(credit: el Camino Community Tavern)
Cinco de Mayo offers a fun opportunity to celebrate Mexican heritage, and it has blossomed into a cultural celebration. Denver’s Cinco de Mayo festival is one of the largest in the country and it is fun for the whole family. Afterward, many people like to hit the town with their friends, and there are several bars in the city that host themed nights all weekend. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at one of these great bars.
2620 Walnut St.
Denver, CO 80205
Casselman’s hosts one of the more popular Cinco de Mayo parties in town with its annual Cinco de Drinko Fiesta. With DJs, drink specials, world class margaritas and more, you can dance the night away in a fun venue. This bar is a popular concert venue and has the perfect acoustics for you to appreciate the music and a dance floor big enough for you to dance without elbowing people in the face. Let loose and party at this premiere event.
1525 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80202
One of the most popular restaurants in Denver, and home to some of the city’s favorite margaritas, Rio Grande is a no-brainer for your Cinco de Mayo celebration. Enjoy some margaritas on the patio or hang out inside and treat yourself to some delicious food. Rio Grande is located in the heart of Lodo, so it’s a good place to start the evening or just chill out and enjoy a nice dinner. This is also an excellent place for people watching, so pop by for a fun weekend.
1962 Market St.
Denver, CO 80202
This popular Market Street “dive” offers live music within an unpretentious atmosphere. If you’re into good music and low-key people, spend your Cinco de Mayo party at this bar. Get there early and grab a table, and then order up some food and enjoy the band. El Chapultapec is a good place to start a pub crawl or finish one. It’s a bit more grungy than other bars in the vicinity, but it’s always a good time.
3628 W. 32nd Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
This Mexican restaurant and bar in the Highlands offers creative dishes with locally sourced ingredients. Try some delicious fish tacos, mango ginger ceviche and more, and treat yourself to signature cocktails. Last year’s Cinco de Mayo event was married with a Kentucky Derby celebration featuring face painting, food, signature drinks and more. El Camino’s location in the Highlands is far enough away from the heart of the downtown nightlife scene to be removed from the crowd. Stop by for a fun time.
12 E. 11th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
For authentic Mexican food that is delicious and budget friendly, Zocalo is one of the best places in town for dinner. A bold, vibrant interior makes for a party atmosphere, and the patio has cozy furniture perfect for relaxing with a chilled drink. Founders Rafael and Mario Vargas were born in Mexico City and have spent their careers perfecting the art of Mexican cuisine. The vibe at this restaurant is laid back and fun, so if you’re looking for a fun place to party without getting too crazy, check it out.
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Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.