God bless the souls of Don Cenobio Sauza and José María Guadalupe Cuervo. Why? Because they're the crafty cats who first imported the spirituous concoction known as Tequila to the U.S. from Mexico in the 1870s. Thus, they gave our country one of its favorite mind-erasers. So be sure to raise a shot during Cinco de Mayo weekend in honor of these dearly departed distillers. After all, you'll likely be sucking down a snifter (or four) of their namesake brands this weekend, as well as countless Coronas, plenty of Pacifico, and myriad other Mexican brews. Given that you'll wanna be a bargain-minded borracho, we've assembled some comprehensive listings of the cheapest drinks — as well as some fairly fearsome fiestas — in and around the PHX from Friday, May 1, to Tuesday, May 5. You can get your drink on, partake in some Hispanic cultura and comestibles, but not peso much. Just remember to call a cab, cabrón, unless you want to a siesta in Tent City.



Cien Agaves Tacos & Tequila

7228 E. 1st Ave., Scottsdale

How many tacos can you stuff in your craw? Find out at Cien Agave's eating contest on Friday, May 1, which also features drink specials and tequila promotions. (Shredded beef tacos will also be available for just a buck on Tuesday, May 5). 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-970-9002.

Garibaldi Real Mexican Grill

3024 W. Van Buren St.

The "Noche de Dignidad" fundraising dinner benefiting both the Tonatierra Community Development Institute and the Macehualli Work Center will feature former Rage Against the Machine singer Zack de la Rocha as a special guest speaker. 5:30 p.m. $50 for adults, $30 for students (with valid school ID). Call 602-316-9732 or e-mail to RSVP.

Macayo's on Central

4001 N. Central Ave.

DJ Big Latin spins up the hottest hip-hop, cumbias, and Latin hits. 4-10 p.m. Call 602-264-6141 for cover.

Mi Amigos

Three Valley locations

Dine on red chile-roasted back ribs served with cilantro rice, chilled corn, and avocado salad, and other delights for $13.95. Drink specials include $2.75 16-ounce Negra Modelo drafts and $4.50 fruity margaritas. Giveaways will also be offered. Available through Tuesday, May 5. Call 480-892-6822.


Bar Smith

130 E. Washington St.

Dance your ass off to a dope mix of electro, house, techno, and mash-ups at FUSE Fridays, courtesy of Sol Martinez, DJ Mara, Sonique des Fleurs, and Disco Da. Specials include $3 Skyy drinks, Blue Moon, and select shots. Free before 10 p.m., $5 thereafter. Call 602-229-1265.

Club Mardi Gras & VooDoo Lounge

8040 E. McDowell Rd., Scottsdale

Former Crank Yankers star (and current co-host of VH1 Classic's That Metal Show) Jim Florentine unleashes some yuks in Scottsdale. 8 p.m. (He also performs 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 2). $20. Call 480-970-5707 or visit

Matador Mexican Restaurant

125 E. Adams St.

Shake your moneymaker at Caliente Chica Fridays, with DJ AL3 and The Manic Hispanic spinning reggaeton, hip-hop, cumbias, and Latin music. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 602-254-7563 for cover.

Mateo's Cantina

5508 N. 7th Ave.

Indoor and outdoor dining and dancing will be available at this Cinco de Mayo party, which features $3 margaritas and Mexican beer, $5 all-you-can-eat buffet, $5 tequila shots, and music from Elixir and Devotion. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 602-242-4252.



Barcelona Scottsdale

15440 N. Greenway-Hayden Loop, Scottsdale

A special Dos Equis reception will be held, promising food, fun, and live mariachi music. Ladies are free (RSVP required), $15 for men starting at 8:30 p.m. Call 480-603-0370.

Barrios Unidos Park

1501 E. Mohave St.

The two-day Cinco de Mayo Festival hosted by 88.3 La Campesina Radio features food, games, entertainment, and performances by a slew of Latino musicians, including Intocable, Los Grandes de Tijuana, Colmillo Norteño, Carmen Jara, Los Canarios, and others. 3 p.m.-midnight. Also runs noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 3. $10 (free for kids 12 and under). Visit

Devil's Martini

4175 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale

"Dos de Mayo" party with promos, Latin music, and more. Specials include two-for-one drinks 'til 10 p.m., $2 Coronas, and $5 Cazadores margaritas and Cabo Wabo shots. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-947-7171 and 480-348-1666.

Food City Cinco de Mayo Festival

Jefferson St. between 1st & 5th Aves.

The massive 10-block fiesta celebrating Latino culture kicks off, with food and drink vendors, games, activities, and more. Live music includes performances by Montez de Durango, Kingz One, and others. 1 p.m.-midnight. $7 for adults, free for kids 12 and under. Call 602-279-4669.

Chandler Downtown Library Plaza

100 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler

Pack up your pups for Chandler's annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration, which is headlined by Chihuahua racing for prizes at 5 p.m. ($25 entry fee, sign-up at 1 p.m., limited to 150 dogs), and contests to determine the "King and Queen Chihuahua" at 3 p.m., in addition to vendors, food, and drink all day. Live entertainment includes performances by mariachis, folkloric dancing groups, Latin musicians, and more. Visit for the full lineup. 10 a.m. to midnight. Call 480-782-2735.


El Pedregal Shops & Dining

34505 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

Prepare your taste buds for the annual Cinco de Mayo Salsa Festival, where more than a dozen local chefs and restaurants (including Café Carumba and Spotted Donkey Cantina) will offer salsa tastings. A mariachi trio takes the stage at noon, with the Ballet Folklorico Junior Dancers performing at 2 p.m. Meanwhile, the Bakery Café will serve such treats as Mexican wedding cookies, apple-mango chimichangas, and margarita pie with a Cointreau and tequila topping. Noon-3 p.m. 480-488-1072.

Phoenix Event Complex

2247 N. 99th Ave.

More than a dozen hard rock and nu-metal bands will perform, including Chevelle, Drowning Pool, Static-X, Saliva, Powerman 5000, and Steel Panther. Noon-10 p.m. $30-$98. Visit

West Valley Art Museum

17420 N. Avenue of the Arts, Surprise

The Cinco de Mayo Festival will offer a stunning array of traditional music and dance performances (including flamenco and ballet folklorico), as well as arts and crafts, piñatas, food and drink, and the "Mayan Mysteries" exhibition by photographer Willis Peterson. 4:30-8:30 p.m. $7 adults, $5 members, $4 teens, and $2 for kids age 5-12 (includes entry to the museum and exhibits). Call 623-972-0635.


Los Compadres

2350 W. Northern Ave.

The jazz ensemble of trumpet player Tom Miles, pianist David Valdivia, bassist Vic Kottner, drummer Tom Goodwin, and guitarist Dick Curtis performs. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Call 602-864-0043.

McDuffy's Grille

980 E. Pecos Rd.

Saturday Cinco Party with DJ Sean in the mix, $2 Dos Equis, $4 Sol de Mexico tequila shots, $5 house margaritas and more. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-966-8200.



702 N. Central Ave.

The turntablist trio of DJs Rubass, Fredo, and Big Latin spin reggaeton, bachata, rock en español, and other Latin jams all night. 9:30 p.m.-4 a.m. $10. Call 602-258-8343.

Jackson's on Third

245 E. Jackson St.

Latin SNL featuring the turntablists of Ritmo Latino (including Villin, Madd Rich, and DJ Big Latin) blasting out the hottest reggaeton, hip-hop, old-school, and Latin vibes all night. Free before 10 p.m. Visit for cover and guest list access.

Pennie Lee's

12417 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale

Power 98.3 hosts an evening of Latin hip-hop artists, including Chingo Bling, Lil' Rob, Knoc-Turn'al, Cash-P, Indaskreet, Social, Jesse Thomas, and more. 7 p.m. $20 pre-sale, $30 at the door, $45 for VIP admission (which includes access to a backstage bar and complimentary buffet). Visit

Sandbar Mexican Grill

9868 W. Northern Ave., Peoria

10050 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

The "Cinco de Sandbar" celebration returns for its fifth straight year. Fifty tons of sand will transform the parking lots of each location into beach parties all weekend. Scottsdale will host live music from EastonAshe on Saturday at 8 p.m., with the annual dodgeball tournament going down place on Sunday. (Co-ed teams of nine are involved, with a $150 entry fee and $1,000 cash prize for first). Over at Peoria, activities include a bikini contest on Saturday, Chihuahua races and a taco-eating contest on Sunday, and live music and cornhole tournaments on both days. Open until 2 a.m. Also runs Sunday, May 3. Call 480-998-8845 or 623-877-6444 for cover.

Silver Martini & Wine Bar

136 E. Washington St.

Get your groove on at Sabado de Sabor with DJ Skandalis and DJ Astonish spinning cumbia, merengue, salsa, bachata, hip-hop, and reggaeton. Specials include $2 Tequila until midnight, and $2 Mexican imports and 50-cent Tecate until 11. Ladies free until 10:30 p.m. Visit



Chandler Center for the Arts

250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler

The Salt River Brass presents its "Fiesta!" celebration, which features an exotic selection of music from Spain and Latin America, including the Xavier Cugat Orchestra's El Cumbanchero, the Marcha de Zacatecas, Raphael Mendez's La Virgin de la Macarena, and Silvestre Revueltas' symphonic poem Sensemayá. 3 p.m. $15-$10 adults, $13-$18 seniors and students. Call 602-334-4556 or visit

Food City Cinco de Mayo Festival

Jefferson St. between 1st & 5th Aves.

The Latino festival concludes, offering a second day of food and drink vendors, games, and plenty of activities. Live music will be offered from Los Horoscopos, Augie Meyers, Charlie Rich Jr., Little Joe y La Familia, Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, and others. Noon-10 p.m. $7 for adults, free for kids 12 and under. Call 602-279-4669.


Fuego Bar & Grill

9118 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson

Family Day benefiting United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association featuring a car show, face painting, live music, and free ice cream. 3-10 p.m. Call 623-478-7300.



Special Events

Casino Arizona

524 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale

Chris Reid (a.k.a. Kid of Kid-N-Play fame) headlines the Cinco de Mayo Comedy Fiesta, which also features Jill-Michele Melean from Reno 911, MADtv cut-up Johnny Sanchez, and Rudy Moreno. 8 p.m. $25. Visit


Arriba Mexican Grill

Five Valley locations

In addition to its regular menu of Mexican eats, each Arriba location will offer promo giveaways from Budweiser, Sauza, and Corona, as well as drink specials, DJs, and more. Call 602-265-9112.

Aunt Chilada's

7330 N. Dreamy Draw Dr.

Cinco de Mayo party featuring mariachi and salsa bands, live music by The Chris Parker Project, promo giveaways, food and drinks, and more. 3 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Call 602-944-1286.

Chronic Tacos

15 E. 6th St., Tempe

Food and drink specials will be available, with Cruz Tequila providing giveaways. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-557-8226.

Dos Gringos Chandler

1361 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler

A massive Cinco de Mayo party is planned, promising live music, beer pong, Wii games, DJs, and more. $5. Call 480-855-3303.

K O'Donnell's American Bar & Grill

14850 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale

Specials on Modelo, Corona, Dos Equis, and margaritas are available all day, as well as live music 4-8 p.m., authentic Mexican food, $1 tacos. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-922-7200.

Los Compadres

2350 W. Northern Ave.

Food and drink specials, giveaways, and more. 4-9 p.m. Call 602-864-0043.

Los Sombreros

2534 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

Happy hour runs from 5 to 9 p.m., with $5 food and drink specials offered all day. Call 480-994-1799

McDuffy's Grille

980 E. Pecos Rd.

Cinco de Mayo specials include $6.99 jumbo burritos, $4 mojitos, $3 house margaritas, and more. 5 p.m.-midnight. Call 480-966-8200.

The Office Restaurant & Bar

21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite 96

Cinco de Mayo party with $2 Dos Equis and machaca tacos, $3 gringo margaritas, and more. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Call 480-513-4401.

Padres Mexican Restaurant

1044 E. Camelback Rd.

Padres commemorates its fifth anniversary and Cinco de Mayo with a five-day celebration of dancing, feasting, and drinking. Drink specials include $6 Corralejo tequila shots and margaritas, and a variety of free happy hour hors d'oeuvres, prizes, giveaways, gifts, and more offered each night. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 602-277-1749.

Salty Señorita

Four Valley locations

The annual "Señoritaville" extravaganza will be unleashed at each location with more than 10,000 square feet of party space, cheap food, drink specials, island bars, pimped-out stages, outdoor grills, and more. Live entertainment includes performances by Metalhead, The Spazmatics, and DJ Diesel in Old Town Scottsdale; Rock Lobster, and Rebel Jack in Mesa; Shallow Water and others in north Scottsdale; and The Polyesters, Nineball, and DJ Sunny in Peoria. Shuttle service will also be available between the two Scottsdale locations. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. $10 "no-cover, no-wait" pre-sale wristbands available. Call 480-946-7258.

Valle Luna Mexican Restaurant

3336 W. Bell Rd.

Cinco de Mayo Tent Party with giveaways, trivia contests, a complimentary nacho bar outside, a DJ spinning the hits, and live music from the R&B Project and the Blues Bros. 3 p.m.-10:30 p.m. $5. Call 602-993-3108.


Blue Agave Mexican Cantina

7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Scottsdale

Cinco de Mayo party featuring appearances by the promo girls for Corona, Milagro Tequila, and Three Olives, as well as giveaways (including a $1,000 LCD flat-screen TV), stripper poles, music from DJ Soloman from 10 p.m. until close, $4 house margaritas, $3 Corona and Corona Lights, shot specials, and more Open until 2 a.m. $2. Call 480-419-6375.

CK's Tavern & Grill

4142 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix

Enjoy such drink specials as $2.50 Sierra Nevada, 25-ounce domestics, and Heineken pints, as well as $3 Corona and Corona Light, and 40-cent wings. 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Call 480-706-5564.

Club Red

2155 E. University Dr., Tempe

Cinco de Metal with Top Dead Center, One Body Too Many, Winter Darkness, and others. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-966-4733.

Dos Gringos Trailer Park

1001 E. 8th St., Tempe

Games, beer pong, DJs, and more. Drink specials go from 4 to 7 p.m. and include $1 shots, $2 beers, $3 Gringo­ritas, and other deals. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. $5. Call 480-968-7879.

Dos Gringos Scottsdale

4209 N. Craftsman Ct., Scottsdale

Cinco party extending into the parking lot with DJs inside and live bands outside starting at 8 p.m., and more. Specials run from 4 to 7 p.m. and include $1 shots, $2 beers, $3 Gringoritas, and $4 food items. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. $5. Call 480-423-3800.

Flicka's Baja Cantina

2003 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale

Raven's Cinco de Mayo Fiesta will feature grooves from DJ Tyger starting at 5 p.m., a complimentary buffet from 7 to 8 p.m., and live R&B/funk by House Quake starting at 8:30 p.m., and more. Food and drink specials include $1 shredded beef tacos, $2 Tecate bottles, $3 Red Bull vodka, and $5 Smirnoff-flavored cosmos. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-945-3618.


Fuego Bar & Grill

9118 W. Van Buren St., Tolleson

Live music from Tribe 7, Latino Rebel Band, La Familia Bano, and DJ Styxx in the mix. 3 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Call 623-478-7300.

Iguana Mack's

1371 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler

Piñata busts, a "best beer belly" contest, an authentic Mexican menu, DJs, a bikini contest, live music, and more. Noon-6 p.m. Free before 6 p.m. Call 480-899-6735.

Macayo Depot Cantina

300 S. Ash Ave., Tempe

Cinco de Mayo Beach Party with drink specials, DJs, contests, prizes, giveaways, and more. Live music will be provided by Silver Medallion, 2 Tone Lizard Kings, Katastro, Claybirds, Tyme Will Tell, and others. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. $5 after 3 p.m., $15 for VIP access. Call 480-966-6677.

Marc's Sports Grill & Nightlife

4494 W. Peoria Ave., Glendale

All-day drink specials include $2 tequila shots, $2.50 margaritas, $2.75 Coronas and tequila sunrises, and $3.50 Dos Equis pints. Karaoke in the MarcTini Lounge and music videos in the main bar start at 9 p.m., with food specials will also be offered (including $6.75 chicken enchiladas or green chili burro platters). 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 623-842-1053.

Mateo's Cantina

5508 N. 7th Ave.

Tuesday de Cinco party with a free appetizer buffet from 5 to 7 p.m., two-for-one margaritas and Mexican import beers, and music from Soul Persuasion until midnight. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-242-4252.

Prankster's Gar & Brill

1024 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe

Homemade tamales and enchiladas will be served, with $2.50 Mexican beer and $3 margaritas served all day. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-967-8875.

Prankster's Too

7919 E. Thomas Rd., Scottsdale

Live trivia starts at 7:30 p.m., karaoke follows at 9 p.m., with $2.50 Mexican beers, and $3 margaritas available all day. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-990-1114.

Renee's Grand Avenue Tavern

2448 Grand Ave.

Cinco de Mayo celebration with food, music, and surprises all night long. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Call 602-252-2770.

The Rhythm Room

1019 E. Indian School Rd.

Celebrate ¡Cinco de Mona! with funk by Black Carl and Latin/world jams by DJ Seduce. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Call 602-265-4842.

San Felipe's Cantina

21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe

Cinco de Drinko with mariachis, giveaways, "early bird" drink specials like $2 Dos Equis and $3 Hornitos margaritas, live music at the Tempe location, and more. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-515-2337 or 480-736-8226.


2701 E. Indian School Rd.

Free pool until 7 p.m., drink specials, and the joint's kickass jukebox. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-956-8998.

TT Roadhouse

2915 N. 68th St., Scottsdale

"Fiesta Grande" with drink specials on tequila and beer, free pool until 7 p.m., and more. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-947-8723.

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