Vegas throws a party, Mexican-style

Vegas has never needed a reason to throw a party, but we have a good one on May 5. It’s Cinco de Mayo, a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, and many of Vegas’ hot spots have festivities planned.

Cabo Wabo Cantina at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood will celebrate with Cabo Wabo Tequila specials, food specials, prizes, and plenty of partying. Raffle tickets will be given to customers who buy Cabo Wabo Tequila drinks between April 30 and May 5. One lucky person will win a Sammy Hagar autographed guitar in the grand prize drawing.

The Cinco de Mayo party at Pablo McFadden’s at the Rio starts at 4 p.m. on May 5 with drink specials including Ambhar Tequila margaritas for $5, $3 Tecates and $10 yard glasses of frozen Malibu beverages.pablomcfaddens

Partiers will have the chance to win cash and prizes with contests like the “Sexy Señorita Showdown.”

For the diehard Cinco de Mayo fans, the bar will also present the “Three Amigos Challenge.” Those who dare will have to drink a trio of potent shots priced at $5 each. Anyone who manages to down the drinks will have the honor of signing Pablo McFadden’s pillar of previous winners.

Rockhouse Bar & Nightclub in front of Imperial Palace will kick off the summer season with a fiesta on the patio on May 5. In addition to offering two Budweiser SELECT 55s for $6, Rockhouse will feature $5 Jose Cuervo shots and margaritas. If you’re really thirsty, try the Rockhouse’s signature 80-ounce souvenir guitar cup filled with a frozen margarita.

Eva Longoria Parker’s hot nightclub Eve will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a tequila party sponsored by Patron on May 5. Guests can indulge in $10 Patron margaritas from 10:30 p.m. to midnight. There will also be a Sexy Senorita contest with the winner taking home a vacation for two to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

El Segundo Sol, the Strip’s newest Mexican eatery, is toasting Mexican culture with five days of food and drink specials leading up to the big fiesta on the 5th. On April 30, celebrate with $5 shots of Casa Noble from 4 to 7 p.m. Specials on May 1 include $1 Coronitos and $5 shots of Sauza Hornitos from 4 to 7 p.m. On May 2 there will be prize giveaways and $2 El Jimador shots from 7 to 8 p.m. You can down shots of Jose Cuervo Traditional for $2 on May 3 from 4 to 7  p.m.   May 4 features half price Horonitos Margaritas and $5 shots of Don Julio from 4 to 7 p.m.

It all leads up to the big day on the 5th with happy hour running all day and night – including Casa Noble and Corralejo specials, as well as plenty of contests and prizes. DJ Marc Thyssen will be spinning from 4 to 7 p.m. and there will be live music by Mar y Mar from 7 to 9 p.m. To top things off in true Cinco de Mayo fashion, a traditional mariachi band will entertain from 9 to 11 p.m.

Tacos & Tequila at the Luxor is going all out with its second annual 12-hour celebration of Cinco de Mayo. The party kicks off May 5, at 11 a.m. with food and drink specials, a Mariachi happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., “Cock-a-Doodle Duel” competitions and a party hosted by former “CHiPs” star Erik Estrada.

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, the restaurant will unveil the “Black Mambo Margarita,” featuring Hennessey Black cognac and Hornitos Tequila, and “The Golden Bull,” made with Sauza Gold tequila and Red Bull, available for $5 each. Other specials include $5 Hornitos shots, $5 Tecate and Tecate Light bottles and $5 Hornitos margaritas until 11 p.m.

Border Grill at Mandalay Bay gets into the Cinco de Mayo spirit with a $10 Casa Noble Paloma; a tempting blend of casa noble blanco, freshly squeezed grapefruit and lime with a salted rim.  Or, enjoy the $20 Big Boss “Jefe Grande” Margarita as you dance to the sounds of the 12-piece Mariachi Band from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Cinco de Mayo, Hussong’s Cantina at Mandalay Bay is hosting the Dos Equis “World’s Most Interesting Man” competition. All guests dressed as the “World’s Most Interesting Man” will receive one complimentary Jose Cuervo or Don Julio Tequila specialty cocktail.

If you’re looking for something other than tequila shots to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, check out Latin comedy sensation Rick Martinez, who brings his unique brand of comedy to the Improv at Harrah’s on May 3 at 8:30 p.m. Martinez is known on the comedy circuit as Mr. “Spicy Latino Nights.”

Finally, if you just can’t wait until May 5 to celebrate, O’Sheas Casino is hosting an Uno de Mayo Block Party on May 1.  

Guests 21 and older can enjoy drink specials at outdoor bars that line the sidewalk along with Mexican fare including tacos al pastor, cola barbacoa pork tacos, south of the border potato salad and churros. Entertainment includes dancers, a DJ, outdoor games, contests and giveaways and beer pong.


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