While it’s debatable if everyone is in fact Mexican on Cinco de Mayo (hint: it’s not true), you’re most certainly going to be in the minority if you’re not celebrating this minor Mexican commemorative holiday with the rest of the rowdy drunk people in your ‘hood. Below, you’ll find the best places to score free (or discounted) booze, chips and dip, and utterly baffling appearances by mid-90’s rock groups that no one really cares about.
Papacito’s, 999 Manhattan Ave., Greenpoint
Free tequila shots throughout the day (“if you’re in the right place”), and $1 Tecates until 7pm. Be sure to stick around later into the evening for a performance by Wheatus (of “Teenage Dirtbag” fame) at 10pm. Don’t worry, we don’t really get it either.
Public Assembly, 70 N 6th St., Williamsburg
A mere $10 gets you an open margarita bar (with free food!) from 8-9 followed by Rosa Borracha, a crazy theme-party featuring everything from live music to promises of wild and crazy debauchery.
Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan St, East Williamsburg
The $15 vegan prix-fixe menu offered all night long is a great deal. Pick two appetizers, one entrée, and one dessert from selections such as Veggie Chili, Mushroom Ceviche, and Avocado Cupcakes. Four shot tequila flights for $18 sweeten the deal.
People’s Republic of Brooklyn, 247 Smith St., Carroll Gardens
For revelers on a budget, the free pulled pork and BBQ chicken tacos as well as 2-for-1 Coronas offered here all night long certainly get you a hefty amount of bang for your buck.
Nuevo Mexico, 491 5th Ave., Park Slope
Happy hour runs till midnight here, with $10 margarita pictures, $4.50 tequila shots with the promise of a little “somethin’ extra,” as well as free Jell-o shots.
Pequena, 601 Vanderbilt Ave., Prospect Heights
The free pico de gallo and chips offered during lunch are a perfect segue into happy hour, which features $5 sangria, lime margaritas, and cerveza. Freeloaders engage!
Palo Santo, 652 Union St., Park Slope
$25 gets you a “really big” beer and a “heaping” helping of chicken mole all night long. All vagueness aside, this sounds pretty epic.
The Habitat, 988 Manhattan Ave, Greenpoint
The food and drink deals last “todo el dia,” with $4 Dos Equis and Modelo drafts, $1 off tequila, and dirt cheap $1 empanadas.