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Denver's Best Takeout and Online Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

Courtesy Comida
Every day is a good day for tacos.
Cinco de Mayo looks a little different this year, and while we won't miss drunken gringos in party-store sombreros doing Speedy Gonzales impressions, we will miss being able to settle in at our favorite neighborhood cantina to enjoy a platter full of great Den-Mex, Tex-Mex or Mex-Mex food — not to mention a paloma, michelada or margarita.

If you have a local taqueria you've been meaning to patronize, we encourage you to support it by getting takeout there on Tuesday, May 5. And if you need direction, here are nine virtual and curbside Cinco de Mayo events around town, some of which require ordering ahead.

Now go eat some comida Mexicana.
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1048 Pearl Street, Boulder

Take the day off (by that, we mean don't log into your Zoom meetings and skip your shirt in addition to your long-unworn pants), and instead spend it taking advantage of the Boulder taco bar's all-day programming. In addition to offering Cinco taco kits for takeout (comes with enough chicken and pork belly or vegetables to make sixteen tacos, plus three sides, salsa and chips for $38, or $65 if you include a carafe of four margs), the restaurant's Instagram page will be hosting a full day of live streams starting with a not-too-early yoga class at 8 a.m. Then there are food and cocktail demos at noon and 2 p.m., another fitness class at 3 p.m., and live music at 4 p.m. Order your grub no later than May 4.

The Bindery

1817 Central Street

Just because you can't sit down at a table doesn't mean you shouldn't stop by the patio at the inventive Highland eatery on May 5. Baja-style tacos stuffed — or topped, if you prefer yours as a tostada — with pineapple, mezcal and scallop; barbecue shrimp; carne asada; octopus aguachile; or rabbit, cheddar and smoked pecans (to name a few) will be available in boxes of five ($25). Halibut ceviche, jicama cups with lime and mango, conchas, churros and mezcal margarita pie are also on the menu, and the side patio bar will be serving beer, tequila shots and five different margs to go. The Bindery is accepting walk-up orders, though you can also pre-order by calling the restaurant.

Cerveceria Colorado

1635 Platte Street

The brewery specializing in Mexican-style suds is celebrating with to-go fiesta packs. For $45, you'll get two six-packs and a Crowler of beer (the selection includes Venga Mexican Lager, Señor Piña Pineapple Blonde and Poblano Pils), three housemade salsas (our mouths are watering over the pineapple and arbol chile version with fried onions and garlic) and a bag of chips. Upgrade to the $70 version and you'll also get a pair of horchata cupcakes and a piñata stuffed with goodies. Then visit the taproom's Facebook page for a live stream at 5 p.m., where piñatas will be smashed, beers will be sipped, and chips will be stuffed into your pastel hole. Visit sister brewery Denver Beer Co.'s website to place your order, then pick up your goods at either Cerveceria on Platte Street or DBC's Arvada taproom (5768 Olde Wadsworth Boulevard) between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday or Tuesday. Delivery is also available within ten miles of the taproom for $5.

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Call Kachina in advance to order a pitcher of its popular margaritias.
Danielle Lirette

Kachina Cantina

1890 Wazee Street

Kachina is turning Cinco de Mayo into a family holiday — or a chosen-family holiday, or an asshole-roommates-I-am-stuck-with holiday, or an I-am-losing-it-in-this-apartment-by-myself-should-I-get-a-cat holiday — with its family meals available on May 5. Choose from chicken enchiladas with sour cream ($70) or a chicken and carne asada taco bar with onions, cilantro, cotija and two salsas ($80); both options serve four and include chips, salsa, guacamole, rice, beans and tres leches cake. You can also nab pitchers of margaritas for $25 and Tecates or Coronas for just a buck each. Call the restaurant to place your order no later than 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, then pick up the spread on Tuesday between 3 and 7 p.m. Before the night is done, hit parent company Sage Restaurant Concepts' Instagram page at 6 p.m. for a lesson from Kachina bartenders on how to create the eatery's house marg.

Lola Coastal Mexican

1575 Boulder Street

Lola may be temporarily closed, but it's not letting Cinco de Mayo pass without popping up. The cantina is accepting pre-orders through Thursday, April 30 (that's today, so don't slack). You can order ceviche, Baja-style paella, taco kits to grill at home (with shrimp, skirt steak, chicken or — our choice — all three), plus Lola's famed guacamole, coin-style margaritas (a bargain at five for $30) and more on Toast for pick-up between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Didn't get your order placed in time? Guacamole, ceviche and margaritas will be available for walk-up ordering on Tuesday; make sure you bring plastic for contactless payment (cash won't be accepted).