It's that time of the year again, when partygoers drink way too much tequila and cerveza. Whether you'd rather eat tacos or guzzle Coronas, here are the top places to go on Cinco de Mayo.
You might want to take off work Wednesday if you plan on attending Rocco's Tacos all-day street party. The fiesta, which starts at noon and ends at 3 a.m., will feature DJs, prize giveaways, a mustache contest plus drink specials on margaritas, tequila and Corona.
Where: 1313 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-524-9550. There will also be smaller, but equally fun parties at the Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens locations. For info, go to Roccostacos.com.
Over on Himmershee Street, neighboring restaurants Tarpon Bend, Rok:Burger and Tacocraft will host a free street party from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. where there will live music by Latin fusion band Xperimento, a DJ, and drink specials on Corona and tequila shots.
For a more relaxing scene and some yummy eats, head over to Taco Beach Shack for their annual beach party. The event will feature Corona and Corona light beer bucket specials, a live Mexican band, dancers and a special menu with crowd-pleasers such as taquitos, burritos and quesadillas.
Where: 334 Arizona St., Hollywood Beach; 954-920-6523; tacobeachshack.com
Try your luck at some gambling, and then celebrate at Tequila Ranch at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, where drinks will be on the cheap ($3 Coronas and $5 Patron shots). Executive chef Abimael Arreola, who hails from Chiapas, Mexico, will whip up some special eats, but if you're not that hungry sample some of their tacos, starting at $2.
Where: 5760 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954-556-7430; Tequilaranch.com
Tequila Sunrise's Mexican soiree, from noon to midnight, will include live entertainment, sexy shot girls, specials on margaritas and live entertainment.
Where: 4711 N. Dixie Highway, Oakland Park; 954-938-4473; Tequilasunrise.us
Palm Beach County
At Uncle Julio's Fine Mexican Cuisine, located inside Mizner Park, there will be Latin dancing, a DJ, an outdoor bar, and drink specials on tequila and margaritas. The party starts at 4 p.m. and ends around 11 p.m.
Where: 449 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 561-300-3530; Unclejulios.com
Rosalita's Tex-Mex Grill party, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., will feature all-day drink specials and kid friendly fun such as face-painting and a magician. Rumor has it a mechanical bull will also be somewhere on site.
Where: Shoppes of Atlantis, 5949 S. Congress Ave., Atlantis; 561- 964-5747; Rosalitastexmex.com
Brickell Events – known for Super Bowl and Saint Patrick's Day parties – is throwing another one of its big events at American Social. Admission includes a souvenir cup and party favors (sombreros and mustaches). There also will be live music by DJ Irie, a mariachi band and mini luchadores wrestlers. Tickets are $36 for general admission and $56 for VIP entry.
Where: 690 SW First Court, Miami; brickellfestival.com
At the Gale Rooftop make your own margarita at a tequila station while you listen to tunes by DJ Pirate Stereo and Fox Brothers. There will also be plenty of piñatas in case you feel like hitting something hard. If you're looking for a new friend, an adoption area will be set up where you can find plenty of Fidos looking for a home. The free event lasts from 6 to 11 p.m.
Where: Gale South Beach, 1690 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-0199; Galehotel.com
If you feel like learning something, Radio Bar will be hosting a free mixology class from 7 to 8 p.m. The bar's head mixologist will teach guests how to make tequila cocktails using Tequila Avion.
Where: 814 First St., Miami Beach; 305-397-8382; Facebook.com/Radiosobe
The biggest street party takes place in South Beach at Oh! Mexico's annual festival. Starting at6 p.m. the entire area along Espanola Way will be closed to traffic to make way for a huge stage featuring live music, mariachis and senorita dancers. Give a high five to one of the stilt walkers, or say,"hola," to the restaurant's favorite character, Margarita.
Where: 1440 Española Way, Miami Beach; Ohmexicorestaurant.com
Monty's Sunset, with its beautiful marina and water views, will offer $5 margaritas and cheap eats such as chicken tortilla soup ($6), and chunky guacamole and tortilla chips for you and your friends for $15.
Where: 300 Alton Road, Miami Beach; Montyssobe.com
You can all but strip at Celebrity chef Ralph Pagano's taco joint, Naked Taco, where there will be drink specials including $3 drafts and $5 bottles of beer. There will also be reduced priced tacos and mini-Mexican wrestlers to amuse you.
Where: 1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; Nakedtacomiami.com