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Cinco de Mayo parties: Where to celebrate in NYC

From dance parties to all-you-can eat tacos, these fiestas go beyond the margarita.

House of Yes is throwing an

House of Yes is throwing an "International Fiasco" party for Cinco de Mayo. Photo Credit: House of Yes

Go beyond the margarita.

New York City is not a bad place to be for Cinco de Mayo, with its countless Mexican and Mexican-American bars and restaurants.

After you enjoy the food and drink deals the city has to offer, continue the fun at these fiestas, from a movie screening to a silent disco party.

Share a 100-ounce margarita tower with your friends

Mad Dog & Beans Mexican Cantina really does have a 100-ounce margarita tower, and you can choose from 10 flavors. Plus, those who get there between 5 and 9 p.m. on May 4 and between noon and 9 p.m. on May 5 will get free tastings of tequila and beer and can try to win prizes, such as a $1,000 trip, bicycles, barbecue grills, Apple Watch, Beat headphones and more. The restaurant is not taking reservations — it's first-come, first-served. (83 Pearl St., Manhattan)

Represent your homeland at House of Yes

Bushwick's House of Yes is celebrating all cultures at its Cinco de Mayo party called "International Fiasco." Taste some "culinary curiosities," a Moroccan tea lounge, drums from various countries, international circus superstars, "white trash trailer park" barbecue, "thick accents," Irish step dancing, Thai massage, Russian ribbon dancers, California crowd surfers, German milk maids and Turkish wrestling. Guests are encouraged to dress up in clothing that represents their own heritage — and not to appropriate others'. It's free before 11 p.m. with an RSVP on Otherwise it's as much as $30.

Celebrate Cuatro and Cinco de Mayo

Clearly, one day of celebration is not enough. Haven Rooftop is holding two full days of fun (starting at 4 p.m. on May 4), including specials on tequila shots, Tecate, Modelo Negra and flavored margaritas, and there will be some themed bites like ceviche, quesadillas, guac and chips, nachos and tacos — all served with a view of the city skyline.

Paint and sip with tequila

Painting On The Rocks and Almighty Kahil invite you to spend your Cinco de Mayo creatively. With unlimited tequila, you might be surprised how your painting turns out. Tickets for the class, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m., are $40. (520 Eighth Ave., Manhattan)

Enjoy Mexican-themed food, beer and music at Hester Street Fair

The Hester Street Fair is hosting its first-ever Cinco de Mayo event with food by Alejandro Alcocer of L'estudio and Tamale Factory between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Expect live music, beer and other activities, which will be announced soon. Entry is free. (Hester Street at Essex Street, Manhattan)

Meditate and eat tacos

Get centered through a 25-minute meditation with Kristina Delphi Headrick at Hub Seventeen and tear into tacos. "Meditation makes people happier. Tacos make people happier. When combined, the result is pure bliss," the event page says. We couldn't agree more. Tickets are $20 to $30. (114 Fifth Ave., Manhattan)

Feast on Kosher Mexican food and play chess

While it's not the most obvious pairing, a game of chess followed by kosher Mexican food sounds pretty good. Rabbi Levy Welton will emcee the Jewish Cinco de Mayo party, which will teach you how to play chess in a Ted Talk-style lecture. Premier Chess will offer a free group class to those who win a raffle. Tickets are $26. (2 Wall St., eighth floor, Manhattan)

Fall in love with Antonio Banderas all over again at this "Desperado" screening

Nitehawk Cinema has you covered. This Cinco de Mayo "country brunchin'" will feature a live, preshow serenade by Mariachi Estrella Juvenil at 11:15 a.m., followed by a screening of "Desperado," starring Banderas as El Mariachi, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin, Steve Buscemi and Joaquim de Almeida. Set for both May 5 and 6, tickets are $16. (136 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg)

Did someone say "unlimited tacos?"

Hudson Terrace is hosting a rooftop party with an open bar and unlimited tacos ... oh, and music, too. Tickets are $15 to $25. (621 W. 46th St., Manhattan)

Sail around Manhattan

A few yacht companies are taking revelers on a trip around Manhattan's waterways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, including Hornblower Infinity and The Liberty, to name a couple.

Sip and be classy (and cheesy)

Murray's Cheese is hosting a tasting of six premium agave spirits that will be paired with their "cheesy counterparts," between 4 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $100, which also includes chips and salsa. (254 Bleecker St., Manhattan)

Choose your jams at this silent disco party

Choose between or stay for all three DJs at this "Silent Disco Fiesta" at Stage 48 that runs from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. DJ 1 (green) is going to spin the top 40 dance hits, DJ 2 (red) will play 1980s, '90s and 2000s throwbacks and DJ 3 (blue) will take care of the hip-hop, reggae and soca sounds. You can switch between the DJs by flipping a switch on your wireless headphones. No silent disco is complete without glow-in-the-dark gear, either. Tickets are $15 to $40. (605 W. 48th St., Manhattan)

Cinco de Derby mashup

Since Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby fall on the same day, Threes Brewing is doing a mash-up event with "Mexitucky" cocktails (Mezcal mint juleps and mint margaritas), tacos and cemitas from The Meat Hook, Latin vinyl music from indie record label Names You Can Trust and DJ sets from 2 to 6 p.m. (333 Douglass St., Brooklyn)

Slip into a margarita speakeasy

The Refinery Hotel is hosting a lavish Derby Day party that includes a secret margarita speakeasy hidden within the hotel. The party includes three different experiences -- "the hat box," a rotating pop-up space that will provide an "in-field experience," which is open to the public, a prohibition-style bar inside Winnies Jazz Bar that will act at the winner's circle, and the Refinery Rooftop, which will host the main event called "Millionaires' Row." Tickets include access to all three spaces, a four-hour open bar with Maker's Mark mint juleps, GH Mumm, champagne and rose, a raw bar, hors d'oeuvres, Kentucky Derby specialties, live music and DJ set, and a number of pop-up experiences (a photo booth, a pocket square monogram station, a hat decorating station, betting windows and a best-dressed contest). ($125, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., 63 W. 38th St., Manhattan)

Try distilled spirits for Derby de Mayo

Library of Distilled Spirits is a craft cocktail bar with more than 1,200 bottles in a 16-by-20-foot, floor-to-ceiling wall display and it's going to throw a Derby de Mayo party from 2 p.m. until closing with a screening of the race and cocktail specials. Drinks will include a jalapeño rye margarita, Oaxaca old-fashioned and classic mint julep and Paloma. (Free entry but RSVP, 2 p.m., 80 13th St., Manhattan)

Enjoy tacos and barbecue

Celebrate Derby de Mayo with a blending of traditions at The Peninsula New York with sombreros and seersuckers, mint juleps and margaritas. There will be Herradura margaritas and mint juleps from Woodford Reserve, tacos and barbecue, a live band and more. Come dressed for the occasion. ($125, 4 to 8 p.m., Salon de Ning, 700 Fifth Ave., Manhattan)

Build your own cocktail

This all-day, rooftop fiesta at Arlo SoHo has a Don Julio pop-up margarita bar, where you can mix and match ingredients for a personalized cocktail. Of course there will be frozen strawberry, mango and lime margaritas for the taking if you don't want to make your own. If you're hungry, there will be food specials for tacos and more. (Free entry, noon to 5 p.m., and then 6 p.m. to closing, 231 Hudson St., Manhattan)

Get your mariachi fill

Rock & Reilly's NYC will host a mariachi band as you feast on tacos and mix your own Casamigos margarita on its 8,000-square-foot patio. If you want to also celebrate the Kentucky Derby, walk over to the restaurant's canopy area, where all 16 TVs will be tuned into the race. There will also be bluegrass music, a VR horse race, a photo booth, juleps by Bulleit Bourbon and more. ($65 includes admission, food and drinks, noon to 9 p.m., 218 W. 35th St.)

Just dance

Hudson Bar, a Jalisco-inspired tequila bar, is making a Hornitos ginger mint margarita for those who dance the night away with a DJ. Guests will be able to get Flash tattoos, win giveaways and sip on tequila. (Free entry, 8 p.m., 358 W. 58th St.)


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