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Valentine’s Day – The Day of Love

Valentines Day Las Vegas is a day in Vegas where where loved ones or best friends can spend time with one another.  Regardless of whether or not Valentine’s Day summons feelings of butterflies, nervousness, or just plain dread, the annual Day of Love is around the corner. And depending on some personal relationship variables, maybe you’re counting the minutes until the fourteenth arrives, maybe you’re counting the minutes until it’s over. Nevertheless, let’s take a look at the historical “love story” of Valentine’s Day… which, come to find out, isn’t so love-y after all. 

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As expected, this is a day honoring St. Valentine. Problem is, there were like a bajillion St. Valentines back in the day, and no one is really sure exactly which guy we’re honoring every mid-February. Historians have narrowed it down to two men (whose stories are so similar it may actually be in reference to one) to thank for spearheading a day that would eventually become synonymous with chocolates, roses, and lingerie.


Here’s how the story goes: Once upon a time in ancient Rome, a priest (or possibly a bishop) was marrying couples in the Christian faith, which was very, very not allowed. So, the emperor got mad and brutally cut off St. Valentine’s head. Fast forward a few hundred years and BOOM twitterpated couples are canoodling over candle-lit dinners all over the world. If that’s not a passion-filled enough backstory, you can go see St. Valentine’s skull on display in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Rome, which was excavated in the 1800s. Of course, it’s adorned with flowers because… romance. 


Confusing, yes, but isn’t love confusing? Even if you’re not celebrating with a special someone this year, it can’t be denied that Valentine’s Day goes hand-in-hand with perfect pairs. It is an entire day, after all, of recognizing companionship and how one half of a duo compliments the other. And we gotta be honest, we can’t think of a better, more magical couple than a good taco and a refreshing beer. Think about it. It’s like destiny you get to eat and drink. 


How to Have the Ultimate Valentine’s Day at Tacos & Beer 


On a first date? You’re in luck. You’ve got yourself an invaluable opportunity to observe how your companion performs while eating the most loved food item in the world. If he whips out a fork and knife to nosh on our Carne Asada taco, for example, you know you’ve got to let him go. You’re welcome, we just saved you months of dating a potential serial killer. On the flip side, you bring your Valentine in, and she sits down and demands, “Get me the Queso Fundido” before your waiter even has a chance to say ‘hello’- marry her, she’s the one. 


Maybe you’ve been in a relationship for a long time. Maybe things have gotten a little stagnant. Maybe you need a little excitement in your lives. Maybe you just didn’t know about our Happy Hour. We suppose you could see a relationship counselor, but you could also come in and order a 16oz Atomic Duck IPA and shot of Jagermeister instead. At just ten bucks, it would be a lot cheaper. We’ll see you here daily for Happy Hour. Open on Valentine’s Day- from 3 PM-6 PM and late night 11 PM-1 AM (excluding Taco Tuesday and Saturday nights) for drink and taco specials. 


If you’re single, even better. Don’t forget about Galentine’s Day on Thursday, February 13th. Yes, it’s a thing. Ladies, bring your girl tribe with you to celebrate friendship and independence from not-needin-no-man with copious amounts of Guac and a pitcher or two or three of Traditional, Strawberry, Passion Fruit, Mango, Jalapeño, Guava, or Piña Colada flavored Margaritas. Single men, you might want to just-so-happen to come in on Thursday, too. Wink, wink. 


It doesn’t matter if your single, taken, married, separated, divorced, male, female, or non-binary- Tacos & Beer is THE location for Val-(or Gal-)entine’s Day this year. We are honored to be able to share what we love with the customers we love on a day that celebrates all the love for yet another year. We’ll see you here, let us know how we can make your day even more special.

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Must-Have Christmas Cocktails at Tacos & Beer

Must-Have Christmas Cocktails at Tacos & Beer

’Tis the season. And depending upon who you talk to, that could be a good thing or a bad thing. Maybe you put up your tree two months ago, maybe you cringe every time you hear a bell jingle in the distance. Love it or hate it, the holidays are upon us. And regardless of whether the month of December makes you yearn to celebrate each and every cozy moment or run through the holly-decked aisles of every store screaming, everyone can agree Christmas cocktails are a major perk of the season. 


Luckily, Tacos & Beer gets it, and we’ve created some seriously festive and outrageously delicious cocktails. It doesn’t matter if you’re a holiday-lover or a Grinch this season, after your first sip of any of these fabulous drinks, your heart is likely to grow at least three sizes. 


Check these out:

Caramel Swizzle

Smirnoff Vodka

Cold Brew Concentrate

Salted Caramel Kahlua

Garnish: 3 Coffee Beans 

Pairs well with any dessert, particularly our flan. This coffee-forward stunner is sweet with a touch of salt and just might be the mandatory cap to any meal this month, especially after a long holiday shopping day.

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Mexican Pick-Me Up

Xicaru Reposado Mezcal

Cold Brew Concentrate

Ancho Reyes

Simple Syrup

Garnish: Lemon Peel

Think coffee but with an even bigger kick. Ancho and poblano chiles are steeped in simple syrup to create the wonder that is Ancho Reyes. We mix that with good tequila and cold brew concentrate to create a slightly spicy, smoky, and unbelievable amped up cocktail. This one pairs perfectly with our dark-chocolatey Enchiladas de Mole. 



Bee’s On Parade

Monkey Shoulder Scotch

Amaro di Angostura

Honey Syrup

This lush cocktail is the elixir you wish your mother had given you when you were feeling under the weather. The aromatic cinnamon and licorice tones of the Angostura bitters swirled with sweet honey syrup is a legendary partner to a silky, malty scotch like Monkey Shoulder. No need to have the sniffles to enjoy this cocktail, it’ll make you feel better regardless of how you felt before you took your first sip. Pairs well with Pork al Pastor, Carnitas, Puerco Verde, or our slow-roasted Cochinita Pibil.

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Second Breakfast

BSB (Brown Sugar Bourbon)

Antica Carpano Sweet Vermouth

Apple Bitters

Garnish: Pumpkin Spice Rim and Dried Apples

Cinnamon and brown sugar-flavored bourbon would be good enough on its own, but when mixed with vanilla-forward Antica Carpano and the caramelized apple taste of the bitters, you’ve got yourself the liquid version of a warm hug. Pair this cocktail with churros because why not?

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Golden Girl

Xicaru Reposado

St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram

Araceli Marigold Liqueur

Fall Syrup

Cardamom Bitters

Chocolate Bitters

Garnish:  Star of Anise and Orange Peel

Simply, the best flavors of the season in a glass. The Allspice Dram, Fall Syrup, plus Cardamom and Chocolate bitters bring all the seasonal notes you know and love and then some, but the rich, floral, and fragrant secret weapon here is Araceli Marigold Liqueur. Pairs well with our awesome Tortilla Soup or Flautas. 

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Monkey Shoulder Scotch

Horchata Syrup

St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram

Chocolate Bitters

Garnish: Nutmeg

Adequately named, this lovely seasonal drink has an irresistible Mexican flair. Horchata Syrup offers the cinnamon and vanilla that naturally pairs so well with Allspice Liqueur and Chocolate Bitters to marry brilliantly with smooth and malty Monkey Shoulder Scotch. Try Deelicious with our famous Choco-Tacos for an extra special treat.

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Regardless of how you feel about it, the holidays will be over before you know it. That said, you’ve still got plenty of time to try each and every one of our holiday cocktails before we’re on to the next season. We’ll see you soon and Happy Holidays!

What is Mezcal? And why you should be drinking it…


Mezcal has been rising in popularity in the last few years. It seems mixologists are always coming up with new fancy cocktails using this Mexican alcohol. But if you saw it on the menu and thought, “what is that?” you probably aren’t alone. And if you think Mezcal and Tequila are the same, we’re here to tell you, it’s not. So, let’s break down the facts and find out why you should be drinking it.


What is mezcal?

Mezcal or mescal (/mɛˈskæl/Spanish: [mesˈkal] (About this soundlisten)) is a Mexican distilled alcoholic beverage made from any type of agave. Agaves or magueys are found mainly in many parts of Mexico and all the way down to the equator, though most mezcal is made in Oaxaca.[2] It can also be made in Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas, Michoacan and the recently approved Puebla.

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What’s the difference between mezcal and tequila?

While mezcal and tequila are both made from agave, tequila can only be made from blue Weber agave. Mezcal, however, can be made from more than 28 different varieties of agave. While it can be made in different areas of Mexico, most mescal comes from Oaxaca.

Espadin, the most common agave used, takes eight years to grow to maturity, though other varietals can take longer. Once it’s mature, the spines are cut away, exposing the hearts — piñas — which are buried in smoky fire pits and covered. The agave cooks from anywhere between three days and two weeks. (Tequila, on the other hand, is cooked for far less time in a more conventional oven.)


What’s all the hype about?

If you haven’t noticed, mezcal is kinda having a moment. It might be because it has a very distinct flavor. The roasting of the plant gives the finished product a smokey, savory finish  . Most people find it’s best sipped slowly like a fine whisky or scotch. But, many restaurants these days have made some pretty unique drinks from tequilas.

Best mezcal cocktails for beginners

Ok, so now that you know the facts, are you ready to try it? Here are a few mixed drinks to get you started. Once you’re in love, you can start sipping it straight like the pros. Be sure to pair it with your favorite taco for a truly Mexican experience.

Spicy Sandia: Rayu mescal, jalapeño, lime juice, watermelon puree. 

Cantarito: Rayu Mescal, orange and lime juice, grapefruit soda and tajin

Jamaica con Mezcal: Rayu Mescal, triple sec, jamaica syrup, lime juice and a tajin rim


If you tried to make your own specialty mescal drinks, leave us a comment and tell us how they turned out. But, if you don’t feel like putting in the work, head on down to the bar and order one up. You won’t regret it.




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