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Top Bars For Cinco De Mayo In South Florida

April 24, 2014 8:00 AM

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T-Mex Cantina (Source: www.t-mex.net)

T-Mex Cantina (Source: http://www.t-mex.net)

The Mexican culture is about happiness, music, colors and beauty. The Cinco de Mayo holiday highlights all of these qualities and allows “gringos” along with people from other cultures to become an adopted Mexican for the day. Women can let their hair down and men can adopt a laid-back attitude away from the daily routines of work. Visit these local bars and restaurants for a Cinco de Mayo to remember.

El Vato Taco & Tequila Bar

1010 S. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 523-6449
www.elvatobar.com

El Vato translates to “The Dude” in English and El Vato Taco & Tequila Bar brings outsiders and natives into contemporary Mexican-American culture with dining in booths doubling as decorated car interiors, graffiti art of Mexican symbols and lucha libre masked dancers. El Vato has weekly happy hour specials with a quality menu of tequilas to choose from to get you in the mood and the groove of the Mexican vibe.

Tequiztlan Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar

1884 Bay Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 397-8442
www.facebook.com/Tequiztlan-Mexican-Restaurant-and-Tequila-Bar

A perfect combination is the allure and electricity of South Beach together with the festive Mexican culture. Tequiztlan offers that at its bar with 120 types of tequila. The happy hour is from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. so anyone can make this discounted time slot instead of just the 9-to-5 working crowd.

Cancun Grill

15406 N.W. 77th Court
Miami Lakes, FL 33016
(305) 826-8571
www.cancungrillmiamilakes.com

The owner of the restaurant, Martin Cardenas, makes an important point to celebrate the Battle of Puebla every year at Cancun Grill. There will be outside/inside dining, mariachis and great music in the beautiful area of Miami Lakes Main Street district. The inside of the restaurant has murals painted with Mexican heroes like Frida Kahlo and Pancho Villa and others like masked lucha libre wrestlers and Corona beer.

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Tequila Sunrise Mexican Grill

4711 N. Dixie Highway
Oakland Park, FL 33334
(954) 938-4473
www.tequilasunrise.us

Everyone from South Florida should journey to Tequila Sunrise because it will be having a block party for Cinco de Mayo the weekend before. The entire parking lot will be the celebration area and there will be drink specials for everyone along with fantastic music and mariachis. Cinco de Mayo does fall on a Monday but Tequila Sunrise offers everyone a chance to celebrate before the work week and recover honorably before the Tuesday commute that everyone else will endure.

T-Mex Cantina

204 S.W. 2nd St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 463-2003
www.t-mex.net

Located in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale, where everyone knows how to have fun, Tyrannosaurus Mex specializes in great food and drink. It has been recognized by noted traveler/Chef Anthony Bourdain and by the Miami Herald as a great Mexican restaurant. The inside can fill up quickly but with its drink specials, will turn into a complete love fest of people socializing with one another and exchanging stories on college trips to Cancun. Not only are there drink specials for margaritas, but also a wide selection of tequilas. For people who prefer non-Mexican drinks, there is a selection of delicious cocktails as well.

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Eric L Labrador is a freelance writer covering all things Miami. His work can be found on Examiner.com.
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