Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching. The holiday commemorates the Mexican army's victory over France on May 5, 1862 — not Mexico's independence, which is celebrated in September. But, hey! Any excuse to knock back margaritas! Almost every restaurant in Miami celebrates this festive occasion, but here are the ten best bashes filled with luchadores, drinks, and mariachis.
Brickell City Centre’s Trucks and Tunes on the Lawn
The fiesta begins at 5 p.m. and features six food trucks, includings Ms. Cheezious and Sweet Daddy’s BBQ. There will also be live music from Soho House’s DZA. It’s a chill way to enjoy both Cinco de Mayo and this beautiful city (700 Brickell Ave.).
Cycle de Mayo at PAMM
On May 5, celebrate Cycle de Mayo at Pérez Art Museum (PAMM). Hang out with fellow cyclists over Cinco de Mayo-inspired food and drinks. Create your own spoke card with PAMM teaching artists, and enjoy a live performance by Afrobeta on the museum's waterfront terrace. Free bike valet parking will be provided, and complimentary bike checkups will be available onsite. Admission is free, and food and drinks are pay-as-you-go. To RSVP, visit PAMM.org.
Cinco de Mayo Brickell
Block parties are the best parties, and this year's Cinco de Mayo celebration at Mary Brickell Village will be bigger and better than ever. This fiesta features two stages with DJs, sombreros, and Miami’s most expensive margarita. This luxury cocktail starts with Herrardura Selección Suprema Extra Añejo ($500 a bottle) and then adds imported Persian limes and Grand Marnier Cent Cinquantenaire. Even the ice is custom-made. The entire cocktail is then poured into a hand-blown glass with a Korean 9X bamboo salt rim. The cocktail costs $200 (you can keep the glass), and it's available only at the Cinco de Mayo Brickell event for one day only while supplies last. If you can't get your hands on one of these babies, there will be plenty of beer and regular margaritas to be had.
The party runs from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Be sure to catch the Corona lime drop at 5:55 p.m., and take a selfie with the eight-foot-tall pinata, Paco.
Tickets start at $5 when you use the code CINCO, but splurge for the Fiesta Package, which includes goodies and beer ($24 with CINCO code). Purchase tickets in advance at cincodemayobrickell.com or pay $10 at the gate for general admission.
Coyo's famous Lucha Libre Cinco de Mayo Party is back with $5 tacos and margarita specials all night. Live mariachis and a DJ will keep the party vibe going, and the Blue Demon Jr. luchador matches take place on the back patio at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m. General admission costs $15, and tickets are available at eventbrite.com.
Nestled inside the swanky W South Beach, the Dutch will host a party on its terrace. Specials include $8 margaritas and a trio of tacos for $12. The oceanfront vibes and DJ Bree’s spinning music all night is as Miami as a Cinco de Mayo bash gets.
The party at Icebox starts at noon. For $25, you get three tacos al pastor and a flight of three-ounce margaritas in three flavors: lychee, strawberry, and orange. Happy-hour specials include specialty cocktails for $8 and draft beers for $3.
Enjoy mariachis and margaritas at Monty's Sunset. Twenty bucks buys a pitcher of Monty's margaritas, and there will be happy-hour pricing on raw bar items, cocktails, beer, and wine. For reservations, call 305-672-1148.
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The Mexican spot located in South Beach will host a party that seems like something Stefan from Saturday Night Live would love. There will be beer, tequila, a DJ, dancing girls, and mini luchadores. The party starts at 2 p.m. and goes into the night. To sweeten the deal, one guest will win a trip to Bimini.
Cheap eats are what’s up at Tijuana Flats. For $6.99, you get a burrito and a craft beer. During happy hour, enjoy draft beers for $2.50 and sangria for $3. The offer is good at all locations.
The popular Brickell restaurant located in the InterContinental will host a party that features a fishbowl margarita, which is essentially what we all need in our lives. The drink costs $30 and is meant to be shared among four. There will also be taco flights of carne asada, baja fish, and pork carnitas.