Cinco de Mayo originated in Mexico. It is a Mexican holiday meant to celebrate the country’s win over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862… pretty serious stuff, huh?! Most of us, however, use this day in May as an opportunity to party hard. Why can’t we all celebrate? I say we can! So we put together a little list of Cinco de Mayo activities to keep your head spinning and your weekend exciting.

We began our search for Cinco de Mayo parties with a list of bars that partied hard last year. We are sure that they will be ready and willing to party it up again this year.

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Gators Cafe & Saloon

Last year, Gators celebrated Cinco de Mayo with 92.5 Maxima. They had awesome drink and food specials like $12 Corona buckets and $2 fish tacos!

For more info visit:
South Pinellas Beaches
12754 Kingfish Drive, Treasure Island 33706
(727) 367-8951

Gaspar’s Grotto

Gaspars celebrated with a live DJ from 8p-11p, $4 Margaritas and $15 all you can drink beer, liquor and wine!

For more info visit:
Ybor City
1805 E 7th Ave., Tampa 33605
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Shepards Beach Resort

This wild resort with its own private beach had some awesome drink specials last year like $3 Coronas, $4 margaritas, and $5 shots of Patron!

For more info visit:
601 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater 33767
(727) 441-6875

If you are looking for more concrete plans this Cinco de Mayo, we set out to find what parties are happening this year.

Hard Rock Cafe

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will be party central for all things south of the border in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. $5 blackjack all day and food and beverage specials in all bars and restaurants. From 4 p.m. to  midnight, there’ll be crunchy tacos and cheese quesadillas for only $5 and chips and salsa for $3. Wash it all down with a cold margarita or Corona Light for only $2.50 from 4 p.m. until 4am. Party band, The Current, will fiesta free on stage from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m., and DJ Chris Craze will keep the party going until 4 a.m.

For more info visit: Seminole Hard Rock
5223 North Orient Rd
Tampa, FL 33610
The Kennedy

 The Kennedy’s Cinco de Mayo fiesta will feature local and national DJs all night.  There’ll be free admission and drinks until midnight for ladies 21 and over.

For more info visit: The Kennedy
2408 W. Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, Florida 33609

Because it is still early, most venues are keeping their Cinco de Mayo plans a secret until the big day… lame! But we want to be sure that you are fully prepared to party hard! Here is a list of Cinco de Mayo drink recipes from that are vital to your fiesta plans!

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Agave Breeze

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  • 1.25 oz. Tequila
  • 3 oz. Pineapple juice
  • Splash of Cranberry juice
  • 1 Pineapple slice.


  1. In an ice-filled glass, add tequila, pineapple, and cranberry juices.
  2. Garnish with a pineapple slice.

Frio Limonada

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What You Need

  • 1.5 oz. Tequila (We used 1800 Silver Tequila)
  • 1 oz. Lemon juice
  • 1 oz. Simple syrup
  • 1 oz. Club soda
  • 6 Mint leaves


  1. Muddle mint leaves with simple syrup in a tall glass.
  2. Add tequila, lemon juice, and ice. Shake vigorously and strain over ice.
  3. Garnish with lemon wheels.

Rum Rita

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What You Need

  • 2 oz. Rum (We used Ron Abuelo Anejo)
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • ½ oz. Lime juice
  • 1 Lime wedge


  1. In a shaker filled with ice add all ingredients and shake vigorously.
  2. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice and garnish with a lime wedge


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What You Need


  1. Put ice in a glass
  2. Pour Don Julio
  3. Garnish with lime
  4. Sip and enjoy, toooo good to just shoot down!

 So, now that you know exactly where to go and what to drink, the only thing you have left to do is… celebrate! Arriba!! Where will you be partying this Cinco De Mayo and what will you be drinking??

If you’re hungry, check out our other Cinco de Mayo posts:

Cinco de Mayo: No Drinking, Just Eating!

Cinco de Mayo: Restaurant Edition

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