WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Cinco de Mayo, otherwise known as May 5, tends to be less about the commemoration of the Mexican army's victory over the French forces of Napoleon III, and more about the killer drinks and party atmosphere celebrated at area bars.
What's meant to honor the Battle of the Puebla on May 5, 1862 has turned into an ode to tasty tacos, massive margaritas and mariachi magic. A sampling of spots to celebrate follows, though feel free to let us know any we've missed.
Bartaco, Port Chester: There's music in the air at bartaco where The Pasofino Social Club will be playing from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Tangled Vine from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and DJ Love from 9:30 p.m. to close. Join the Party: 1 Willett Ave., (914) 937-8226, www.bartaco.com/ .
Blue Moon, Bronxville: The mood is always merrry at Blue Moon but particularly so on Cinco de Mayo where beer specials start at 1 p.m. and a mariachi band begins at 5:30 p.m. Join the Party 7 Pondfield Rd., (914) 337-4000, www.bluemoonmexicancafe.com/ .
Hacienda la Paloma, Mount Kisco: Giveaways, drink specials and bar deals are on tap here where a DJ starts at 6 p.m. Join the Party : 443 Lexington Ave, Mount Kisco; (914) 864-1750, www.haciendalapaloma.com/ .
Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant, Briarcliff Manor: Flaming margaritas in a rainbow of colors await at this celebratory restaurant where, on Cinco de Mayo, seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Join the Party: 2 Union St, (914) 944-4380, www.guadalajaramexny.com/ .
Moderne Barn, Armonk: Head to the bar where "Nacho-Ordinary" offerings of traditional Mexican bites are on the menu. You'll also find fun Mexican-inspired cocktails from five of the restaurant's newest bartenders (get it? Five for Cinco!) Among the featured signature drinks: Dominick’s Mex-tini: vodka, tequila, orange juice, and orange garnish. Join the Party: 430 Bedford Rd., (914) 730-0001, www.modernebarn.com/ .
Ruben's Mexican Cafe , Peekskill: Sure, Cinco de Mayo will be fun here. This lively eatery always serve up tasty food and drinks but the real party is on Saturday, May 7 when the Downtown Business District goes all out with live music, food and a celebratory atmosphere. The event is from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Join the Party: 5 N Division St.,(914) 739-4330, www.rubensmexicancafe.com/ .
The Beehive, Armonk: Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated Thursday, May 5 to Saturday, May 7 with tableside guacamole and a special menu featuring tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, flan and lots of cocktails. There will also be a live mariachi band starting at 6 p.m. Join the Party: 30 Old Route 22, Armonk; (914) 765-0688, www.beehive-restaurant.com/ .
Sonora, Port Chester : Inventive cuisine and a holiday atmosphere featuring drink and food specials make this Port Chester favorite a popular Cinco de Mayo destination. In the lounge and bar you'll find $5 margaritas, $5 guac and $5 for two tacos among other treats. You'll also find a $40 prix fixe menu on May 5 and 6. Join the Party: 179 Rectory St., (914) 933-0200, www.sonorarestaurant.net/ .
Tequila Sunrise, Larchmont: The party goes from Thursday, May 5 to Saturday, May 7, with a variety of food and drink specials, among them $5 house margaritas, $3 Coronas and, on Saturday, a live mariachi band. Join the Party: 145 Larchmont Ave., (914) 834-6378, www.tequilasunriselarchmont.com/ .
Vega Mexican, Hartsdale: Lobster and steak specials as well as discounts on margaritas, sangria, and wine (think $5 tequila shots at the bar) are some of the goodies that await at this popular Mexican eatery. Join the Party. : 189 E Hartsdale Ave., (914) 723-0010, www.vegamexican.com/ .
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