Want to make Cinco de Mayo extra special? Here are five of our top picks for where to celebrate:
At China Poblano at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South; 877-893-2003 or www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com), chef Jose Andres has planned food specials to be served May 1-5. They are: Ceviche de Peje-Sol, $14; Taco de Camarones Enchipotlada, $8; Empanadas de Pescado, $15; Costilla de Res, $16; and house-made paletas, $6. Cocktail specials are Tequila Stinger, $16; Cielo Rojo, $16; Michelada Millonario, $13; and Michelada con Cerveza Obscura, $12. Share the Cinco de Mayo password and you can get a free paleta.
The Commissary Latin Kitchen at the Downtown Grand (206 N. Third St.; 702-719-5311 or www.richardsandoval.com) is offering all-you-can-eat tacos and unlimited tequila drinks for $15 per person, and $4 tequila shots or drinks and $2 tacos beginning at 11 a.m. May 5. Beginning at 4 p.m., premium tequila will be $4, and there will be a live mariachi band from 6 to 9 p.m.
Go to Hecho en Vegas at the MGM Grand (3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South; 702-891-3200 or www.mgmgrand.com) at 2 p.m. May 5 for interactive demonstrations followed by a menu of Chiles en Nogada, Lamb Barbacoa Bandera and Bandera Bomba, with tequila pairings, for $75.
Rumor has it that the margarita was created at the original Ensenada location of Hussong’s Cantina (The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South; 702-632-6450 or www.hussongslasvegas.com), so celebrate with $36 Corona Light beer towers and $20 buckets of Corona through May 5. On May 5, specials include $5 Puebla-style guacamole and $5 Sauza Bandera shots, and Pee Wee Herman will lead the Tequila Dance at 7 p.m.
At Tacos & Tequila at the Luxor (3900 Las Vegas Blvd. South; 702-262-5225 or www.luxor.com), specials from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 5 will include Fries de Mayo with carne asada, carnitas and chicken; Great Balls of Fire, Mexican meatballs on a skewer; Los Tres Amigos, poblano, chicken and barbacoa taquitos; and Hottie Tamalie!, chicken, vegetable and barbacoa tamales, $10 each. El Jimador frozen margaritas, El Jimador tequila shots and Dos Equis beer bottles will be $5 and a shot of El Jimador tequila and bottle of Dos Equis beer $10.
Here are other Cinco de Mayo celebrations around the valley. Unless otherwise noted, the specials will be offered on May 5.
Border Grill Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South; 702-632-7403 or www.bordergrill.com. Food specials in addition to regular menu, Corona and Patron drink specials and mariachi band.
Border Grill Forum Shops at Caesars, May 1-5, food and drink specials and featured secret item of the day. 5 p.m. May 1, complimentary margarita class.
Cabo Wabo Cantina, Miracle Mile Shops, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. South; 702-385-2226 or www.cabowabocantina.com. Drink specials including the Cabo flight, $21; live music and more.
Commonwealth, 525 E. Fremont St.; 702-445-6400 or www.commonwealthlv.com. 5 p.m., Corona-ritas and Jameson Horchata cocktails, $5; and live music.
DB Brasserie, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South; 702-430-1235 or www.dbbrasserie.com. Happy hour specials all day long.
Distill, 10820 W. Charleston Blvd. and 4830 W. Pyle Ave.; www.distillbar.com. Beginning at 11 a.m., grilled carne asada platter, $12.95; $3 Coronas, $4 Casa Noble Silver shots.
Elixir, 2920 N. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson; 702-664-8359 or www.elixirlounge.net. Beginning at 11 a.m., grilled carne asada platter, $12.95; $3 Coronas, $4 Casa Noble Silver shots.
Made L.V., Tivoli Village, 450 S. Rampart Blvd.; 702-722-2000 or www.made-lv.com. Guacamole, spicy tequila chicken wings, Baja fish tacos and queso fundido, $7-12; $5 Coronas, $8 house margaritas, $11 Perfect Margaritas and $25 bottomless micheladas or margaritas.
Mercadito, Red Rock Resort, 11011 Las Vegas Blvd. South; 702-979-3609 or www.mercaditorestaurant.com. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., dinner menus available all day; Hornitos tequila cocktails, $8.
Mi Casa Grill Cantina, Silverton, 3333 Blue Diamond Road; 702-263-7777 or www.silvertoncasino.com. 4 to 9 p.m., sopes with shredded chicken or beef, shrimp ceviche tostadas, Buffalo chicken empanadas, Buffalo wings, taquitos, Corona Light, house margaritas and Sauza Silver tequila shots, $5.
Park on Fremont, 525 E. Fremont St.; 702-834-3160 or www.parkonfremont.com. May 2 and May 5, Corona-ritas and Jameson Horchata cocktails, $5. May 5, $1 street tacos and $2 7-ounce Corona beers. May 2, mariachi music beginning at 8 p.m.
Remedy’s, 3265 St. Rose Parkway and 530 Conestoga Way, Henderson; www.remedystavern.com. Beginning at 11 a.m., grilled carne asada platter, $12.95; $3 Coronas, $4 Casa Noble Silver shots.
Rhumbar, The Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South; 702-792-7615 or www.rhumbarlv.com. 2 to 6 p.m., Spicy Lover, with 1800 Tequila, cucumber, cilantro, lime juice, agave nectar and green Tabasco, $14; Cruzan strawberry punch, Cruzan crush daiquiris, Coors Light and vodka cocktails, $5 each; buckets of Coors Light and pitchers of Cruzan punch, $25.
The Salted Lime, Aliante, 7300 N. Aliante Parkway, North Las Vegas; 702-692-7777 or www.aliantegaming.com. 5 to 7 p.m., free Tequila Cazadores shots for all guests who dine in, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., live mariachi band; Taco Tuesday promotion with ground beef crispy tacos $1.50 each.
Tom’s Urban, New York-New York, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. South; 702-740-6766 or www.tomsurban.com. Throughout May, food specials including mole wings, bloody mary shrimp cocktail and crispy mahi mahi tacos and cocktails including Mexican Melon Mule and rosemary-infused margaritas.
Trevi, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 702-735-4663 or www.trevi-italian.com. Taco pizza, $10; quesadilla with Italian sausage or Romano chicken, $12.95; lime margarita sorbetti and cinnamon churro gelato, $4.50 per scoop; and Italian Michelada, with beer, lime juice and seasonings.
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