“Cinco de Drinko”: The History and Modern Celebrations of Cinco de Mayo

Get ready to fiesta! Cinco de Mayo is almost here, and we’ve got the ultimate guide to celebrating in Miami.

Updated Apr 26, 2023

Get ready to break out your sombreros and grab a margarita, because Cinco de Mayo is almost here! This Mexican holiday may be known for its association with drinking and partying, but it’s also a great opportunity to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage!

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Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that originated in Mexico but is now celebrated in many parts of the world. While it is often associated with drinking and partying, the holiday actually has a rich history rooted in Mexican culture and heritage. Let’s start with the history. In 1862, the Mexican army achieved a stunning victory against the French forces at the Battle of Puebla. At the time, Mexico was facing financial difficulties and had temporarily suspended debt payments to several European countries, including France. In response, France invaded Mexico and attempted to establish a new government under the rule of Emperor Maximilian. This victory became a symbol of Mexican resistance and unity and is still celebrated to this day.

But let’s be real, Cinco de Mayo has become synonymous with “Cinco de Drinko,” thanks to its reputation for heavy drinking and partying. While it’s true that many people choose to celebrate the holiday with alcohol, it’s important to remember to celebrate responsibly!

If you’re looking to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Miami, there are plenty of options that don’t involve heavy drinking. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Attend a cultural event: Many organizations and community groups host events that showcase Mexican culture and heritage. These events may include traditional music and dance performances, art exhibits, and food tastings.
  2. Take a cooking class: If you’re a foodie, why not learn how to make some traditional Mexican dishes? Many cooking schools and culinary institutes offer classes that focus specifically on Mexican cuisine.
  3. Visit a museum: Miami is home to several museums that feature exhibitions on Mexican art and history. Check out the Pérez Art Museum Miami or the Museum of Contemporary Art, both of which have extensive collections of Latin American art.
  4. Enjoy some outdoor activities: Miami’s warm climate makes it a great place to enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, biking, or kayaking. Take advantage of the beautiful weather and explore some of the city’s parks and nature preserves.

And of course, there’s always the option of hitting up some of Miami’s best bars and restaurants for some festive drinks and eats. Here are a few spots that are known for their festive atmosphere and drink specials that we recommend!

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The Wharf Miami

Get ready to fiesta like there’s no mañana at The Wharf Miami’s Ultimate Cinco de Mayo Party! This Friday, May 5th, join the biggest Piñata Party in town and celebrate Cinco de Drinko in style.

The Wharf Miami is pulling out all the stops to make this year’s Cinco de Mayo celebration the best one yet. Enjoy live mariachi bands, luchadores, and of course, plenty of drink specials to keep the party going all night long.

And, if you’re in the mood for some tequila, make sure to buy a shot of Casa Noble Tequila and get a FREE Corona or Modelo Beer. Sounds like a sweet deal, right?

Plus, if you RSVP, you can snag a FREE sombrero while supplies last. So, bring your amigos, wear your best fiesta attire, and get ready to have a blast!

But, let’s remember to celebrate responsibly and stay hydrated. So, come thirsty, but drink responsibly. We want everyone to have a good time and stay safe. RSVP now and let’s make this Cinco de Mayo one to remember!

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Naked Taco

South Beach is not to be outdone by others, and the party at Naked Taco is no exception. As one of the hottest spots in town, Naked Taco is pulling out all the stops for their Cinco de Mayo celebration. Located in the heart of South Beach, this party destination is not to be missed.

With live entertainment, a DJ, giveaways, specials, and plenty of tequila, Naked Taco is the perfect place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. And with South Beach’s reputation for throwing the wildest parties, you can be sure that this event will be one for the books.

So, come join the party and let loose at Naked Taco’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. With a prime location and an unbeatable atmosphere, you won’t want to be anywhere else. South Beach may have some fierce competition for the best Cinco de Mayo party, but Naked Taco is definitely in the running. Don’t miss out on the fun!

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Ready for a wild and crazy fiesta at Bodega Taqueria’s annual Cinco de Mayo blowout party? This is the place to be for anyone who loves tacos and tequila. With an incredible lineup of drink specials, giveaways, entertainment, and DJ sets, this is one Cinco de Mayo party you won’t want to miss.

Bodega Taqueria is known for their amazing tacos, and they’ll be serving them up all day long at the party. But that’s not all – there will be Corona samples, drink specials, giveaways, and entertainment to keep the party going strong all day and all night.

So, grab your friends and head to Bodega Taqueria for the ultimate Cinco de Mayo celebration. This is the perfect place to let loose and have some fun with a like-minded crowd. With all the amazing entertainment and specials on offer, you’ll definitely want to stick around until the end.

Bodega Taqueria knows how to throw a party, and their annual Cinco de Mayo celebration is no exception. Don’t miss out on the fun – mark your calendar and get ready for an unforgettable fiesta!

Rocco's Tacos
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Rocco’s Tacos

Rocco’s will be holding Fort Lauderdale’s biggest Cinco de Mayo celebration! This year, the fiesta is hitting Las Olas with an all-day block party you won’t want to miss.

On Friday, May 5th, come indulge in mouth-watering Mexican dishes, delicious cocktails, and live entertainment all day long courtesy of Rocco’s Tacos. From tacos to tequila, this fiesta has everything you need to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style.

And, with live entertainment all day long, you’ll never run out of things to do. So, bring your amigos, wear your best fiesta attire, and get ready to party it up at Fort Lauderdale’s biggest Cinco de Mayo block party.

But, let’s remember to celebrate responsibly and stay hydrated. Cinco de Mayo is all about having fun, but we want everyone to stay safe and have a good time. So, come thirsty, but drink responsibly.

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Chico Malo

Ready to get your “Chico de Mayo” on? Chico Malo is taking the celebrations to Doral’s City Place with an all-day, all-night block party that will leave you in high spirits! Get ready to indulge in tequila specials, dance to the beats of the DJ, and soak up the lively atmosphere. The drinks will be flowing all day, so come early and stay late. Don’t miss out on the biggest fiesta in town!

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Cinco de Mayo Brickell Bar Crawl

Brickell, are you ready to crawl your way through Cinco de Mayo? We’ve got the inside scoop on the 5th Annual Cinco de Mayo Bar Crawl happening on DAY TWO of the festivities. Join thousands of crawlers on Wednesday, May 5th, and enjoy 5 FREE drinks, plus ridiculous drink specials at all participating venues.

Your crawl starts at Blackbird Ordinary (check-in location from 5 PM – 8 PM), where you’ll get 1 FREE drink, plus exclusive drink specials. From there, you’ll make your way to American Social, Rosario, Batch Gastropub, and RedBar Brickell, where you’ll score another FREE drink and more drink specials.

And the best part? Your ticket gets you 5 FREE drinks, Cinco de Mayo swag (while supplies last), and access to some of the hottest bars in Brickell.

So, get ready to sip, savor, and celebrate the holiday with your amigos. But, remember to drink responsibly and stay hydrated. Cinco de Mayo is all about having a good time, so let’s make sure we do it safely. Grab your tickets now and we’ll see you at the crawl!

But let’s not forget the importance of celebrating responsibly. If you’re planning to drink, know your limits, pace yourself, use a designated driver, and watch out for your friends. And if you choose not to drink, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday without alcohol.

In conclusion, Cinco de Mayo is a great opportunity to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage, while also enjoying some tasty food and drinks with friends. Whether you choose to celebrate with alcohol or not, make sure to celebrate responsibly and have a great time!


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