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It’s a special taco-and-cerveza edition of 5 Things to Do (with the exception of a lead-off Kentucky Derby recommendation to start your weekend.) ¡Salud!
1. Sip a mint julep
Saturday is Kentucky Derby Day. Downtown bourbon mecca Whiskey Bar, 509 W. Main St., is the place to be. Don your derby hat and watch the horses with friends. (There’s even a hat-decorating station.) Specials include $7 mint juleps, $5 Maker’s Mark, $7 Knob Creek, $5 Jim Beam and other specialty cocktails. The party goes from 1 to 6 p.m. The first 20 people through the door get a free Whiskey Bar shirt. Post time at Churchill Downs is 4:50 p.m
2. Do a street party
Temperatures are supposed to hit nearly 80 degrees Sunday. Two words: STREET PARTY! The Matador at 215 N. 8th St. will host an outdoor Cinco de Mayo Street Party from 2 to 10 p.m. in front of the restaurant. Festivities will include DJ and live music, dancing, tastings, giveaways, cornhole and giant Jenga, and, of course, booze and grub.
Outdoor specials include Street Tacos (chicken, carnitas or beef, one for $2, three for $5, five for $8), Grilled Stuffed Jalapenos ($2 each), Cazadores Margaritas ($7), Modelo drafts ($5) and Pacifico cans ($8). Indoor specials include Fried Tacos (braised chicken with black bean queso, $2 for three for $5) Cinco-Ritas (Cazadores Silver, Triple Sec, lime, lemon, agave, $7) Cazadores shots $7, Corona bottles ($5) and Deer & Beer (Cazadores Reposado and a Corona, $10).
3. Barrel Downtown
To celebrate Cinco, the brewers at 10 Barrel Brewing locations whipped up their own nods to Mexican beer. You can taste them all at the Downtown Boise brewpub at 826 W. Bannock St. Grab a pint or a flight. There’s Primavera, a cilantro-and-jalapeno-infused take on Cucumber Crush; Tread Shredder, a Baywindow Berliner Weisse aged in 10 Barrel’s ongoing Ghost Chili Rum Barrel project, blended with mango and peach puree; HorCHACHACHAta, a horchata-inspired cream ale with cinnamon, vanilla and rice; Margveza, a margarita-inspired brew that’s Lemon Crush with a lime twist, sweetened with agave syrup and served with a salted rim; and B.O.C Mexi-Coco, a milk stout brewed with cinnamon, marshmallow, Mexican chocolate, nutmeg and vanilla. Don’t forget to soak up beer with food from a special Cinco-inspired menu.
4. Be festive at The Village
In the mood for a bazillion beer choices? Yard House at The Village at Meridian is always the ticket. On Sunday, the restaurant and bar is more than beer, though. There will be Cinco de Mayo specials all day including $5 house margaritas, $5 salted watermelon margaritas and $5 pomegranate margaritas.
5. Drink local
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo one day early at Mad Swede Brewing, 2772 S. Cole Road. They’ll have chile-infused beers all day Saturday, plus live music from Mahogany Road (7:30 to 9:30 p.m.) and chow from Kilted Kod food truck (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.).
Or head to Payette Brewing, 733 S. Pioneer St., for a Sunday fiesta from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with Cinco de Mayo beers Bad Hombre, a lime infused lager, and Margarita Aura Sour Ale, made with smoked sea salt and fresh-squeezed lime and orange. (You also can grab a bottomless mimosa for $10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Big Daddy’s Meat Wagon will offer brunch and Tacos y Tortas El Paco will serve Mexican cuisine from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You also can grab a bottomless mimosa for $10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
BONUS: Grab a comic book
Saturday is Free Comic Book Day. Grab a free comic book from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at all Boise Public Library branches, or go where the real crazies hang out: Captain Comics Inc., 710 S. Vista Ave. They’ll give you a bunch: “We will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday!” the store posted on Facebook. “Everyone may choose five free comics or 10 total for each group/family. Add two more if you are wearing a costume!”