This year two great drinking events will collide for one epic day of partying. Cinco de Mayo and The Kentucky Derby will both take place Saturday, May 5. Several Houston-area restaurants and bars are taking advantage of this by combining the two for Cinco de Derby celebrations with tequila juleps, margaritas and more. Get your hats ready, have fun, but remember to always drink responsibly.
Pico's Restaurant, 3601 Kirby
An all day tent party will place with two DJ's, street food, big as your head quesadillas, roasted corn and nachos. The patio bar will feature five frozen drink machines, shaker margaritas and signature cocktails.
Fielding's Local Kitchen & Bar, 26400 Kuykendahl
Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated all day with street tacos, beer and cocktails. Derby celebrations take place all weekend and will feature three different juleps - Classic, Candied Walnut and Cherry Vanilla. Celebrate the best of both holidays with a Cinco-Derby Flight for $20 which includes a Classic Julep, Cherry Julep, Herradura Margarita and a Herradura Paloma.
The Cottonmouth Club, 108 Main
Don't miss Main Street's biggest party. The Cottonmouth Club will be hosting an epic Cinco/Deby Mash-up. Downstairs will be serving $6 drink specials including tequila juleps and cocktails with Casa Noble Tequila and High West Whiskey. Tonight is also the premiere of the upstairs reverse speakeasy where guests can order bespoke cocktails.
Hugo's, 1600 Westheimer
Event will take place all day including a Street Food buffet from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. - $28 for Adults, $12 for children. Suerte Tequila happy hour is 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Hugo's regular dinner menu will be served from 3 to 11 p.m. with and optional Tequila Maestro Dobel tasting menu. End the day with live music and drink specials from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Fleming's, multiple locations
Celebrate the weekend in style with Fleming's $100 margarita. Made with Herradura Seleccion Suprema, fresh lime juice, simple syrup and Grand Marnier Cuvee du Centantaire. The luxurious drink with be served in a keepsake Baccarat diamond-cut crystal tumbler.
Looking to celebrate your inner Jedi? The force is strong with these May 4th observances. From volunteering to handcrafted cocktails, here are a few ways to show your love for Star Wars. The only question that remains is which side will you choose? Light or Dark?
The Cottonmouth Club, 108 Main - 4 p.m. t 2 a.m.
Main Street's hottest new bar will be having $6 Star Wars Themed drinks all day long. Sponsored by Beam Suntory. No Jedi mind tricks here, just great drinks!
Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Herman Park - 7 to 9 p.m.
This month's Mixer & Elixir is out of this world. The May the Fourth Be with You Mixer will include two DJ's, dancing, cocktails and food trucks. The event is 21 and up only. Tickets are $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Costumes are encouraged. "Party or party not. There is no try."
Cane Rosso, Heights and Montrose locations - 5 to 10 p.m.
Star Wars themed specials will be offered all evening including Roni One, Ham Solo, and C3PO pizzas. Cloud City and Red 5 cocktails will be available for thirsty storm troopers. Show up in costume and get 25% off your bill. Post a pics on Instagram in your Star Wars gear with #CRMaytheFourth for a chance to win a gift card. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 for a chance to win a custom painted Stormtrooper helmet.
Houston Food Bank, 535 Portwall - 6 to 9 p.m.
Even galaxies far far away need volunteers to survive. After a short volunteer shift, the festivities will start will Jedi training provided by the Star Wars Enthusiasts of Houston. There will be Star Wars trivia, character appearances and guests are encouraged to dress up. Bring your own noodle (light saber) and 4 canned goods.
Tapped - Drafthouse & Kitchen, 20444 Kuykendahl - 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
May the Beer be with you this Friday at Tapped Drafthouse. Choose from 50 brews that are on the light or dark side for just $4. One per person, dine-in only.
Mo's Irish Pub, 138 Vintage Park
Let your dark side come out and play at Mo's. Dress as your favorite character and compete for prizes during Star Wars Trivia at 6 p.m. There will be love music and a best dressed contest. $3 Dos XX on draft.
Sam Houston Race Park, 7575 North Sam Houston Parkway - 6 to 9 p.m.
Dress up as your favorite character for a day at the races. Beer will be 50-cents and the first 1,000 fans will receive a free light saber.
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