Mariachis and Margaritas: Where to Drink in NYC for Cinco de Mayo

Yup, it’s that time of year again: Cinco de Mayo. Time to break out the sombrero and head to one of these NYC spots for a celebration of tequila and tacos!

Cinco de Mayo Parties

TY Bar at The Four Seasons Hotel New York

The “Cinco de Maestro” party at TY Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel New York won’t just happen on May 5th – it continues all weekend with specialty margaritas from Maestro Dobel Tequila. Thirsty guests can enjoy a Grapefruit Margarita, or an Island Margarita, both made with Maestro Dobel, and eat small bites including churros, duck flats and Korean beef tacos.

The Vine

The Vine Bar at Hotel Eventi NYC

At Chef Laurent Tourondel‘s spot, the Cinco de Mayo festivities kick off at 6 p.m. with tacos, margaritas and DJ Kasey Berry providing the soundtrack for the evening. Enjoy Crispy Black Bass tacos and a special Frozen Margarita made with tequila, aperol, watermelon and fennel agave syrup concocted just for the occasion.

Añejo Tribeca

Anejo

Head to Tribeca for a Mexican fiesta complete with food and drinks at the restaurant and the downstairs lounge, Abajo. Don’t miss out on the DJ and photo booth action because everyone loves taking drunken pics, right?

Avenida Cantina

This East Village eatery gets in on the action with a $40 prix fixe menu including an appetizer, entrée and unlimited Mexican beers or house margaritas. The Mockingbird, the venue’s lower level tequila speakeasy, will feature cocktails including the Mexican Martini, Mezcal Mule, Jalapeño Basil Martini and more. Yes, there will be a mariachi band, too.

El Original

It’s going to be quite the party at El Original, where drink specials will include $5 Happy Hour margaritas and a frozen version of their Mexican Martini. Also: Frito pies, Texas red chile and a pop-up taco cart out front.

La Contenta

La Contenta

Craving a margarita yet? Of course you are. And this Lower East Side hangout has got you covered, with their Cinco De Mayo-friendly cocktails including the Mezcal Avocado Margarita, with Milagro Silver, Joven Mezcal, cucumber juice and avocado purée.

Horchata

Horchata - New York, NY
Horchata brings back their “5 at 5” celebration to fête the holiday with five menu items for just $5 (really). Choose from tacos, quesadillas, guac and more and pair it with the five drinks for $5 – Milagro Silver tequila shots, frozen strawberry margaritas and sangria are alone the menu. Or go big with the Classic Margarita pitcher and buckets of Corona.

Nobu 57 Lounge and Nobu Next Door

Nobu

Nobu may be known for its Japanese cuisine but the restaurant gets in on the Cinco de Mayo action with “Cinco de Nobu,” a special taco and margarita pairing for $55. Nosh on five chef’s choice tacos and choose from one of three Nobu Cinco Speciale margaritas: Mia Passion fruit and Shichimi, Strawberry Basil or Prickly Pear.

Dos Caminos

Grilled Grapefruit Margarita 2

Of course Dos Caminos is throwing an epic Cinco De Mayo bash. And what better way to celebrate than with a killer Grilled Grapefruit Margarita with Riazul Blanco, grapefruit juice and agave? Exactly. Don’t forget to order some guacamole, too – this spot always does it right.

The Roxy

Sure, there are lots and lots of riffs on the classic but, sometimes, you just want a margarita made the old fashioned way. The one at The Roxy – made with Pueblo Viejo Blanco tequila, Grand Marnier, Combier, lime and orange juices and simple syrup – will hit the spot for any Cinco De Mayo celebrating.

Trademark

Trademark NYC

The Touchstone Margarita at this newly opened spot will surely quench any Thirsty drinker on Cinco De Mayo. Made by Josh Mazza with Roca Patron tequila infused with Butterfly Pea Flower, Pamplemouse Rose grapefruit liqueur, pink peppercorn and lemongrass syrup and salted lime, it’s almost – almost – too pretty to drink.

The Lively

El Camino at The Lively

A $7 margarita in the Meatpacking District? Yes, really. The Lively celebrates Cinco de Mayo with the El Camino, available at a discount until 9 p.m. You might want to try one of the Boozy Snow Cones, even though they aren’t exactly in the Mexican spirit – but they are oh so good!

The Skylark

Jalapeto at The Skylark

Cinco de Mayo at The Skylark includes not only delicious drinks but a sweeping view of NYC, too. Don’t miss the Jalapeto, made by Johnny Swet with Tanteo tequila, Ilegal mezcal, lime juice, strawberry puree and agave.

LeGrande

Le Rita at Le Grande

This lounge at Time New York celebrates Cinco with the Le ‘Rita, their riff on the margarita made with muddled blueberries, Sauza tequila, agave, lime and triple sec for a sweet but boozy buzz.

Gansevoort Park Avenue

Gansevoort Park

Head 20 stories up for the ultimate Mexican soiree, at the hotel’s rooftop lounge featuring $15 for three tacos, $10 margaritas and $6 draft Corona. Oh, and that view!

Pod 39 Rooftop

Pod 39

If you are looking for a Mezcal Mule and a mariachi band to celebrate Cinco De Mayo in style, the Pod 39 Rooftop has got you covered. Expect grub from Salvation Taco – there will be a taco cart, so there’s that – and draft Negra Modelo. Also: $10 Frozen Hibiscus Ginger margaritas.

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