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 next 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 pull a siesta in Tent City.


Special events

Mesa Convention Center
201 N. Center St., Mesa
The annual Arizona Tattoo Expo is guaranteed to get under your skin, as more than 150 local and national ink slingers will show off their work. Activities include on-site tattooing and piercing, performances from sideshow acts, appearances by the Edge 103.9's Robin Nash and Power 98.3's The Nutz, tattoo contests, and more. 3-11 p.m. (also runs Saturday, May 2, noon-11 p.m.; and Sunday, May 2, noon-8 p.m.). $20 per day, $45 for the weekend. Visit


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.

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.

Bars & Clubs

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. DJs E.C. and Mane-1 pop off hip-hop tracks downstairs. Specials include $3 Skyy drinks, Blue Moon, and select shots. Free before 10 p.m., $5 thereafter. Call 602-229-1265.

Bennett's Tavern
1762 S. Greenfield Rd., Mesa
Leroy Sinclair and the Smokin' Section play live blues. 7 p.m. Call 480-892-2844.

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.

The Ruby Room Lounge
717 S. Central Ave.
Local surf-rock artists The Surfside IV and special guests will perform. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 602-258-6900.

The Sets
93 E. Southern Ave., Tempe
Industrial rock gods My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult will visit The Sets, with locals Bella Lune, Politik 89, and Zinforge also on the lineup. 7:30 p.m. $13. Call 480-829-1822.


Special Events

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

Celebrity Theatre
440 N. 32nd St.
It's gonna get muy caliente inside the Celebrity when the muscle-bound men of Chippendales start dropping trou. 18-and-over only. 9 p.m. $20-$35. Call 602-267-1600.

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.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.