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The Best Cinco de Mayo Parties in Town

Sofia Perez | May 2, 2014 | Story Restaurants

Cinco De Mayo weekend is upon us again and we’ve collected an abundance of suggestions. Whether you want to be downing cerveza or slinking out of the city for some peace and quiet, here are the best ways to celebrate Cinco:

For the Street Party Fans:
SF Cinco De Mayo Festival (Mission)
For its 10th celebration, the SF Cinco De Mayo Festival has migrated from Dolores Park to the very crux of the mission, Valencia Street. Mariachi bands, folk and salsa dancing, Latin jazz, and many more traditional performances will reverberate between 21st and 24th.
Valencia Street (between 21st and 24th Streets)

For the Lover of Options:
Food Truck Party at SoMa StrEats Food Park (SoMa)
SoMa’s beloved food park is commemorating the day all weekend with pinatas, live music, and—of course—tacos, sangria, and margaritas.
428 11th St.

To Indulge in Style:
Rosa Mexicano (Financial Disctrict)
For a sophisticated pre-game, hit Rosa Mexicano. Indulge in a five course prix-fix that includes guacamole that is made to order at your table and quench your Cinco thirst with a pitcher of the Francesca Margarita.
30 Mission St.

One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila, More:
Tres (SoMa)
This devout tequila loving establishment is named after the three types of 100% Blue Agave Tequila, so it’s no surprise the they are bountifully stocked with a multitude of blanco, reposado, and ańejo tequilas. The house made salsas and chips will be the perfect accompaniment to a $18 tequila flight. Beginning with a bang, Tres will feature live wrestling and coverage by Live 105 followed by a margarita garden and live mariachi all weekend.
130 Townsend St.

For Dinner and a Show:
Cava 22 (Mission)
Ambiance and drinks are front and center at Cava 22, where the floor buzzes with the vibrations of fiesta... oh and the live mariachi band. Take your pick from an array of diverse happy hour drinks and a taste-bud invigoration selection of margaritas.
3239 22nd St.

For the Cocktail Connoissuer:
Novela (SoMa)
With a reputation for superiorly crafted cocktails, this lounge is branching out Sunday and welcoming live mariachi and a taco truck to the literature themed bar. Drink specials and the reveal of Novela’s Spring cocktail menu will be a few more gold stars to add to the event.
662 Mission St.

To Sip an Adventurously Mixed Drink:
Don Pisto’s (North Beach)
Hailed for a Mexican street style menu this North Beach favorite is going strong through Monday. If margaritas mixed by bicycle pedaling don’t intrigue you, then perhaps the food will: items that range from lobster tacos to chorizo and poached eggs for brunch. San Franpsycho t-shirt screen printing and sporadic mariachi included.
510 Union St.

To Get Out of the City:
If sombreros and booze are not your cup of tea, then get the hell out of Dodge. Monte Rio Beach on Russian River is a river lover’s dream. Kayaking, canoeing, boat launching, fishing, swimming and nearby camping are the highlights and only 1.5 hours away. Don Castro Recreation Area is only a 35 minute drive outside of San Francisco and offers hikes, a clear blue swim spot and plenty of space for picnicking and stress free relaxation. Muir Woods is the ever relaxing and picturesque getaway for a nearby, yet a-world-away escape from the city. Trek the shady trails and clamber upon a fallen redwood for a refreshing and thoughtful alternative.
Monte Rio Beach
20488 Highway 16, Monte Rio, CA.

Don Castro Recreation Area
22400 Woodroe Ave. Hayward, CA.

Muir Woods

Mill Valley, CA

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