Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2018 in Denver

Say ¡Salud! this Cinco de Mayo with discounted Margaritas and Mexican bites - like these from Tamayo - all around town.

Say ¡salud! this Cinco de Mayo with discounted margaritas and Mexican bites—like these from Tamayo—all around town. Courtesy Tamayo

Margaritas, margaritas everywhere! Cinco de Mayo (May 5) is right around the corner, and there are plenty of places in Denver to celebrate with delicious food and booze to honor a piece of Mexican history. ¡Celebremos! 

(Bonus: Also planning to celebrate the Kentucky Derby, which happens to fall on May 5 this year? We’ve rounded up derby parties around town here.)


Brunch? Happy hour? Dancing into the night? No matter what your schedule for the day, this modern Larimer Square joint has you covered. There’s a bottomless margarita brunch (say no more), $39, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., followed by happy hour in the lounge from 2–6 p.m. Finally, DJ Amen will be spinning tunes on the terrace from 6–9 p.m. Tip: Opt for the $7 shot and beer or a $25 taco platter specials all day long.

Centro Mexican Kitchen

With chef Johnny Curiel’s straight-off-the-grill specials served on the patio, and DJ Dr. Bouchard’s live performance, Centro in Boulder will feel just like a Cinco block party. They’ll have $3 street tacos, taco platter specials for groups and $8 lobster tacos. Looking for a celebratory cocktail? The Salty Worm, $6, comes with mezcal, salted toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and sal de gusano, (yep, worm salt). Also on the drink menu: Corazon Coin margs, $5, and Post Brewing Co. Mexican-style lagers, $3.

Brunch: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; happy hour: 9–10 a.m. and 2–6 p.m.; dinner: 4 p.m., DJ Dr. Bouchard: 1–5 p.m.

Kachina Cantina

Party with a purpose! Kachina Cantina and Casa San Matias are putting on a party in the Maker’s Alley at The Dairy Block to benefit Casa Hogar Alegría, an organization that provides a fresh start from young, at-risk women in Guadalajara.

Starting at noon, the shindig will feature giveaways, specialty tequila cocktails, frozen drinks and live music from Señor Dude from 3-6 p.m. Hungry? Order up Elote and tacos,$3, or visit the nacho bar, $7. 

Tupelo Honey

Thank the lord Saturday’s forecast looks sunny: Tupelo’s patio will be the perfect spot to soak up some rays, nosh on pimento cheese nachos (for only a penny  with a drink purchase all day long), and drink $2 draft beers, $3 cocktails and $5 snacks during happy hour (3–6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close).

Que Bueno Mexican Grille

If you’re traveling on Cinco de Mayo, be sure to pop by this DIA restaurant to send yourself off with a $6 house margarita and/or $3 street taco.

Que Bueno Suerte!

This modern upscale spot in Platt Park’s specialty Cinco menu includes $5 house margaritas, two specialty cocktails with premium Sangre Azul, a slew of house tacos for just $3 and two specialty tacos for $5.

Candela Latin Kitchen

Formerly Central Bistro, this upbeat spot fuses Caribbean, Latin American and Mexican cuisine. And tThey’re all about “cinco” this Cinco, with $5 margaritas, Tecate/shot combos oand two pollo borracho tacos all day long. 

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