No, Cinco de Mayo is not really a big-deal holiday in Mexico. But when it conveniently falls on a Saturday and when temperatures are conveniently forecasted to be in the summery 80s, it's nearly impossible to resist the pull of a celebratory margarita.
To help, we've put together a handy guide so you can choose your own margarita adventure this weekend. And we take no responsibility for any hangover symptoms you may wake up with on the Seis de Mayo should you follow our recommendations:
IF YOU LIKE YOUR DRINK TO COME WITH A PEDIGREE
Try: Tapatio Margarita at Knead
505 N. High St., Downtown
So, you'll have to resign yourself to a less-Latin-inspired meal to go along with your drink (there are worse things, especially when you happen to be at Knead). But the margarita here (pictured above) has been one of the city's most beloved drinks since its origins at the now-defunct Tapatio, and with good reason: it's balanced, easy to drink and a steal at $5.
IF YOU'RE READY TO START DRINKING AT 9 AM
Try: Champagne Margaritas at Explorers Club
1586 S. High St., South Side
This is the universe telling you to go to Explorers Club: the restaurant doesn't have a Sunday liquor license, so they only offer their combo of freshly squeezed fruit juice, tequila and Champagne for Saturday brunch. Pair it with the Relleno Omelet for a Crave-approved morning meal and sustenance for a tequila-soaked day ahead.
IF A PATIO IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY
Try: Any margarita at La Fogata Grill
790 N. High St., Short North
Sure, you may be dodging scattered thunderstorms, but what could be better than sunning yourself on one of the Short North's best patios, drink in hand? A hint: arrive early. If the weather holds up, expect crowds to nab tables quickly and linger as long as possible.
IF YOU'RE TOWING YOUR KIDS ALONG TOO
Try: Cinco de Mayo Parking Lot Fiesta at Chile Verde Cafe
4852 Sawmill Rd., Dublin
Your kids will be distracted by Chile Verde's local-star-studded outdoor celebration, with former OSU athletes like JJ Sullinger and Scoonie Penn and pets from PetLand. Slip inside to get your margarita served in a commemorative cup.
IF YOU'D LIKE THEM BY THE PITCHER, PLEASE
185 N. High St., Downtown
Margarita pitchers. Half-price all day. How much more convincing do you need?
Did we miss your favorite? Let us know by tweeting @ColumbusCrave with your picks.