Crank up “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” and take a smooth shot of tequila
By Melissa Gill
From upscale Mexican restaurants like Jaleo to lucha libre wrestling at The Plaza, Las Vegas takes Cinco De Mayo to the next level. Here’s five fiestas you should know about.
Jaleo by José Andrés serves bona fide Spanish cuisine in a stylish, festive atmosphere. If you go for Sangria Hour (from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.), they offer a special drink tapas menu. Try a glass of “Sangria de Vinto Tinto” or their specialty cocktail, “Spanish Bramble,” rosemary infused vodka mixed with honey, lemon, blackberry liqueur topped with lavender bitters.
For the perfect bite, snack on their tapas like Patatas Bravas, fried potatoes drizzled in spicy tomato sauce and aioli or Croquetas de Pollo, traditional chicken fritters. All their tapas are the perfect size for sharing with your amigxs.
Recognizing the Mexican holiday, The High Roller will glow green, white and red from Wednesday, May 5th until Saturday, May 8th. Aside from the vibrant wheel, The LINQ Promenade’s lively eateries, Off the Strip Bistro + Bar, Favorite Bistro, Tilted Kilt and ICEBAR, will be offering a variety of Cinco De Mayo specials.
– Off the Strip Bistro + Bar
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, Off the Strip Bistro + Bar will be serving a one-day-only holiday selection which includes chicken taquitos, street tacos, and Cochinita Pibil. For desserts, they will offer Neapolitan flan and conchas, a Mexican sweet bread. Want drinks? They will be slinging $12 Cinco De Mayo themed cocktails, Jalapeño Margarita and Mexican Mule, and $40 beer buckets with Modelo, Corona and Pacifico. Bottoms up!
– Favorite Bistro
French and Mexican style cuisine combine flavors in Favorite Bistro’s holiday special offerings, “Tacos a la French” and “Oui Oui Margaritas.” Try these innovative twists on traditional Cinco De Mayo favorites.
It’s May and Vegas is about to turn up the heat as summer creeps up on us. ICEBAR is the chillest place to sip on a cold one. It’s true! They keep it 23 degrees Fahrenheit inside the bar and serve beverages in glasses made of ice. Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with $8 Modelo micheladas, $8 shots of Cazadero Silver Tequila or $20 Frozen Spicy Mango Margaritas. Stay cool as shots of tequila keep you toasty.
– Tilted Kilt
If you rather go out just for drink specials, perhaps Tilted Kilt is what you’re looking for on May 5th. This Celtic-inspired sports pub’s Cinco De Mayo specials are: $7 pints of Modelo and Dos Equis beer, $7 shots of Patron and 1800 Tequila and $8 margaritas. Tilted Kilt is a great spot to grab a drink with a friend and have a catch-up session.
Near the Strip, The Plaza will have a variety of entertainment to honor Cinco De Mayo, including Lucha Libre Wrestling, a live Mariachi band and a DJ. Enjoy the performances while indulging in their drink and food specials. If you’re looking for dinner and a show, this is the place to go.
This Mexican Independence Day, hop on over to Senor Frogs and partake in their beer chugging contests. If you prefer cocktails, they serve margaritas, mojitos and daiquiris, and an array of rum or tequila-based drinks, in souvenir cups shaped like palm trees. Get on the dance floor and enjoy the wildly fun and welcoming atmosphere.
Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
Not far from the Strip, Virgin Hotels Las Vegas is home to one of the most Instagrammable Dias de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) themed restaurants you’ll ever find, Casa Calavera. Adorned with decorative altars paying homage to its namesake, vivid sugar skull murals, and outdoor “feet in the sand” patio emulating their Cabo location, there’s no question this is one of the best places to celebrate Cinco De Mayo.
Along with the eye-catching ambiance, they serve delectable Mexican Street Corn, three different kinds of guacamole and a montage of fruity margaritas. If you commemorate the holiday at Casa Calavera, pics or it didn’t happen!