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Top 5 New York Bars to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

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1. Senor Swanky’s 513 Columbus Avenue b/t 84th & 85th: This Mexican café and speakeasy on the upper Westside is Cinco de Mayo Mecca and has been a fixture on the bar scene for more than 10 years. With more than a dozen margarita flavors and 25 hand-crafted Tequilas to choose from, partying begins early and ends late. Get there early on Cinco de Mayo to get a seat as the bar stays packed all night long and if the weather is nice, the outdoor patio offers a nice respite from the craziness inside.

2. Rocking Horse Cafe 182 8th Avenue at 19th Street: Celebrating Cinco de Mayo from May 2-5, the Rocking Horse Café will create a unique Mexican food menu that pairs perfectly with their signature margaritas and artisan tequilas. An open-air wall allows for fresh air to come in which is needed when the bar gets crowded. If you go to Rocking Horse for the drinks then you should definitely stay for the food. The fresh hand-made guacamole served with hand-made tortillas is stellar as is the chicken, vegetable, or steak enchiladas. Also offered is a great cocktail list with everything from freshly made mojitos to deliciously fruit frozen sangria.

3. Maria’s Mexican Bistro 669 Union Street at 4th Avenue, Brooklyn: This tragically hip Park Slope bar/restaurant is the ideal scene for a casual Cinco de Mayo fiesta. With $4 “dangerously delicious” mojitos and margaritas from 4pm to 7pm, partygoers will arrive early and party all through the night. If beer is your poison then revel in $3 beers for happy hour. Voted best Mexican food and best margarita for NYC in 2005 by Citysearch, going to Maria’s is a guaranteed good time. Live music and an outdoor patio round out the atmosphere at this hotspot for good guacamole and even better margaritas.

4. Los Dados 73 Gansevoort Street: Featuring classic Mexican home cooking, Los Dados is one of the hottest bars in the Meatpacking District. Sure to be filled to the brim with Cinco de Mayo partygoers on the big day, arrive early to secure your spot at the bar. Los Dados has more than a dozen Mexican beers on the menu, everything from the classic Corona to the more exotic Bohemia and Pacifico. Order a pitcher of the famous margaritas or sangria with a side of freshly made guacamole and chips and enjoy the chic vibe and delicious crowd.

5. El Rey de Sol 232 West 14th Street: Offering a fantastic happy hour and generally cheap food and drink at any time, El Rey de Sol is sure to be jam-packed on Cinco de Mayo with it’s notoriously rowdy crowd. The famous fruit margaritas made with freshly squeezed watermelon, grapefruit, and lime juices, just to name a few can be ordered in a pitcher that can be shared among a few willing participants. The food is nothing to scoff at either with its tacos stuffed with delicious fillings and massively huge burritos.

Written by Diana DeCicco