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Guide to guzzling: Drinking events May 3-16

The next two weeks will be packed with themed events for lushes, catering to the Kentucky Derby crowd, Cinco de Mayo partiers and to Mom on her day. It's also American Craft Beer Week from May 13 to 19, so expect local restaurants and beer bars to pour extra suds.

Below, you'll find an abridged list of events for these holidays, with links to full listings. First, here are some stragglers that don't align with the theme.

Men's night at PRIME Delray kicks off on Friday, May 3. Men can score king-cut prime rib, with a salad and side, for $29.95 every Friday. Ladies' night specials are offered Thursdays, and include half-priced drinks and $7.77 champagne-and-sushi combos. 110 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-865-5845,

A beer dinner at 3rd and 3rd in Delray Beach will feature Tampa's Cigar City brews on Friday, May 3. At 7 p.m., Mike Arra of the locally based beer-tour travel agency Beer Bon Voyage will conduct the four-course dinner and explain pairing choices. Tickets cost $47.50 and include tax and gratuity. Visit to reserve. 301 NE Third Ave., Delray Beach, 561-303-1939.

The Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach will hold a Jack Daniel's dinner at its B Bar at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 9. The $100-per-person, four-course dinner will include sipping whiskeys, a featured cocktail and hors d'oeuvres. A brand ambassador will discuss flavor nuances in Tennessee Rye Jack Daniel's, Tennessee Honey Whiskey, Gentleman Jack, single-barrel and sour-mash whiskey. 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-673-0074.

America's Backyard will host Gold Coast Distributing’s launch party for the Georgia-based Sweetwater Brewing Company’s South Florida debut with free beer. The brand has been available in North Florida and long-awaited in the tricounty area by beer aficionados. At 4:20 p.m. on May 15, the bar will start its celebration, featuring the brewery’s 420 extra-pale ale. 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-449-9569,

CINCO DE MAYO (click for full list)

Rocco's Tacos locations will be partying as hard as expected. Be sure to follow @RoccosTacos on Twitter to pinpoint owner Rocco Mangel's whereabouts on Sunday. He typically pours free tequila at the restaurant where he sets up.

South Shores Tavern in Lake Worth will celebrate Derby Day instead, with hat and shirt contests from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. Tickets cost $15 and include happy-hour drink pricing. 502 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth; 561-547-7656.

Tap 42 will also go for the Derby. The bar will host a Derby attire contest with prizes including Maker's Mark gift baskets. Mint juleps will cost $5. 1411 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-463-4900 or

MOTHER'S DAY (click for full list)

RA Sushi's locations in Pembroke Pines and Palm Beach Gardens will offer an alternative to brunch on May 12, extending their happy hours from 11 a.m. to closing time. Tapas will cost between $2.25-$7.25, and cocktails will go for $3 to $7. Visit and

AMERICAN CRAFT BEER WEEK (click for full list)

One of the first ACBW events this year is a Victory Brewing tap takeover at the Tipsy Boar in downtown Hollywood (1906 Harrison St.) on May 13. But there are too many events to print, so find a detailed guide online with suggestions for the best.

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