Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Philly

How are you planning to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? If you don’t want to travel too far from your 1500 Locust apartment, you’re in luck, as there are lots of local bars where you can get great deals on everything from tacos to tequila to mark the Mexican holiday.

While only history buffs may know this, the occasion commemorates Mexico’s victory over France in a key 1862 battle—but it has become a significant cultural celebration where people around the world embrace Mexico’s festive, colorful traditions. Here in the United States, the holiday is a big partying day, with bars full of revelers in sombreros and clinking margaritas. Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday this year, so the party is sure to be bigger and better than ever!

If you want to join in, here are a few local spots for Cinco de Mayo festivities:


Jose Pistola’s: The Mexican restaurant and bar, which features creative cuisine and colorful décor, throws a block party every year to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Tequila will be flowing, and partiers will be chowing down on burritos and other Mexican faves while enjoying live music and games. All the fun happens just one block from your 1500 Locust apartment.


Lolita: Lolita, three blocks from your 1500 Locust apartment, has indoor and outdoor spaces so the party can continue no matter the weather. Lolita serves authentic yet modern Mexican, with all corn tortillas hand-made daily in house with a tortilla roller straight from Mexico. Enjoy an extensive menu of tequila and hand-crafted margaritas.


Mission Taqueria: The Mexican cantina, two blocks from your 1500 Locust apartment, is known for dishes whose presentation is just as exciting as its taste. Homemade tortillas and fresh-ground masa make appearances in many menu items, giving Mission Taqueria a genuine Mexican taste and feel, just what makes a Cinco de Mayo party a hit.


Jose Pistola’s

263 S. 15th St.

Philadelphia, PA 19102




106 S. 13th St.

Philadelphia, PA



Mission Taqueria

1516 Sansom St.

Philadelphia, PA 19102