Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo – ‘the fifth of May’ marks a very important day in the history of Mexico. No, it is not Mexico’s Independence Day. Cinco de Mayo is the celebration commemorating the Mexican army defeating the larger enemy, France, as they tried to advance to Mexico City from Veracruz in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.   Mexico, the underdog, had no artillery and about 4,500 soldiers, whereas France had one of the best armed forces in the world and showed up with 6,500 soldiers. The impressive victory by the devoted Mexican army shocked many, and is now celebrated throughout the world.

Typically we celebrate with tequila, margaritas, and any kind of Mexican food we can get our hands on. If you’re not having your own party this year, here are some great spots to check out in NYC to help in celebrating Mexico’s victory!

Mad Dog & Beans Mexican Cantina

Mad Dog & Beans are offering up the 12 Days of Cinco. For 12 week days leading up to Cinco de Mayo, a beer and tequila brand will be featured each evening with complimentary tastings from 6-8PM. Each day there will be giveaways such as apple watches, $1000, Beats headphones, and much more! Also, what is not to love about 100-ounce margarita towers!? They have them here!

Haven Rooftop

Haven Rooftop is holding festivities on May 4th and 5th starting at 4PM on the 4th. There will be a special DJ, specials on tequila shots, Modelo Negra & Especial, Tecate, and flavored margaritas. There will also be ceviche, chips and guac, quesadillas, nachos, and tacos. All served up with a beautiful skyline view!

7th Annual Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl

Meet new friends at some of the top bars that the East Village has to offer! Enjoy drinks such as Margarita’s, Tequila Shots, Sangrias, and Goiabardente’s at all of the stops.

Painting on the Rocks & Almighty Kahil

Drink all the tequila you want, dance, vibe and paint! Tickets are $40.

Hester Street Fair’s Cinco de Mayo

Between 11AM-6PM Hester’s Street Fair is celebrating their first ever Cinco de Mayo! Tickets vary in price depending on what you would like to eat! Leg of lamb, Cornish hens, duck sausage, hanger steak, salads, and sides will all be served.

Hudson Terrace

Starting at 2:00, Hudson Terrace is hosting Cinco de Mayo on the rooftop celebrating with a Tequila & Taco Fest. Your ticket includes unlimited open bar and tacos (while supplies last).

Murray’s Cheese

Taste six premium agave spirits, each with a perfect paired cheese selection! Tickets are $95.

Threes Brewing

Threes Brewing is hosting an event named Cinco de Derby! A nice mashup of the Kentucky Derby with Cinco de Mayo! There will be mashup cocktails at the bar, cemita and taco specials from Meat Hook, music and dancing!

Have a great Cinco de Mayo!