Five places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on the Grand Strand

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You don’t have to make a trip south of the Mexican border to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Everybody’s favorite reason for a Mexican fiesta is observed throughout the Myrtle Beach area at restaurants and bars. Here are the top five places to commemorate the occasion.


1) Fiesta Burro Loco: Leave it to the folks at Fiesta Burro Loco (the English translation is “Crazy Donkey Party”) to throw the best Cinco de Mayo party in Myrtle Beach, aka Burrofest. Hundreds pack the restaurant and the parking lot for this annual affair, featuring a stage with live bands playing throughout the day and night and a costume contest that awards patrons with the largest sombrero and best Mexican-inspired outfits. The festivities get under way at 8 a.m. with the ‘Stache Dash 5K, in which runners sport handlebar mustaches and tennis shoes and work up a thirst. Margaritas, imported beers and Mexican food are served at several stations on the property.

2) Bandito’s: As fate would have it, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Monday this year. But rather than let the Monday blues bring the party down, several local restaurants and bars will hold a three-day celebration that runs all weekend long, and then some. One such place is Bandito’s Restaurant and Cantina, one of the newest and largest Mexican-themed eateries in town. Located on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk at 14th Avenue North, Bandito’s will hold live music on the oceanfront deck and offer drink and food specials throughout the three-day weekend.

3) Nacho Hippo: The party continues at Market Common’s popular Mexican cantina. The Hippo also plans to make a full weekend out of the celebration, featuring live bands and specials on drinks and food. The open-air eatery provides a great place to enjoy the spring weather and good company at this hip new hangout.

4) Senor Frogs: The place that gained fame as a spring break party spot in Cancun has brought its chain of theme restaurants to Broadway at the Beach, and it has quickly become one of the hot spots for tourists and locals alike. That’s especially true on Cinco de Mayo, when live music and crazy contests and food and drink specials are held throughout the weekend.

5) Fuego: The latest Mexican restaurant on the South Strand is not new to throwing a party. Live DJs, food and drink specials and a jalapeno pepper eating contest are on the lineup for this Murrells Inlet-based Cinco de Mayo party. Special beer and margarita stands are on site and Mexican food will be served hot off the grill.

Where's your favorite place in Myrtle Beach to celebrate on 5-5?

(posted 3/21/14)