Where to celebrate ‘Cinco de Mayo’ in Las Vegas

(Courtesy Tacotarian, via Facebook)

By Frank Alejandre

May 1, 2024

Las Vegas is perfectly suited for a Cinco de Mayo celebration. There are countless Mexican restaurants both on and off the Strip to choose from, each offering its own unique—and usually high-energy—atmosphere, fantastic food, and (seemingly) endlessly flowing cervezas and margaritas. Wherever you end up, it’s going to be a fiesta to remember!

How about some tableside nitro margaritas and guacamole? Rosa Mexicano at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino has fun with its food—and you will, too! Its buzzy atmosphere will quickly put you in party mode, so be sure to pair that marg with some sharable plates like empanadas, nachos and queso fundido. Don’t miss out on snapping a stellar selfie in front of the restaurant’s iconic and brightly colored Pink Room.

Seeking a more modern approach to Mexican cuisine for your Cinco celebration? Head to Toca Madera inside The Shops at Crystals. This sleek and seductive restaurant offers elevated Latin takes on classics like crispy wagyu tacos, truffle manchego fries and branzino with a chipotle mezcal butter.

Travel off the Strip to La Popular CDMX at Palms Casino Resort, which features a stunning design and authentic fare inspired by Mexico City, Mexico. A celebratory Cinco de Mayo margarita is in order—and here, those cocktails are works of art, with some available to be ordered as a group cocktail for extra fun and flair. The menu is both elevated and approachable, with ahi tuna tostadas and quesabirria tacos sharing space with classics including enchiladas and tres leches cake for a fab finish.

Also off the Strip, discover the recently opened Durango Resort & Casino to enjoy its Latin mainstay featuring dramatic décor and coastal-focused cuisine. Mijo Modern Mexican Restaurant offers a tequila and mezcal menu guided by “catadores” (experts), so you should certainly start with a Cinco de Mayo cocktail. Then move on to house specialties like the aged mole chicken and butter poached lobster tacos.

If you’re hopping around town to celebrate, be sure to stop by Roadside Taco at Fontainebleau Las Vegas. Set inside the resort’s Promenade food hall, the spot offers street tacos, breakfast burritos and more. Pair your selection with a Mexican beer or an agua fresca—don’t the hibiscus and horchata varieties sound delicious?

With four locations around Las Vegas, you won’t be far from a Nacho Daddy. The restaurant recently unveiled its new downtown space on Fourth Street—literally right around the corner from the Fremont Street Experience. Specialty nachos are the focus here, from enchilada nachos to surf and turf nachos topped with steak and shrimp. The lively spot matches Fremont Street’s excitement with upbeat music and a party vibe.

Cinco de Mayo might be best celebrated poolside, and you can do just that at Agave Bar & Grill. The menu at this Resorts World Las Vegas restaurant is seafood-forward, so think shrimp ceviche and agave mahi tacos. Plus, you get to soak up the sun and enjoy Las Vegas’ beautiful weather while dining on delectable bites.

La Neta at Downtown Summerlin, just a quick walk across the street from Red Rock Casino Resort Spa, has a nightlife vibe with an indoor/outdoor feel for the almost-al fresco cocktail hour you need this Cinco de Mayo. Then take things up a notch with menu items like lobster tacos and a soundtrack supplied by a DJ. It’s a fiesta just waiting to happen.

Uno Más Street Tacos + Spirits at SAHARA Las Vegas is exactly what you need on Cinco de Mayo: tacos and tequila. Watch your selections get made from the glass viewing window while sipping on a margarita or Mexican beer. As for the tacos, the options are vast—from quesabirria to chicken tinga to vegan options. And don’t forget the guac!

Tequila is pretty much a must-have every Cinco de Mayo, so head to Ghost Donkey at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for its extensive menu featuring the spirit and its agave cousin, mezcal. A fiesta waiting to happen, the bar also offers specialty nachos—from elevated takes with black truffles to a mole chicken variety. Plus, there’s queso—and you can never have enough queso!

If you’re spending the day in historic downtown Las Vegas, La Mona Rosa is the place to be this Cinco de Mayo. The beautifully designed restaurant with an open-air feel offers starters, tacos, ceviches and fabulous main dishes like carne asada and a fresh fish of the day. Craft cocktails using tequila and fresh ingredients like mango purée and prickly pear juice round out the extensive menu.

Baja cuisine reigns supreme at Hussong’s Cantina inside Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, where the Ensenada vibe comes to life with fresh food, crisp beers and an upbeat atmosphere. If beer isn’t your thing, opt for the Original Margarita which puts the restaurant on the proverbial map. Or have both—it’s Cinco de Mayo!

Now that you know what to do on Cinco de Mayo, here’s a trip-planning guide to help you round out that itinerary. And don’t forget to check out all the amazing entertainment to take in—after you’ve filled up on delicious tacos and a few margs, of course!

EL CHAVAL DE LA BACHATA EN CONCIERTO (LA JOLLA NIGHTCLUB)

Thu, May 2 • 10:00 PM

2245 E Flamingo Rd

From $55.00

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Wed, May 29 • 10:00 AM

Downtown Container Park

From $40.00

Cinco De Mayo 5K -Save $2

Wed, May 1 • 7:00 PM

Around the World!

From $18.00

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Weekend

Fri, May 3 • 10:00 PM + 1 more

Ahern Hotel

From $20.00

TYGA – Cinco De Mayo Weekend

Sat, May 4 • 9:00 PM

Hakkasan Nightclub

From $100.00

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CINCO DE MAYO PARTY!

Sat, May 4 • 10:00 PM

TAO Asian Bistro & Nightclub

Free

Cinco de Mayo Las Vegas Club Crawl

Fri, May 3 • 9:00 PM + 2 more

Las Vegas Strip

From $85.00

Las Vegas Cinco De Mayo Bar Crawl

Sun, May 5 • 4:00 PM

Hennessey’s Tavern

From $0.00

Cinco De Drinko Nightclub Crawl by Party Bus w/ Free Drinks

Fri, May 3 • 9:30 PM + 2 more

Mandalay Bay

From $59.00

Las Vegas Cinco de Mayo Weekend Pub Crawl

Sat, May 4 • 5:00 PM

Las Vegas

Free

CINCO DE MAYO POOL PARTY

Sun, May 5 • 11:00 AM

LIQUID Pool Lounge

Free

Cinco de Mayo Las Vegas Pool Crawl

Fri, May 3 • 11:30 AM + 2 more

Las Vegas Strip

From $85.00

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Sun, May 5 • 3:00 PM

Scotty’s Restaurant & Lounge

Free

Cinco de Mayo Fremont Street Bar Crawl | 2pm-10pm

Sun, May 5 • 2:00 PM

Fremont Street (check our website for starting location)

From $20.00

Cinco de Mayo Fremont Street Bar Crawl

Fri, May 3 • 8:30 PM + 2 more

Meeting Venue TBA – Check website for details

From $39.00

Tiesto | Cinco de Mayo Friday Party | Omnia Nightclub

Fri, May 3 • 10:30 PM

OMNIA Las Vegas Nightclub

From $30.00

Cinco De Mayo Weekend Party Bus Nightclub Crawl

Fri, May 3 • 8:30 PM + 1 more

Las Vegas Strip

From $30.00

Cinco De Mayo Weekend Party Bus Dayclub Crawl & Pool Party Tour

Sat, May 4 • 11:30 AM + 1 more

Las Vegas Strip

From $30.00

LESBIAN TAKEOVER ROOF TOP DAY PARTY CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND

Sat, May 4 • 2:00 PM

ZAI Rooftop Bar Las Vegas

From $0.00

Zedd | Cinco de Mayo Vegas Pool Party | Wet Republic

Sat, May 4 • 11:00 AM

Wet Republic

From $30.00

Cinco Con Servehzah 2024

Sat, May 4 • 3:00 PM

Servehzah Bottle Shop and Tap Room

From $5.00

  • Frank Alejandre

    Frank Alejandre is the Community Editor of The Nevadan / El Nevadense. He graduated from the National Autonomous University of México (UNAM) with a degree in Civil Engineering. He has worked in journalism since 1990, first at El Mundo Newspaper, the first Spanish-language weekly publication in southern Nevada, and then at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, where he helped the RJ transition its Spanish language publication El Tiempo newspaper to the Las Vegas Review-Journal en Español.

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