PHILADELPHIA - This Cinco de Mayo experience and celebrate Mexican-American culture through festive and elevated cuisine, beverages, and entertainment from an array of Philadelphia’s noted restaurants and bars, including Art in the Age and Juana Tamale on East Passyunk Avenue, Patchwork, and Red Owl Tavern.
Art in the Age
Old City’s one-of-a-kind tasting room, home bar supply, and bottle shop collaborate with Milagro Tequila to host AITA X Milagro: Cinco de Mayo Cocktail Workshop on Thursday, May 5 at 7 pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to shake, stir, and sip their way through two unique cocktails utilizing Milagro Tequila to celebrate the holiday.
Tickets are $50/person and include one seat at the bar, hands-on instruction, and a demonstration on creating two cocktails featuring Milagro Tequila, all necessary ingredients for crafting the tipple, and complimentary merch courtesy of Milagro.
Hours of operation: Tuesday through Thursday 12 pm – 7 pm, Friday and Saturday 12 pm – 8 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm. Located at 116 North 3rd Street.
East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District
Home to more than 160 independently-owned businesses in South Philadelphia, boats a bevy of Mexican eateries, including the über-successful Juana Tamale. The restaurant is hosting Cinco de Birthday on Thursday, May 5, from 11 am – to 7 pm featuring a full day of specials to celebrate both the holiday and the recent and upcoming birthdays amongst the Juana Tamale team, including Owner/Chef Jennifer Zavala. Brews will be offered via local brewery Stickman Brews, and festivities will culminate at sunset with a performance by local Latin band QLEBRAS.
Fan-favorite fare includes Chili Verde Tacos, Beef Birria Tacos, and Tamales, alongside spirited items such as Queso Birria Ramen and Chicharrones Preparados Caesar. Vegan options are also available. Location: East Passyunk Avenue
A lively restaurant and bar focused on New American cuisine located on the second floor of Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia have one scintillating partnership in-store with the innovative, Brooklyn-based Mexican restaurant Alta Calidad for a little Cinco de Mayo pop-up on Thursday, May 5, starting at 5 pm. Executive Chef Jonathan Dearden is teaming up with Alta Calidad’s Chef Akhtar Nawab for a night of festive dishes inspired by the Mexican-American holiday.
The featured fare will include Guacamole or Queso Fundido, Octopus with pork belly and confit potato pintxos, a Taco Flight with charred fish, chipotle mayonnaise, and mango and jicama salsa, Brisket Adobo with cucumber escabeche and salsa cruda, and Pea Shoots with black bean purée, crispy chickpeas, and habanero salsa. Guests can look forward to a refreshing, seasonal margarita to pair with the meal.
Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 6:30 – 10:30 am for breakfast service, Sunday through Thursday, 5 – 9 pm and Friday and Saturday, 5 – 10 pm for dinner service, and Saturday and Sunday, 8 am – 2 pm brunch service. Located at 1620 Chancellor Street
Red Owl Tavern
The modern American tavern on Independence Mall boasts a selection of carefully curated margaritas courtesy of Lead Bartender Christopher Devern. Guests can celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Thursday, May 5, by sipping on one (or all four) delicious varieties of the familiar cocktail with Mango Mezcal, Passionfruit, Dragonfruit, and, of course,, Classic Margaritas.
These elevated takes on the classic cocktail can be enjoyed alongside Red Owl Tavern’s modern, refined food offerings, including Crispy Brussel Sprouts with yuzu yogurt, apricot, and curried pumpkin seeds, Steak Frites with truffle fries, tomato arugula salad, and herbed compound butter, and Lemon Mousse with candied thyme.
Hours of operation: Monday through Wednesday, 8 am – 9 pm, Thursday and Friday, 8 am - 10 pm, Saturday, 9 am - 10 pm, Sunday, 9 am - 3 pm. Located at 433 Chestnut Street.