By: Rebecca Charur
Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo wasn’t actually born of a sheer desire by Mexicans to get tequila-wasted.
The day commemorates the Mexican army's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla and, truth be told, it’s hardly celebrated by Mexicans at all. No, generals didn’t wear sombreros or bleed mezcal. But that’s probably how the story would go if an American told it.
In the U.S., Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture with taco fiestas and booze galore. And we’ve rounded up the best of the best in Miami to send you on your way with a shot of Don Julio and multi-color, straw sombrero in hand.
Miami Food Porn Taco at Bodega
If $9 cocktails and $5 shots aren’t enough to get you through Bodega’s port-o-potty door, then maybe the Miami Food Porn taco will. Only available May 4 and 5, the dessert taco is reminiscent of the ol' Choco Taco — only completely upgraded. We’re talking about a cinnamon sugar tortilla shell filled with nutella, churro bites, maduros, torched marshmallows, graham cracker crumbs and a guava drizzle. So if you stop by for their legendary taco eating contest, make sure to leave room for dessert.
Tulum Vibrations at Nikki Beach Miami
Nikki Beach is putting a Tulum-inspired, boho twist on its Sunday Brunch ($49.99). Killer margaritas like the Mezcal Paloma, Pineapple and Mint Mezcal Smash (both for $10 a glass), and the Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita (for $7 a glass) will be available throughout the brunch — complemented by the sweet sounds of Tulum thanks to Stephan M and Felipe Kaval.
The Wynwood and Brickell locations will be serving $6 tacos and $5 draft margaritas and Modelo beers all day with special mariachi band appearances from 3-5 pm. And if you’re looking for an early start, Coyo Taco’s “secret” back bar in Wynwood will open at 2 pm with DJ A-Train.
Taco Fiesta at South Pointe Tavern
South Pointe Tavern is serving up $5 tacos and offering half off Modelos and House Margaritas all day. Combine this with the largest selection of tequila in Miami Beach, and you’ve got a solid fiesta.
Sombreros on the River at The Wharf
I pass by the Wharf on Cinco de Mayo every year and for good reason. Not only do you get a free sombrero by registering ahead, but you can wear that sombrero while throwing back your free Corona (with every purchase of a tequila shot). Plus, this year, don’t miss a live set by DJ IRIE at the epic party on the river.