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Best Bars For Cinco De Mayo In Charlotte

April 24, 2014 9:00 AM

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Cinco De Mayo celebrates the Mexican victory over the French invaders in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. This holiday is heartily celebrated in North America with music, food, beverages and lots of fun. While specific plans are not yet finalized by several businesses, visit their websites or call them at the numbers provided to get all of the latest details of how Cinco De Mayo will be celebrated in some great Charlotte bars.
Howl At The Moon
210 E. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 936-4695

The name of this bar alone attracts attention. Located Uptown at the Epicentre, the entertainment normally features dueling pianos, but special efforts are underway to celebrate Cinco De Mayo on Saturday, May 3 with an event called “Drinko De Mayo.” There will be specials on Corona and “mega margaritas.” Enjoy the taco buffet and make a request to the pianists to play your favorite tune as you howl at the moon.

1900 Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar
1523 Elizabeth Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 334-4677

More than 25 versions of margaritas are available after work on any given day, so Cinco De Mayo should yield something extra special for the 1900 Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar customers. The manager states that live music and drink specials are just some of the features planned for Cinco De Mayo. The celebration will be held on the actual date of Monday, May 5, 2014.

Zapata’s Cantina Mexican Restaurant
8927 J. M. Keynes Drive, Suite 900
Charlotte, NC 28262
(704) 503-1979

Friday, May 2 through Sunday, May 4, 2014, are the dates set aside for a weekend celebration at Zapata’s Cantina Mexican Restaurant. There will be drink specials, good food, live music and souvenir t-shirts for the customers every night. This location, near UNC-Charlotte, should draw a younger, lively crowd of collegians. Contact Zapata’s for additional details on its big three-day event to commemorate Cinco De Mayo.

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Cinco De Mayo Grill
10009 Weddington Road Extension
Concord, NC 28025
(704) 979-8709

With such a name, there is no doubt that this establishment with a sports bar environment celebrates Cinco De Mayo 365 days a year. Daily food and drink specials are featured, including homemade sangria on Sundays. Looking forward to May 5, there are plans for fabulous food and drink specials, a DJ, live music and partying the whole weekend until 2 a.m. each night. You are invited to call for detailed updates.

Third Annual Sombrero Bar Crawl
210 E. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 516-2674

Several bars in the EpiCentre location support Cinco De Mayo, adding to the fun. brings back its Sombrero Bar Crawl. Last year, the first 500 to attend got free Mexican hats, sombreros, to add to the festivities. There is also a return of the afternoon Chihauhau Race, which benefited the Humane Society last time. The owner of the winning dog gets a trip for two to Mexico. There are two parts to signing up for this event. First is the pre-registration on April 5th at the grand opening of “Vida Vida” at the Epicentre. Next, for those who miss the opening, all night tickets for the Sombrero Bar Crawl, which starts at 8 p.m. are available online until the day of the event, Saturday, May 3.

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Jacquelin Celeste Peters has produced award winning radio programs at WPFW Pacifica-Washington. She is a Culture and Events Examiner in Charlotte, North Carolina, which she calls home. Her work can be found at

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