Cinco de Mayo in SoFla -- Time to Celebrate! (UPDATED)
The Mexican national holiday is a celebration of the country's victory at the Battle of Puebla --but to revelers the world over, it's just another excuse to eat chips and salsa and drink margaritas.
You can join in on the fun at these South Florida restaurants.
Maracas Mexican Bar & Grill: The wild Mexican eatery is doing Cinco Nights of Cinco de Mayo, starting tonight and tomorrow with an all-night happy hour at the bar with DJ Gringo Loco. Sunday you can get $1 fresh fruit sangria all day long; on Monday it's $2 margaritas with DJ Julian Marsh. Tuesday night an all you can eat Mexican fiesta costs just $12.95. And the big day, Wednesday, will be full of entertainment with DJ Johnny Quest, a live mariachi band, prize giveaways, and a Cinco de Mayo special menu served all night. 3001 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-537-2002, or visit maracasusa.com.
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Cabo Flats: The party won't stop on Cinco at the new Garden's Mall restaurant. A live band will perform all day, and at night, Cabo will hold its Mexican Millionaire raffle: Five lucky muchachos will win part of a million pesos, which adds up to over 75 thousand US dollars. The drawing will be between 6 and 8 p.m., but you can fill out a form anytime tomorrow.
Uncle Julio's in Mizner Park: Uncle Julio's is getting in on the cinco fun with happy hour specials from 4 to 7 p.m., including $5 'ritas, sangria, and house wine, plus $3 brews. Appetizers are all half-off during that time, plus live music from Nicholas Marks and Gypsy Heat and the girls of Patron will entertain (449 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Call 561-300-3530, or visit unclejulios.com).
Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar: Both the West Palm Beach and Boca Raton locations will have free tequila pourings. Prepare yourself: This isn't shooting whatever tequila is behind the bar -- at Rocco's, you have 225 types of it. A live mariachi band will set the mood, but there will also be a DJ spinning. The owner of these joints, Rocco Mangel, will shuffle back and forth, wearing his famous white shoes. Fiesta hours are noon to 1 a.m. at the Rocco's in Boca Raton (5250 Town Center Circle; 561-416-2131) and at Rocco's in West Palm Beach (224 Clematis St.; 561-650-1001). No cover. Visit roccostacos.com.
MoQuila Restaurant and Tequila Bar: There will be shot stations and margaritas mixed on command at MoQuila, and your frozen favorites will still be offered at the inside bar. Outside, extra tables will be set up for those who want to dine. A DJ will spin. The party runs from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. The happy-hour specials are from 3 to 5 p.m. -- it's three for one -- but all night, the Coronas will be $3. 99 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton. No cover. Call 561-394-9990, or visit moquila.com.
Sports Zone 84: The ultimate sports bar is holding a May 5th bash with $12 Corona buckets and $5 Cabo Wabo frozen margaritas. 2440 W. State Rd. 84, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-734-2424, or visit sportszone84.com.
Baja Cafe: Choose from over 400 tequilas at this Cinco party with 2-4-1 specials. 1310 S. Federal Hwy., Deerfield Beach. Call 954-596-1305.
MexChino Sports Bar n' Grill: A live mariachi band will provide the backdrop for $2 tequila shots, $3 margaritas, and $13 buckets of imported beer. 1828 Harrison St., Hollywood. Call 954-251-1654, or visit mexchino.com.
Salsa Fiesta: The homespun Mexican restaurant is offering 2-4-1 margaritas and burritos all day, plus free chips and "hot tamale" salsa with the purchase of a drink. A DJ will spin Latin tunes. 2929 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. Call 305-400-8245, or visit salsafiestagrill.com.