Life on Long Island
Cinco de Mayo 2013
This may come as a surprise to some, but Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "The Fifth of May") does not amount to a major, nationwide celebration in Mexico. The holiday does exist, as it marks the defeat of the French army during the 1862 Battle of Puebla — but for much of the nation south of the U.S., the day does not involve the throwing of massive bashes. However, on this side of the border, several stateside bars, clubs and restaurants annually use it as a viable reason to cut loose — so if you’re looking for a spot to party “Cinco-style” come Sunday, May 5, there are LI options:
INFO 1702 Middle Country Rd., Centereach, 631-696-1111
FIESTA FACTS For $35, customers can witness a series of kickboxing matches starting at 4 p.m. However, doors open at 1:30 p.m., and MCBG is offering drink specials plus party music by DJ Fresh.
INFO 116 Division St., Patchogue, 631-687-2722
FIESTA FACTS Drink specials and live music (from jazzy reggae group Next Level) starting at 4 p.m.
INFO 242 Pettit Ave., Bellmore, 516-804-9925
FIESTA FACTS The classic rock cover band Generations will be performing starting at 7 p.m., watch for drink specials.
INFO 3603 Merrick Rd., Seaford, 516-804-3203
FIESTA FACTS Starting at 8 p.m., guests will receive drink specials, but also have the ability to play a selection of retro video games (as this is also the Leaky’s “Retro Gaming Night”).
INFO 1270 Union Tpke., New Hyde Park, 516-358-2222
FIESTA FACTS This Mexican-inspired eatery is throwing an all-day affair, starting with a brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., followed by a day of drink specials, giveaways and a DJ spinning until close (and knowing that the house entertainer “The Son of K. Pacho” is a regular on Fridays during happy hour, it will be interesting to see if the bar-dancing gent will make a special Cinco de Mayo appearance as well).