BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. -- Cinco de Mayo, otherwise known as May 5, tends to be less about the commemoration of the Mexican army's victory over the French forces of Napoleon III, and more about the killer drinks and party atmosphere celebrated at area bars.
What's meant to honor the Battle of the Puebla on May 5, 1862 has turned into an ode to tasty tacos, massive margaritas and mariachi magic. A sampling of spots to celebrate follows, though feel free to let us know any we've missed.
Blue Moon Mexican Cafe, Wyckoff and Woodcliff Lake: There are promotions galore here -- a Corona promotion, a Dos Equis promotion, a Dos Equis promotion and a Sauza promotion. There will also be a live mariachi band from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Go: 327 Franklin Avenue, (201) 891-1331; 42 Kinderkamack Road, Woodcliff Lake; 201-782-9500, www.bluemoonmexicancafe.com/.
Chapala Grill, Bergenfield: There's a celebratory atmosphere here where frozen margaritas are $4; bottled beer is $3.50 and house mixed drinks are $4 during happy hour. Go: 52 S Washington Ave., (201) 387-2107, www.chapalamexicangrill.com/.
Miller's Ale House, Paramus: Get into the Cinco de Mayo spirit with pitchers of watermelon margaritas for $10 and a special food menu featuring fajitas, guac and chips and more. Go: 270 West State Route 4, (201) 342-4800
Mexicali Live, Teaneck: Live music is on tap at this lively bar where you'll be treated to performances by Ryan Montbleau. There will also be food and drink specials. Go:1409 Queen Anne Rd., (201) 833-0011, www.mexicalilive.com/.
Rosa Mexicano, Hackensack: A three-course $30 tasting menu is on the docket here as are winning cocktails. Go: 390 Hackensack Ave., (201) 489-9100, www.rosamexicano.com/.
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