Top 5 Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

This week we’re going South of the Border to celebrate Cinco de Mayo (or “fifth of May”). The day commemorates the unlikely defeat of the French army by the Mexican militia in 1862. Ironically, the festive day of drinks and good eats is celebrated more in U.S. cities than many Mexican cities (no complaints here!), so gather your best amigos and have another round of José Cuervo. Olé!

1. Cinco de Mayo at Mount Adams Pavilion
Famed for its multi-tier cityview decks, this Mt. Adams mainstay is a tried-and-true place to party. So, it naturally fits the criteria for a good Cinco de Mayo locale. Three-buck Coronas and buck-fifty Coors Lights are just a couple of the thrifty specials you’ll find. May 5. Cover: $5 after 10 pm. Thurs 7 pm–2:30 am. Mount Adams Pavilion, 949 Pavilion St., Mt. Adams, (513) 744-9200

2. Cinco de Mayo: Red Hot Salsa & Firey Latin Jazz
This fiesta takes a jazzy twist with music by Orquesta Kandela and Le Fuego Lento. May 5. Cover: $15; $10 students. Thurs 7:30 pm. Warming up the stage will be the Northern Kentucky University Latin Jazz Ensemble from 5–7:30 pm with free cover. Blue Wisp Jazz Club, 318 E. Eighth St., downtown, (513) 241-9477

3. Cinco de Mayo Nada Style
We would be remiss not to highlight festivities at Nada, whose very namesake pays homage to Mexico’s mother tongue. With drink specials and music by DJs P-Tuck and Matt Joy to benefit Transitions Global (a nonprofit to empower survivors of sex trafficking), this soirée lets you have a late night worthy of a sick day Friday. May 5. Cover: free. Thurs 4 pm-2 am. Nada, 600 Walnut St., downtown, (513) 721-6232

4. Cinco de Mayo at The Sandbar
There are so many reasons to love The Sandbar—awesome sand volleyball courts, an outdoor walk-up bar, a constant crowd of fun-loving Cincinnatians. And now, Cinco de Mayo specials bring extra awesomeness to the mix: $15 buckets of Corona and Corona Light, $6 16-ounce frozen margaritas, $4 shots of José Cuervo, and music by DJ Ice Cold Tony. Thurs 7 pm. The Sandbar, 4625 Kellogg Ave., East End, (513) 533-3810

5. Cincy-Cinco on Fountain Square
Shake your bon-bon to nonstop live Latin music from regional and local groups—including Tropicoso, Danza Contigo Peru, and Orquesta Kandela—and sample the succulent flavors of Latin food from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominica, Guatemala, and Colombia. Holy guacamole! May 7 & 8. Admission: free. Sat noon-11 pm & Sun noon-7 pm. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine Sts., downtown,

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