Few holidays pair as well with Las Vegas’ ethos of 24-7 partying as Cinco de Mayo.
As Las Vegas moves forward with its reopening plans, a number of holiday-themed events and food and drink specials are happening across the city to mark the special holiday.
Before you start pounding tequila shots though, let’s dive into a brief history lesson about Cinco de Mayo.
Often mistaken as Mexico’s Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo marks the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla in 1862 in which Mexico defended itself against the much larger, better-equipped French military. While the occasion isn’t widely celebrated across Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is recognized more in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage.
Okay, now that our history lesson is over, here’s where you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Las Vegas:
Award-winning mariachi group Trios Ellas takes the stage at The Space with their special, modern blend of Latin-fusion music. The Grammy-nominated trio has performed at iconic venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, the Dolby Theater, and the “nest” for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The event will also feature a special performance by Las Vegas High School’s Mariachi Joya who performed at President Biden’s inauguration, as well as two free tacos from 911 Tacos.
Tickets start at around $30, while a live-stream option is available for $15.
Commissioner William McCurdy II, Las Vegas City Councilwoman Olivia Diaz and North Las Vegas Mayor Pro Tem Isaac Barron are hosting a Cinco de Mayo festival with free food, music, games and COVID-19 vaccines from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave.
The festival is free to attend, and the vaccines will be provided on a first-come, first served basis while supplies last. The event will also have officials there to discuss career training opportunities and healthcare services.
Guests get a complimentary mechanical bull ride when they purchase food or drinks from surrounding Container Park tenants. Cinco de Mayo specials from Pinches Tacos include $2.50 pollo and al pastor tacos and $6 margaritas. From 9-11 pm, Mariachi de Mexico turns up the heat on the dance floor with live Mexican folk music. Cinco de Mayo specials will continue from open to close from May 5-8.
Las Vegas oldest continuously running casino is ringing in Cinco de Mayo with $5 1800 margaritas, Corona, Modelo, and patron shots. A wandering mariachi band will also provide entertainment throughout the casino.
The offer is valid from 12 pm-11:59 pm.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Dueling Axes, featuring Mexican beer specials and Latin sounds. Axe throwers can take advantage of $5 Modelo beers and $30 Mix and Match Modelo and Pacifico beer buckets. Guests are invited to the “Fiesta” on Wednesday, May 5th, from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. Reservations are encouraged by visiting duelingaxeslasvegas.com, or calling (702) 333-4513.
Cinco de Bingo
Arizona Charlie’s Decatur, located at 740 S. Decatur Blvd. and Arizona Charlie’s Boulder, located at 4575 Boulder Hwy., will host a “Cinco de Bingo” celebration on Wednesday with gaming, food and drink specials.
During the 3 p.m. bingo session on Wednesday Arizona Charlie’s will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with margaritas, sombreros, drawings and more for True Rewards members.
Sourdough Café, located at both Arizona Charlie’s Decatur and Boulder, will offer street tacos, served with chicken or carne asada, a side of rice and beans, plus a house margarita, priced at $7.99. Additionally, all Arizona Charlie’s bars will offer a shot of Patrón Silver and a Modelo Especial, priced at $5. Both offerings will be available Wednesday, May 5-9.
Restaurant and Bar Specials
Introducing French cuisine with American flair, Favorite Bistro combines traditions to create a unique Las Vegas dining experience. To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Favorite Bistro will offer its exclusive “Tacos a la French,” paired perfectly with the featured cocktail, “Oui Oui Margarita.”
Featuring an immersive experience in a bar maintained at a cool 23 degrees Fahrenheit, ICEBAR offers the frostiest beverages in town served in glasses made entirely of ice. Guests can enjoy Cinco de Mayo drink specials, including $8 shots of Cazadero Silver Tequila, $8 Modelo craft micheladas, $30 buckets of Corona beer and ICEBAR’s signature Frozen Spicy Mango Margarita, priced at $20.
Makers & Finders will be hosting a Mariachi Brunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Patrons can enjoy music from a live mariachi band, $25 all-you-can-drink margaritas and spicy margaritas, and Mexican candy shots, and $3 tacos.
Mariposa Cocina and Cocktails is offering a take-home assembly kit for two for $25, and will include four tacos (choice of chicken, carne asada or carnitas), a quesadilla, chips and guacamole, and pre-batched coconut lime margarita mix.
Guests who wish to dine in on Cinco de Mayo will enjoy specials offered from open to close, including $4 house margaritas, buy-one-get-one carafes of coconut or lime margaritas, $5 shots of Revel Tequila, $4 Mamitas Tequila & Sodas and a live DJ from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations are highly suggested by calling (702) 476-3330.
Off The Strip Bistro + Bar will offer a one-day-only festive menu, featuring chicken taquitos made with fried, rolled chicken in tortillas topped with shredded lettuce, sour cream, cotija cheese, red California chili sauce, and green tomatillo sauce; chicken enchiladas made with marinated corn tortillas in chef’s secret-recipe sauce stuffed with shredded chicken, lettuce, sour cream, cotija cheese, green tomatillo sauce and red California chile sauce; street tacos made with pork carnitas, carne asada and Cochinita Pibil varieties; and a curated selection of desserts including Neapolitan flan and conchas, a traditional sweet Mexican bread.
Additionally, guests can sip on $12 specialty cocktails, such as the Jalapeño Margarita and Mexican Mule, and $40 beer buckets including Corona, Modelo and Pacifico beers.
Servezah—located in the Downtown Arts District—is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with live mariachi and DJ music, $5 16oz Nueva Esperanzas, and $13 Mezcal palomas with a free cantarito cup.
You can also grab food from the Taco Town and Papas & Burgers food trucks parked outside.
Specials will continue throughout the rest of the week.
More than a pub and sports bar, Tilted Kilt offers a festive, modernized, Celtic-themed environment featuring traditional pub appetizers and entrees. Visitors can celebrate Cinco de Mayo with drink specials, including $7 shots of Patron and 1800 Tequila, $7 pints of Modelo and Dos Equis lager and $8 margaritas.
Located in Chinatown, the rustic taqueria is featuring all-day taco and happy-hour specials, including special deals on Casamigos tequila.
The restaurant also features a diverse fusion of Latin and Asian flavors, including Al Pastor street tacos and their signature Pho-Kin.
Don’t forget to mention “tonight’s delight” to staff to be led through a secret tunnel to the restaurant’s speakeasy parlor.
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