Ricardo’s Las Vegas
4930 West Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103
www.ricardosoflasvegas.comHours: Daily – 11 a.m. to 6 a.m.
With a multi-room setup that allows for several different Cinco de Mayo atmospheres, Ricardo’s Las Vegas is a prime location for large group parties, whether it be an after-work outing or family celebration. This restaurant’s style focuses on southwestern American food and cuisine from northern Mexico. Ricardo’s location also has a large selection of fine tequilas for those who want to get into the festive mood with a kick. In 2010, Ricardo’s scored the record for the largest margarita in the world, just in case you needed an extra reason to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at this spot. It is located just a little bit west of the Las Vegas Strip.
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3553 South Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89103
www.vivamercadoslv.comHours: Sun to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Located in a stripmall not too far from the Las Vegas Strip, Viva Mercados is a local’s favorite for the special touches it puts on its celebratory atmosphere. This restaurant is known for its colorful, festive cantina vibe and for its notably large margaritas. Viva Mercados is all about authenticity, making it an ideal spot to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in true Mexican style. It is located in a less tourist-traveled area of Las Vegas, so consider bringing the whole family out for your fiesta at this spot.
Amigo’s Mexican Cantina
777 W Lake Mead Pkwy.
Henderson, NV 89015
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fri to Sat – 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Amigo’s Mexican Cantina is located inside the Fiesta Henderson in Henderson, east of the Las Vegas Strip. Looking to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with some strong drinks? This might be the best spot for you. With a huge selection of tequilas, freshly made margaritas and flair bartenders, you won’t go dry here. Amigo’s also offers tableside guacamole, an excellent complement to your Cinco de Mayo imbibing. Large parties can make reservations to celebrate at this cantina.
Tacos & Tequila
3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Hours: Daily – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Tacos and tequila pretty much go hand-in-hand with Cinco de Mayo, so it’s hard to imagine a more fitting place to celebrate the holiday than a bar named after these two Mexican staples. This bar is located on the Las Vegas Strip in the Luxor has a fun, open environment with a large selection of tequilas. The Cinco de Mayo events include food and tequila specials, contests with prizes as well as giveaways and music. With a wide open atmosphere that lends itself well to noisy galas, this is the spot for the hardcore festive to party on Cinco de Mayo. Tacos & Tequila’s location is sure to ensure a lively crowd with plenty of fiesta spirit. Because of its tendency to draw in larger groups, you may want to plan ahead with reservations.
10082 West Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89147
www.lindomichoacan.comHours: Mon to Thurs – 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri – 10:30 a.m. to 12 a.m., Sat – 9 a.m. to 12 a.m., Sun 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Lindo Michoacan is a highly popular local chain with several locations in Las Vegas. They are located off-strip, but offer a shuttle for out-of-town strip-located guests who want to visit the restaurant. This blithe restaurant features live mariachi bands, resplendent and colorful decor, and an enviable array of tequila options to satisfy even the most hardcore tequila connoisseur. If you’re looking for a fine margarita on Cinco de Mayo, this is your place. Lindo Michoacan offers several different styles of the classic cocktail, and assuredly has one to fit your palate. You won’t leave Lindo Michoacan with an empty stomach either. Their expansive menu is not to be taken lightly.
Heather Bliss is a writer living in Las Vegas. Before she wrote about the Las Vegas area, she wrote articles about news, politics, movies and music in California. Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts in the Visual and Performing Arts from CSU San Marcos and studied Journalism at Moorpark College, where she received her A.A. degree. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.