Need a special occasion to celebrate the arrival of spring? While the patios may not have rolled out in full force yet, Cinco de Mayo is the perfect time of year to celebrate the disposal of the winter parka and embrace the luxury of warm weather and festive cocktails! Whether you recently finished exams or you’re just excited for Sangria on a patio after work, the arrival of May signifies the end of winter and the arrival of summer!

Cinco de Mayo couldn’t come at a better time with people itching for a reason to celebrate the long-awaited warm weather. If you’re looking to grab some friends and party on Cinco de Mayo, be sure to visit any of these five places:

El Ray Mezcal Bar

Looking for a snug spot downtown that has a diverse tequila list and an agave cocktail menu? Check out El Ray Mezcal Bar in Kensington Market. This cozy tequila bar is an intimate spot for you to start your night off while waiting for friends to finish work. This spot even hosts a patio to soak up some sun before you party into the night!

Loco Fridayz: Cinco de Mayo

Loco Fridayz has already established itself as one of the liveliest Latino parties in Toronto. The weekly event on Baro’s third floor is always busy before 11PM and brings that Latino flare to the heart of King West. As a Latin establishment that’s known for it’s celebrations, Baro’s third floor is where you’ll want to spend your night on Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo at Steam Whistle

Steam Whistle is hosting their annual Cinco de Mayo party at their brew house on 255 Bremner Blvd, right beside the CN Tower.  It may seem unusual to drink Canadian beer on Cinco de Mayo, but at least it’s supporting a good cause –  The Ride to Conquer Cancer!

Cincofest

If work limits you from partying on Friday, then don’t miss Cincofest on Saturday, May 6th! This bar hop between El Caballito & Baro will have King West jumping with Cinco party goers. Tickets for this event are only $25 and includes drinks from Tromba Tequila at each venue…because what’s Cinco de Mayo without Tequila??

El Catrin

Want to bail on work early and lay in the sun on Cinco? Start the party early on El Catrin’s patio before heading downtown to meet your friends! With great views of downtown from the distillery district, grab a drink before the events really start on Cinco de Mayo.

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