tent at Amigos Cantina from 4 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. Free and open to the public.

Atomic Cowboy (4140 Manchester Avenue; 314-775-0775): Spend the afternoon relaxing on Atomic Cowboy's big back patio munching on its lunch and dinner "Baja Fresh"-style menu, and sip on its margarita and beer specials. The bar will have live music from 5 p.m. to close at 3 a.m. There is no cover or admission fee for the event, just for food and booze.

Carniceria Latino Americana (2800 Cherokee Street; 314-773-1707): Carniceria Latino Americana will be participating in Cherokee Street's Cinco de Mayo festivities with food and drink specials on Sunday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Chimichanga's (5425 South Grand Boulevard; 314-352-0202): The street will be closed off for a Cinco de Mayo block party. Rocket 88 will play for the crowd from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Cherokee Street Cinco de Mayo (Iowa Avenue and Cherokee Street): A festival featuring live music on two stages with more than fifteen bands performing throughout the course of the day. The main stage at California and Cherokee streets with showcase traditional Latino music, and the gringo stage at Nebraska and Cherokee streets will feature a diverse local lineup. There will also be authentic food and drink, arts and crafts, street entertainment and the People's Joy Parade at 1:11 p.m. starting at Minnesota and Cherokee. Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Cinco de Mayo Parade: A celebration to honor the spirit of community on Cherokee Street and the creations of local artists. The People's Joy Parade features crepe-paper floats, minstrels, puppeteers, art cars, bike brigades, moving art installations, Elvis impersonators, Mexican wrestlers and more. Parade route: Starting at Minnesota and Cherokee Streets at 1:11 p.m.; east on Cherokee to Nebraska; north on Nebraska to Utah; east on Utah to Iowa; south on Iowa to Cherokee; east on Cherokee to Texas. Saturday, May 4, 1:11 p.m. Free and open to the public.

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