The friendly folks at Mandalay Bay’s Border Grill have struck again, adding yet another dynamic dimension to what is surely the Strip’s finest Mexican restaurant. Step out back on the ground floor to discover a handsome new rectangular bar, shielding its thirsty visitors from the desert sun while serving up refreshing margaritas and cocktails as well as Border Grill’s full food menu.
This poolside patio space has long been a popular spot for weekend diners checking out Border Brunch, and a temporary bar has been in place for months. But the new permanent structure adds another casual option without taking away any shady spaces. Its location has purpose—plenty of people use the outdoor walkway to find Mandalay’s new Daylight Beach Club and its night-time partner Eclipse, and Border’s bar could become a hot spot to fuel up along the way. Executive chef Mike Minor even hinted at creating a special late-night brunch menu for the starving masses streaming out of Eclipse.
Margaritas are the specialty at Border Grill, from the classic “Cadillac” with Sauza Reposado, fresh lime juice and Grand Marnier, to fun flavor variations like pineapple-vanilla bean or mango-cilantro. One of the newest additions uses fresh raspberries and smoky chipotle peppers and adds a spicy, rich mole mixture to the rim of the glass.
Always updating his menu, Minor recently added some snack-ish bites that complement the drinks and vibe at the new bar. Taco options use crispy ribeye or quinoa-coated avocado as fillings, and French technique sneaks into the mix when duck confit meshes with saucy chilaquiles. If you’ve worked up a real appetite after a few Coronas, the new pork burger will knock it out: a pork patty topped with carnitas and crispy bacon, the most pig you can legally fit into one sandwich.
Border Grill’s new patio bar is currently open during regular restaurant hours: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.