Though known throughout the United States as an excuse to drink, in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the battle-hardened French, keeping them at bay just long enough to keep France out of the American Civil War.
Las Vegas contains more than enough Mexican restaurants and tequilas bars to celebrate the May 5 victory with our friends south of the border. We will update our list with drink specials and events, so check back often!
A true piece of Baja California’s heritage, the original Hussong’s Cantina located in Ensenada, Mexico, claims to be the birthplace of the margarita, so you could argue Hussong’s is the best place to get a strong, authentic Margarita and traditional Baja Cuisine. And if you’re looking for a twist on the traditional lime and triple sec cocktail, Hussong’s hardly disappoints. Their bartenders mix versions with blackberries, jalapeños, and even cucumber. We recommend the Mangonero, a delightful tequila concoction of muddled mangoes, habaneros, and limes.
Famous for its spring break parties in Mexico and the Caribbean, Señor Frog’s Treasure Island location brings the fiesta to Las Vegas. As their chief executive, David Krouham, put it, “You go to Señor Frog’s when you’re on vacation, if you want to get crazy and nobody knows you.” Cinco de Mayo is the perfect time to go wild here with a vibrant dance floor and beer-chugging contests, not to mention every tequila drink under the Acapulco sun.
Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville
Featuring three levels of tiki bars, tropical drinks, and stream of Buffet classics, Margaritaville is a Parrothead’s dream. At its center is the Volcano Bar, where a three-story volcano erupts hourly, spilling margarita mix into two 300-gallon blenders. According to the Flamingo, as part of the ritual, “A virgin is sacrificed to the blender gods.”
T&T (Tacos and Tequila)
Restaurateur Michael Frey describes this high-energy, southwestern hangout as “Pink Taco meets Coyote Ugly interpreted by Quentin Tarantino.” Though its tough to separate yourself from being just another Mexican restaurant on Cinco de Mayo, at T&T, from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 5, international model and social media personality Jessa Hinton hosts Sexy de Mayo Très. They promise $5 drink specials, deals on Dos Equis and El Jimador, and $12 Mexican pizzas crafted by a master chef.