Happy hour at Mariachi’s

If you want to savor authentic Mexican cuisine in a colorfully decorated interior that will make you feel like you are somewhere on the coast of Mexico, join the friendly crew at Mariachi’s.

Along with their nightly food specials, you can enjoy daily happy hour from 2 to 5 p.m., when you can get drinks and pupus for a bargain ($2 Coronita; $4 Corona Extra; $5 Mojito; $2.75 draft beer, and more for drinks; 99 cents to $6.75 pupus).

The Mojito ($8.50) is prepared with white rum, fresh house grown mint, fresh lime and sparkling water. It makes just the right mix between refreshing and not too sweet thanks to the sparkling water. I am positive that if I was to have another one, I might have needed a designated driver.

You could also sample some authentic Mexican drinks, such as: michelada — Mexican beer, lime juice, and assorted sauces, spices, and peppers ($8.50); cantario (9.50), Mexican coffee (7.50), cucaracha (6.50) and, of course tequila sunrise ($7.50).

The bar is as colorful as the rest of the restaurant. The cowboy-looking guy at the corner of it is ordering a special kind of tequila — Jose Cuervo reserve de la familia (the reserve of the family), which, along with Don Julio 1942, are some of the special $20 shots you can taste.

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