Top Spots To Celebrate Cinco de Mayo In Connecticut

April 26, 2012 6:00 AM

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Cinco de Mayo is a holiday created to commemorate the 1862 victory of Mexican forces over the French army in the battle of Puebla. It’s also a great excuse to take advantage of drink specials on tequila, listen to some live mariachi bands and dine on incredible, authentic Mexican grub. This year, consider going somewhere for the food, the atmosphere and the spirit of the holiday. Enjoy good eats, good company and good prices in some of these local hot spots.  After all, it’s still Cinco de Mayo, so you know there will still be those great drink specials.
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Dos Amigos
910 East Main St.
Torrington, CT 06790
(860) 482-7557

Hours: Mon to Sat – 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Dos Amigos in Torrington has the fun atmosphere you’d look for on any early night out, but Cinco de Mayo is surely the best time to go. The food is good, the portions are generous, and the prices are fair. The venue is always fuller than the parking lot can contain, so be sure to get there early. Dos Amigos has a family friendly face to the restaurant, but you can always eat at the bar, which is well stocked and cheap. And it won’t hurt to sip on the best margarita the town of Torrington has to offer. This restaurant bar is also well known for its great specials, like $5 margarita Monday, so you’re sure to find some great deals in Cinco de Mayo. Although Dos Amigos closes early (9:30 p.m.) this bar serves as a great first stop on your Cinco de Mayo night out.

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Boxcar Cantina
44 Old Field Point Road
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 661-4474

Hours: Mon to Thurs- 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fri -11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sat – 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sun – 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

If youre looking for something a little more low key for your Cinco de Mayo celebration, try out the Boxcar experience. The owner grew up in New Mexico, just north of the Mexican border, so she knows a thing or two about creating an authentic Mexican experience. Here they focus on authentic cuisine made from locally sourced sustainable products, and keep a very unique menu. The Cantina’s well-known stiff margaritas keep the restaurant busy solely by word of mouth. Boxcar Cantina is a great place to meet up with friends for a laid back Cinco de Mayo celebration. As an added bonus, the Cantina is located right next to the train station in Greenwich, so if you have a few too many of those famous margaritas you won’t need to worry about driving.

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Agave Grill
100 Allyn St.
Hartford, CT
(860) 882-1557

Hours: Mon to Fri – 11:30 a.m., Sat to Sun – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

For those who like to walk from bar to bar trying to find the best crowd and drink specials, heading to the Agave Grill to kick of your Cinco de Mayo celebration is your best bet. Located conveniently in downtown Hartford, Agave Grill is a friendly restaurant with good, authentic food and great drink specials. In the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, the bar also carries a list of tequilas as long as your arm. Go online for the full list in advance, because the choices are only going to get harder to make as the night wears on. The bartenders here will even give you a run down on tequila’s history and the process of making the drink. Who said Cinco de Mayo was no longer about history?

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Sol Toro
Mohegan Sun
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd.
Montville, CT 06382
(888) 226-7711

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fri – 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., Sat – 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

At the end of the day, Cinco de Mayo is about having fun. If you are having a hard time deciding where to go for the night, the Mohegan Sun casino is always a good time. If you happen to want to spice up your Cinco de Mayo fiesta in between games of blackjack and craps, be sure to stop by Sol Toro restaurant. With live mariachi bands and a long list of cocktails featuring agave tequila, it would be a great place to go any night. But visiting a bar that’s located inside the Mohegan Sun casino? That’s a good recipe for a great time. If you happen to celebrate a little hard, book a room at the casino and make a weekend of it. You can even hit up the spa on May 6 to ensure a full recovery before returning to work on Monday.

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Pig’s Eye Pub
356 Asylum St.
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 278-4747

Hours: Sun to Thurs – 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Fri to Sat – 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

A lot can be said for good food and good atmosphere, but if you’re looking for good drink specials in the thick of the city, nothing beats Pig’s Eye Pub in downtown Hartford. The happy hour on any day makes it well worth the trip, with $2 drafts of all 18 beers the bar has on tap. Plus live music, DJs, an outdoor patio, awesome bartenders and great company makes Pig’s Eye the stand by bar of Hartford if you’re looking for a party. The bar is open late, and offers what will likely be the most memorable party you’ll find on Cinco de Mayo.

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