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Cinco de Mayo Guide 2015

There is no shortage of places around the Valley to party at on Cinco de Mayo, to say the least. Ditto for all the events that will transpire during the days and nights leading up to the big drinking holiday. For proof, look no further than our annual Cinco guide,...
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There is no shortage of places around the Valley to party at on Cinco de Mayo, to say the least. Ditto for all the events that will transpire during the days and nights leading up to the big drinking holiday. For proof, look no further than our annual Cinco guide, which includes all manner of affairs — from authentic and traditional to lively and raucous — throughout Metro Phoenix that will take place on Tuesday, May 5, unless otherwise specified.

Special Events

Casino Arizona

524 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale

Celebrate the life and music of the late Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla during a special performance of ¡Vive! Selena in the casino's showroom on Cinco de Mayo. 7:30 p.m., $15. Meanwhile, an evening of Latin music and dancing will be taking place in the Arizona Room Patio Grill with Rhythm of the Sun. 6 p.m., free. Call 480-850-7777

Chandler Cinco de Mayo Festival & Chihuahua Races

22 S. Delaware St., Chandler

Pint-size pups who happen to be fast on their feet will be celebrated during Chandler's annual Cinco de Mayo Festival on Saturday, May 2. The event's famous tradition of Chihuahua racing followed by a beauty pageant will once again and begin at 5:30 p.m. with registration starting at 3 p.m. The festival itself, which benefits the Si Se Puede Foundation, will offer Latin, jazz, and mariachi bands, folklorico troupes, a beer garden, food and drink vendors, robotics demonstrations, a health fair, a custom car show, and more. 9 a.m.; free before 3 p.m., $10 thereafter. Call 480-310-2018.

Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival

200 E. Van Buren St.

Ginuwine, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Keize Montoya, Tower of Power, and Jay Perez will headline this annual two-day block party in downtown Phoenix, which will also include live entertainment from local bands, mariachi groups, traditional musicians, and folklorico dancers. Food and drink vendors, arts and crafts demonstrations, boxing exhibitions, lucha libre wrestling, and a variety of games and distractions are also planned. Hours are 2 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, May 2; and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 3. General admission is $5 at the door before 5 p.m., $15 at the door or online after 5 p.m., and free for kids 12 and under. Call 602-279-4669.

Talking Stick Resort

9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale

The resort's Release summertime pool party series kicks off on Saturday, May 2, and will feature a DJ session by Dutch-born house music producer Chuckie. Gates open at 11 a.m. admission is $23.66. Call 480-850-7777 or visit


32 Shea

10626 N. 32nd St.

Margaritas can be had for $5 all day long. 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 602-867-7432.

Arriba Mexican Grill

Six Valley locations

Live entertainment, dancing, giveaways, promo girl appearances, and food and drink specials will be offered at each Arriba location in metro Phoenix on Cinco de Mayo. 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 602-265-9112.

Aunt Chilada's

7330 N. Dreamy Draw Dr.

Fun will be in abundance during Aunt Chilada's notorious Cinco de Mayo party, which will include such thrills as a bikini bocce ball tournament, a Day of the Dead face-painting contest, an adult-oriented piñata bash, live music, DJs, food and drink specials, and more. 4 p.m., $15. Call 602-944-1286.

Bar Vinedo

7215 S. Power Road, Queen Creek

Specials on Azunia Blanco tequila, a gourmet nacho bar, and $3 Dos Equis. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 480-840-9709.

Diego Pops

4338 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

Nosh on Brussels sprout nachos (made with queso Oaxaca, fresno chili, pickled onion, roasted garlic beet crema, and a fried egg garnish) for $10 or enjoy a guava coconut cocktail for $13. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 480-970-1007.

Fogo de Chão

6300 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

If you're hungry for something more than just tacos and tequila on Cinco, consider sampling the multitude of meats and authentic side dishes that will be prepared by the gaucho chefs at this all-you-can-eat Brazilian churrascaria steakhouse. Prices are $49.50 per person and include the gourmet salad bar. Open 4:30 p.m to 10 p.m. Call 480-609-8866.


Six Valley locations

Cinco de Mayo will bring live music, free kids meal with additional purchase, and other food and drink specials at all local Garcia's restaurants on Monday, May 5. Call 602-866-1850.

Hurricane Grill & Wings

7450 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler

Specials on Cinco de Mayo include $2 chicken and beef tacos, $3 bottles of Corona and Corona Light, and $3 pints of Dos Equis Amber, Landshark, and Corona Light. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 480-678-9896.

Juan Jamie's Tacos & Tequila

20343 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale

Beers will be $3, margaritas will be $4, and select shots will be $5. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-515-5826.

Joey & Gina's,

16041 N. Arrowhead Fountains Center Dr. Peoria

Score $2 Coronas all day long. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 623-266-4600.

Joyride Taco House

5202 N. Central Ave.

302 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert

Both of the Valley's two Joyride locations will offer six different varieties of its signature tacos for $2 each on Cinco de Mayo from 2 p.m. until close, including the smoky and spicy pork adobada and the slow-simmered crispy fish tacos, as well as $5 handcrafted margaritas, $3 Mexican bottled beers and $5 pitchers of draft beer. Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Call 602-274-8226 or 480-632-8226.

La Fonda Del Sol

7223 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale

Happy hour will be offered from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Cinco. Call 480-991-9282.

Lenny's Burger

2545 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale

A combos of a bacon-wrapped Sonoran hot dog with mayo fries and a 24-ounce drink can be had for for $5.99 during the month of May. Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Call 623-703-0073.

Los Compadres

2350 W. Northern Ave.

Food and drink specials will be offered all day during Cinco de Mayo, including $2 Montejo Mexican lager drafts, $5 3 Amigos tequila shots, and more. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 602-864-0043.

Lulu's Taco Shop

610 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert,

Raise a toast on Cinco with $1.50 Bud Lights, $2 Coronas, $2.50 piña coladas and margaritas, and $8 dollar buckets or chow down on $6 super nachos and carne asada. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 480-545-8219.


11 Valley locations

Every Macayo's in Metro Phoenix will celebrate Cinco for five days straight from Friday, May 1, to Tuesday, May 5, with such drink deals as $4 Dos Equis drafts, $7.99 1800 margaritas, $8.99 beeritas, and a $6 beer and shot special with Dos Equis and 1800 Reposado tequila. Live entertainment will also be offered on May 5. Locations open at 11 a.m. daily.

Manuel's Mexican Food

7 Valley locations

Cinco de Mayo specials at each local Manuel's will include $2.95 bottles and $3 16-ounce drafts of Dos Equis Drafts, $5 16-ounce margaritas, and $7.99 platters featuring a taco, enchilada, and rice and beans. The festivities on May 5 will also include t-shirt drawings, live entertainment, and appearances by the Dos Equis girls. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 602-435-3793.

Milagro Grill

4280 E. Indian School Road

Aweekend full of fun is planned at the Grill from Saturday, May 2, until Monday, May 4, including such deals as $2 tacos and $4 draft beers. Come back on Tuesday, May 5, for additional food and drink specials like $4 house margaritas, half-off all tequila flights, and $10 three-taco plates with a house margarita. Opens at 11 a.m. each day. Call 602-773-5844.

Miracle Mile Deli

1949 E. Camelback Road

The deli will serve up plates of chicken enchiladas on Cinco de Mayo in honor of the holiday for $8.99 each or $11 with a Corona. Bottles beers will also be $4.25. 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call 602-776-0992.

The Mission at Minder Binder

715 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe

Cinco de Mayo and Mexican Independence Day will be honored at this Tempe spot (as well as the character Milo Minderbinder from which is draws its name) during "Cinco de Milo." Specials include $9.95 taco salads, $6 margaritas, $2 cans of Tecate, and $3 Corona from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Call 480-747-3851.

Paz Cantina

1011 N. 3rd St.

This downtown taqueria will offer "cinco days of Cinco" from Friday, May 1, until Tuesday, May 5, with live music each night, games, and a wealth of Mexican culinary classics coming from its kitchen. Hours vary. Call 602-368-2487 for more details.

RA Sushi Bar

Five Valley locations

Each RA location will serve $8 Emperor's Margaritas in four different flavors (traditional, cucumber, mango, or strawberry) from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close on Cinco de Mayo, as well as $4.75 Coronas, and $6 Sauza Blue tequila cocktails. Call 480-990-9256 or 480-303-9800.


3737 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

Both $3 Mexican draft beers and $4 margaritas will be available during RnR's "Sunday de Mayo" party and on Cinco. Open until midnight both days. Call 480-945-3353.

Sierra Bonita Grill

6933 N. 7th St.

Two of Sierra Bonita Grill's margaritas (fresh-squeezed and pomegranate) will be available for $5 all day long throughout the restaurant. A variety of $6 food specials also will be served in the bar during the 3 to 6 p.m. happy hour, including green chile mac and cheese, carne asada street tacos, Sonoran hot dogs, borracho nachos, queso fundido con chorizo, and more. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 602-264-0700.

Sumo Maya

6560 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

Food and drink specials start at 11 a.m. with social hour prices available at the bar and $5 Casamigos Sumoritas all day. The first 100 customers can also score a Sumorita for five pesos (or 33 cents for you gringos). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Call 480-397-9520.

Bars & Clubs

Amber Inn Cocktail Lounge

4236 W. Dunlap Ave.

Score $5 frozen margaritas and $1 Fireball during Cinco de Mayo. 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 623-937-5869.

The Bevvy

4420 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale

A viewing party for the Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 2, with the race being shown and multiple screens. Prizes for the best and biggest hat, best-dressed patron, and other categories will be awared. 11 a.m. Call 480-525-9300.

Cactus Jack's

4747 E. Elliot Road, Phoenix

Cinco de Mayo party featuring performances by Santana tribute Supernatural and Skunk Creek Railroad, as well as specials like $5 tequila shots, $3.50 Coronas, and $5 margaritas. 6:30 p.m., $5. Call 480-753-4733.

Calico Jack's

6770 N. Sunrise Blvd. Glendale

The Cinco festivities won't be limited to only one day at this Westgate spot. To wit: during "Dos de Mayo" on Saturday, May 2, specials like $2 margaritas, $2 tacos, and $2 domestic draft beers will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The viewing party for the Mayweather and Pacquiao fight starts at 6 p.m. followed by various drink deals from 11 p.m. until close. On Cinco de Mayo itself, a giant burrito eating contest is planned, a trip to Mexico will be given away, DJ Izzy will be in the mix, and specials will include $5 drafts, margaritas, and appetizers and a burrito. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Cover charges vary. Call 623-877-5225.

Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave.

The dancers and artists of Flamenco por la Vida will perform on Saturday, May 2, in the Crescent's lounge. 6 p.m., free. Call 602-716-2222.

Dos Gringos Scottsdale

4209 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale

In honor of International Star Wars Day on Monday, May 4 (a.k.a. "May the Fourth be with you"), the Scottsdale Dos Gringos will fete the galaxy far, far away with a spin session by DJ Steel, $3 you-call-its all night long, and more. Call 480-423-3800.

Echo 5 Sports Pub

2855 N. Power Road, Mesa

Fish tacos or barbecue pork tacos will both be available for $2 each while frozen margaritas and Jose Cuervo will be $5. Call 480-832-8989.

El Hefe

4425 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale

The Scottsdale location of El Hefe will host back-to-back block parties during the buildup to Cinco de Mayo, both of which will feature plenty of drinking, dancing, and other celebratory shenanigans. Viewing of the Mayweather/Pacquiao match will be the centerpiece of the affair on Saturday, May 2, while Canadian DJ duo Dzeko and Torres will serve as special guests during the day-long fete on Sunday, May 3. Doors open at 10 a.m. each day. Call 480-945-6200.

Karamba Nightclub

1724 E. McDowell Road

Cinco will be celebrated all weekend long at Karamba, kicking off with a live performance by Mariachi Mexico Nuevo on the patio on Saturday, May 2, followed by dancing until 4 a.m. The partying continues on Sunday, May 3, with Barbara Seville's salsa challenge starting at 3 p.m. and a Cinco de Mayo drag show hosted by Diamond later in the evening. Cover charges vary. Call 602-254-0231.

Linger Longer Lounge

6522 N. 16th St.

The force will be strong with Tongue Tied's DJ Roya and DJ Funkfinger during their "Superhero vs. Sci Fi Party" on Saturday, May 2. Lightsaber duels, superhero dance battles, and a cosplay contest are planned, as well as plenty of indie dance hits and retro tunes being spun. 9 p.m., $5. Call 602-264-4549.


7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale

Local hip-hop station 101.5 The Beat will stage the latest in its Beatlocker Live concert series on Cinco de Mayo, which will feature gigs by local rappers Pokafase, Hannibal Leq, Willy Northpole, Ali Tomineek, Heavensent, and others, as well as spin sessions by DJ Fact135, DJ Jaba One, and DJ Marvel. 18 and over. 6 p.m., $10. Call 480-970-6980.

Marc's Sports Grill and Nightlife

4494 W Peoria Ave., Glendale

Cinco will be celebrated all day at Marc's with a variety of food and drink specials. The kitchen will offer such selections as $3 soft tacos, $5.75 nachos, $6 taco salads, $8.75 chicken enchiladas or green chili burro platters while the bar will serve $2.25 tequila shots, $2.75 margaritas on the rocks, $3.25 tequila sunrises, $3.25 Corona bottles and drafts, and $3.50 Dos Equis pints. Happy hours prices will also be available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Texas Hold'em games will take place at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., and karaoke starts at 9 p.m. in the lounge. Call 623-842-1053.

Maya Day & Nightclub

7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale

Electro-house producer and Fool's Gold founder A-Trak will rock the record decks when he headlines the Soundwave Pool Party on Sunday, May 3. Gates open at noon; $20 general admission, $40 for VIP access. Call 480-625-0528 or see


825 N. 54th St., Chandler

Drafts of Pacifico and bottles of Corona and Dos Equis will be $3 during Nabers' all-day Cinco celebration. A five-spot can also get you a peachy margaritas or milagro during the event, as well as a street taco with beans plate or a chicken or beef burrito. Fiesta trivia for prizes starts at 7 p.m. while a bags tournament begins at 9 p.m. Call 480-705-0288.


4245 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale

Shawn Johnson will be joined by Evan Berg, Jayson Johnson, Gail Lightenstein, Jake Dean, Jack Howell, and Cole Joycee during a jam session starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. Call 480-331-9190.


21001 N. Tatum Blvd.

7200 W. Ray Rd., Chandler

Three straight nights of Cinco celebrations will take place at the Desert Ridge Sandbar locations. Both locations will broadcast the Kentucky Derby and Mayweather/Pacquiao fight on Saturday, May 2, and feature live music. Additional bands will also perform on Sunday, May 3, and Tuesday, May 5. Hours vary. Admission is free. Call 480-585-5900 or 480-961-1700.

September's Bar

500 W. Southern Ave., Mesa

Specials likes $3.50 Coronas and $1 tacos will be offered during "Cinco de Drinko." 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-969-5373.

The Shout! House

6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., Glendale

Enjoy $2 El Jimador tequila and $3 Coronas, Dos Equus, and margaritas on Cinco de Mayo. The dueling pianos start at 8 p.m. Open from 7 p.m. to midnight. Call 623-772-1500.


225 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe

The Graduate Hotel's poolside cantina will serve up specials like $2 Mexican drafts, $4 house margaritas, $6 Corona sunrise cocktails, and two tacos for $5. You can also get Mexican ashtrays with a Tapacubo koozie for $3 or buy $1 tickets for the prize raffle that benefits the Threadz Teen Resource Center. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-967-9431.

Tilted Kilt

2 E. Jefferson St.

660 W. Warner Road, Tempe

Tecates will be only $4 from the moment the Pacquiao/Mayweather bout kicks off and through the rest of the weekend until closing time on May 5 at both Tilted Kilts. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Call 602-293-3888.

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