13 Metro Phoenix Restaurants and Bars with Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

Tequila on tap.
Tequila on tap.
courtesy of TQLA

Okay, so maybe you don't know exactly why it's a tradition to eat, drink, and party on Cinco de Mayo (FYI, it's to commemorate the 150-year-old Battle of Puebla, a victory of the Mexican militia over the French army). But those pesky details shouldn't stop you from having a truly awesome modern American-style night out on the town. If margaritas and Mexican food are your favorite way to let loose, don't miss the celebration at these nine Valley restaurants on Sunday, May 5.

See also: - The Secret to a Perfect Margarita (Hint: It Does Not Include Agave Nectar) - C.A.S.A.: Unique Mexi-Fusion Fare and Craft Cocktails off Mill Avenue

TQLA A one-of-a-kind tequila drinking experience can be had at TQLA, where four tequilas are available on tap, chilled to an optimal temperature of 5 degrees. The restaurant, which serves a blend of Southwestern, Mexican, and Southern cuisine, also has more than 80 varieties of tequila at the bar and two dozen margarita and tequila-laced cocktails to choose from. The Cinco de Mayo party on the patio starts at 10 a.m. and includes a raffle and special tequila tastings. Drink specials include $4.50 house margaritas, $8 Don Julio margaritas, $2 off tap tequila shots, $10 blanco tequila flights, and $12 reposado tequila flights.

Arrowhead Grill Like to be fancy with your tequila? The West Valley's finest restaurant will be serving a 5-couse tequila dinner for Cinco de Mayo -- and one of the specialty cocktails will include Gran Patron Burdeos, which costs $500 a bottle. The second course will be a trio of enchiladas (duck, lobster, chicken) paired with a fruity Jalisco Smash (Patron Reposado, strawberries, basil, lime juice, Patron Citronge, strawberry garnish). Other dishes include Veracruz red snapper and savory achiote tequila-lime lamb chops. This dinner is $65.99 per person and is limited to 45 guests. For reservations, book online or call 623-566-2224.

Sprinkles + Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill An unlikely (but delicious) duo, Sprinkles and Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill are teaming up for a Cinco de Mayo bash. The cupcakery is launching a new flavor, Margarita. The key lime tequila cake topped with key lime frosting and dusted with fleur de sel will only be available May 3 to 23. Head to Z'Tejas at Scottsdale Fashion Square for the Leo Street taco special and receive a buy-one-get-one voucher for Sprinkles. The special includes two street tacos and a Little Larry Margarita for $9.95 and will be available all day Sunday. Can't wait for the cupcake? Stop by Sprinkles on Cinco de Mayo for a free appetizer at any of Z'Tejas' five Valley locations.

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