It’s Cinco de Mayo, a celebration not of Mexico’s independence but the Mexican’s army victory against French forces in a victory nobody could have predicted at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The day is primarily celebrated in the U.S. with parties and there is no shortage of them taking place in gay Atlanta today.
Here’s a selection of where to go to drink a Margarita or three:
• Papi’s Cinco de Mayo double fiesta begins at Las Margaritas with Margarita Twisters, tequila shots and Sangria drink specials from 6-10 p.m. The party continues into the night be moving from Las Margaritas to the Heretic (shuttle service provided) for the Cinco de Mayo Café Con Leche party where you can dance to the beats of DJ Karlitos and DJ Chiruco with performances by Janelle Brooks, Alissah Brooks and more. Las Margaritas is at 1842 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.lasmargaritasmidtown.com. The Heretic is at 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, www.hereticatlanta.com.
• My Sisters’ Room in East Atlanta is the place to go for $10 Margarita pitchers and beer bucket specials. The dance party hosted by Atlanta Xplosion includes DJ Maestro on the ones and twos with emcee Eazy Da Great. There will also be go go dancers and hookahs. $10 cover. 10 p.m., 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316, www.mysistersroom.com.
• It’s the Cinco de Mayo edition of All Request Night at Mary’s in East Atlanta. MC 5 Hour Boner will be playing requests all night and tequila specials are on tap. 10 p.m., 1287 Glenwood Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316, www.marysatlanta.com.
• Chris Coleman’s Indulge party begins at 9 p.m. at Whiskey Park Atlanta on the third floor of the W Atlanta Buckhead. This week’s party celebrates Cinco de Mayo but also honors DJ Brian Beck who died March 11. DJs Martin Fry, Bryan Scott, Russ C and Shane V will be spinning. 188 14th St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30361