Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Broad Ripple Village

It’s almost May in Indianapolis, and as always, that means a month of non-stop fun centered mainly around the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race (Indy 500) activities. But before the Circle City dons its black and white and hits the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, there will be margarita-filled parties galore celebrating Cinco de Mayo, one of the city’s favorite holidays.

This Cinco de Mayo (5th of May), you can choose from a plethora of Indianapolis bars and Indianapolis restaurants for getting your fiesta on. This year’s celebration falls on a Wednesday, so expect the bars to be fairly crowded and loaded with Humpday cheer. Kick back and relax with your favorite frosty beverage as you welcome the arrival of Spring to the Hoosier state.

For the widest variety of reasonably priced and fun-filled Mexican restaurants, head to Broad Ripple Village. This trendy Indianapolis cultural district is lined with thriving clubs, funky shops, and plenty of Mexican-themed eateries. Having trouble deciding on the perfect spot for your Cinco de Mayo celebration? Check out the list below for inspiration, and don’t forget your sombrero!

For the Sophisticated Foody

Your best bet: Cancun Mexican Restaurant on Keystone Avenue. The large, expansive bar area boasts live entertainment on a weekly basis and the menu is bigger than most in the city, spanning a wide variety of spicy, authentic Mexican goodness. For an entree you won’t find at just any hole-in-the-wall, try the Enchiladas del Mar (Seafood Enchiladas). You won’t be disappointed.

Cancun Mexican Restaurant
6473 N Keystone Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220

For the Authenticity Seeker:

If you’re looking for some traditional Mexican grub that you’d find South of the border, head to La Piedad, located along the bustling Monon Trail. The impressive menu offers everything from Enchiladas Verde (spicy enchiladas with a smoky green sauce) to the best taco salad in the city. The outdoor patio is always hopping on warm nights, and you can jump back on the Monon to walk off your chips and queso at the end of your meal.

La Piedad
6524 Cornell Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220

For the Good-Time Guy

If your main Cinco de Mayo concern is the Dos Equis and frozen margaritas, then you’ll want to stake out a spot early at La Jolla Mexican Cantina on Broad Ripple Avenue. The large, airy deck looks out over the row of bars and shops lining the street, and it’s almost always packed during the warmer months. The menu boasts inexpensive prices and a wide variety of appetizers, but the main draw is the full bar and laughter drifting down over the sidewalks. Head there right after work to secure a table outside, then kick back and enjoy the people-watching.

La Jolla Mexican Cantina
921 Broad Ripple Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220

For the One With the Picky Friend

It’s Cinco de Mayo, and all you want is a traditional Mexican feast heavy on the beans, cheese, salsa, and beer. But your friend doesn’t care for Mexican food and doesn’t see why she should have to eat it just because it happens to be the fifth of May. But she loves a good burger. So for the best of both worlds, set out down the Monon Trail and end up at Biscuits–you can even bring any furry friends you have. Dogs are welcome, so just tie them to a nearby tree while you sit at a comfortable outdoor table and peruse the diverse menu. Besides plenty of delicious traditional Mexican fare and American fare, breakfast is served all day. Keep in mind, this place lives up to its name.

1035 Broad Ripple Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46220

For the Broke Guy:

You love any reason to put away a good burrito and a cold one, but you don’t really have money to party the night away on a weeknight (or the weekend, for that matter.) So head into the heart of Broad Ripple and grab yourself the biggest burrito in the city at La Bamba Mexican Restaurant. A popular 3:00 a.m. staple for the jet-setting crowd, they also serve the same delicious entrees for the same cheap prices at 6:00 p.m. And don’t forget that a restaurant doesn’t have to stand alone to serve awesome Mexican–Q’Doba may be a chain, but it still serves the best chicken nachos in town for a reasonable price. Ole!

La Bamba Mexican Restaurant
840 Broad Ripple Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46220

Q’Doba Mexican Grill
6334 Guilford Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46220

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