Food & Drink

Pick your poison: BK’s best Cinco de Mayo + Kentucky Derby deals

Bitchin' sombrero shot courtesy of Jack Woo on Flickr.

The time has come again to celebrate everyone’s favorite Pueblan holiday. Nope, not the feast of patron Saint Augustine–it’s Cinco de Mayo, which means bar and restaurant specials galore. As luck would have it, May 5 this year also marks the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby, bringing together the best in bluegrass and Benito Juárez. We’ve got you covered on cheap booze and grub, so all you have to worry about is combination costuming to cover your bases. Tulle-trimmed sombrero, anyone?

Grand Street Cactus Crawl,
various locations along Grand St., Williamsburg
Food and drink: Specials from 4 pm – 8pm at 11 bars on Grand Street, including

  • Burnside, 506 Grand St., $5 margaritas and $5 Tecate with a tequila shot
  • Williams & Bailey, 507 Grand St., $3 Tecate, $4 tequila shots and margaritas, $7 taco plates
  • Huckleberry Bar, 588 Grand St., $9 Sol with an El Buho Mezcal shot and a chaser of sangria
  • The Saint Austere, 613 Grand St., $3 tacos, $5 sangria and micheladas (spicy Mexican beer cocktail)
  • Bushwick Country Club, 618 Grand St., $6 frozen margaritas
  • Lady Jay’s, 633 Grand St., $7 Modelo with a tequila shot
  • Second Chance Saloon, 659 Grand St., $6 Mexican beer with a tequila shot
  • LP ’n Harmony, 683 Grand St., $4 fruity sangria, $5 Cinco de Mayo (tequila, grenadine, and lime juice)
  • Tex-Mex Pizza & Grill, 702 Grand St., $5 for 2 enchiladas with mole poblano, $5 for 2 flautas
  • Los Primos, 704 Grand St., $18 for 6 cubetazos, $6 lunch special, $6 chicken with garlic sauce plus salad or vegetables
  • Grand Morelos, 727 Grand St., $4.99 chips & guacamole, $15.99 for 6 cubetazos (Mexican beer only), $7.99 Mexican shrimp with rice & beans

Cafecito Bogota, 1015 Manhattan Ave., Greenpoint
Drink: $3 Guaro shots, $4 margaritas and mojitos at the launch of the “world’s first” aguardiente spirit bar (tip: aguardiente means “fiery water,” more loosely translated as “instant blackout”)
Dekalb Market,
138 Willoughby St., Downtown Brooklyn
Food: 3pm – 8pm $30 for a plate of 1 1/2 lbs. of Maine steamed whole lobster, spicy potato salad, Mexican corn, Jicama cole slaw
The Habitat,
988 Manhattan Ave., Greenpoint
Food: $1 off empanadas
Drink: $4 Dos Equis and Negra Modelo draft, $1 off tequila
The Knitting Factory,
361 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg
Drink: 7pm – 2am $4 tequila shots, $4 Dos Equis, $5 margaritas, $6 Dos Equis + tequila shot, $7 premium margaritas
Food: $5 for three empanadas from “The Empanada Guy”
Entertainment: $8-$12 for five bilingual (believe it!) bands, including Grupo Arcano, Maquina Mono, The Peeps, La Paracuta, and Cupero
Palo Santo,
652 Union St., Park Slope
Drink: $5 Drink sangria, micheladas, and 32oz Tecate Beers
Food: $25 three-course meal featuring tacos, mole poblano, and tres leches cake
Entertainment: Live music
, 999 Manhattan Ave., Greenpoint
Drink: All day drink-a-thon from 11am – 4am
Entertainment: Mariachi band Flor de Toloache and the promise that “YOU MIGHT GET LAID”
Pine Box Rock Shop
, 12 Grattan St., East Williamsburg
Drink: Cinco de Derby from 2pm – 8pm with undisclosed drink specials
Food: Champ’s Family Bakery
Entertainment: Live music, Derby hat contest, and betting beginning at 6:24pm on the dot
, 499 5th Ave., Park Slope
Drink: 11:30am – 12am $8 Riazul Tequila (regularly $10), all night happy hour including $5 sangria, $6 margaritas and mojitos
Public Assembly
, 70 N 6th St., Williamsburg
Drink: 30 minute pen vodka bar and PBR/Tequila shot combo for $6 with $10 cover
Entertainment: An “intelligent music dance party” featuring West Coast Heyoka, Digital Rust, Space Jesus, Supersillyus, and Bartlomein
South 4th Bar & Café
, 90 South 4th St., Williamsburg
Drink: Cinco de Derby from noon–close with $4 margaritas and $6 Jack Daniels mint juleps
Entertainment: Coverage (with audio) of the 138th running of the first leg of the triple crown and encouraged Derby attire
Trophy Bar, 351 Broadway, Williamsburg
Drink: $4 margaritas until midnight
Entertaiment: Suzy Chase 7pm – 10pm, Nicolas Chop & Franz 10pm – 4am
Union Hall
, 702 Union St., Park Slope
Entertainment: 9pm – 4am $5 cover Cinco de Chipo Electro, Dubstep, Video Game Charity Party presented by
Food: Pork enchiladas, shrimp-stuffed jalapenos (price unannounced)

See anything we’re missing? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. This Saturday, May 5th, celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Bogota Latin Bistro. We’ll be open from 11 am to 1 am that night with Brunch starting at 11am through 3:45pm and happy hour running all day until 5pm. Come in and enjoy our popular Classic Mojitos ($5), Micheladas ($7), Piña Coladas ($6), and Mexican beers including Corona ($4), Corona Light ($4), and Negra Modelo ($4). In addition we’re serving up some of Latin American’s favorite dishes, including our popular Mexican Breakfast ($10) and, by demand, we’ve brought back the BBQ Chicken Nachos Appetizer ($11) as one of our dinner appetizers.

    Reservations for Cinco de Mayo celebrations this Saturday can be made on our website at

    Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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