Miami Here’s how you make the most of Cinco de Mayo 2014: first, don't call it Cuatro de Mayo, even though all the good stuff's happening on Sunday. Second, definitely don't call it Mexican Independence Day. Because it’s not. Third, don't miss any of the seven Cinco de Mayo parties -- with free concerts, free tequila, and not-free-but-still-sweet Mexican wrestling -- in our Weekend Playbook...
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Sunday, May 4th: The Sole Hotel in Sunny Isles kicks off their Barefoot Sundays concert series with a free, on-the-beach concert from SoCal reggae stars the Dirty Heads starting at noon. Get VIP poolside seating by reserving your spot (hit 'em up at 786.923.9300) OR tweeting out this Playbook to get a bottle of Rose and VIP seating for FREE. Four other winners will get a meet-and-greet with the Dirty Heads.
Sunday, May 4th: Miami’s best new Mexican restaurant, La Mexicana Cantina Restaurant & Bar, is hosting Brickell’s official Cinco party and closing down 14th Terrace & 14th St for live music, mariachis, mini wrestlers, live DJs, and more margs and cervezas than are probably necessary. Plus tons of tacos from La Mexicana and a mechanical bull. Get tickets here
Sunday, May 4th: It doesn’t matter which Rocco’s Tacos you’re at: Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Palm, Palm Beach Gardens, or even Orlando. Rocco Mangel will be dropping in via helicopter and joining you for drink specials, Pancho Villa's mariachi bands, DJs, prize giveaways, and free tequila pourings. It’s a guaranteed *&*!show, so be there when they open at noon.
Sunday, May 4th: You know what goes great with high-flying wrestling acrobatics performed by Mexican luchadors, a sexed-up mariachi band, and chipotle BBQ short rib tacos? Free tequila-pineapple-smash shots. Get it all at Naked Taco from noon to midnight.
Sunday, May 4th: The first annual Cinco at Jungle Island means mini Mexican wrestlers, mechanical bull rides, late-night animal shows, and Burger Beast’s food truck alley with Ms. Cheezious, Chacos Tacos, Crazydilla, and 10 more, plus a sunset concert on the beach, and -- because Miamians LOVE a live DJ -- DJ Irie.
Sunday, May 4th: You’ve been waiting to hit the pool deck at the Duffy’s in North Miami since it reopened. Do it today, when they’ll have live salsa, merengue and Brazilian beats, two-for-one margaritas, and Cinco-inspired giveaways like hats, t-shirts, and more.
Sunday, May 4th: It’s not Cinco de Mayo without some bad decisions, and one of Miami’s best bad decision bars -- Brother Jimmy’s in Brickell -- is helping you out with those, thanks to a tequila ice luge. Because nothing bad EVER comes out of that.
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1. Sole on the Ocean17315 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles
2. La Mexicana Cantina & Grill1451 S. Miami Ave, Miami
3. Rocco's Tacos and Tequila Bar1313 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
4. Naked Taco1111 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
5. Jungle Island1111 Parrot Jungle Trl, Miami
6. Duffy's Sports Grill3969 NE 163rd St, Miami Beach
7. Brother Jimmys BBQ900 S Miami Avenue, Suite 135, Miami
When you get a hotel room on the beach, you pretty much expect just that; a hotel room where you can actually see the beach. On that count, this boutique hotel checks out. To do you one better, the spot also hosts Alba, a 120-seat Italian seafood, oceanfront restaurant, gnudi bar, and 40 mojitos from a rum bar.
La Mexicana is plating simple, flame-grilled, reasonably-priced Mexican favorites, made-to-order guac, and an extensive margarita menu that you can enjoy while wathing 70-inch TVs and listening to live music.
With 425 varieties of tequila, a house sour mix, and plenty of authentic Mexican eats, Rocco's is pretty hard to beat. The restaurant's famous guacamole is prepared table-side, the corn tortillas are all hand made on a Comal (a standard Mexican tortilla griddle), and the margaritas taste every bit as fresh as they are. In addition to serving tacos, quesadillas and enchiladas, the kitchen serves up a number of creative meat and fish-centric entrees, while guests seat themselves on the paper-lamp-adorned, red-brick patio. The restaurant offers a limited selection of nachos and tacos as late as 3am, and the cocktail menu features 13 different renditions of the margarita (try the strawberry basil), along with a full menu of non-tequila craft cocktails, and, of course, pitchers of sangria.
With an appearance on Hell's Kitchen, Ralph Pagano opened this eatery as a love letter to Mexico. Nestled inside, you'll find melty, gooey Mexican street foods, two bars (one comes stocked with 125 tequilas, while the other is more coffee-oriented) and a patio perfect for enjoying the Florida-influenced dishes, like lobster burritos.
Jungle Island... where you can go to get in touch with your animal nature. Stop by this park and preserve for winged wonders, Everglades habitats, and of course, private parties.
Because drafting Priest Holmes first overall every year in the same exact place gets soooo boring, Duffy's will let you and your fantasy-hound buddies take over their private room, equipped with seven flatscreens and wifi, while enjoying two-for-one drink specials on everything in the house from 4p on.
When the Brother Jimmy’s gods (read: bartenders) command you to “Put some South in yo’ mouth,” you do not decline. This Miami outpost of Murray Hill, New York’s one-stop-shop for inexpensive beers and Southern snacks offers up starters like hush puppies with maple butter, frickles with horseradish sauce, and loaded fries with pulled pork or pulled chicken, topped with cheese, diced tomatoes, house BBQ sauce, and ranch dressing. Larger plates like country catfish served with cornbread and chicken or pork Dixie hoe cake keep the finger-lickin’ goodness going well into the evening, as beer flows more freely and “Take Me Home Tonight” plays one too many times.