Cinco de Mayo falls on a Friday this year, so you know the city is going to go crazy. I envision lots of hooky playing. Here are five quick ideas on where to go and what to do:
—Brunch at ~DON PISTO’S~; their Cinco de Mayo brunch from 11am-3pm will be a rowdy and tasty one
—Lunch on the outdoor patio at ARGUELLO in the Presidio, where you can soak up the sun while enjoying $7 margaritas all day and $12 buckets of beer. Great chips and guac and carnitas and grilled shrimp tacos await.
—The weather is probably going to be gray again on Friday, so head over to Sausalito and enjoy margaritas on the patio at COPITA and wish them a happy fifth birthday!
—Enjoy hot Latin beats, performances at midnight, and tamales at Juanita MORE’s Cinco de Mayo—House of MORE! fiesta. At the OASIS in SoMa, 10pm-3am. $10 in advance/$15 at the door.
—And now for some real talk: on Friday, restaurants throughout Berkeley and other Bay Area sanctuary cities will take part in Cocktails for La Causa to raise awareness of deportation and immigration issues and support local organizations providing legal defense. Funds collected from the sale of food or drink specifically created for this event will be donated equally among Centro Legal de la Raza, the East Bay Community Law Center, and the Multicultural Institute in Berkeley. Please check the list to see who is participating in Berkeley, which has been a City of Refuge since 1971!
The patio at Arguello. Photo: © Henrik Kam 2014.