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Cinco de Mayo has long been a tequila-fueled celebration in the United States in honor of Mexico. Historically, May 5, 1862 was El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla (Battle of Puebla), Mexico’s victory over French troops. As May 5 is a Monday, many of Denver’s top Mexican restaurants are honoring Cinco de Mayo beginning Friday, May 2. Saludos!

La Biblioteca
1610 Little Raven St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 572-3000

Richard Sandoval’s La Biblioteca (next door to Zengo) offers a rare and extensive tequila selection that has been a hit with locals. Offering library cards to chronicle the journey through tequila and special lockers for guests to house their purchases, the restaurant is a shrine to tequila. Cinco de Mayo celebrations will include infusion shots on the house for groups of six or more, $5 margaritas and $3 bites during happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m.

Los Chingones
2461 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 295-0686

Downtown Denver hot spots keep migrating north, and Troy Guard’s Mexican restaurant opened in in the “RiNo District” earlier this year. The margarita selection includes organic ingredients, fresh juices and all mixes made in-house. There is a daily taco happy hour that offers $2 tacos from 4 to 6 p.m. that will be a smart accompaniment to the Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

The Matador
3496 W. 32nd Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 561-2855

The Matador is a local favorite in the charming Highland’s Square neighborhood. The restaurant offers fresh Mexican and Tex Mex favorites along with a curated selection of more than 100 tequilas. With décor reminiscent of a Mexican hacienda and cozy bar seating around a fire pit, Cinco de Mayo revelers will be flocking to its daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Check out the “Fresh Sheet” on the restaurant’s website at the beginning of May for Cinco de Mayo specials.

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1400 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 946-1433

Tamayo’s second floor terrace with views of the mountains and DJ will offer a perfect perch to enjoy Cinco de Mayo above Larimer Square. Beyond the house-made margaritas are riffs on classics like a Bloody Rita made with tequila instead of vodka. Cinco de Mayo festivities begin Friday, May 2 with Patron drink specials and lots of SWAG. Herradura will be at Tamayo over the weekend with additional drink specials and SWAG. Monday will feature happy hour all day with $5 margaritas.

1610 Little Raven St.
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 904-0965

Zengo, the Latin-Asian restaurant in Riverfront, spins regional ingredients into beautifully balanced dishes designed for sharing. Wildly popular with the brunch crowd, Zengo will celebrate throughout the weekend with a Latin DJ, sombreros and tequila beginning with brunch. Happy hour begins at 5 p.m. Monday and features $5 margaritas and small plates.

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Ellen Marchman Larkey has a savvy knowledge of culture and events and maintains trusted partnerships around
the country. She has substantial expertise with food, wine and lifestyle including Aspen Food &
Wine Festival, South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Cochon, Top Chef and numerous destination
restaurants and master mixologists. She has beeen Examiner.com‘s Denver’s Fine Dining writer since 2009.