Cinco de Mayo is officially here, Vancouver! It might not be the sunny Friday weather we were hoping for, but since when has a little rain stood in our way of good food, good drinks, and great company? Here are 9 exciting (and delicious) ways to spend Cinco De Mayo in Vancouver this year.

Cinco de Mayo menu at Monarca

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Beloved Gastown spot for ‘Margarita Mondays’ and authentic Mexican fare Monarca is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a slew of special menu items, available for one day only! So if you’re looking for some tasty food and drink specials to check out, here are some options:

  • Chicharron De Rib Eye ($24)
  • Pineapple Margarita ($17)
  • Suadero And Bone Marrow ($25.50)
  • Volcan Verde ($17)
  • Lobster + Prawn Enchiladas Blancas ($39)
  • Tres Leches Cake ($11)

When: Friday, May 5th
Where: 181 Carrall Street

Cinco de Mayo Mexican Party 

Vancouver Student Events is hosting a massive fiesta downtown at Good Co on Granville, complete with delicious food and drinks, and non-stop dancing. With music by DJ Tony Escobar, DJ Jay Ville, and special Mariachi performances – this event promises to capture the spirit of Mexico.

Best of all? This party is completely free to attend!

When: Friday, May 5th
Where: 760 Pacific Boulevard S.E., Dock B
Cost: Free

Cinco de Mayo at El Camino’s 


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Another special menu coming your way! El Camino’s on Main is a go-to spot for Latin street food, and the team has prepared a ton of delicious food & drink specials at a great price point to check out on May 5th:

  • Chiles Toreados ($13)
  • Beef Tinga Tostadita ($15)
  • Chorizo Con Papas Taquitos ($14.50)
  • Mango Mezcalita ($15)
  • Tequila flights: $14 1/2 oz flight $24 1oz flight

If you’re looking to escape the rain under a covered patio and enjoy live DJ beats, this is your spot.

When: Friday, May 5th
Where: 3250 Main Street

Mucho Burrito

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Want to snag a great deal this Cinco de Mayo? Mucho Burrito will be offering $6.99 burritos on May 5th across all its locations. With plenty of flavourful toppings and house-made sauces to choose from, creating the perfect burrito is all but guaranteed.

When: Friday, May 5th
Where: Multiple locations

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All-day happy hour at La Taqueria

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If you love tacos and margs, you’ll definitely want to hit up your closest La Taqueria location for their all-day happy hour deals for Cinco de Mayo.

In addition to $8 happy hour margs, guests can enjoy flavoured drinks for $9, including the Margarita Clásica, Margarita Picante, and Margarita Fresa. Also on special? Agave and mezcal flights, which are priced at $31 and $33 respectively.

When: Friday, May 5th
Where: Locations across Vancouver

Cinco de Mayo in the Living Room

Hotel Belmont is throwing a special Cinco de Mayo event in the Living Room with lively music, vibrant decorations, delicious food, giveaways, and even a piñata to bring out your inner child! Their Taco Bar will feature a spread of freshly made tacos, so arrive early to take your pick!

Each ticket comes with a specialty margarita shot and access to the Taco Bar. Plus, there will be plenty of all-day tequila and food specials to go around.

When: Friday, May 5th
Where: 654 Nelson Street
Cost: $11.98

Cinco de Mayo dance party 

This one might be a stone’s throw away in New West, but we’re sure it’s well worth it. The Free Dancers Social Club is hosting a special dance party to mark the occasion, complete with Mexican and Latin music playing all night long, $5 drinks, and a plate of tacos included with every ticket.

When: Friday, May 5th
Where: 318 Keary Street, New Westminster
Cost: $27.96

Cinco de Mayo Boat Party 

The largest Cinco de Mayo boat party departs from Dock B at the Pacific Boulevard Marina, boasting a rooftop dance floor and plenty of views to go with it. And the bigger your group, the more you’ll save on tickets!

When: Friday, May 5th
Where: 760 Pacific Boulevard S.E., Dock B
Cost: $51.72 GA

Vancouver Latin Boat Party – Cinco de Mayo 

Also departing from Dock B is this on-the-water fiesta, hosted by Vancouver Latin Boat Party. With reggaeton, salsa, cumbia, merengue, and bachata beats by DJ Thunder, this is another great option if you want to dance the night away.

When: Friday, May 5th
Where: 760 Pacific Boulevard S.E., Dock B
Cost: $46.13

And there you have it, Vancouver, some exciting Cinco de Mayo celebrations to check out this year!