Where to Drink and Eat on Cinco de Mayo

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First of all, it may not be sunny anymore come Sunday, so don’t get your hopes up too high. You might just want to stay inside and make margaritas at home, so we’ll point you to these twelve margarita variations just published by Martha Stewart. But if you’re planning on celebrating Mexico’s heritage and their victory over the French in the 1862 Battle of Puebla, allow us to offer a few sane choices. At least, we think they’ll be sane.

Cantina - The Latin-themed bar above Union Square will be doing their annual party, open from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., offering their usual selection of tequila drinks, mezcal, beers, and tamales and pupusas by D’maize. Plus there will bea DJ and plenty of hip-hop. 580 Sutter Street

Cerveceria de MateVeza - Their empanadas may not be Mexican, but their beer is delicious, and they’re right there near the corner of Dolores Park, where the annual Cinco de Mayo Festival will be happening. 3801 18th Street

CUESA/Tacolicious - There are still tickets available for the third annual Hecho en San Francisco, which is a benefit for La Cocina and CUESA (the people who put on the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market). It goes from 1 to 5 p.m. and features lots of tequila, a taco bar by Tacolicious and featuring farmers’ vegetables, and various La Cocina vendors as well. It’s $55 a person. Ferry Building

The Latin American Club - Where to go in the Mission for a cheap and decent margarita? Look no further than these pint-glass favorites. The crowd at this dive is typically pretty tame on normal Sundays, but who can say who’ll think to go there for the holiday. 3286 22nd Street

Mosto - Where to go for a delicious and not-cheap margarita in the Mission? This bar attached to Tacolicious, with its huge array of tequilas, would be a nice and adult way to kick off the day. Though Tacolicious is likely to draw a pretty hefty brunch crowd, we’d say that by Sunday afternoon Mosto might not be too bad a choice. But it will likely be mobbed by 5 or 6 p.m. 741 Valencia Street

Namu Gaji - We know what you’re thinking, but hear us out. Dolores Park plays host to the annual, very colorful, Cinco de Mayo Festival, so why not grab some neo-Korean food to go and enjoy the show, and drink some tequila later. 499 Dolores Street

Padrecito - They’re not doing anything Cinco-specific on Sunday, but we’d recommend getting there as close to opening (5:30 p.m.) as possible to snag a seat at the bar. The food is pretty good, and Bauer hasn’t reviewed it yet, so it might not be absolutely mobbed. Just slightly mobbed. 901 Cole Street

Rosa Mexicano - This newish downtown spot will likely be a relatively sane choice, and they’re doing a Cinco de Mayo festival all day long, from noon to 11 p.m., with brunch specials (including Cinnamon-Cascabel chili stuffed french toast, and fried eggs with carnitas hash). 30 Mission Street

West of Pecos - Excellent mezcal, bourbon, and tequila drinks (not just margaritas), and great snacks too, so how could you go wrong? Also, this place tends to be pretty quiet on Sunday afternoons. 550 Valencia Street

Where to Drink and Eat on Cinco de Mayo