Dos Caminos

Dos Caminos, a Mexican-themed bar and restaurant in Harrah’s Resort, is a great place for awesome food and dancing. They offer specials including “Cinco De Wednesday,” which features great deals on tapas.

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There’s no wrong way to party here.

Dos Caminos is the brightly colored, Mexican-themed party spot brought to you by BR Guest Hospitality, the New York-based company that also owns Sammy D’s and Bill’s Bar & Burger at Harrah’s Resort. There’s a slightly different feel in this area of the resort, with the boats and back bays replace the beach and Boardwalk as a backdrop and fewer neighboring casinos to compete with adding a bit of an exclusive feel to the festivities. There are no DJs or screeching cover bands to drown out your friends, just good music, food and drinks, all elements of a good party. “It’s definitely high energy with a dark, sexy vibe,” says BR Guest Vice President of Operations for Joint Ventures Scott Hamilton.

Celebrate the convergence of parties.

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With a national reputation for throwing a good party, Dos Caminos is popular with ladies celebrating a bachelorette or birthday party, or simply seeking a solid base for a night of partying down. “We have four restaurants in Manhattan so the brand is quite well known. There’s a strong bachelorette party market in the New York area and they come down to celebrate … with great expectations,” Hamilton says. Groups can choose from several pre-selected menus offering items such as chicken quesadillas and empanadas, roasted plantains and mahi-mahi tacos for each member of a party.

Fuel up for your big night out.

While there are many paths to a good party night, experts generally agree it’s a solid idea to provide a good base for the night’s processing of alcohol. “There’s lots of candlelight and a lot of interaction between the tables. You might have a large party of guys and a group of girls going back and forth and mingling between the tables; sometimes people get up and start dancing for no particular reason,” Hamilton says. Start out with some made-to-order guacamole, followed by a few “mar y tierra” tacos with flank steak and rock shrimp, or fried pork carnitas. On a diet? There’s seared tuna on a lettuce wrap with papaya salsa and black-bean pico de gallo to help you keep the title “la flacca.”

Enjoy a tequila sunset.

One unique benefit Dos Caminos has over other casino eateries is a spectacular view. In the evening, huge windows offer the perfect setting to showcase the sunset over the bay, followed by peaceful night scenes from Brigantine to Galloway. While you’re watching, why not sip on an El Camino margarita, Dos Caminos’ signature drink with white El Milagro tequila and fresh lime juice. There’s a tequila to suit every taste at Dos Caminos, including top-shelf options such as Cazadores and El Tesoro Reposado. But if tequila’s not your thing, you can still get into the spirit of things with a tasty, one-of-a-kind mojito.

This bash is a bargain.

Alcohol has the same effect no matter how much it costs. So knowing when you can get a $5 version of the classic El Camino or prickly pear margarita will make you come off like a hero to your less-informed friends. Stop by every “Cinco de Wednesday” for smaller tapas-style plates in the lounge starting at $5. Tapas options include papas con trigo, Spanish sausage, shrimp tostadas, quesadillas and a chicken empanada that’s not on the regular menu. You don’t even have to be 21 to enjoy the great party eats.

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