You can always count on Cinco de Mayo for a good time in Atlanta. This year, turn up the volume on that sentiment. The official holiday and the unofficial holigay fall on a Saturday, so count on more celebrations than usual from queer organizers, and count on them going all day long and into the night.
Every gay watering hole in town will pour your chosen libation, from beer and margaritas to shots, and your favorite restaurants will do that with all the food and entertainment you can handle to boot.
It's a hit that goes a little something like this.
These are the ones we’re counting on to show you an especially good time this year.
The party that sets the Cinco standard returns. Join gay restaurant owner Oscar Valvidieso, aka Papi to everyone who knows him, for DJ beats, live music, entertainers and drink specials galore. The tables are being cleared for an all-day tea dance.
If you need even more incentive, this year’s Las Marg blowout benefits the beloved Joining Hearts, including 10 VIP ticket giveaways in the mix.
5 p.m. to Late
1842 Cheshire Bridge Road
Located in the heart of Midtown with a huge queer crowd on any given night, this restaurant cranks up its magic on Cinco Saturday. Drink specials, shot boys, a mariachi band, DJ and free t-shirts are just the tip.
11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
900 Monroe Drive
The gay bar at Atlanta’s LGBTQ ground zero corner has made a tradition out of celebrating the Mexican holiday, and it’s always a blowout. No stranger to weekend crowds from day to night, this inside-and-out fiesta includes specials, giveaways and multiple DJs to keep the crowd on its toes.
Just to put it up your alley even more, this party is also the official HSL Wet Demons Margarita Bust.
2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
990 Piedmont Ave.
New kid on the block is this gay-owned and taco-riffic addition. Take a bite out of their amazing menu, grab a drink from their awesome bar, and let the fun shine in with specials, real mariachis and a DJ on the edge of Piedmont Park just behind their trademark rainbow bench.
11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
1020 Piedmont Ave. NE
Guac y Margys
Before they even open, this trio of gay Atlanta men host an event to raise funds. The gay jocks of National Flag Football League of Atlanta make it their official party of the day.
General admission gets you two tacos and margaritas, plus all the chips, salsa, queso and guac. VIP includes three of each plus an exclusive bar for easy access. VIP+ gets a shirt too. More details.
1510 PIedmont Ave.
Woofs on Piedmont
The Virgin de Guadalupe isn't here, but Atlanta’s gay sports bar does up the day anyway. Look for specials all day on their famous margaritas house nachos with chicken, beef, pork, or chili. More details.
11:30 a.m. – 12 midnight
2425 Piedmont Road NE
They're calling it Cinco de Drinko, because what else do you call three days of celebration? The Mexican kitchen and cantina that shares a parking lot with Ten also serves up some of the best tacos and margaritas in town. Known for their patio parties, this popular eatery welcomes DJ Kevin Durard Friday, Saturday and Sunday, plus a set by DJ Neon the Glowgobear for some Cinco de Mayo food and fiesta 12 noon – 4 p.m. More info.
11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
187 10th St. NE
My Sister’s Room
Prizes and giveaways, the sexy Candida Valentina Revue Show and DJ Wulf make this party one for the record books at Atlanta’s lesbian bar. Look for unmatched specials on tacos, Coronas, tequila shots and margaritas.
6 p.m. – 3 a.m.
66 12th Ave. NE
DJ Scrilla and “hombres, hombres, hombres” are promised on top of $5 margaritas.
4 p.m. – 3 a.m.
893 Peachtree St.
This article originally appeared in Q magazine. Pick it up around town, and read the full issue below including these amazing party pics from Cincos past: