Forget the big fight, and forget the Kentucky Derby. It’s time to honor the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla by ingesting liquor and acting a fool. Here’s where you can drown yourself in liquid courage and participate in the parade of debauchery on May 5.
Cinco de Mayo just happens to be R&B singer Chris Brown’s 26th birthday, so you can commend the “Loyal” hitmaker when he performs at Drai’s Yacht Club with DJ Sourmilk. It’s two celebrations in one, and it’s definitely going to be “Poppin’.” (In the Cromwell, 10:30 p.m., DraisNightlife.com.) SKAM Artist DJ Turbulence spins at 1 Oak, where he’s sure to drop his remix of Big Sean and Drake’s “Blessings,” so you can go “way up!” on this holiday. (In The Mirage, 10:30 p.m., 1OakLasVegas.com.) Afrojack commands Omnia’s main room while FAED, the tag-team duo of Eric D-Luxe and DJ Five, tackles the super exclusive Heart of Omnia. (In Caesars Palace, 10 p.m., OmniaNightclub.com.) Not a club person? Cabo Wabo Cantina moves the festivities outdoors with a Strip-side fiesta. The Sammy Hagar-founded bar/restaurant will have live music and drink specials to complement their signature Cabo San Lucas-inspired dishes. Sample three Cabo Wabo tequilas including blanco, reposado and añejo for $21 in the Cabo flight. If shots aren’t your thing, opt for the $14 mango picante margarita, which mixes the blanco tequila with jalapeño, mango, triple sec and sweet and sour. Elegante! (In Planet Hollywood, 8 a.m.-midnight, CaboWaboCantina.com.)
If you like your celebrations on the loud side, head to Bunkhouse to catch a performance by Metalachi. The Hollywood-based mariachi band uses traditional instruments such as trumpets and the guitarrón in their interpretations of classic heavy metal songs. We can’t wait to witness the raunchy lick of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” performed via a trumpet. (124 S. 11th St., 10 p.m., BunkhouseDowntown.com.) Not a rock fan? Vanguard Lounge hosts its third annual Sucio de Mayo event with resident DJ Sucio droppin’ the hottest in hip-hop and trap. Make sure to “BYOM” (bring your own mustache), so you can enjoy drink specials. Don’t worry, bar staff will let fake ones slide. (516 Fremont St., 10 p.m., VanguardLV.com.) Oh yeah, it’s also Nickel F—n Beer Night at Beauty Bar. You should know the drill by now. (517 Fremont St., 9 p.m., TheBeautyBar.com.)
The ’burbs aren’t exempt from the festivities. Tivoli Village’s Cantina Laredo will host a soirée with the holy trifecta of this holiday: cheap drinks, a DJ and salsa dancers. Indulge in $2 draft Dos Equis or $3 shots of Herradura and Casa Noble Crystal. And if you’re up to it, salsa instructors will be on-site to help with that acting-a-fool part we promised. (430 S. Rampart Blvd., CantinaLaredo.com.) The party in Henderson is at Due & Proper. Pair the live music on the patio with $1 Coronitas and $25 buckets of Modelo or Corona. Just remember that alcohol comes second in this celebration. (In the District at Green Valley Ranch, 702-307-2714.) Up north, Aliante Casino’s The Salted Lime will offer free shots of Tequila Cazadores for guests who dine in from 5-7 p.m. The party will continue with a live mariachi band from 7:30-9:30 p.m. (In Aliante Casino, 702-692-7777.)