Vegas is known for bringing fun and flavor to Cinco de Mayo
Springtime brings about a slew of holidays to celebrate, especially in Las Vegas. March is notorious for St. Patrick’s Day, and millions head to church for Easter services and Passover celebrations in April. May brings Mother’s Day and a prelude to the family fun in the form of Cinco de Mayo.
Frolic with Drinks at Casa Playa at Wynn Las Vegas
Escape to the beach right on the Strip with some tequila-based cocktails inspired by the holiday. Casamigos is the choice liquor for these creations, and the tantalizing trio features flavors such as dragonfruit, hibiscus and habanero for sweet and spicy blends.
Sip on Specialty Spirits at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
The Cosmopolitan’s bars and speakeasies have a rotating roster of bespoke cocktails, and two of its Mexican spots are serving up Cinco de Mayo drinks just in time for the festivities. Stop by Ghost Donkey for an “El Diablo Swizzle” made with tequila and créme de cassis, or a “Mezcal Sun-Risa” for a flavorful blend of the bar’s signature spirits. Be sure to visit China Poblano as well, for their limited time “Pina Poblano” mezcal cocktail or tequila flight, with accompanying dishes. China Poblano is also offering a festival through May 15th to celebrate the magic of mezcal and tequila.
Start with Brunch at Cañonita at The Venetian Resort
Mexican brunch in an Italian-inspired hotel located in the USA? Sounds like a perfect start to the day.
For those looking to begin the excitement early, visit Cañonita inside the Grand Canal Shoppes for a south of the border brunch on the Strip—and there’s a twist. Specialty cocktails inspired by the decadent sweet fruits of Mexico are available for one day only. Don’t forget to order the specialty skillet with seared shrimp, marisco broth, garlic and cilantro butter.
Dig Into Taco Thursday at ONE Steakhouse at Virgin Hotels
Tacos are revered as an art form, and the one day a week that they are most often celebrated isn’t enough. ONE Steakhouse is offering surf and turf tacos to accompany seasonal margaritas, in addition to its full menu with prime cuts of beef, sides and appetizers.
Enjoy More Mexican Delights at Casa Calavera
Also at Virgin Hotels, the dishes at Casa Calavera are one of the main events this Cinco de Mayo. Nosh on a cheesy taco poblano special, rojo posole and other authentic fare to pair with beer and cocktails. These dining specials will run into the night, when the mariachi band takes the stage at 8 p.m. to keep the fiesta going.
Toast at El Segundo at Fashion Show Mall
This Fashion Show Mall Mexican spot is serving up signature drinks all week. Whether you come for the restaurant’s Loco Hour from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday—or you want to start when they open at 11 a.m.—El Segundo Sol is ready to serve you. Stop by at the end of happy hour at 6 p.m. for a margarita to pair with a live DJ coming in for the event.
Celebrate All Weekend at Cabo Wabo Cantina
In the true spirit of Cinco de Mayo, this party will last throughout the weekend. Cabo Wabo Cantina located inside the Miracle Mile Shops is throwing a days-long celebration from May 5 through May 8. This award-winning cantina is serving up one of the best selections of tequila on the Strip, along with its signature beachy cocktails and tacos
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Watch The Party From Above at The STRAT
The STRAT may not be the first place you think of when planning a Cinco de Mayo outing, but the events make it a can’t-miss spot for the springtime festivities. Sip on a cucumber-watermelon fresca as you watch a live mariachi band perform at the casino. Don’t forget to partake in the Cinco de Mayo slots tournament at The STRAT, starting on May 5th and concluding on May 7th. Read more to brush up on a few skills, or find the best places to play slots on the Las Vegas Strip.
Dine at More Mexican Restaurants on the Strip
Mexican food should always be on the agenda for a Las Vegas vacation, and this certain day in May is no exception.
For an upscale meal, Javier’s at ARIA Resort & Casino takes the casual art of Mexican food and elevates it into a gourmet experience. Choose from fresh seafood dishes such as callitos mazatlan (scallops) or meat dishes like classic carnitas. Make it a combinacion and order all of the tacos, enchiladas and sides your heart desires.
Casual food picks are a must for Mexican food. With its many locations and high-quality dishes at unbeatable price points, Nacho Daddy should be at the top of your list. Other Strip restaurants, such as Gonzalez Y Gonzalez and Hussong’s, are open for business.
Now is the perfect time to visit the hottest Mexican restaurants on the Strip. Read more about the variety of flavors and dishes to choose from on this culinary adventure, such as nachos for all palates—including vegan selections— and all different types of burritos for all hours of the day.
More Cinco de Mayo Festivities in Las Vegas
The Strip isn’t the only place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Take a stroll around other Mexican restaurants in Las Vegas that are offering limited-time specials for a few days only.
Dive into Daring Drinks and Dishes at Más Por Favor
This taqueria located on Spring Mountain is home to more than just margaritas. It’s an iconic local speakeasy in las Vegas, serving wild drink concepts out of a hideaway bar found through a covert entrance. Más Por Favor is opening extra early to start the day at noon on Thursday, May 5.
Jam Out at Pancho’s in Summerlin
A mariachi band is a necessity for every Cinco de Mayo celebration, and Pancho’s in downtown Summerlin is ready to deliver. Join the band for daytime performances from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. as well as happy hour drink specials from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with tequila galore.
Need more mariachi magic in your life? Join the crowds at El Cortez from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. for live music performances to go along with $3 street tacos and $6 beers.
Frequently Asked Questions about Cinco de Mayo in Las Vegas
What is Cinco de Mayo?
Cinco de Mayo is a commemoration of Mexico’s victory of the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. In Mexico the holiday is celebrated with parades and other events. In the United States, it is often recognized by eating Mexican food and enjoying drinks with friends.