Cinco de Mayo Guide

Fast fact for your ass: Legend has it that the spirituous substance known as tequila was believed to help cure impotence and raise the dead. And here we thought it was only good for getting good and soused. We might have to put such myths to the test sometime over the upcoming Cinco de Mayo holiday, as heaven knows there's gonna be enough of golden liquor getting slurped up at the bars, clubs, and restaurants throughout the Valley. It's more than just Patron and Jose Cuervo, however, as any number of Mexican beers and spirits will inevitably be sampled during the annual holiday. Looking for the coolest or closest place to party? Peruse our compilation of some the finest fiestas taking place in town from Friday, April 30, until Wednesday, May 5.


Special Events

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Gladiadores Unidos
261 N. 17th St.
The colorful and kooky combatants of Gladiadores Unidos — Black Nacell, Rudy Escobedo, and El Diablo — engage in battle during an evening of fierce lucha libre (a.k.a. Mexican wrestling) action. 7 p.m.; $3 for children, $5 for adults. Call 480-399-9996.

Bars & Clubs

Hidden House
607 W. Osborn Rd.
DJ impresario Al Page hosts Steady Mobbin, a night of West Coast hip-hop music featuring spin sessions by Bigie, Blesd One, Kris the Fist, and others. 9 p.m., $5. Call 602-266-1763.

Matador Mexican Restaurant
125 E. Adams St.

Bump your humps to cumbias, reggaeton, and other Latin dance music spun by the Manic Hispanic during Caliente Chica Fridays. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-254-7563 for cover.



Port of Subs
21001 N. Tatum Blvd.

Turkey Bacon Avocado sandwiches will be available starting at $4.99 during the month of May. Call 480-502-7962.

Bars & Clubs

American Junkie
4363 N 75th St., Scottsdale

The Junkie Cinco Weekend Block Party kicks off with such drink specials as $5 vodka Red Bulls and Bloody Marys, music from The Spazmatics and The New FO's starting at 8 p.m., and the Floyd Mayweather/Shane Mosley fight will be showing throughout the bar. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-990-3000.

8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale

A triumvirate of Latino ska and psychobilly acts travel from California to take to the stage, including 8 Kalacas, The Rocketz, and Doña Canchis. Valley bands Cultura Libertaria, The Limit Club, Elron, and Rooster Coup DeVille are also on the bill. 7 p.m., $10. Call 480-945-4985.

702 N. Central Ave.
Cinco de Mayo party with DJs Rubas, Alfredo, and Big Latin blasting out hip-hop, salsa, merengue, cumbia, and rock en español. Drink specials include $3 margaritas. 9:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., $10. Call 602-258-8343.

Hollywood Alley
2610 W. Baseline Rd., Mesa

Legendary local indie band The Vinegar Sting stage a reunion gig, with support from JJCnV, Haunted Cologne, and The Pods. 9 p.m., $5. Call 480-820-7117.

Mateo's Cantina
5508 N. 7th Ave.

Witness the Mayweather/Mosley bout during the Fight Night viewing party, which features a sumptuous buffet from 6 to 8 p.m., DJ Tony spinning afterwards, and more. Noon, $20 per person. Call 602-242-4252.

Sky Lounge
132 E. Washington St.

Get your groove on during Latin Ladies Night as DJs Kyko, Mario, and Daffy spin cumbia, reggaeton, hip-hop, and dance music. 9 p.m., $10. Call 602-229-1110.


Special Events

Del Sol Reception Hall
243 S. Mesa Dr., Mesa
Death Machine, Mofo Clown, Payaso Asesino, Prince Azteca and the other performers of AA Lucha Libre Mexicana present a thrilling evening of high-flying and hard-hitting wrestling action. 7 p.m.; $3 for children, $5 for adults. Call 480-834-0772.

Bars & Clubs

American Junkie
4363 N 75th St., Scottsdale

The Junkie Cinco Weekend Block Party continues with a double elimination dodge ball tournament (featuring a $500 cash prize for the winner and $250 for best costume), food and drink specials, and more. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-990-3000.


Special Events

Arizona Piñatas

All Cinco de Mayo piñatas will be on sale, including such beautifully bashable creations in the shape of margarita glasses and chili peppers. Prices range from $24.95 for small to $44.95 for large. Call 480-310-3999 for more info.

ASU Kerr Cultural Center
6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Percussionist Joe Garcia and a few of his musician friends perform an evening of Latin Jazz and other global selections. 7:30 p.m., $16.50-$21.50. Call 480-596-2660 or see

Casino Arizona
524 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale

Latino comedians Rudy Moreno, Felipe Esparza, Darren Carter, and others won't be pulling any punchlines during the annual Cinco de Mayo Comedy Fiesta. 8 p.m., $25. Call 480-850-7734 or see

Clubhouse Music Venue
1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe

Japanese experimental post-rock band Mono go from Tokyo to Tempe as they stop by the Clubhouse on their latest North American tour. Austin indie-rock sextet Balmorhea will open the show. 7:30 p.m., $15. Call 480-967-7977.

Harrah's Ak-Chin
15406 N. Maricopa Rd., Maricopa

The casino's lounge will be serving $1 margaritas, $1.50 domestic drafts, and $2 Corona and Dos Equis bottles. Jaleo performs salsa and Latin favorites and the first 1,100 patrons receive a souvenir margarita glass. 5 to 9 p.m. Call 480-802-5000.

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