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Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. In 153 years since the military victory, Mexicans and Americans alike have come to observe this day as a jubilee of Latino culture. While there are many Cinco de Mayo festivals hosted throughout Denver, many of the May 5th revelers have one goal in mind for this particular: drinking way too much tequila and wearing sombreros. If you plan on drinking away Cinco de Mayo, these Denver bars are the best places to do so.

Tamayo Modern Kitchen & Tequileria
1400 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 946-1433

Starting on Friday, May 1, Tamayo will be serving up drink specials in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Serrano, strawberry, mango, tamarind or traditional margaritas will be $5 each. A shot of Richard Sandoval’s Patron Select Barrel Anejo or a Richard Sandoval’s Patron Select Barrel Anejo Margarita will be $10 each. This special runs through Tuesday, May 5, so there are five full days to take advantage of these drink specials. Plus, snack on Tamayo’s beloved salsa and guacamole to help soak up the alcohol.

Blake Street Tavern
2301 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 675-0505

On Saturday, May 2, join Play Mile High for a Cinco De Drinko Bar Crawl. Check-in at Blake Street Tavern at 4 p.m. and the $10 per person cover charge ($15 the day of the event) includes access to all four locations on the crawl, drink specials and glow sticks. Be sure to wear a costume for the contest and enter to win a variety of raffle prizes. Sample a variety of Denver’s most popular downtown bars while celebrating Cinco de Mayo with this Saturday evening pub crawl.

The Church
1160 Lincoln St.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-8628

Starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, head over to The Church nightclub for Cinco de Mayo – Noches en la Catedral. The club’s dance rooms will be pumping out music for salsa, modern Latin dance, Bachata, Reggaeton, Cumbia, Latin House. That evening will include performances by DJ Cesar, Star DJ Gonzo, Guz, Deejay Herremix, DJ Javi, Kachondo, DJ Le, Mr. Groove, DJ Raul, DJ Tatiana, and DJ Charly. Tickets are on sale now for $20 each.

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Pinche Taqueria
1514 York Street
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 475-1337

Scratch your Cinco de Mayo itch at the Colfax location of Pinche Taqueria. Epicurious.com named Pinche’s tacos among the top 10 best tacos you can eat. Order some of these delicious delicacies while sampling from Pinche’s huge assortment of tequilas. Also, Pinche hosts happy hour every evening from 3-6 p.m., and all night on Monday, so really ring in Cinco de Mayo on Monday, May 4.

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
1525 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-5432

Considered to be one of the strongest margaritas mixed in the Centennial State, Rio Grande is the perfect locale to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. With eight locations throughout the state, head to the Rio Grande near you to be at the center of all the Mexican festivities. Start your Cinco de Mayo celebrations early by heading to Rio Grande’s downtown Denver location on Friday, May 1. Happy hour starts at 3 p.m. and includes $1 off Classic Rio Margs, Big Tex Margs, Ricky’s, $3 drafts, Tecate Cans, shots of Cuervo Cinge, $1 off small plates menu and $3 tacos.

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A Denver native, Alli Andress has been a writer for over a decade. Over the course of her career, Andress has written about topics ranging from indie music, animals, health issues and the best of the Mile High City. Her work can be found on Examiner.com