Fast fact for your ass: Legend has it that the spirituous substance known as tequila was once 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 (unless otherwise noted).
FRIDAY, APRIL 30
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.ka. Mexican wrestling) action. 7 p.m.; $3 for children, $5 for adults. Call 480-399-9996.
Herberger Theater Center
222 E. Monroe St.
Renowned Chicago-based sketch comedy troupe Second City presents a no-holds-barred send-up of our state with The Second City Does Arizona or Close But No Saguaro. 8 p.m., $30-$56. Runs through May 16. Call 602-256-6995.
105 W. Main St., Mesa
The horror punks of Calabrese are scheduled to rock the subterranean venue, along with the Limit Club, Dead City Saints, No Other Opinion, and more. 7 p.m. See www.mantoothgroup.com.
Calico Jack's Cantina
6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., Glendale
Westgate's newest Mexican joint celebrates its grand opening weekend with celebrity appearances, mariachi bands, drink specials, a visit by the 3 Little Amigos, a Miss Calico Jack's with an $1,000 prize, VIP giveaways, a chance to win a trip to Mexico, and more. Also runs Saturday, May 1. Call 623-877-5223.
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 DJs of Caliente Chica Fridays. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-254-7563 for cover.
SATURDAY, MAY 1
Inkenstein Tattoo Company
7120 North 55th Dr., Glendale
The tattoo parlor fetes its second anniversary with music by Flathead, Green Lady Killers, Glass Heroes, and 13 to the Gallows. 4 p.m. Call 623-271-7411.
Port of Subs21001 N. Tatum Blvd.www.portofsubs.com
Turkey bacon avocado sandwiches will be available, starting at $4.99, during the month of May. Call 480-502-7962.
BARS & CLUBS
American Junkie4363 N 75th St., Scottsdalewww.americanjunkieaz.com
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.
Chasers 8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdalewww.myspace.com/chasersliveaz
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.
Club DWNTWN702 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 Alley2610 W. Baseline Rd., Mesawww.thehollywoodalley.com
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 Cantina5508 N. 7th Ave.www.mateoscantina.com
Witness the Mayweather/Mosley bout during the Fight Night viewing party, which features a sumptuous buffet from noon to 8 p.m., DJ Tony spinning afterwards, and more. Noon, $20 per person. Call 602-242-4252.
Sky Lounge 132 E. Washington St.www.myspace.com/skysaturday
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.
SUNDAY, MAY 2
Del Sol Reception Hall243 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 Junkie4363 N 75th St., Scottsdalewww.americanjunkieaz.com
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.
132 E. Washington St.
Shake Sundays featuring DJ Kyko and Power 98.3's DJ M2 dropping hip-hop and reggaeton tracks all night. 9 p.m., $10. Call 602-229-1110.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 5
All 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 Center6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdalewww.asukerr.com
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 www.ticketmaster.com.
Casino Arizona 524 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale www.casinoaz.com
Latino comedians Rudy Moreno, Felipe Esparza, Darren Carter, and others won't be pulling any punchlines during the Cinco de Mayo Comedy Fiesta. 8 p.m., $25. Call 480-850-7734 or see www.ticketmaster.com.
Chandler Center for the Arts
250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler
Jack Herriman and Alex Zheng will conduct the Chander Symphony as it performs a variety of Mexican and Latin American musical selections. Friday, May 7. 7:30 p.m., free (but donations accepted). Call 480-782-2680.
Clubhouse Music Venue1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempewww.clubhousemusicvenue.com
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., Maricopawww.harrahsakchin.com
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.
Arriba Mexican GrillFive Valley locationswww.arribamexicangrill.com
A variety of live entertainment, promo giveaways, and such drink specials as $2 beers, $3 shots, and $4 margaritas will be available at each Arriba restaurant on Cinco de Mayo. 5 to 10 p.m. Call 480-948-9969.
Baja Joe's Mexican Cantina
1927 N. Gilbert Rd., Mesa
Cinco de Mayo fiesta featuring giveaways and hourly drawings for prizes, live mariachi band starting at 8 p.m., and such food and drink specials as $1 off all beer and margaritas, $1 discount on all appetizers and seafood cocktails, $2.50 Tecates (or five for $10), and $4 off parrilladas. Also runs on Friday, May 7. Open until midnight. Call 480-655-1828.
Cafe Carumba7303 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdalewww.cafecarumba.com
Shots of Patrón are only $5 all day. 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 480-947-8777.
530 E. McDowell Rd.
Enjoy a 99-cent margaritas and $1.99 Mexican beers all day, as well as various lunch and dinner specials and a live mariachi band from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call 602-254-2155.
15 E. 6th St., Tempe
The Mill Avenue eatery partners with Cruz Tequila for its Cinco and will feature a mariachi band, taco-eating contest for prizes, and such drink specials as $3 Dos Equis, $4 Cruz shots, $5 Cruz premium shots, and $6 Cruz margaritas. 5 p.m. Call 480-557-8226.
The Compound Grill7000 E. Mayo Blvd. www.thecompoundgrill.com
Celebrate Cinco with a performance from folk rocker Martin Sexton and special guests the Ryan Montbleau Band, "fresh Mex" cuisine, specials on Mexican beers, and more. All day happy hour is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (with no cover), and the music starts at 8 p.m. (with $20-$22 admission). Call 480-585-5483.
Crave Café & Lounge505 S. Mill Ave., Tempewww.cravetempe.com
A "gourmet fiesta" of Mexican eats (including $1 tacos and burritos) will be offered from 4 to 9 p.m. Later in the evening, DJ Thaicoon will work the turntables during the "La Femme Fiesta," which includes a VIP happy hour from 10 to 11 p.m. and no cover for ladies until midnight. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-784-6700.
Fatburger414 S. Mill Ave., TempeGet $1.99 bottles of Corona until midnight. Open at 10:30 a.m. Call 480 449-9002.
Half Moon Sports Grill288 E. Greenway Pkwy.2121 E. Highland Ave.www.halfmoonsportsgrill.com
Both locations will present Cinco de Mayo patio parties featuring $4 monster margaritas, $3 Tecate and Dos Equis, half-price pollo fundido, and other specials. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-933-6600 or 602-977-2700.
Kozy Cactus4356 E. Cactus Rd.www.kozycactus.com
Celebrate all day long with a Mexican food buffet, live music from Cactus Homegrown starting at 6 p.m., drink specials on margaritas, tequila shots, and Mexican Beers, and more. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-569-5699.
1327 E. Chandler Blvd.
Cinco de Mayo fiesta featuring acoustic music, a waterslide, slot cars, outdoor bars, and a slew of Mexican beers. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-460-8887.
Long Wong's at the Firehouse1639 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe
Live music from Los Patrons and Bye Heart, drink specials, delicious eats, and more. 9 p.m. Call 480-967-0167.
15544 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
7328 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale
Cinco de Mayo party at each location with live music, free food, and drink specials. Call 480-596-9787 or 480-946-2256.
Los Sombreros2534 N. Scottsdale Rd., ScottsdaleThis Mexican eatery offers a slew of Cinco de Mayo specials and a $5 Happy Hour all night long. 4 to 9 p.m. Call 480-994-1799.
Macayo's Mexican KitchenAll 10 Valley locationswww.macayo.com
Each Phoenix-area Macayo's will serve up $5 16-ounce margaritas and $5.55 combos, in addition to featuring DJs, live music, mariachis, face painters, and various other distractions. Call 602-264-6141.
Padre's Modern Mexican 1044 E. Camelback Rd.www.padresmexican.com
Cinco de Drinco party promising Mexican beers (including $2.50 Coronas), specials on margaritas, and more. Happy hour takes place from 3 to 6:30 p.m., and El Trio presents live salsa music from 7 to 11 p.m. Open at 11 a.m. Call 602-277-1749.
Salty SeñoritaFour Valley locationswww.saltysenorita.com
Each restaurant will host carnival-themed Circo de Mayo parties, offering such delights as food and drinks, games, giveaways, and music from live bands and local DJs. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., wristbands start at $10. Call 480-946-7258.
San Gabriel Mexican Café
7000 N. 16th St.
Meal deals, Cinco de Mayo specials, and mouthwatering margaritas will be available all day, with a DJ spinning from 8 p.m. until close. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-371-0111.
Sparky's Old Town Creamery
510 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
Feeling warm? Cool off and spice things up with a free 3-ounce scoop of jalapeno lime ice cream with any purchase. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Call 480-921-6228.
T.G.I. Friday's 21001 N. Tatum Blvd.www.tgifridays.com
Save some scrilla with such drink deals as $3 Mexican bottled beers and cheladas and $7.77 premium margaritas. Free chips and salsa will also be served. Call 480-538-1945.
Valle Luna Mexican Restaurant
3336 W. Bell Rd.
Annual Cinco de Mayo tent party, which includes a free appetizer buffet, live music, and entertainment from Devotion, DJs, and more. 3 to 10 p.m., $10. Call 602-993-3108.
Zendejas Grill19420 N. 59th Ave., Glendalewww.citadelleplaza.com
This combination grand opening party and Cinco de Mayo celebration promises plenty of mojitos and margaritas, live music from the Ron Hoyos Band, and more 3 to 10 p.m. Call 602-398-6434.
Four Valley locations
The Valley restaurant chain will feature $2 Coronas and Corona Lights in addition to its regular menu. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 480-946-4171.
BARS & CLUBS
308 N. 2nd Ave.
Latin music from the Xite Band, drink specials, and more. 4 p.m. Call 602-254-2925.
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
Eating and drinking will abound at the annual Cinco De Rancho celebration, which offers $2 tacos and such liquid refreshment as $2 Dos Equis Amber and Lager, $3 Cuervo Silver, $4 frozen margaritas, and $5 Cabo Wabo Reposado Rocks margaritas. Acoustic musicians perform from 5 to 8 p.m. and DJ Benjamin Cutswell spins from 10 p.m. until close. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-894-1111.
Cocomo Joe's28244 N. Tatum Blvd., Cave Creek
Cinco De Mayo party with karaoke, $2.50 Corona and Corona Lights, and more. 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Call 480-538-8008.
D'Arcy McGee's2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
Drink specials like $2 Jose Cuervo and $4 margaritas will be available. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Call 480-557-9087.
Devil's Advocate955 E. University Dr., Tempe X103.9 presents its Cinco de Mayo Bash with performances by L.A.'s Crash Kings, Jason DeVore, Dry River Yacht Club, and a special acoustic set by Switchfoot, and more. 5 p.m., $10. Call 480-921-2585.
Donna Jean's Libations
6676 W. Bell Rd., Glendale
Cinco De Mayo party with rock en español from Nomada, Pentomic, and Mona Sol, as well as punk from Adam's Evil. 9 p.m., $3. Call 623-979-7036.
Dos Gringos Scottsdale 4209 N. Craftsman Ct., Scottsdale Cinco de Mayo fiesta promising live music, DJs, prizes, games, and giveaways all day. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., $5. Call 480-423-3800.
Horse & Hound Sports Grill1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe
The weekly Rockstar Karaoke session will take place. 9 p.m. Call 480-967-7977.
Marc's Sports Grill & Nightlife4494 W. Peoria Ave., GlendaleThe partying action runs all day long with a Mexican fiesta menu, specials on Corona and tequila from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with karaoke in the MarcTini Lounge and Texas Hold'em in the main room after 9 p.m. Open until 2 a.m. Call 623-842-1053.
Pranksters Gar & Brill
1024 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe
Celebrate Cinco with homemade tamales and enchiladas, $3 margaritas, $2.50 Mexican beers, and more. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-967-8875.
7919 E. Thomas Rd., Scottsdale
Jim Nistco's Jazz Express performs in the Jester Room starting at 8 p.m., while homemade tamales and enchiladas, $3 margaritas, and $2.50 Mexican beers will be available all day. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-990-1114.
Rhythm Room1019 E. Indian School Dr.
Cinco de Mona's Birthday Burrito Fiesta featuring music from The Sugar Thieves, Black Carl, Dry River Yacht Club, Yellow Minute, Home Jones, and more. 7 p.m., $5 (burrito included). Call 602-265-4842.
Salty Señorita Four Valley locations Señoritaville Cinco de Mayo parties will dominate each location, offering food and drink specials, live music and DJs, games and prizes, promo giveaways, and more. Noon to 2 a.m. $10. Call 480-946-7258.
San Felipe's Cantina 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
The tequila will be flowing like water at this Tempe Marketplace drinkery, as $3 early bird specials on Sauza (as well as Dos Equis) will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A Boy Named Sioux performs at 3 p.m., followed by Party McFly at 7 p.m. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-736-8226.
Scottsdale Cigar Club14525 N. 79th St., ScottsdalePartake in the shop's annual cigar and tequila tasting. 4 to 10 p.m., $10 (includes a free cigar). Call 480-946-7833.
Shady's2701 E. Indian School Rd.
Enjoy the jukebox, free pool until 7 p.m., drink specials, and more. Call 602-956-8998.
SideBar1514 N. 7th Ave.Cinco de Mustache with DJs Tricky T, Sean Watson, and Jared Alan. Drink specials will be served. 9 p.m. Call 602-254-1646.
Tempe Trailer Park
1001 8th St., Tempe
Cinco De Mayo celebration with live DJs, cheap food and drinks, and plenty of good times. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-968-7879.
Cinco de Mayo Salsa Challenge
Feeling bold? Put your taste buds to the test by sampling the potent picantes and other badass salsas that will be slung on Saturday, May 1, at El Pedregal Marketplace, 34505 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Salsas from more than a dozen different Valley eateries are sure to tempt the tongues of those in attendance. Meanwhile, live entertainment will be provided by Tropical Vibes Dance Company and the all-female Mariachi Pasion ensemble. The chips will go down from noon to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Call 480-488-4100.
Chandler Cinco de Mayo Festival
Though Chihuahuas aren't exactly built for speed, it's almost guaranteed you'll see plenty of the pint-size pups running their little legs off during this popular local Cinco event on Saturday, May 1, at the Chandler Downtown Library, 100 East Commonwealth Avenue. Countless Chihuahua owners from across the Valley will race their pooches for more than $750 is cash prizes (and the delight of the crowd), as well as entering the diminutive doggies into the yearly "King and Queen Chihuahua" pageant. (Entry fees are $10 for the "King and Queen" contest, $20 for the races, or $25 for both. Registration is at 11 a.m., limited to 150 dogs). Meanwhile, the festival itself will feature a colorful array of vendors, food and drinks, carnival games, live music and entertainment, rides, workshops, folkloric dancing, and more. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., free.
Cinco de Sandbar
While the parking lots of the Valley's three Sandbar locations are normally used for stow your ride during most of the year, during Cinco de Mayo weekend the spaces will become the site of three days of wacky athletic theatrics and specials like $3.50 Dos Equis. For example, the Scottsdale location (10050 North Scottsdale Road, 480-998-8845) will feature a strongman competition on Saturday, May 1, as well as music from Adam Shero and Another Day; followed by its annual dodgeball tournament with a $1,000 cash prize on Sunday, May 2, and music from the Island Magic Steel Drum Band on Wednesday, May 2. The fun starts at 11 a.m. each day. Call 480-998-8845. (Visit www.sandbaraz.com for info on the Cinco de Sandbar parties at the Chandler and Peoria locations.)
Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival
Legendary funk-rock band WAR will headline this two-day extravaganza taking place smack dab in the middle of downtown Phoenix during Cinco weekend. A five-block stretch of Jefferson Street will transform into a massive fiesta featuring a variety of vendors and such family fun and activities as product sampling, ballet folklorico performances, games, live music, and more. Gates will be open 2 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, May 1, and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 2. Admission is $5 for adults and free for kids 12 and under. Call 602-279-4669.
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Wanna keep celebrating Cinco long after everyone else has called it quits? The cool cats at AZ Rockabilly have the same thought in mind as they're flying in Latin ska band Inspector from Monterrey, Mexico, to headline this frenetic fiesta on Thursday, May 6, at Club Red, 2155 East University Drive in Tempe. L.A.'s South Central Skankers and New Mexico's The Big Spank are also scheduled to appear. Doors open at 7 p.m. and pre-sale tickets are $15. Call 602-348-7179.a
cave creek cinco celebrations
The town of Cave Creek will transform into a ginormous Cinco party on Wednesday, May 5, with nine different bars and restaurants holding different fetes and fiestas with various drink specials and other fun. For instance, Harold's Corral (6895 East Cave Creek Road, 480-488-1906) will serve up specials on such brews as Dos Equis and Corona, as well as presenting a special Mexican food menu. Runs 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Meanwhile, over at Cody's Smokehouse (6032 East Cave Creek Road, 480-575-1101), a slate of live bands and comedians will do their thing, indoor, drinks like $5 margaritas will be served on a variety of indoor and outdoor bars, and other fun will take place. Piñatas containing cash and prizes will occur every hour at various locations, and a complimentary shuttle bus will run between venues. Other establishments joining in the fun include the Hideaway Grill (6746 East Cave Creek Road, 480-595-0358); Silver Spur Saloon (6245 East Cave Creek Road, 480-488-3317); and the Cave Creek Coffee Company (6033 East Cave Creek Road, 480-488-0603).